OPINION: Football has gone mad but we knew that already
By Simon Faulkner, Grimsby Telegraph columnist
THE game of football went mad quite some time ago.
The recent sacking of Southampton manager Nigel Adkins was just the latest example.
After leading lowly Scunthorpe United into football's second tier on two occasions, he achieved two successive promotions with Saints, returning them to the top flight for the first time since 2005.
At the time of his dismissal Southampton were three points clear of the relegation zone having lost just two of their last 11 league games.
But as former Saints legend Matt Le Tissier remarked, the saddest part of Adkins's sacking - as outrageous as it may be - is that it wasn't even a surprise.
And in truth, he was a dead man walking as soon as he got Southampton into the Premier League.
It was never going to be long before Southampton's notoriously impatient chairman Nicola Cortese, like so many chairmen before him, got ideas above his station and went in search of a more "glamorous" figure in the dug-out.
Given the admirable Adkins's impressive record, he shouldn't be out of a job for too long. Here's hoping he and his new club, whoever they may be, pass Southampton on the way up the league ladder.
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