Head-To-Head: Alan Pardew vs Mauricio Pellegrino

It takes a lot of bottle for a football club to sack its manager in the first month of the season.

Such decisive action could make or break a campaign, the wrong move likely to write off all of the forthcoming year’s work. Southampton┬ámade such a decision back at the start of the 2010/11 season, one that would spark off an incredible chain of events for Saints supporters.

Even though Alan Pardew had managed to win the EFL Cup and a seventh-place finish – despite a 10-point deduction due to administration – the boss was shown the door in August of the following campaign.

His record shows that he had won 34 from his 64 games in charge, but it was clearly time for a change on England’s South coast following reports of low staff morale under Pardew’s stewardship. A report in the local newspaper also revealed that only 9% of fans were happy with the sacking at the time, his dismissal a complete surprise after a 4-0 win to Bristol Rovers.

Caretaker boss Dean Wilkins lost all three of his matches in temporary charge of the side, but Southampton never looked back after they appointed Nigel Adkins in September. Under his charge the side recovered from their woes like never before, winning back-to-back promotions to the Championship followed by the Premier League. Adkins was replaced by Mauricio Pochettino before the eventual appointment of Ronald Koeman, their success under that duo already well-documented.

Skipping forward to present day, Pardew is in charge of relegation-threatened West Brom, the 56-year-old due to take on his former club Southampton with opposite number Mauricio Pellegrino at the helm. Six seasons is a long time in football, and the Saints now find themselves in a desperate position in the league, fans having been calling for the unpopular boss to be fired for what seems like an eternity.

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