Cork: Adkins deserves time

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork believes speculation about the future of manager Nigel Adkins is 'silly' and he hopes the club will not make a change.

Last Updated: 17/11/12 at 14:34 Post Comment

Nigel Adkins: Under pressure but has received the backing of Jack Cork

Nigel Adkins: Under pressure but has received the backing of Jack Cork

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Adkins' future at the St Mary's helm has come under scrutiny following a difficult start to the season, with Saints languishing in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's match against fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

However, he has previously guided the club to back-to-back promotions and Cork is confident he remains the right man for the job.

"To be fair, the gaffer was having to face speculation about his future after just a few weeks of the season because results hadn't been that great," Cork said in the Daily Star.

"But to suggest things like that is just silly in my opinion. He's done a fantastic, remarkable job at Southampton and just doesn't become a bad manager in such a short space of time.

"It's a shame. He's done so well here and the fixtures haven't been kind either. It's far too soon to judge him because the Premier League is so much harder than the Championship.

"But he remains very positive. He must be under pressure, of course he is, but I've never seen him lose it. Even when things are bad he passes that positivity on to the players.

"I just don't see the point in changing the manager. He needs time to sort things out."

Cork is enjoying life at Southampton after spending time with a number of different clubs over the past few seasons, although an ankle injury at the start of the season has proved frustrating.

"Nigel Adkins was one of the main reasons why I decided to join Southampton," he said. "He was good to me at Scunthorpe and, like myself, coming down here was a big move for him to make.

"It has been a difficult five or six seasons for me, moving to clubs on loan, so it's great to settle here and last season was so enjoyable.

"It was tough, but promotion was well deserved. It's been frustrating being stuck on the sidelines, not being able to help, and I can't wait to get going.

"We all know how hard the Premier League is, but there's a strong feeling in the squad that we can pick up points with the players we have got."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool granted permission to expand Anfield

Liverpool's plans to expand Anfield have received a boost after the council grant approval for redevelopment work.

Rio: Fergie exit hit RvP hardest

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Robin van Persie was the player who suffered the most after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as Man United manager.

Premier League: West Brom boss Alan Irvine ready to drop big names

West Brom boss Alan Irvine has underlined his willingness to drop out-of-form players, regardless of their status.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property