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20 Jan 2019 11:20:33
I think the problem I have had til now is the (misguided) belief that as professional footballers, they shouldn't need to be told how to play. I have sat back and watched and thought what the dickens is he doing, why did he make that pass, why did he not close that player down. Koeman was a manager that used to watch, analyse and guide the players and he left.

But SIR H. is different, he adds the dimension of passion! many are saying 'oh its great Bednarek, redmond, [other player]' has upped their game. but reality is they were great players, but just needed that tweak. that direction, that steering and now we have it! an exceptional manager in every way. And I know some think we'll lose him to a 'bigger' team, but fingers crossed he loves it here :-)

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20 Jan 2019 12:03:17
He will likely leave by the end of next season. by which point we should be rejuvenated and be able to replace him with similar. not the boring dross of a puel or Pellegrino.

It's no good having good players with no direction. Not in the modern game. Also having good players with just "passion" will work for a while but eventually come undone tactically. RH has given them the passion and fight and got the new manager bounce, but he's also sorted us out in terms of fitness, work rate, organisation defensively and a plan when attacking. All of which means it can actually LAST!

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20 Jan 2019 14:12:37
Hopefully the owners/ directors will realise that you can't run a club the size of ours purely as a business. I know that nobody will just throw money at a club the size of Southampton but they must know that if we don't invest we will fall down through the leagues again. Last time that happened we were lucky enough to get Marcus in to rescue us but that's unlikely to happen again. Unfortunately with smaller clubs it's a matter of speculate to accumulate. I just don't think that our present owners are willing to put the money in which makes me question their love of the club. With a little investment RH might be open to staying with us to see if he can get us back to where we were a few years ago.

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20 Jan 2019 19:55:24
I agree that with a bit of investment in new players, RH will stay. He seems to like the club and as he has said before he isn't ready for a big club yet. The fans also seem to love him and he appreciates it, even after matches you can see him looking at the travelling fans or at home.

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20 Jan 2019 21:59:25
You never know if we look after him he might be an old fashioned manager that likes to hang around and see where he can take us. He knows that we'll never be a big club but if he likes a challenge you never know. Whatever he decides in the future I think we need to back him as much as we can now.

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16 Jan 2019 15:57:36
Are either the Augustin or Orban rumours true Ed’s? Imagine getting either out of Leipzig would be prohibitively expensive.

{Ed002's Note - Orban is not available as far as I know. They are sick of the sight of Jean-Kevin Augustin and would sell for the right price.}

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16 Jan 2019 18:09:18
Seen £38m quoted as the price tag - that’d well and truly rule us out.

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16 Jan 2019 23:52:20
Yea didn’t think that we would pay out that much money. S.

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17 Jan 2019 06:50:58
Thanks Ed for the info. I feel a little bit nervous that we are not getting anyone in during this transfer window, but we desperately need 2-3 players in to strengthen our squad. Any other rumours on players joining us, Ed? Augustin would be an excellent signing!

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16 Jan 2019 11:12:09
Is Marcos Rojo worth a shout ed?

{Ed002's Note - He will be available in the summer but I am not aware of any interest.}

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16 Jan 2019 15:03:25
Cheers ed 👍.

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13 Jan 2019 11:51:13
According to the Scottish Sun Saints are trying to hijack Leeds £400,000 deal for 16 year old Motherwell winger Stuart McKinstry. More one for the future I imagine but a rumour nonetheless.

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12 Jan 2019 18:58:05
Yussuf Poulsen will be a saint before the Everton game.

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12 Jan 2019 21:36:19
Hardly prolific.

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13 Jan 2019 08:34:06
We don’t need a prolific striker, Armstrong, Redmond and Ings have enough goals and creativity in them. What we need is a striker who can play well when Ings is injured as Austin and Long are not up to it this season and Obafemi has been injured twice.

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13 Jan 2019 10:01:39
Goals would still be nice from Ings' replacement though. otherwise we may as well stick with Long.

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13 Jan 2019 11:37:01
May as well have stuck with Gabbiadini if we want a striker who’s not prolific or better yet give the place to Obafemi/ Barnes/ Gallagher/ Seager and give them a chance to impress.

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11 Jan 2019 18:00:17
Evening ed. We know of the players that RH is looking to move on. do you know of any genuine interest in hoedt, forster and/ or Cedric? . surely there's a club daft enough to sign them! Haha.

Also to any of the other posters or eds how is brutal getting on and is likely to be integrated next season or shifted?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest in the players and there is an added issue with Forster where some clubs are not keen to work with his representation.}

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12 Jan 2019 09:02:56
Cheers. Unsurprisingly really. Also meant *boufal! Not brutal 🙄.

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14 Jan 2019 10:44:36
Forster off to leeds.

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10 Jan 2019 09:19:35
Any news on the Edin Dzeko situation? Saw that we had made an enquiry about him any truth in this? Personally find it very unlikely as the fee and wages will be too high but would be quality addition, cheers.

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10 Jan 2019 10:54:38
Dzeko (buy) and Cahill (loan) would be nice.

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10 Jan 2019 11:59:55
Can't see either happening. Think dzeko was a target of Mark Hughes so probably won't happen.

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10 Jan 2019 13:23:39
Can't see us buying Dzeko as he's almost 33 years old. Might do a job for us for 12/ 18 months but no sell on value . I can't see RH wanting to bring in anyone over the age of 26/ 27 to fill any position.

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11 Jan 2019 09:32:08
I'm not as excited by Dzeko as most. I think Hassenhutl would want pace and energy up front more than anything, and at 33 he doesn't really fit our profile. I'd rather Lookman.

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09 Jan 2019 22:02:37
Gabbi heading to Sampdoria on loan.

Would have liked a permanent deal seeing as we are being told to sell before we can buy, but hopefully a stepping stone to moving him on for good in the summer.

At least if him, Hoedt and Boufal go on permanent deals in June that could bring in £30m+, but would like to start seeing some sales in the next few weeks.

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10 Jan 2019 10:34:15
30 mil for Hoedt and Boufal? 😂 I doubt that. So does anyone think that we will actually sign anyone?

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10 Jan 2019 12:01:42
Not unless we trim the squad size. Davis gone, gabbiadini likely gone, hopefully hoedt too. then a centre half and someone up top on loan.

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10 Jan 2019 12:13:25
Don’t think £30m for them is that far off being realistic - £12m for Gabbi and Boufal each and 6 for Hoedt. Think we need one or two more players gone who aren’t in Ralph’s plans - CB and maybe Long or a keeper could go.

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08 Jan 2019 20:39:21
Hi Ed’s, I understand you must be busy this time of year but I was wondering if you have any information on potential incomings to St Mary’s. Very little news in this regard and any information we do have seems to possess very little in the way of concrete evidence.

{Ed002's Note - Gabbiadini out - interest in Thiago Mendes, Danny Drinkwater, Thomas Goiginger, Shoya Nakajima, Lookman and Toloi. Edin Dzeko - an enquiry has been made and Danny Ings (S) loan to permanent.}

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09 Jan 2019 06:43:37
Lookman would be exactly the player we need imo - young with huge potential, but capable of adding much needed pace and energy this season as well.

Don't know too much about a few others, but really not convinced by Drinkwater.

{Ed002's Note - Don't worry about Drinkwater, he will move elsewhere.}

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09 Jan 2019 08:19:19
Drinkwater!? God no. Please NO!
Dzeko would be fantastic. Don't really know much about the others but seems nakajima looks promising from what I've read. Lookman seems very hit and miss for Everton.

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Ed I thought the deal for ings to be made permanent was in the coming summer? . if they are looking to make it permanent now would the reason be to free up more loan places or to loan another player from Liverpool?

{Ed002's Note - Yes the summer, these are not related to any particular transfer window.}

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09 Jan 2019 10:50:20
Thank you ed. Appreciate the info as always.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Nakajima and Lookman are where we might see a push.}

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09 Jan 2019 13:59:49
Would be very excited if we could sign Lookman in Particular. However from what I’ve read Everton seem as though they’d drag their feet and be unwilling to sell. The worst part about being a Saints fan is the deafening silence that always surrounds our potential incomings!

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09 Jan 2019 12:00:46
Thanks Ed for the good info once more! Any other outs than Gabbi? I understood Ralph thinks our squad is too big. How about Long, Austin, Cedric, Hoedt out?

{Ed002's Note - Wesley Hoedt if a buyer is out there would be the most likely.}

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09 Jan 2019 17:06:58
Great info ed. Thanks. Hoedt out for 8-10 mill would mean taking a 5 mill hit. but he really doesn't seem to be in RH plans.

{Ed002's Note - You are right, 

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10 Jan 2019 04:08:29
I’d be happy with who ever Ralph brings in based on the way he’s started off his Southampton managerial career
This wouldn’t have the les reed seal of approval and would probably be our best signing or singnings for some time
COYR.

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08 Jan 2019 22:58:17
Hi Ed’s any potential incomings not looking like much is going on so was wondering if you know who we are interested in?

{Ed001's Note - no idea right now. With the new man in charge it is difficult to know who he would want, as he will have changed the direction the club was looking in for players.}

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08 Jan 2019 08:27:53
Hearing Forster might be coming back into the fray. Looking forward to seeing that happen, I mentioned a couple months back Forster should be given a crack at a few games to see if there is any change.

On his day he is our best keeper, and if he's managed to stay hungry and rekindle that form than happy days. Just call me Ralph MK2.

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08 Jan 2019 09:24:00
If the post by SaintySaintSaint 04/ 01/ 18 is correct about FF suffering with depression and having a breakdown then to come back at all will be a massive achievement. Let's not forget that he was considered to be the second best keeper in England for a couple of years and certainly played his part in keeping Saints in the top half of the premier league for a while. I would rather see him come back and fight for the keepers jersey than sit in nomansland . It he does come back in good form he could go against Gunn for the number 1 spot allowing us to sell McCarthy for a good price which wou hopefully release funds for RH to start rebuilding. Just my opinion.

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04 Jan 2019 21:54:52
(don't post if not appropriate eds)

Heard some interesting things about Forster and the GKing situation just lately

Without going into too much detail word is that Forster had been battling depression since he had his knee injury and a combination of a relationship breakup and other issues in his personal life along with Spurs putting 5 past us on boxing day led to him having a breakdown. Which was the major reason for his dip in form

One of the reasons he refused a move in the summer is because he felt he couldn't handle the pressure of being a no 1 somewhere else and the club agreed he could stay (supposedly) on reduced wages.

Along with that he has been the GK who's impressed RH the most during training and he's more open to McCarthy being moved on than Forster.

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05 Jan 2019 11:51:56
A very believable (but sad) story. We forget that footballers are all human and actually real people! When we are going through a bad time, splitting up with a loved one, we can hide within our lives, family and friends. but footballers can't. When we have an injury, be that a bad back or something more serious, it affects our lives . but rarely our career. I met a young player recently who was out with a knee problem for many months, he was clearly down about it.
But . personal problems or not . the harsh reality is . Is FF really that good a goal keeper . mmmm.

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07 Jan 2019 23:40:45
I did mention this 4 months ago.

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04 Jan 2019 04:03:28
Davis departure imminent. I would like to thank the bloke for sticking with us through thick and thin and brought a sense of stability and leadership after losing Wanyama and Schneiderlin. Proper engine this guy, and has the technical skills to boot, really an underrated midfielder. Hope he comes back in some kind of coaching capacity.
In other news, Hoedt and Gabbiadini are free to seek pastures new, and Shane Long has interest from Sheffield United.

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04 Jan 2019 10:54:39
I think Long will stay for the rest of the season. He's reliable and Hassenhutl seems to trust that he'll get a good shift out of him - I think he'll want him around short term until he can get his own players in.

Gabbi seems destined to leave this month, and hopefully we can find someone willing to buy Hoedt too.

Hope we do right by Davis, he deserves it. If he wants to leave we shouldn't stand in his way, and if he wants to see his contract out then we shouldn't force him out.

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04 Jan 2019 20:33:04
Love Davo, sad to see him go but he’s not playing and he deserves to finish his career the way he wants.

Happy to get rid of Gabbiadini, over the last two seasons he’s averaged a goal every 258 mins whereas Austin (who’s commonly referred to as ‘not good enough’) has averaged one every 195, Austin puts a shift in and doesn’t moan every time he doesn’t get an inch perfect pass. Gabbiadini’s simply not good enough.

Reckon Long might do okay under Ralph, scored 15? During Koeman’s first season with a similar style of play. I’d imagine Obefemi/ Barnes could do a similar job but I’d keep Long around until the end of the season at least.

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06 Jan 2019 22:44:18
I just look forward to the day I come on a transfer rumour site and not see it about our transfer rumour outs.

I mean yeah we know who needs to go, I personally like Longs work ethic but he just seems to lack any real outstanding talent on the ball. He seems panicked after his first touch.

Has there been any hearsay of possible ins? I just wouldn't mind seeing us linked with a player who has done well in a decent league.

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08 Jan 2019 02:10:37
There haven't been many solid rumours but here is a list of what I've see:

In:
Mendes - Lille
Maja - Sunderland
Selke - Berlin
Trossard - Genk
Elabdellaoui - Olympiacos

Out:
Gabbiadini
Cédric

We're alleged to buy if we sell.

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02 Jan 2019 22:02:28
Great point earned. Going to be interesting to see who starts between the posts from now on too. Downside to me was Long coming on who just didn't get up to speed. We might have dropped into the relegation zone but this extra point could be invaluable come the end of the season. JWP put in a proper shift tonight. If we need a captain he gets my vote.

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03 Jan 2019 00:29:32
Great start to the New Year!
Well Done to Ralph and his Coaching/ Fitness staff for executing a well thought out and effective plan to capture a result.
Well Done also to all of the Players who operated with great tenacity and effort.
2019 prediction :
ANGUS will be knocking Gareth Southgate’s door down to become England’s new no.1 keeper.
Keep On Marching,

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03 Jan 2019 01:29:24
I think we are all seeing an improvement in performances and players and I agree Vick 4 points from 9 is better than we could have expected. I like what RH is doing with the players particularly defenders like bednarek, Yoshida,
vestergaard, who have definitely improved in the very short time he has been in charge. Yes we have slipped into the bottom 3 but we all know this league is a marathon not a sprint and we are now scoring goals, keeping a clean sheet and allowing youth and reserve players the chance to fight for a first team place. Gunn for McCarthy was a great move, give AM a break but also since Gunn did so well that he is going to have to fight to get back in the team. Xmas is a busy period for games and Derby in the cup gives the team a chance to become more consistent and hopefully a morale boosting win and cup run. I really believe that RH will keep us up and that we will improve over the next 5 months and stop being a soft touch and really become a competitive side again. coyr.

{Ed0333's Note - as I keep saying you’re biggest battle will be keeping you’re manager from the vultures that will circulate. I think he’s a breath of fresh air.

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03 Jan 2019 07:32:28
I haven't seen this well defensively organised Saints team since Koeman's era! I 100% agree with Ralph that it really does not matter how the table looks at the moment. We have had very tough fixtures lately and when Ralph and the boys keep up the good work, I am sure we have more points than Huddersfield, Fulham, Burnley, Cardiff, Newcastle, Palace, Brighton and Bournemouth when the season ends. Or at least more than three of them! :)

Now some January business, dead wood out, freshness in, and we will be just fine. Finally proud to be a Saints fan and looking forward to every game!

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03 Jan 2019 08:11:24
Liked seeing mccarthy dropped, made too many mistakes especially in the last few games. Could actually see Ralph getting pissed off with him.

If you’d offered me 7 points from that run of games before Ralph came in I’d have bit your hand off. Got an ‘easier’ set of games coming up and more training time between them so let’s see where we are in feb.

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03 Jan 2019 10:00:25
Very good result when you consider that Morata cost more than our entire starting 11. I can see us getting 11 points from all the matches leading up to the end of Feb and that's being pessimistic. That's also considering we don't sign any world class players that will score plenty of goals haha

Leicester Away L
Everton Home D
Crystal Palace Home W
Burnley Away D
Cardiff Home W
Arsenal Away L
Fulham Home W

I can see him playing a weakened side against Derby a lot of academy players. Do you think the large introduction of academy players has happened because RH has been told he won't be able to sign anyone in January or because he thinks our main squad isn't good enough?

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03 Jan 2019 13:03:22
We always developed academy players in the past. It's a welcome return to the old ways!

One game at a time but Ralph appears to have given the club its Mojo back.

2019 will see Saints improve no end.

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03 Jan 2019 04:59:57
Hi ed

I think you're right and we as a club must recognise that the pool of good managers is very small and do everything to keep RH, we have experienced how much poor managers cost you financially plus poor player selection policy can have disastrous consequences and set back progress drastically. Let's hope this is remembered. coyr.

{Ed0333's Note - absolutely mate

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03 Jan 2019 18:59:30
Great to be reading so many positive posts again. Ed’s right about the shadowy risk of RH being headhunted in the future, so all the more reason for us to enjoy the good times while they’re here! I would also hope that given the last few seasons, the board will do some serious succession planning so when he does move on, whenever that may be, either there is an external coach they can bring in of the same ilk, or better, a coach from within the club who has learned the ropes under RH, treating him like a mentor.

Its great to see some of the academy players get a chance as said before. I think that the academy players are likely to have a little better energy levels so that may be another motive for RH including them and testing if they’re ready. I think he’s likely to prove a better judge of player potential than previous coaches we have had.

RH has emphasised the type of player SFC would like to sign – young, high energy and physical. Signings not just for now but for the future. I therefore wouldn’t give too much credit to the gossip around players who do not fit that mould. Its inevitable that lazy stories will surface linking us to ex-Leipzig players, anyone in the Bundesliga or even ex-Saints players. Its better to use RH’s own description of what type of player he likes when assessing the likelihood of our interest in a player.

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04 Jan 2019 08:43:06
I would like to see Wanyama returning, though. :)

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02 Jan 2019 21:54:29
Under Hughes I wouldn't expect us to muster a single point against Arsenal, City, and Chelsea so getting 4 pts out of a possible 9 against those three, considering the state we're currently in, is very much welcomed for me. It looks like the transition to an entirely different tactic and training method, in such a short space of time, and happening during mid season in a period where schedules get very congested and matches come by 3 times a week, took a toll on a few of our players, and I think it causes Ralph to have to adapt and manage to fix the player's fitness while also not burning them out for the run of games in such a short space of time, which is no easy feat.

I'm hoping at least after the January transfer window, where the squad takes it's shape, that the identity of football we want to play becomes clearer and players fulfilling their role, at least adequately if not exceptionally. I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll avoid the drop but bar Huddersfield, the other two spots are down there for the taking. Cardiff ain't doing so bad now, eh?

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