Is Southampton Chairman Nicola Cortese the best in the Premier League?

Southampton Football Club

He has made some pretty bold and controversial decisions in the past. But has he been proven right?

On the same day as possibly the worst owner/chairman in world football makes some quite outlandish comments I would like to commend another such man; who in the past has been something of a controversial figure but is finally proving himself to be far more than just a ‘boy with a toy’.

So we ask; is Nicola Cortese the best Chairman in the Premier League?

We have awards at the end of each season for best player, manager, young player but no such award for chairman; which seems odd considering the amount of influence they have on modern football.

But if such an award existed the 2012-13 award would certainly be in the sights of Cortese. This would be odd considering his divisive nature.

Not many like the man, including Southampton’s favourite son; part-man part-deity Matthew ‘Le God’ Le Tissier.

But this season once again he has been decisive and his decisions have been proven justified.

Cortese, who took over the club in 2010 after the untimely passing of the clubs saviour Markus Liebherr, received widespread criticism when he decided to release Nigel Adkins of his duties at the club.

After two successive promotions and what was looking like being a decent fight against relegation in the Premier League the Italian businessman was just not sure. Before it was too late he sourced a replacement and sacked Adkins in January.

Nobody could believe it when it emerged the replacement was Mauricio Pochettino; a man who can speak about as much English as I can Afrikaans.

However now Southampton sit pretty in 11th place with relegation fears almost a bygone distant memory.

What it highlights is how having a calculated, conceited and somewhat manipulative Chairman can bring you; success.

I mean he did something very similar when replacing Alan Pardew with Adkins.

For Reading and Sunderland Anton Zingarevich and Ellis Short would have been lying if at the same time Adkins was sacked they were not having doubts about their men at the helm.

Instead they sacked their managers in March giving their respective replacements hardly any time to turn things around. Such flaws in chairmanship may prove the ultimate cost with Reading seemingly doomed and Sunderland teetering on the precipice.

The same can even be said about Mark Hughes. Tony Fernandes should have binned him far sooner. Instead he left Harry Redknapp with turning around the fortunes of a side with just four points at the tail-end of November. QPR, like Reading, seem doomed.

Cortese and The Saints however are one win away from the ‘magic’ 40-point mark and a feet-up end to the season. By which time the unpopular but forever impressive Cortese can have a glass of wine and toast himself for another great season.

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