“How are you doing fellas? Nigel Adkins.”
It was my first day at Southampton. We arrived at the training ground, and the first port of call was going to see the players. I could see them thinking: “Who’s he?”
I had left Scunthorpe, who were sixth in the Championship. Southampton were 23rd in League One. The first thing had to be that meeting with the players.
“I’ve got one rule. Don’t do anything detrimental to yourself, the team, or the club. Face the consequences of your actions if you do. It’s my one rule. Who’s the club captain?”
Kelvin Davis put his hand up.
“Right. I expect you guys to look after yourselves for all the little things. Discipline is so important. Discipline is being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there.
“That’s off the pitch. If you’re sloppy off the pitch, you’ll be sloppy on the pitch.”
After that, I just got them talking. I asked them: “What type of team do we want to be?” I was judging who were the good characters. The strong characters.