Former Southampton skipper Matt Le Tissier was not surprised to learn that Nigel Adkins had lost his job as the club's manager.
"(But) it seems to be the way the club's being run under the chairman. Nothing's surprising and it's a bit of a laughing stock."
"I'm shocked at the timing, it's very strange and it's an odd thing to come to terms with today," he added.
"I think he had a bit of pressure early on this season, people thought it might happen then; maybe they couldn't get the man they wanted then. It's all very strange.
"I think everyone is taken aback by it all. They have come to terms with life in the Premier League, had a tough start and have turned things round pretty well."