Nigel Adkins spent three years in charge of Southampton between 2010 and 2013.
The Birkenhead-born coach earned promotions to the Championship and Premier League in back-to-back seasons during his time at St Mary’s.
Midway through the club’s first campaign back in the top flight, Adkins was sacked and replaced with Mauricio Pochettino, who is now at the helm of Tottenham Hotspur.
Adkins has had a handful of jobs since leaving St Mary’s in 2013, including coaching spells at Reading and Sheffield United.
Now, the 52-year-old is the manager of Hull City, but some Southampton fans have expressed a desire for their former boss to return.
The desire comes from the fact that they are disappointed with the current leader – Mauricio Pellegrino.
As it stands, the Saints are staring at relegation from the Premier League as the club are one point from safety after winning just five of their 27 games in the division.
After listening to Adkins’s pre-match press conference for Hull’s trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup, Southampton fans tweeted their admiration for their ex-manager.
@TheNigelAdkins please come back. No happier period in my time as a saints fan than those promotion years
— Pete Wotherspoon (@PeteWotherspoon) February 15, 2018
Love this guy #saintsfc. Clearly still hurting from losing his job at Saints.
— Matt Hayden (@mhayden2206) February 15, 2018
I love this man, I was heart broken when he lost his job so cruelly. @TheNigelAdkins is a leader, role model and #saintsfc legend. His team was OUR team, after he left I’ve never felt that same bond between players and fans. Hull City are lucky to have him #togetherasone
— Matthew Winchcombe (@mwinchy13) February 16, 2018
I'd have @TheNigelAdkins back managing #saintsfc in a heartbeat. Top guy, treated callously by the poison dwarf. If Nigel was in charge now, I'd have no worries about relegation. Hope Nigel does brilliantly for Hull.
— Ric Paul (@ricpaul) February 15, 2018
— Jan Carlyle (@jancarlyle) February 16, 2018
What a man
— Matt Cole (@MattmgCole) February 15, 2018
— Luke Whittaker (@l_whittaker94) February 16, 2018
Should never have been sacked. Would have him back in a heartbeat. Better than the current clown
— Mark Everett (@markeverett1) February 15, 2018
Come back Nigel! 🙁
— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) February 16, 2018