Done deal- Southampton raid Championship rivals for “fantastic” man

After signing Ross Stewart in the summer, the Saints have returned to the Stadium of Light to sign Adam Asghar.
Sunderland are probably weary of seeing Southampton, at least when it comes to off-the-field issues.

Despite a dominating 5-0 win against the Saints a few weeks back, Russell Martin’s team has been attempting to raid the Wearsiders on many occasions – both for players and staff.
The south coast club made a double raid on the Black Cats late in the transfer window, with striking duo Ross Stewart and Patrick Roberts top of the list.

 

Martin was successful in getting Stewart to St Mary’s Stadium, with a £12 million deal finalised for the Scotland international striker, who has not played since rupturing his achilles in an FA Cup match against Fulham in January.
Sunderland may have cashed in on their talisman for the 2021-22 season, but Southampton’s pursuit of Roberts would end there.

The Saints made a £5 million approach for the winger, but it was rejected by the Sunderland leadership, and no additional bids were made for the former Manchester City star.
Not content with merely signing Sunderland players, Southampton have now swooped for a member of staff who was highly regarded at the Academy of Light.

 

The Sunderland Echo stated a few weeks ago that ‘highly-rated’ under-18s head coach Adam Asghar was on the verge of leaving the North East for the south coast, having done well with the Black Cats academy.

And Southampton have now confirmed Asghar’s appointment as head coach of their under-21s, after Dave Horseman’s departure to become first-team manager of League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers earlier this summer.

Who exactly is Adam Asghar?

It’s safe to conclude that Asghar has had a greater impact than he did as a player, despite having a typical career in his native Scotland.

Asghar, a midfielder by trade, began his career at Motherwell but spent time in the lower leagues with Alloa Athletic, Annan Athletic, and Clydebank before moving on to coaching.

 

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After coaching for Motherwell’s youth teams, Asghar was appointed as Dundee United’s senior academy head coach in 2019 at the age of 24, and after three years with the Tangerines – which saw him promoted to a first-team coach in 2021 by Tam Courts – he was snatched up by Sunderland to lead their under-18s.

 

His mentoring has evidently paid off, as he is now prepared to take on Southampton’s bright youth, with Sunderland likely to receive some compensation for the deal.

Will Adam Asghar be a significant loss for Sunderland?
Given that Sunderland finished second only to Manchester City in the under-18 Premier League last season, it’s safe to assume that Asghar was doing an excellent job of guiding the Black Cats’ youth.

 

The Wearsiders’ youngsters finished ahead of both Manchester United and Liverpool in the standings, demonstrating that there is some promising talent coming through, as Chris Rigg and Tommy Watson are demonstrating.

With the last under-21s head coach at Southampton going on to an EFL job lately, Asghar now has the opportunity to advance his career at a job that would get him closer to a senior role – he will be a major loss to Sunderland.

 

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