Pochettino facts

Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino. Here's what we know about the 40-year-old Argentine's life and career.

Mauricio Pochettino: Taken charge at Southampton

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Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino.

Here's what we know about the 40-year-old former Espanyol boss - whose previous claim to fame was giving away the penalty to hand England a 1-0 win over Argentina during the group stage of the World Cup in 2002.

1972: March 2 - Born in Murphy, Santa Fe, Argentina

1989: Begins his senior playing career at Newell's Old Boys.

1994: Moves to Europe where he joins Spanish club Espanyol.

1998: Make his Argentina debut, going on to earn 20 caps.

2000: May 27 - Helps Espanyol to the Copa del Rey title with a 2-1 win over Valencia.

2001: Joins Paris St Germain.

2002: June 7 - Gives away the penalty to hand England a 1-0 win over Argentina during the group stage of the World Cup.

2003: Moves to Bordeaux.

2004: Returns to Espanyol.

2006: April 12 - Helps Espanyol to the Copa del Rey title with a 4-1 win over Real Zaragoza.

June 8 - Retires from football after rescinding the final year of his contract at Espanyol. He made 276 league appearances and scored 13 goals for the Catalan club.

2009: January 20 - Named as Espanyol coach with the club in the drop zone. Guides them to 10th by the end of the season.

2010: May - Espanyol finish 11th in his first full year in charge.

2011: May - Espanyol finish eighth in La Liga - a place outside the European places.

2012: May - Avoids relegation by five points as Espanyol finish 14th.

November 26 - Lost his job as Espanyol manager with the club bottom of the La Liga table.

2013: January 18 - Named Southampton manager just two days after Nigel Adkins led the club to a 2-2 draw at European champions Chelsea.

Are Southampton right to sack manager Nigel Adkins?

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