PHIL JAGIELKA hopes Everton can take advantage of the pressure on Southampton boss Nigel Adkins when they travel to St Mary’s on Monday.
The Birkenhead-born Saints manager has had to regularly deflect speculation that he is working on borrowed time this season, even though he has guided his side away from the relegation places after a recent run of good results.
However, Jagielka said: “When you spend £12m on Gaston Ramirez I suppose there’s pressure. They haven’t spent big other than that really but spending money generally brings pressure. Also there’s a bigger TV deal for next season so if you manage to stay up it’s very lucrative.
“There’s people who run clubs who don’t care about losing money, and there’s people who do care about it – and if you were an owner that didn’t like to lose cash you’d put pressure on your coaching staff.
“But we’ll have pressure to go and win there after not beating Swansea too.”
Jagielka has kept tabs on Adkins’ career since his playing days at Sheffield United, when the Saints boss was first appointed caretaker boss at nearby Scunthorpe United in 2006 – a role he was given after previously being the club’s physiotherapist.
Southampton’s gung-ho start to life in the top flight saw them concede as often as they scored, but Jagielka believes the Blues face a tighter contest against a shrewder outfit with half the campaign now gone.
He added: “They’ve decided to tighten up shop a bit recently by playing a couple more defensive midfielders than attacking ones. But it’s about how we perform and we’ll hopefully come away with the points.”