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04 Nov 2018 23:16:31
I am pleased after poking a stick at a hornets nest that so many have now become united with their recognition of the 'deep rooted' problems that exist within and hopefully will be sorted soon!
Onwards and Upwards!

St John

1.) 05 Nov 2018 14:30:16
Please stop just ignoring all debate and all points made by others. Even more so, please stop writing posts purely to give yourself a pat on the back.

2.) 05 Nov 2018 18:33:39
To be fair St. John, you appeared to promote a response to your post from 123, however little in response to the other points made by him/ her and others. It’s good people disagree, which keeps sites like this going (obvs with much and fine work from Ed’s) . It is widely accepted we are in a hole, I personally think offering Hughes a 3 year contract was a mistake and said at the time, but on the other hand I don’t think we are in free fall or in need of protests. yet.

I think this is a fair point as going over old ground is almost as bad as when there weren’t any posts.

As you can probably tell I believe mistakes have been made, I do think it is reasonable for the board to update the fans, however the truth is they do once per season via an interview. However I also believe in supporting the team - as frustrating as it can be.

3.) 05 Nov 2018 19:50:19
Debate is great and I love hearing about people's differing opinions - genuinely I do. I just find it infuriating to see a debate conducted like this one was. I wrote a post arguing against something, only to see a post the next day just saying the matter was closed with the poster clearly right! That's not how a discussion/ debate/ argument, whatever you want to call it, works. Not helpful, and not productive.

Anyway, I've said my bit. Listen if you like or think I'm a @*#$@ if you prefer. Here's to arguing about who to credit for our turnaround in 6 months time, St John!



02 Nov 2018 00:13:33
EC Saint you seem to have missed the point by defending the current Board. Actually it was Nicola Cortese who was exec Chairman and CEO of SFC Board who brought in both Adkins followed by Pochettino. In fact Pochettino decided to quit the club when Cortese resigned in 2014.The SFC charge of being 'well run'is not disputed Surely those ( highly remunerated) individual/ s who are responsible for employing 3 dud managers 3 years runnning along with the purchase of sub-standard players combining towards the loss of millions of pounds should at least be held accountable. THAT'S My POINT.
Tee jay saint your post is on the money, AND Milky saint. YES
Keep on Marching!

St John

1.) 03 Nov 2018 16:46:43
I stand corrected about Cortese and his role up to 2014, although our current board's governance in hiring Koeman, clearing the huge debt that Cortese created and enactment of club philosophy, at least for me, warrant complete trust in their plans. I do not see many clubs in World football who have managed to do what this board has, without enormous investment and so this "accountability" you speak of is either their jobs or their pride. After the last, quite vitriolic conference where Kreuger was on the brink of tears, there's only one option left if we are to turn on them, again.

I would attribute some of our scouting troubles to the changing market, finding another Mané, VVD or Shaw is increasingly difficult when transfer fees are so inflated and clubs are tapping up youth players at younger and younger ages - look at Monaco and Real Madrid. I think it's admirable that we are trying to maintain an English core, have just hired a new youth scout and are competing with bigger clubs for players like Robise and Jankewitz. Mark Hughes is not my first choice for a manager but the dissent is not called for.



31 Oct 2018 00:54:43
It is alarming to note the displeasure and discontent surrounding Southampton FC at present concerning Board members and team Management (who are responsible for the current Club's demise. The Chairman must address the Southampton supporters and explain the Club's intentions and future direction before the current situation becomes more toxic.

MH / LR / RW positions to be reviewed with the high probability of replacement. If this problem is not resolved quick smart I fear a more militant action will be taken by local supporters resulting in the boycotting of future home games.

Perhaps the club should consider an approach for Wagner (Huddersfield) / Jokanovic (Fulham) Benitez (Newcastle) / Rodgers (Celtic) to start the ball rolling. All of these coaches (excepting Rodgers) are in a similar position to our own battling the prospect of relegation but all have much inferior squads to ours but have the advantage of managers capable of producing some exciting attacking football
which SFC were renowned for in the past.

No 'll will toward MH (who has reached his capabilities) and should now consider being put out to graze in the Championship/ League1 with all the ex premiership and "nearly made it" managers - over to you Ralph!
St John.

St John

1.) 31 Oct 2018 05:17:11
Benitez is hardly known for free flowing football. I like the irony of every manager you suggest we look at technically doing a worse job than Hughes is this season (except Brendan)!

I do agree though, although not sure we could convince any of them to abandon ship midseason. I think Wagner could be a great option if Huddersfield go down and we manage to survive.

Maybe Pep's bored of winning. We know he likes Redmond!

2.) 31 Oct 2018 11:11:52
haha pep.
i personally think fulham have a better squad than us, but jokavonic doesn't seem to be able to get mawson, chambers etc, to defend properly. agree with wagner, and about benitez, do we want see good football, but lose, or benitez style, but get results?

3.) 31 Oct 2018 19:12:09
Think the problem with Fulham is they've thrown a defence together very quickly with lots of new players. Firmly believe they'll get better.

Saintlad, we had benitez style with results. It was called Claude Puel, and we forced him out because that wasn't enough for us.




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02 Dec 2018 23:48:07
Alarm Bells are ringing! (don't know if this is true) but recently read a post saying that when Garry Monk was captaining Swansea City FC his auto-biography (Chapter7 ) suggests that Paulo Sousa ( who was their coach/ manager at that time) was next to useless in every. respect and seconded by ex Saints player Oakley who was with Laicester City FC when Sousa was appointed manager there.
PLEASE make absolutely sure we are not caught out once again!
Hasenhutti / Sanchez Flores / Jardim still look good!
Keep On Marching!

St John

1.) 03 Dec 2018 03:19:39
Don't know what's up with his record in England but did pretty well with Basel, Tel Aviv and Videoton, also his first season at Fiorentina. Agree with your other suggestions there.

2.) 03 Dec 2018 17:48:43
Garry Monk please.

3.) 03 Dec 2018 20:55:43
I’d be happy to have Monk or Flores as manager, at any point in the future (or now if Hazelnut has a change of mind) but definitely wouldn’t want Paulo Sousa anywhere near the hot seat. Not a fan of his.



13 Nov 2018 11:06:09
Definitely support The Transfer Tavern's article that Roberto Martinez would easily be the best coach/ manager to take Southampton FC forward for the long term project.
Keep On Marching!

St John

1.) 13 Nov 2018 18:51:22
Not a fan of the TT myself but do agree he would be a definite step up from what we have. Yes inevitably Wigan went down, but that was whilst winning the cup and keeping them up for several seasons on a low budget.

Do I believe we have any chance whatsoever? No. Belgium national manager and linked to more financially beneficial jobs elsewhere.

However, I think some of the names mentioned on here are both a step up and realistic, so there is hope. I would never wish for saints to lose but if we do against Fulham then in some respects it could turn out to be a good longer term result.



13 Nov 2018 06:50:33
Unbelievable! The statement from Ralph that the Board are. 'Happy' with MH and results at the present time. He could have conveyed an appropriate message to the fans without empathising the Boards' ' Happiness at the current situation.
However in the circumstances it is fair to give MH one last shot against Fulham FC.
( or is there an ulterior motive? ( with the. crafty Board waiting to see if either manager from league positions 19 and 20 are given ' the chop ) 'before approaching them and thus avoiding paying any compensation to either club!
Keep On Marching.

St John

1.) 13 Nov 2018 18:54:19
If agree, I too found RK’s support of Hughes odd, given the articles of late pointing to the terrible points to game ratio and he said judge him after 38 games. last season he only had 30 I’ll admit, but he still only accrued 28 points combined.

2.) 13 Nov 2018 19:54:48
I fail to see how they can back MH. The man doesn't seem to know his best 11, picks out of form players, makes strange substitutions and doesn't seem to be able to motivate the players. He has his bad luck speech ready for after match interviews and it's pretty much the same speech every week. I believe he's out of his depth and has lost the dressing room. Piece of advice Mark - If you keep doing the same things expect the same result.

3.) 13 Nov 2018 21:50:55
They have to publically say that to be honest but that still won’t stop us looking for replacements
It’s only a matter of time before he goes I’d like it to be early December then at least who ever we bring in have a month to assess the team and then strengthen in Jan
We can only wish.

4.) 14 Nov 2018 00:15:29
I recall RK saying he doesn’t have any plans to buy in Jan.



07 Nov 2018 02:17:35
To Hugh Gage on transfer tavern site ( can't seem to get my reply to go through ) . I support your comments 100%.

St John



06 Nov 2018 23:52:21
Week after week we read excuses from the manager and various players that ' we must learn from this' or 'we 'must do better'or this didn't happen' (with little or no change) perhaps only a Thought suggestion (although realising it's impractible and could never be applied) that as full time professionals' they should be put on ' apprentice' wages until such times they have mastered their trade - and watch a rapid correction!

St John

1.) 08 Nov 2018 09:30:46
Or change their wage structure to be 'heavily' weighted towards a win-bonus? (say, a 30/ 70 split)

2.) 08 Nov 2018 13:10:11
good shout little Benny!




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03 Dec 2018 21:55:29
Terrific news! Relegatiion will seem like a bad dream. Congratulations to Chairman and SFC Board On this astute appointment.
Keep On Marching!

St John



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09 Nov 2018 01:31:55
Figo- agree with most of your comments re World Cup players (Belgium) but to bring together players ( 12 with EPL experience) majority from top 4 EPL clubs plus inter-continental players all used to various club methods and reimpose your own management style/ coaching/ training methods/ planning/ instruction/ motivation/ tactics squad/ team selection/ discipline and understanding are key requirements at this level and deserve recognition
Keep on Marching.

St John



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08 Nov 2018 23:36:37
Yes tick for him ( Hassenhutti) included in my top 6 (open for criticism) as probably reaching for the stars!
Raif Rangnick ( manager or DOF )
Roberto Martinez
Brendan Rodgers
Leonardo Jardim
Eddie Howe
Absolute wild cards David Wagner and Slav Jokanovic
At least we’re on the move now!

St John



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07 Nov 2018 08:18:47
The very same Martinez who coached Belgium to the 2018 World Cup Semi- Finals ( not too shabby )! but the other two managers referred to are also very good candidates.
Keep on Marching!

St John



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28 Nov 2018 09:47:51
Don’t know why - maybe all prospective replacement candidates need more time to commit. No news on new DOF either!
Keep On Marching!
ps. would like to see the exact team for Man U except for the inclusion of Bednarek and Gabbiadini with Yoshi/ Stephens and Obafermi returning to the bench.
( Has MH got the balls)?

St John



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26 Nov 2018 03:11:08
What on Earth are the Board waiting for? Dilly Dallying and delaying critical decisions once again. Perhaps more suspensions/ injuries will force the selection of a few youngsters who can get a result ( although Hughes would claim any credit ) This would not avoid future ‘favoured selection’ / substitution stuff-ups! A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots! The current ‘old school’ coaching methods don’t cut it in the EPL these days. Maybe if the team were to play ensuing home matches in an empty stadium until the present severity is addressed and acted upon by the Board. People power will prevail!
PS. Were our football gurus ‘asleep at the wheel’ when Mitrovic became available for transfer (at a reasonable fee) when we so desperately needed a C/ F at that time? and still do!
Keep On Marching!

St John



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21 Nov 2018 01:48:26
As it’s been a subdued fortnight here is a suggested team to face Fulham fc REGARDLESS of. Suspensions / injuries (. open to. criticism/ opinion)!
McCarthy Yoshida ( capt) Bednarek Stephens Targett Lemina Hojsberg Armstrong Gabbiadini. Gallagher Elyounoussi (Ings) If 100% fit?
Subs- Gunn Cedric JWP Vestergaard Romeu Redmond Obafemi. ( assuming Physios/ surgeons working on Ings Austin and Long at present)! Here’s hoping for a win at the week-end!
Keep On Marching!

St John



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21 Nov 2018 00:17:24
Jokavonic - If Saints score more than they concede each time - who cares? ( difficult to repair all of the damage in one foul swoop ) - however perhaps he could tie the bootlaces together. of Hoedt and Cedric to prevent them becoming our top scorers! ( and that’s providing he was to select them both.!
Keep On Marching!

St John



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20 Nov 2018 01:14:31
Some interesting names put forward. re our probable coach/ manager replacement. Slavisa Jokanovic& David Wagner are. the most realistic appointments (in the current circumstances ) and both are still very much an upgrade on our present status. Both their teams (past/ present) play good premiership football and are more than capable of achieving better results with the right tools ( you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear! . Believe the Fulham team is already set up to improve. Since watching Derby County perform of late perhaps Frank Lampard would also be a candidate consideration. Keep On Marching!

St John