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Pochettino: Controversial appointment

Pochettino: Controversial appointment

Southampton prepare for the visit of Everton on Monday, with Mauricio Pochettino set to take charge of his first game for the Saints.

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The south coast club surprised many with the decision to part ways with manager Nigel Atkins during the week, the 47-year-old having steered them to back-to-back promotions.

Pochettino, who was at the helm of Spanish La Liga side Espanyol most recently, will hand a late fitness test to Adam Lallana following a knee injury.

Southampton's top scorer Rickie Lambert is pushing for a starting berth after coming off the bench to score in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

The Toffees, meanwhile, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games after recording a goalless draw with Swansea on 12 January.

Belgium international Kevin Mirallas returned to training this week after two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

However, boss David Moyes is unlikely to risk the attacking player in Monday's clash.

Full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) and midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) will definitely miss out, but Johnny Heitinga could make a return to the first team after missing their last two fixtures with a knock.

Posted: 20/01/13 17:48

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