Moyes: Business As Usual
Preparations haven't changed despite surprise Adkins departure.
David Moyes insists the surprise sacking of Nigel Adkins will have no bearing on Everton’s preparations for Monday’s trip to Southampton.
The south coast side replaced their boss with former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino on Friday but for Moyes and his squad it’s been a case of business as usual ahead of their Premier League clash at St Mary’s.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Blues chief said: “I was very surprised [to see Adkins go]. I was actually talking to my staff in the week and complimenting how good a job Nigel has done.
“It was always going to be difficult after two promotions. Anyone who does that finds it’s a long way up. It looked as if he had got himself out of the bottom three and was moving up. I don’t think many people were looking at Nigel in that position and thinking he’d be sacked. I thought he had done a really good job.
“The new chairmen that have come into the game, that is what they think is right. I don’t know the business at Southampton; maybe there are other reasons for it. From a distance, looking at it, Nigel has done a really good job. I’m a football guy who knows a lot about football and Nigel has done a really good job.
“However, it’s the same for the players. I don’t know what affect it will have on them, if any at all. They have a new manager in, it’s happened, and we will all move on.”
Many observers were surprised to learn of Adkins' replacement, a relative unknown on English shores.
Moyes admitted to knowing something of the former Argentina centre-half and sees the appointment as an intriguing one. “I have seen how his teams play,” he said. “I think, under him, Espanyol had periods where they did really well with what was available to them.
“I don’t know him personally but I know a little about him. He looks as if he is a modern young coach and he will have a lot of knowledge of Spanish football. That will help him.
“It has certainly helped Swansea with Michael Laudrup coming in, and has maybe given them a head start in bringing in players that the rest of us maybe don’t know about. I would expect Mauricio Pochettino to be very much the same.”
As if a managerial change wasn’t enough, the inclement weather also threatened preparations for Monday night’s game. Thankfully, however, Finch Farm’s state-of-the-art facilities made that a simple obstacle to overcome.
“It’s not affected us at all,” Moyes added. “We have got under-soil heating at the training ground and indoor facilities so we have been fine. That’s why we have such a fabulous training ground; it enables us to train all year round. You have to try to keep things moving along.”