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06 Apr 2018 08:43:27
So, another huge weekend of football is upon us, and the question is - Can we beat Arsenal away?

I for one would hope that we start the game as we mean to go on, with intensity and courage - looking to win the 50/ 50 balls and closing down like their life depends upon it - against West Ham we looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

If the words of certain players over the last week are to be believed then maybe, just maybe; they'll give there all and show the sort of fight we need.


1.) 07 Apr 2018 03:59:20
Going to the game with hope
My predictive line up
Cedric Stephens Yoshida Bertrand
Davis. Hoijberg
Jwp. Austin. Simms
Oh and Davis captain Bertrand ain’t no captain shows no leadership on the field at all
This side shows a bit more pace up front
longy can chase harass their back 4 all afternoon with Charlie picking up anything left over
Who Evers in the team show some balls and come off the pitch with your head up and show some passion and grit and get stuck in because arsenal for all their beautiful
Play are rubbish at the back
If we can keep in the game with out conceading early we have a chance to nick one
The key for us will be what’s Hughes set up and whether last weeks gun ho attitude stays or he thinks shut up shop
And try to nick it late arsenal have effective players in midfield so keeping them quite and closed down quickly will be our best chance

{Ed0333's Note - isn’t that 12 players? I’d be more than hopeful if I were you.

2.) 07 Apr 2018 20:35:52
We need all the advantage possible 😂.



13 Mar 2018 09:59:39
I have to say I have mixed feelings about the names being banded around to take over Saints as Manager. In essence I think we do need someone short-term to build confidence, implement the right tactics etc to get results - but then long-term a manager with fresh ideas, free-flowing attacking football. Is that possible in ONE individual that's available right now?

Personally i'd love to see Gordon Strachan back until the end of the season - I remember the job he did when replacing Stuart Gray all those years ago, but long-term could he compete with the 'new breed' of managers ala Poch and Pep as far as tactics are concerned?


1.) 14 Mar 2018 07:21:02
Ben I mentioned Gordon Strachan before Christmas just to be shot down with many comments about how old he was ( 60! ) and wherever he had been he failed. He didn’t fail here, we failed him, well actually Rupert Lowe did. He also in my opinion did well with Scotland considering he didn’t really have a shed load of great players to work with and left when he couldn’t take the team any further. What he would give to us is aggressive motivation in the dressing room which is so desperately lacking and probably make them laugh at the same time as putting the fear of god in them. Just don’t see the credentials of Mark Hughes giving us any more inspiration than we had with MP.



02 Oct 2017 12:50:05
Just read that the Rickie Lambert has decided to hang up his boots. Please, Please, PLEASE! Saints try and find a place for him within the club, either on the coaching roster of working with the academy kids coming through - As someone who I believe falls into the 'Legend' category, and a true lover of the club; I think he'd be a great acquisition.


1.) 02 Oct 2017 13:51:25
Absolutely SaintBen. We have a real problem with scoring at the moment and it's mainly due to confidence belief and there is nobody better to coach them than Rickie.

2.) 02 Oct 2017 13:51:36
Agree with you on that one SaintBen1.

3.) 02 Oct 2017 19:20:03
Well said Saint Ben. I hope we can get him onboard at the club. In a coaching capacity of some kind. We could do with a “this is how you score so many goals! ” coach

I love the fella, enjoy retirement Sir Rickie Lambert!

4.) 05 Oct 2017 21:42:05
At the very least he could teach Tadic a thing or two about taking penalties!

5.) 06 Dec 2017 08:53:07
Maybe we will offer Ricky something but he'll need his qualifications first.



09 May 2017 17:43:29
I've just read that our CEO Gareth Rogers has left the club, to pursue new opportunities.


1.) 09 May 2017 18:48:13
It was announced a few days ago, along with the banal 'restructuring of the Club' and 'nothing to do with any potential takeover'.

2.) 09 May 2017 23:28:40
He was pushed, he didn't jump. allegedly.



16 Aug 2016 08:49:10
A friend of mine was travelling to Manchester last night from Southampton, and said that sitting at the front row of the plane was Jose Fonte (looking very suave all suited and booted)

From this I can only surmise that he was either going for talks or is currently in talks with Manchester United or possibly Everton.


1.) 16 Aug 2016 09:14:14
I don't want him to go at all! but if he goes it would have to be UTD, if he ended up at Everton then Les Reed needs to be sacked!

2.) 16 Aug 2016 09:54:23
That's funny because he is currently smiling in pictures with the rest of the team at staplewood.

3.) 16 Aug 2016 10:19:57
And I would suspect that those pictures were taken yesterday, because he was definitely on that plane.

4.) 16 Aug 2016 10:25:11
And is it not possible to go to and from Manchester in one day? Let alone an evening or afternoon?

I don't know why people post 'rumours' on this site if they're immediately going to be accused of being false or a liar.

A good friend of mine told me that he saw Fonte on his flight, and as he's been a Saints fan for many years I have confidence that he actually knows what Jose looks like!

5.) 16 Aug 2016 10:46:21
No if he was going up there to sign why would he come back and train with saints it doesn't make sense. I didn't call you a liar either just saying what the club are currently putting out. You say you have faith in the rumour but your defensive reaction says otherwise.

6.) 16 Aug 2016 11:23:52
Talks with a club can take many days even weeks - I didn't say he was signing (to be honest I have no clue about that! ) - He was flying somewhere. and I may have put 4+4 together and come up with 5, all I know if what I have been told.

I really hope he doesn't go, I think being our captain and also such a consistent performer; he's probably our most valuable player.

My suspicion is, Saints have said to him - Talk with whichever club has shown the interest, see what they have to offer and then decide where you want to be. I hope the fact that he is training means he decided to stay in Hampshire.

7.) 16 Aug 2016 11:28:36
Also, I'm not sure if people have seen this, but the Daily Echo released an article this morning discussing Jose Fonte (and Charlie Austin) and when reading this, it does sound very much like the words have been written by the club (only using the DE as way of getting this info into the media) . It may be me being a little pessimistic - and after reading the words "We've offered the player a very good package, and we're confident they'll be here for the coming years" so many times over the last 3 summers. I think i'm allowed to be! ;-)

8.) 16 Aug 2016 11:31:38
Saint Ben I am sorry just re read my posts and both unecessary they were knee jerk reactions out of frustration with the current situation. I think we can all agree we want saints to be successful, there is just a lot of negativity around the club right now when really we should be positive. We have Europa league football we have resigned in my opinion all of our best players from last season and added to that. I know we have lost good players but those players also let us down at times last season. So again I am sorry for the comments.

9.) 16 Aug 2016 11:39:45
Also Arsenal are now being linked as well, and they definitely need defenders. let's get Chambers back!

10.) 16 Aug 2016 11:35:26
According to the Telegraph, Fonte isn't first choice for UTD. Varane is. Eds, do you know if there is any truth behind this?

{Ed001's Note - Varane is not going there though, hence the move for Fonte.}

11.) 16 Aug 2016 12:08:05
Arsenal are linked with many players and seldom dot hey get them. Also, who would Arsenal buy a defender because they are very weak in that area and then immediately loan another one out?

12.) 16 Aug 2016 12:49:43
Because there were talks of them loaning him out that's why!

13.) 16 Aug 2016 14:56:35
It's a standard summer transfer window for us. Let's just hope the new players and the new manager we have brought in can continue the trend for improvement.
I'm happy with what we have bought so far and if we can get quality replacements for any other outgoings I'd be happy too. Plenty of time left in the window to get the work done and I'd rather get the right players than expensively panic buy to keep us fans happy. Onwards and upwards.

14.) 16 Aug 2016 17:07:30
I appreciate that this is a rumour site and anyone can post whatever they like, but “It was definitely him because my mate said so” just doesn’t cut it for me. I just cannot see Jose flying on the same types of planes that we would, he would have a private plane provided by Manchester United if he was going for talks with them. He definitely wouldn’t be getting a £60 Jet2 flight, that’s for sure!

15.) 16 Aug 2016 18:57:17
Why not? Why would they pay stupid money for a private jet from Southampton? I can absolutely see why he would jump on a plane from the airport. It's not like it's deadline day and they are trying to get someone in from Italy or Spain.

16.) 19 Aug 2016 14:37:12
Last season I saw Koeman at Southampton Central. Not everyone travels by Bat Mobile.




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09 Jan 2018 11:30:13
Does anyone know how the VVD sale was structured? I've read reports today mentioning we've only received £17m upfront.


1.) 09 Jan 2018 18:49:13
Like most transfers, I assume the fee is spread out over a number of years. From memory (I read an article on this a few years back), the fee is often spread out over the length of the initial contract, with deals varying as to whether this is spread evenly or front loaded. From the sound of things, VVD deal was quite 'buyer friendly' (i. e. evenly spread out rather than big initial payments), hence the high total value of 75mil.

I'm not certain of all this though, maybe eds know if this is right?

{Ed001's Note - I don't have a clue, I have little interest in this kind of thing to be honest. None of it will reach you or I, so I fail to see what difference it makes?}

2.) 09 Jan 2018 19:56:53
Maybe if you knew who I was you wouldn't be saying that.

3.) 09 Jan 2018 21:15:54

4.) 09 Jan 2018 21:21:33
Just read we could be going for Kelechi Iheanacho,
Any thoughts on this personally I would be happy with this he definitely knows where the net is
Struggled at Leicester but maybe he just doesn't suit the system he's young enough and has bags of potential.

5.) 09 Jan 2018 22:25:48
Rumoured in the summer. personally think it would be a good signing. also bod I have to ask . erm what? Who are you? Is this your Friday night? Hahahahah.



14 Aug 2017 18:14:55
Not a rumour, but thought i'd mention it. While sitting in a traffic Jam yesterday afternoon in Lyndhurst, a certain Mauricio Pellegrino walked past my car looking in all directions (like he was new to the area and checking out the sights) . Maybe he's living there?


1.) 14 Aug 2017 20:57:11
He was looking for Virgil.

{Ed002's Note - He is in Thunderbird 2. }

2.) 15 Aug 2017 06:46:31
Thunderbirds are go Ed?

{Ed001's Note - F A B.}



11 Aug 2017 13:00:02
Ha Ha! Love the fact that Philippe Coutinho has handed in Transfer Request at Liverpool!

Obviously, if they are to follow they're own advice they MUST let him go to the 'so called' bigger club in order to fulfill his promise!?!? LOL (with Virgil Van Dijk in mind! )


1.) 11 Aug 2017 16:44:35
Kloppcat been at it again by the look of it and it's backfired big style. He will now be under pressure and may walk!
Wonder what VVD thinks now if Pipco goes: could play in our favour as the red men are in a mess. Really looking forward to tomorrow. Come on Saints.



19 Jun 2017 11:08:11
I'd like us to hire a tried/ tested International Manager for the Saints post. As we are now a club departmentalized, and the managers not responsible for signing players etc. I think an excellent tactician, man-manager and motivator would be a great fit for us! - I'm think Chris Coleman, or possibly Jurgen Klinsmann?


1.) 19 Jun 2017 14:26:10
That's an interesting idea, but international football is very different from club football, Klinsmann for example was fired at Bayern after one season and Philip Lahm said that players often set up the strategy before the game, due to his lack of tactical knowledge.

This was a long time ago when he was just starting as a coach, but he's been criticised heavily since. Jimmy Conrad (former US national team player said that he lacked style, rotated the players far too often (he dropped Oliver Kahn for Jens Lehmann with Germany) and is known for blaming his players, directly, in press conferences.
I believe that his successes have come from the talent at his disposal, Lahm and Donovan led his teams; not him.

I do not know as much about Coleman but I do not feel, having watched Wales at the Euros, that he is really what Southampton are in need of.

I like the look of Marcelo Gallardo of River Plate in Argentina.



16 Jun 2017 08:47:06
I'd like to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst take the reins at Saints - He may be relatively inexperienced with only 2 years of management under his belt; but during that time at Feyenoord he's won both the Cup and also the Dutch Title (first time in 19 years! ) .

I think he's the sort of level we need to be pitching at.


1.) 16 Jun 2017 09:23:59
I certainly wouldn't bet against that, ex pro, young ambitious, ticks all the boxes for saints.




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18 Jan 2018 09:29:03
Always seemed to me as a very 'raw' talent - Quick as a whippet and bags of ability, just seemed to struggle to put that into something tangible on the pitch. Don't get me wrong though, would love us to buy him! ;-)




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04 Jan 2018 14:55:00
Just read that Everton are willing to let Kevin Mirallas go. I've always been a fan - Pacey and can add some much needed creativity.




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30 May 2017 14:04:15
Jonah's not keen on another player leaving then.




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12 May 2017 08:50:29
I agree! Marco Silva reminds me of Pochettino, and his style of play will definitely get the fans back onside. I'd also consider David Wagner at Huddersfield - He;s done a great job there and having spent time at Borussia Dortmund beforehand, he comes from good stock ;-)




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09 May 2017 14:25:10
I agree with the above. Although I love J-Rod, he needs to now ply his trade at pastures new. Gallagher based on his performances this season deserves a place on the bench for the next campaign. I would keep both Targett and McQueen (as they can play in multiple positions, and we still don't know the future of Bertrand) and IMO, the rumours of Gylfi Sigursson would be as a replacement for Tadic.

I also think that our squad will be culled anyway during the close season, as no doubt there will be other 'fringe/ youth' players being added to the group AND as they'll be no Europa League fixtures next year, our squad can be trimmed (in the Directors eyes anyway! ) ;-)





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18 Jan 2018 09:33:27
Apparently he'll be joined in his medical by Inigo Idiakez and Stern John!




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05 Jan 2018 12:57:46
Strachan is available, and a bit left-field; but so is Roy Keane if you want rockets up bottoms! ;-)

I would have loved Chris Coleman as our manager - As I've said before, as a club we're more set-up to suit an International Manager (ie. The club signs the players, not the manager) - Coleman is terrific at molding a team with the players at his disposal.




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05 Jan 2018 12:03:44
I would say that Carillo could be an interesting addition - On paper he looks like the Target man we need (and never replaced when we sold Pelle) - But he is an unknown in the Premier League, and you could argue that in our lowly position we require proven performers. Andy Carroll would be just that, but we could never afford his wages.




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12 Oct 2017 17:28:49
Agreed! I can't remember the last time we had a confident Attacking Midfielder that would shoot on-sight (unless I go back to the days of Glenn Cockerill, Jimmy Case and Barry Horne! ) . I used to think Tadic could be that player, but he's more up and down than a flight of stairs.




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18 Aug 2017 12:32:07
My feeling is that MP has taken a look at Gallagher and declared that he's not yet ready for the step up into the Saints team. Interestingly the Number 9 shirt is still vacant - I would bet money on us still looking for that Target Man to sign ;-)