Management is 'ruthless' claims former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins

The new Reading manager is unhappy with his former club, believing there was a lack of respect in the way they sacked him and appointed his Argentine successor Mauricio Pochettino
Nigel Adkins has expressed his disappointment with former employers, Southampton, after reports emerged that his replacement at the club was found even before they sacked him.

Former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino took over at the club the same day Adkins was sacked, and has helped lift them to 12th in the Premier League.

However Adkins, recently appointed at Reading in succession to sacked Brian McDermott, believes there should have been more respect in the saga despite admitting that he loved his time at the south-coast club, with whom he achieved back-to-back promotions to get them into the Premier League.

"I think you should be respectful," Adkins told reporters. "You have to be ruthless as a manager when it comes to picking teams. If you're not winning, you won't be in a job. That's where the ruthlessness comes from.

"I loved my time at Southampton," he added. "Even now, the amount of letters and emails I've received, it's been really heartwarming. I'll never, ever forget that."

Reading host Southampton on Saturday, with 48-year-old Adkins preparing for his first home game in charge of the relegation-battling Royals.