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Holloway: I was so wrong about Southampton and Pochettino

Former Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has hailed the impact of Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

Holloway wrote in the Sunday Mirror: "I was one of Southampton's biggest critics when they sacked Nigel Adkins at the start of this year.

"Nigel had taken the Saints from League One to the Premier League with successive promotions and was making a real fist of his first season in the top flight.

"I couldn't understand why that wasn't good enough for chairman Nicola Cortese, especially when he then recruited Mauricio ­Pochettino, a young Argentine coach whose grasp of English was comparable to my fluency in Spanish.

"How wrong was I?

"I wasn't the only one, of course. Many Southampton fans also thought Mr Cortese had lost the plot. Yet, 10 months on, the Saints are flying high in the Premier League.

"They have won at Anfield and drawn at Old Trafford - and are playing a brand of football that is as technically proficient as anything you will see in the division.

"I like to think of myself as being an innovative coach. But I am also a bit of a magpie when it comes to picking up tips and ideas from other managers.

"Pochettino's high-pressing, high-tempo approach is ­something that I have been watching with interest. His team has a lovely balance."

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