A picture of happiness during the Nigel Adkins era at Scunthorpe United
So former Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins has been relieved of his duties at Southampton. Shocked, but not surprised, is my initial thought, writes Scunthorpe Telegraph photographer CARL GAC.
More surprising is the man who replaces him, former Argentinian International Mauricio Pochettino - a man more infamous for his tackle on Michael Owen in the 2002 World Cup which allowed David Beckham to get his revenge.
During his time at Scunthorpe United I had the chance to experience Adkins first hand.
He would always find the time to chat before games, home and away, on the touchline as the usual clamour for a picture from a group of photographers ensued. He was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to talk to and always had a wise word or two for any situation.
From the first time you met him you couldn’t help but like him. He was always a pleasure to work with and always had that extra minute to smile for the camera when you asked him.
A man who could get the world from the most average of players, he rose from being behind the scenes in the treatment room to being at the forefront of the Iron's push to the Chamionship on more than one occasion.
On numerous occasions you couldn’t help but smile as you heard him come out with one of his motivational mantra’s after a game, TCUP (Think Correctly Under Pressure) being my favourite.
Whatever the situation the club found itself in, Nigel always had a positive to bring from it.
Adkins was a man always destined for bigger things and the day he eventually left Glanford Park it was no surprise he went to a sleeping giant in Southampton.
Leading them through promotions from League One and the Championship to the promised land of the Premier League, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that Saints' Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese uses the line “…for the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.”
In my opinion that change was the wrong one.
The only thing you can say is that one football club out there now has the opportunity to employ an outstanding manager, I fully believe that one day he could be the first English manager to win the Premier League.