LONDON (SE) - Southampton will have a new manager when they host Everton at St Mary's Stadium on Monday evening.
The Saints (5-7-10) sacked Nigel Adkins on Friday, replacing him with former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.
"This decision has been made with the long-term ambitions of Southampton Football Club in mind," said club chairman Nicola Cortese. "Whilst we acknowledge the contribution Nigel has made during the past two years, for the Club to progress and achieve our long-term targets a change was needed.
"Mauricio is a well-respected coach of substantial quality who has gained a reputation as an astute tactician and excellent man manager. I have every confidence that he will inspire our talented squad of players to perform at the highest possible level."
Former Argentina international Pochettino will take over a team in decent form. The Saints are unbeaten in five and have picked up points against both Arsenal and Chelsea in their last three league games. After losing eight of their first ten games of the season, Southampton have lost just two of their last 12.
Visitors Everton (9-10-3) are also in strong form, having lost just one of their last ten to move to fifth in the league and just three points off the Champions League spots.
"There's no doubting that we are in a good run of form just now," said Everton boss David Moyes ahead of Monday's game. "However, we must all remain positive, and at times patience from both the players and the supporters is going to be required. I feel it will be vitally important that we get as many of our injured players back to give us a fighting chance in the second half of the campaign.
"Undoubtedly, teams will pick up suspensions or injuries and with the tight squad we have we can't afford players to be out for long periods. We are deep into the transfer window now and I have said all along that my intentions are to keep the squad intact. My emphasis to the players is to keep focused on the job in hand and that the next game is always the most important one."
Southampton are without Jose Fonte (knee) and Adam Lallana (knee), while Everton are missing Darron Gibson (thigh). Tony Hibbert (calf) and Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) are doubtful for the Toffees.
Rickie Lambert has four goals in his last five league appearances. Southampton are one of five Premier League team yet to have a man sent off this season, and only Arsenal (19) have been shown fewer yellow cards than the Saints (20).
Only Manchester City have hit more shots on target this season than Everton's 148, and the Toffees have also hit the woodwork more times than any other team in the top-flight (13).
Everton beat Southampton 3-1 when these teams met at Goodison Park in September. The Saints took the lead through a Gaston Ramirez goal, but Leon Osman's equaliser and a first-half brace from Nikica Jelavic secured the win for the Toffees. No cards were shown in that game, with just nine fouls in total.
Southampton last visited Goodison Park in 2005, when they claimed a point in a 2-2 draw. The Saints haven't won any of their last six matches against Everton.