Cortese defends Saints changes
Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese has defended the way the club have hired and fired managers.
The Swiss banker convinced Markus Liebherr to purchase Saints in 2009, and although Liebherr passed away the following year, Cortese stayed on and oversaw the club's rise from the foot of League One to the Premier League.
Southampton currently sit fourth in the top flight with the second-best defensive record in Europe but the manner of their success has been controversial, with managers Alan Pardew and Nigel Adkins both ruthlessly replaced.
Cortese defends the decisions, which he says were borne out of the desire to keep the club progressing.
He said: "We changed managers on the back of good results and people say 'Why do you change now?', especially in Nigel's case as we came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 (against Chelsea) at Stamford Bridge.
"But this is progress, especially when you have someone lined up. The decision has been taken beforehand and maybe a lot of people will say 'Let's wait now', but we thought it was the right time to do it.
"I always planned in advance exactly the day I was going to do it.
"I think, to be honest, looking at those two scenarios, if one day I was in a similar situation again I would do it the same way again."