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14 Jun 2018 12:23:01
Apparently Saints are looking at Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who could be available for transfer. Is it just me, ordoes he just look like Agustín Delgado!?


1.) 15 Jun 2018 10:08:03
Didn't West Ham try and sign him before and something went wrong? I can't recall if it was a medical or work permit.

2.) 15 Jun 2018 15:47:16
They did, and he was 22 at the time - The issue then was he didn't have enough International Caps.



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.




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06 Jun 2018 16:44:00
I'm just reading that Leicester have met the release clause for Jonny Evans, supposedly £3.5m which to me seems like an absolute steal for a player of his ability and experience. Can't help but think he could have been an ideal addition to the Saints backline, and for what is this days peanuts in terms of money - Thoughts?


1.) 06 Jun 2018 20:14:03
I'd say its almost impossible we haven't looked at him, but I really doubt we'd get him to come here. Unfortunately after last season, we are a less attractive proposition than the likes of Leicester and Everton, and not just for financial reasons.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 21:14:36
I would imagine his age has counted against him in our thinking- the club aim still being to bring on mid-20's players with a mind to improving them and selling them on. £3.5m now is indeed cheap, but you won't profit. Contrast the 1-2 million you might get moving Evans on again to the Virgil sale and you can understand their logic!

Targets like Gibson and Mawson are strong leaders AND have future potential, so I reckon that is the direction we will be heading. I definitely think this does create the risk of a leadership void at the back again though, as we saw this season- I guess we won't know until they all line up in August.

3.) 06 Jun 2018 22:25:38
Probably 120k a week Ona 4 year contract plus 2-5 million signing on fee, bit rich for saints.

4.) 07 Jun 2018 13:28:26
Decent player but age and wage counting against him.



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.




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15 Jun 2018 15:47:16
They did, and he was 22 at the time - The issue then was he didn't have enough International Caps.




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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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13 Jun 2018 17:19:10
I'm afraid so. I think our success with recent signings in past seasons (ala Mane, Wanyama etc) is that we keep it under the radar. As soon as interest comes out in the media it alerts other clubs of potential availability, and we all know that financially Saints can't compete with the top European teams we're battling with.




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12 Jun 2018 12:31:45
I agree! Either Bas Dost, or Nicolai Jørgensen from Feyenoord who is very much in the Rickie Lambert mould.




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10 May 2018 17:13:09
Here Here! Give him a long term contract and let's see what he can do. I personally think he's a good manager, yes it went a little sour at Stoke, but he was there for 5 years! How many other top-flight managers perform consistently for that long? (Apart from Fergie or Wenger)




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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.