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27 Dec 2017 18:40:29
VVD to Liverpool? Thanks for the 75 million. No loss to us. he was not any good for us this year. we can buy 3 quality players for this amount! ( let's hope so! )


1.) 27 Dec 2017 19:05:20
Where do we invest the money?
New GK
New creative midfielder
New Striker
New manager, reinvest the money to get in a quality manager and use the money to pay their wages. A bit like Newcastle with RB.

2.) 27 Dec 2017 19:36:52
Staying in the premier league. then get the black box an update.

3.) 27 Dec 2017 21:09:06
I think the bulk will be spent next transfer window as you’ll know if you stayed up or if the money can buffer the money lost from relegation.

4.) 27 Dec 2017 22:28:23
I actually think fair play to the saints board in regards to selling van Dijk. If you consider the facts it is crazy. Man U payed £75 million for Lukaku, and man city were wanting Alexis Sanchez for £50 million, and now Liverpool are getting VVD, who is a Southampton defender, and also an overrated one at that, for £75 million!
In regards to spending money, I personally think we need a new GK as Forster's reactions aren't very good, and that could have saved a few points this season. the other thing we need is another striker to replace long. Kane has scored something like 43 goals since long last scored! i'm not sure about the new manager. sacking a manager doesn't necessarily sort out all the problems as you have seen. A lot of saints fans are now saying 'we should have kept Puel' so sacking a manager I don't think is a good idea unless we have someone such as Thomas Tuchel as a definite replacement.

5.) 28 Dec 2017 01:24:11
I agree Saint bod; I'm open to sacking the manager, but not just for the sake of it. If you have a clear vision of who should replace him and what they'll bring to the table, then fine.

Tuchel would be amazing but I'll believe that when I see it! Doesn't need to be a big name necessarily, I just want to see that there's a plan if they do sack him, rather than just a panic move.

6.) 28 Dec 2017 10:55:01
Glad it's finally done.

Board has done well getting that fee.

We definitely need to spend the money.

7.) 28 Dec 2017 11:05:40
Admittedly i'm a distant Saints fan following from the TV and Web, having moved from Soton 10 yrs ago, but Why not take Koeman back. he's out of work, we played great under him, and he'll think twice about going to a supposed bigger club in the future. with all due respect, Pellegrino is a step back from Puel, who was about as positive as Sturrock, Wigly, Gray!

8.) 28 Dec 2017 11:38:07
Agree 1863 shows that Puel did a pretty good job.

9.) 28 Dec 2017 16:48:15
I'd welcome back Koeman - it was a good combination when he was the manager.

10.) 29 Dec 2017 07:30:39
Why not stick jhaidi in charge until we find a replacement what damage can be done that already hasn't? The man has a great attitude seems to getting the best out of U23's as a temporary fix because my honest opinion the team ain't playing for MP no more.



24 Aug 2017 14:59:55
Foster has lost his place in The England squad. Do we have a goalkeeping coach? Work on his mobility. He has to be more than just a stopper.


1.) 24 Aug 2017 15:10:39
I'd imagine Forster isn't easily coached. he seems like he's about as dumb as a plank if you've ever seen an interview of him.

2.) 24 Aug 2017 16:02:31
He's just so awkward . he's not natural even the shots he does save is like a shovel or the ball just hitting him. With a big guy you'd expect mobility to not be as good, find it more difficult to get down but would expect him to be an beast claiming everything in the air and dominating his box scaring the life out if anyone who goes near him. he does nothing. A gentle giant who's been found out . dropped and rightly so.

3.) 24 Aug 2017 17:08:14
Wow this is getting a bit harsh, don't have to assassinate our own players do we? Can't we just say he's on a bad run of form and it would be a good idea to sign a decent keeper and let the two of them compete for the jersey. Surely we can find a solid keeper for 8 millon, this is getting silly. If forster re-finds his form, then we still have a decent back up option.

4.) 24 Aug 2017 19:01:02
Had this conversation with an ed previously he stated Forster hasn't trained on since he left Newcastle. How can you be that big and not terrify attackers Utd 3rd in cup final prime example scream and come off your line nobody wouldn't flinch. He has to decide knuckle down train and change or loose first team place. If he comes for crosses and misses it's better than standing still.

NO goalie should be beaten in the air from a cross if they time it right they are all 6' to 6'6 and have a 2 foot reach Ronaldo doesn't leap 8' 6 keep getting improved contracts doesn't help.
I don't like to slate any player but he needs to hear some comments watch videos and improve
Chuffed for yosh great servant always tries sometimes unlucky and versatile squad player.

5.) 24 Aug 2017 21:24:08
A 16 month run of bad form is not bad form. its just poor. I don't think we as fans should get on his back. but he hasn't been good enough for a long time and I hope saints are looking at other options.

6.) 24 Aug 2017 22:41:15
Sorry Ben, I'll try to phrase everything in meek platitudes from now on.

This is a forum where people post opinions, and therefore criticism is surely allowed. Otherwise what the hell is the point. Granted I probably got a bit personal but I was kidding and I sincerely doubt he's reading.

7.) 24 Aug 2017 23:14:43
Come on he has been nowhere near as bad as people have made out. He didn't have the best of seasons last year, but nor did a lot of our players, have some faith.

8.) 24 Aug 2017 23:34:31
Side note. don't agree that you can pin Ibra's winner in the final on Forster whatsoever. CB's should never allow a striker a free header from that distance and in so much space. Even more so when that striker happens to be probably the best header of the ball of his generation (except Lambert, of course) .

9.) 25 Aug 2017 07:56:06
Didn't pin it on him was just an example of what he needs to improve he just stands there most of the time and the ball hits him. He needs to use his size to make the forward think about him then by default not time the finish.

10.) 25 Aug 2017 09:19:31
When Forester first arrived, he looked quality at commanding the box from corners. He'd come out from corners and get the ball everytime. Maybe he has lost confidence because of all the defensive departments. But most goals we concede he just seems rooted.

11.) 25 Aug 2017 10:16:06
To be fair on him, he suffered a really bad injury, and he hasn't been the same really since coming back. As other have said for a keeper his size you would expect him to at the very least command his box and claim crosses etc. He looks a beast but doesn't act like one. If he did that you could let his poor level of ahot stopping slide. but his shot stopping is poor (the ones he does keep out he seems to push straight in to danger) his presence in the box is poor, he's slow, and his kicking at times last year was shockingly bad. You look at pickford who is tiny in comparison, but offers so much more as a keeper. I wish we'd bought butland instead of forster.

12.) 25 Aug 2017 17:06:32
His best spell for the club was when he got back from injury under Koeman which saw us reach 6th in the league!

13.) 26 Aug 2017 08:54:00
St Sam totally agree. He came back in and kept a run of clean sheets. I think he isn't confident in the defence in front of him.

14.) 26 Aug 2017 18:37:58
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Fraser Forster has kept 35 clean sheets in the Premier League - more than any other English goalkeeper.

15.) 27 Aug 2017 14:59:01
He wasn't too shabby yesterday against Huddersfield.



22 Aug 2017 20:08:11
Hoedt has signed! Well done Les!5 year contract., Young and very promising.


1.) 25 Aug 2017 19:33:05
We'll take him off your hands in a couple of seasons.



14 Aug 2017 17:21:49
80% Chinese owned. Must be a good thing as the ownership of SFC now has some stability. Sort VVD situation out ie keep him and buy a
player who can put the ball in the net then we can successfully move forward.




19 Jul 2017 20:35:34
Anyone who thinks the current squad will score goals must be watching a different team to me. We can't score and we desperately need a proven striker. We will struggle this year unless we sign two players capable of scoring.


1.) 19 Jul 2017 23:22:41
No - the whole point is that we will be watching a different team to you. You're talking about last years team. I'm talking about next years team, and saying there is more to scoring more goals than just putting new players out there. Good players are an important component, but so is the system, belief, intensity etc. A new manager could be the difference. It could not. Who knows, but I'm not going to write off a season before it started just because we didn't spend big on a striker.

Also who do you want us to sign? I've heard people say Remy. well I know another striker who scored a lot of goals a few years ago and has been injured since. His name is Charlie Austin, why not give him a second chance instead? Or people say Bony - see above.

Or maybe you want a younger striker who's clearly shown potential but hasn't put it together yet. Well, no need for a 20m risk on Vietto, we have Gabbiadini. You know, the guy you were singing songs about a couple of months ago. Or a pacer winger. Boufal, Redmond, Sims. take your pick.

Or do we need a CM with potential? We have Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg and Clasie. With experience then. Steven Davis.

Just because we don't sign players doesn't mean we aren't looking or we have an incompetent board. It could just mean that the board can't find any affordable players that improve us, and don't want to spend money on players that don't make us better. We have good options and a lot of them clearly have the potential to do more next season. A lot of money has been spent by PL teams, which means by January there'll be a lot of very expensive players sitting on the benches of teams who gave into their fans impatience.

2.) 20 Jul 2017 06:26:18
Thank you 123! Some bloody sense!

3.) 20 Jul 2017 07:57:47
I think we need someone who can unlock a defence Bougainville redmond and tadic are good but they all lack the consistency to make a killer pass.

4.) 20 Jul 2017 09:35:38
Well said 123, but, to caviat that, we do need to spend some money on a quality centre back. I keep seeing rumours linking us with pacey wingers/ strikers with potential and youth, but I agree with you regarding those players and the need to spend given that many of them
are potential expensive gambles. BUT, we do need to start at the back and get someone in who can give the players some confidence in the back four. VVD, if he stays, which is a big if, will continue to be linked with other clubs and will just unsettle the rest of the squad. We need someone who can partner him and step up if and when he does go.

5.) 20 Jul 2017 09:50:11
Saint123 well said. We had for the majority a young team last year who I think will only improve.
We don't need to panic buy. We have good young prospects.
One thing I do trust the board in is there ability to find the right player. So if it's needed I'm sure they will do it.

6.) 20 Jul 2017 10:23:46
We need to find another Mane someone with pace, that can add goals and assists. We need an attacking midfielder who's comfortable playing through the middle too, for me Tadic isn't good enough.




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17 Jan 2018 17:41:07
Walcott has joined Everton. thank the Lord for that. he will be out injured within no time.


1.) 17 Jan 2018 18:17:44
Good luck to Theo Walcott in his new adventure at Goodison Park. May you do well there (in any game unless it involves the Saints, of course) . Good lad.



16 Jan 2018 19:12:58
No momentum, no passion, from The Board and the manager. Are we really destined to go down without a whimper?


1.) 16 Jan 2018 19:26:05
There’s been more than enough whimpers on here.

2.) 16 Jan 2018 22:07:46
What really bugs me is why with so many supporters feeling very disillusioned about this season is that the board just go and hide in some cave and hope something positive happens soon to get them off the hook. In politics and business usually when there is discontent a spokesman will come out and give a statement addressing the concerns ( usually a lot of twaddle I know) but at least that happens.

What I mean is that we as supporters seem to be unimportant when it comes to decisions made at the club which I suppose is fair but it would be nice if the club acknowledged our worries and tried to explain that they are aware and dealing with it. Any club to supporter contact would be nice, all we seem to get is odd tweets etc. from the players to stick with them. Surely that message should come from their employers.

3.) 17 Jan 2018 06:53:27
RK did that interview for that exact reason. You (or at least fans in general) complained that it was a load of twaddle.

Their job isn’t to baby impatient and stupid fans through every bit of bad form. It’s to try and fix that, and just because they don’t announce their every move in doing that doesn’t mean it’s not happeninH.

4.) 17 Jan 2018 19:48:42
having a different opinion doesn't imply 'stupidity'
thought we were all Saints fans on here, so why the insults?

5.) 17 Jan 2018 21:27:43
123 this is an opinion site to air your views not school where you have to be told off by the non elected headmaster that you’re a naughty boy. Stupid is a very immotive word that can imply many things but the one thing I can say is that it is not a word that should be used on a banter site regardless of your personal views. Disagreement is fine we all expect that but let’s leave it at that shall we.

6.) 17 Jan 2018 22:23:48
*emotive - ah irony.

7.) 17 Jan 2018 23:20:45
Not according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary.



04 Jan 2018 12:17:04
Everton getting a new player in at the start of the transfer window. Why aren't we.?


1.) 04 Jan 2018 12:35:51
If they think sick note Theo Walcott is going to turn us around I personally think they are deluded. Love Theo but he’s not the answer and please don’t let MP be instrumental in the signing any new players in this window. We need a manager that knows the PL back to front . Why can’t the board see this .

2.) 04 Jan 2018 12:50:19
Krug. sounds like RL! Another non football expert who told us we had the best squad in our history-the year we were relegated! Hope they are right about lightening!

3.) 04 Jan 2018 15:20:34
Agreed, was my first thought when I read it was RL. Not a big fan of the board but the manager should be at least 8 points better off. We have been lucky to have some of the wins that we do have on the board.



30 Dec 2017 20:43:28
No "one shot" Forster in goal. at least there was spirit there today and one point is very welcome! xx.


1.) 31 Dec 2017 11:10:11
Poisons gone now
so maybe it did effect the dressing room all they can do now is get a striker in and if we have that team spirit we will get results starting with palace.

2.) 31 Dec 2017 14:55:39
Another impressive performance and whilst a point was well deserved, its another game where I feel we can rightly be aggrieved at not getting all three. This is the true reflection of our season to date; we are not a terrible football side with players who don’t care and a manager incapable of matching his peers. We simply lack the crucial goalscorers that make us daunting in attack and without doubt, would have seen us 10-12 points better off this season.

If MP is going to be criticised by many posters on here after every bad performance, which I personally would instead lay on the players, he should be praised after every good one, and in my view there have been many this season. So many games where, if we had only converted one or two of the chances created, we would be much higher in the league. We have a young squad without strong, experienced leadership on the pitch and they deserve patience and encouragement rather than fans tearing their hair out after every dip in form and frustrating result. We are not a top six side and that realistically means we are competing with about 10 other teams for the next handful of places in the league. Here we are entering the new year and the doom that so many of you predicted for our club has not appeared. We’re not in the bottom three. Who would’ve guessed!?

It was nice to read Saints123’s post amidst the usual negative posts (written before the Man U game) criticising everything and everyone at the club. His was the sole voice of reason. Things haven’t gone wrong overnight. This is a transitional season where we have a very young first team squad, many still learning their roles and trying to apply them against very good opposition at the highest level in this country. Selling our players has finally left us short, not simply of talent but of experienced leaders in the first team squad.

All could’ve been so different if VVD had not been such an arse. The club tried to take a stand and say it was no longer a selling club, which we all should celebrate. It was a gamble as they relied on VVD being professional enough to see out the season but instead, he sulked and even when he did finally get fit and play, he was a shadow of his best. The board’s gamble failed. They knew losing VVD could be terrible for the side, but in refusing to let him leave, they lost him anyway and he perhaps merely contributed to a negative atmosphere in the dressing room. With the benefit of hindsight, it now appears obvious it was better to let him go in July, but in the past, players like Schneiderlin and Wanyama etc have all played one more season for us and done so professionally so I can understand why the board would roll the dice again. But now, at the first opportunity, they have taken the first step in correcting their mistake by selling VVD. Now for the hardest part; replacing not only his talent but his leadership qualities on the pitch by bringing in players to drive us forward and hit the ground running.

Here’s to 2018 being a better half-season for us because at some point, the roller coaster needs to take us back up.

3.) 01 Jan 2018 15:44:07
Don’t get the opening statement “ Another impressive performance “ am I missing something?

4.) 02 Jan 2018 13:32:23
I don't get much of it - 4 wins from 22 is not good enough after a full pre season. take away the wonder goal from SB against WBA and a last min penalty VS West Ham United and we would be even further down the table. Not putting all the blame at MP's door, but this is not a transitional season, any more than previous seasons.



29 Dec 2017 17:39:51
Forget tradition. Forget the Southampton way. Forget the right manager.

What we need is a board that is able to see and for me see the obvious.

Last 10 games of last season it was abundantly clear that goal scoring was a big issue. It was abundantly clear that the goalkeeper was an issue.

Did the board address this? No.

We have to address this now. Managers can never be any good without the right players. The players have to want to play for SFC and want to approve themselves. Buy players who are ambitious and fit!

Personally I would look for players who currently reside in the UK.


1.) 29 Dec 2017 19:35:49
Players who are ambitious will be off after 1-2 years.

The thing people don't seem to recognise is that just about any attacker worth their salt was costing over 30 million over the summer. I have little doubt the board were looking at players we could bring in going forwrd, but I'm glad they didn't just go out and buy players to appease impatient fans. Walcott for example, I really don't think he'd make us better. Happy to be proved wrong, but I just don't think he's much better than what we have.

It baffles me that it's taken about a year for Saints fans to go from praising our management and waxing lyrical about how we're the best run club in the poem, to now slamming anybody associated with the club as incompetent. Broadly speaking, it's the same people in charge. We're in a tough spot, but I don't really understand what you all expected. Us to finish 8th, then 7th, then 6th, 5th, 4th, 4rd etc. until we're winning the league? Get real.

Times are tough but the same poeple are in charge who brought us back from the brink in an unbelievable space of time. It's fair to criticise, but come on, let's not be as ridiculous as this poster and some others that I've seen on here lately. Us fans forced Puel out, and now we're standing here all righteous saying firing him was a mistake. It's pathetic and embarassing to see.

2.) 29 Dec 2017 20:29:49
We all sat and watched the games last year and found some difficult to watch because of the negativity and this years not been any better
Puel ground the results out but pellegrino doesn't seem to be able to set us up and be able for us to see out results
We've had enough games where we've been in front and conceded late this season
With out a doubt we shouldn't be where we are in the table with these players but the blame has to lie somewhere.

3.) 01 Jan 2018 15:20:58
Sorry diggy5471

Most saints fans saw this comming three seasons ago, KL was no good as a football club chairwoman, but as an asset stripper she was brilliant, assess the squad sell the best for loads of cash, replace with inferrior cheaper players and bring through the accadamy youngsters, sell anyone that we bought the previous season that come good for loads more cash when their's no one left sell the club JOB DONE.





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30 Aug 2017 18:52:39
Glaringly obvious that we need a target man.




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25 Jan 2017 15:13:40
We need cover for VVD (and Fonte replacement) plus another front man. This is now a basic MINIMUM.




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08 Dec 2016 22:26:51
If a club offer the right price VVD will but not until the Summer.

It all depends on who is the highest bidder. If I was VVD I would want to go abroad ( Spain) . PL is too intense and packed with very average players.

VVD should go to Real Madrid or Barcelona but only after saving us from relegation.

A player is only worth what someone is prepared to pay.




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17 Aug 2015 17:14:43
9 yellows and a Red in 27 games. Sounds a no nonsense tough defender!




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29 Jul 2015 14:42:05
Cover for Gardos I trust. We still need VVD and a winger. I wonder if there is an option to buy?

I have every confidence Roko can make Caulker a good sensible deal .





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02 Jan 2018 21:53:33
Yes. can't see any solution to this now. we will do a Pompey.




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16 Dec 2017 17:24:17
Surely another goalkeeper to replace "one shot" Forster!




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18 Nov 2017 22:29:28
Just to add. will we be in the bottom 3 by Christmas?




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05 Nov 2017 11:12:49
I agree with my that is said above. In retrospect we should have sold VVD in the summer. His value now must have plummeted.

This is the trouble. Our core players are no longer hungry. Tadic, Redmond, Forster, Bertrand, Austin all past their best and going through the motions. Watford, Huddersfield, Brighton all have players sho have something to prove and ambition. Our core have nothing of the sort.
I think it was a mistake to employ MP. No dynamism there. No plan. Cannot lift our players. We should have had a clear out in the summer and our scouts should have done better.

We are on a relegation battle now. We need to act fast in January. We cannot rely on other teams staying worse than us.

Personally I would drop Forster. We can score and the opposition only need one or two shots on target to get a goal.

Some tough decisions need to be made beginning from now!




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30 Sep 2017 16:59:47
Yep me too. Its going to be a very long season. Should have got a point today. why didn't the management realise we have no strikers?