Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is adamant that he is the right man for the job, despite speculation surrounding his future.
The Saints have struggled in their opening ten Premier League games, collecting just one win and conceding 28 goals, the highest in the division.
This has led to reports that the club Chairman Nicola Cortese may look to replace Adkins in a bid to turn the team’s fortunes around, but the 47-year-old believes that such speculation is nonsense:
“The relationship between me and the chairman is very good, which is an important one at any football club.” He is quoted by SkySports.
“I would imagine there would be loads of speculation about different things, but it is strong and it is good. We talk regularly as we have always done and we’re determined to make this a success.
“There is no need to speak about my position. It is a football club determined to be successful. We obviously spoke in the summer about our strategies and we’re working very hard.
“We’ve now had 10 games of the season and obviously only picked four points up. We sit at the bottom. That’s fact, that’s reality. As we always do at the football club, we assess situations. We have to accept where we are but then we look forward and move on.
Adkins is also determined to achieve with the South Coast club:
“I am determined to be a success here at Southampton Football Club, the chairman is determined to be a success here at Southampton Football Club so we both share the same ambition. What we do is we get on. There doesn’t need to be any talk about it. We will be a success here.”