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10 Jul 2018 21:16:27
We have signed Angus Gunn! Great keeper with loads of potential. Hopefully means that Forster is out. Gunn will provide good competition for McCarthy. The transfer window continues to get better!



26 Jun 2018 17:49:26
Well we now have our first signing in Stuart Armstong! As stated on a previous post, our past record with Celtic players has been really good, so things are looking up! There has also been increased rumours of signing Mohamed Elyounoussi, which I presume is the Tadic replcement. What are everyone else's thoughts on Armstrong.

1.) 26 Jun 2018 18:26:33
Think we are going to be very pleasantly surprised. Don't focus on the £7 million, if you look at some of the best Saints buys - Ricky Lambert £1 million from Bristol - Steve Davis next to nothing - McCarthy cheap as chips, Romeu £4 million all earn their corn.
Mercenaries (and there are plenty of them) don't have the work ethic it seems.
We do need a good striker - I see we are looking at Danny Ings, ok, he was injured but he could still give us 3-4 good years, he was quality and can be again.
Great season awaits those who are positive!

2.) 26 Jun 2018 19:20:41
Lets see what Armstrong offers to the team! 😊.



09 Jun 2018 13:56:41
Apparently Saints are renewing their interest in Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer! This would be awesome if we could sign him. He would bring some serious attacking quality to the club. It seems that not many clubs are trying to sign him either.

1.) 09 Jun 2018 17:22:34
I'm not convinced by this personally. I don't think an out and out striker should be our biggest priority. We need creative players much more than strikers, so I'd prefer Sisto or Promes.

Can understand people disagree though given our poor shot conversion last year.

2.) 10 Jun 2018 09:21:42
Perhaps I should have added that half our strikers need to go as well.

3.) 10 Jun 2018 12:36:26
I do understand what your saying 123, But He was prolific before He joined Barca', I just have a feeling 'Gabbi' will come good under MH, Sell on Long (great work ethic, but that's it) . Austin (if he can stay Fit), Gabbi, Alcacer and keep Sam Gallagher as forward options wouldn't be too shabby!
We All know, we created plenty of chances last season, We just couldn't finish, But with competition like that up Front!?

4.) 10 Jun 2018 18:59:54
Yeah I can see why people disagree, but although the stats say we were missing chances, watching the games it never felt like we had the creativity. Don't quote me on this, but I wonder how many of these 'missed chances' were genuine chances and how many were half chances. I never got the impression, throughout the whole season, that we had any creativity. Each game felt like an anaemic performance without any spark, rather than a missed opportunity where our finishing let us down.

But as I say, I realise the stats tell a different story.

I wouldn't say no to Alcacer; I just think if we're only going to get 1 big signing, there are people I'd put ahead of him.

5.) 11 Jun 2018 15:11:18
Yeh. I agree . But I would like to think that He wouldn't be are only signing! I would also like to see a more direct player behind the forwards, Maybe We already have that player, just playing Him in the wrong position . Lemina? Thoughts?



07 Jun 2018 17:22:06
We are now looking at Aston Villa duo Andre Green and Keinan Davis for 4 million each. I haven't a clue about them apart from the fact that according to some reports they have scored some important and good goals for Villa. At 4 million it would be worth it I think as they are both young and seem to have potential.



06 Jun 2018 14:15:06
Just seen a rumour that saints are going in for Swansea defender Alfie Mawson. Any truth in this eds?

I would love to see Mawson at the club. he is a class defender with some great potential. What are everyone else's thoughts?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}

1.) 06 Jun 2018 20:11:36
Makes a lot of sense. I suspect if we sign him it'll be late in the summer though, as I'd have thought he'd want to see if rumoured interest from Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal etc. materialises.

2.) 07 Jun 2018 13:26:06
Decent young player who would fit into the Southampton way but I think there will be other clubs considered to be more fashionable taking an interest.




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11 Nov 2018 13:26:48
Some good news for everyone. Shane Long has an injury which means they can actually start someone half decent.

The bad news is that Ings also has an injury.



10 Nov 2018 17:42:58
See you in the Championship next season lads. At least we'll be able to play Pompey again.



05 Jun 2018 17:12:36
Apparently WBA have put a 6m price tag on james mclean. I think he would make a good davis replacement. Especially at that price.



18 Mar 2018 16:06:22
FA Cup final an actual reality?

1.) 18 Mar 2018 16:31:10
Depends who we’re drawn against would like Leicester
That’s our best opportunity to get there
Could be a repeat of last years final for the
EFL final
But with us lifting the cup.

2.) 18 Mar 2018 19:36:32
Wembley here we come
Chelsea the easiest route out of what’s left to get to the final lol
Today’s performance was a breath of fresh air compaired to what we’ve watched this season
Every player looked up for it first half Wigan were on top but second half we came out and controlled the game
The first time this season we’ve come out second half with any conviction
Looking forward to our run in now with a bit more confidence and belief we can do it

3.) 18 Mar 2018 20:05:51
I don't think it's about 'the first time this season we've come out second half with any conviction' .
it didn't matter whether we were played off the park and struggling, we came out the second half with the same team, the same formation, the same tactics. This was the first time the team came out for the second half and played totally different . in attitude, style of play, positional play, structure.
To hear MH say you have to adjust your team to the way the other team is playing, was a breath of fresh air. To see passion from a manager was a breath of fresh air!
And yes, I am not a great MH fan . but full credit, he got it right today.



15 Mar 2018 05:35:34
Hello fellow saints fans, I know some people on this forum are not totally happy with Hughes as a manager but now he has been appointed we need to get behind him and give him 100% support and show him what Southampton fans are all about. COYR.

1.) 15 Mar 2018 06:24:50
Totally agree
He will shake things up massively now like you said 100%
Behind the team and Hughes for us to get out of this.

2.) 15 Mar 2018 06:53:50
Not an overwhelming appointment but beggars can't be choosers. With our precarious position and what little time left it's a bit fortunate we even managed to get someone proven (although not in a good way) . Obviously the board are looking at PL experience as a major factor right now and not many out there available has that as much as Sparky. I still stand by what I said about his managerial abilities but he's here and I will back the team. Any step after sacking MP2 is a step forward in my book. If we do stay up I don't think Hughes is the way forward in the long term though and I still hope the board are smart enough to appoint Jokanovic if Fulham don't get promoted and we secure safety.

3.) 15 Mar 2018 06:59:39
Go Sparky. It’s time to shine!

4.) 15 Mar 2018 08:03:57
Morning. Just a quick post before setting off away for a few days taking in the horse racing at Cheltenham on Friday as well. Good luck to our new manager Sparky. Good luck to our players on Sunday at Wigan. It won’t be easy as Man City found out in the last round. I for one have every confidence in Sparky and would obviously take Premier League survival over a Wembley visit. Would be nice to have both. To all the supporters going to Wigan I wish a safe journey and a great day out. After that the last 8 matches will be like a cup final. To all like many others support every match from start to finish. Keep the noise and atmosphere at 100% plus. I wish I could be there and I miss the match days at St, Mary’s. The Northam End are amazing. I’ve told all my new friends in New Zealand about my beloved Saints and actuall found a couple of ex pats that follow Southampton. Have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - good luck at the races mate.}

5.) 15 Mar 2018 09:15:48
Thanks Ed001 I’ll need it. Have a great day.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know, you must have had a lot of luck in life to end up in NZ.}

6.) 15 Mar 2018 11:00:21
Although I had some concerns about us being linked with Hughes, now he’s been announced, I totally agree (and am sure no-one would disagree) that now we can get behind the team and start the season from scratch. And to balance out my concerns about Hughes, here are some positive vibes:

We have a new manager! Its not MP2! It was done quickly, he’s in place with time to meet the team and get ready for our big game against West Ham with a little run out in the cup to have a first hand look at the team. I’m sure he’ll want to get revenge on Moyes and West Ham too after Stoke lost to them in December. He did improve Stoke and their playing style when he took over from Pulis for the first couple of seasons and let's face it, we can’t play any worse then we were under MP2 (especially in that last game! ) . We still have winnable games left to play, a talented young side and now a manager with Premier League experience to try to bring the best out of them. Even with Stoke’s poor season this time around and that poor QPR season, Hughes has a record of his teams getting a win or draw from 62% of their Premier league games.

Finally, the players will be buoyed by a new manager coming in with fresh ideas, determination and a desire to win games and prove his doubters wrong; in contrast to a very nice man who spent his time telling us (and probably the players) that the hardest thing to do in football is score goals and win matches and that losing is a part of our life in football. Sometimes you are the winner and some you are on the losing side. I can’t imagine such pearls of wisdom coming from Mark Hughes.


7.) 15 Mar 2018 15:55:39
Just booked into the Holiday Inn Express, Swindon. Staying overnight and going on to Cheltenham Horse Racing course tomorrow to take in a bit of atmosphere when the ‘big race ‘ happens. Just to comment on the posts of figodasilva. Having read quite a few I find his post very informative and to the point. Has figodasilva had a history of journalism, if not he should consider it. Keep the posts up Figo they make good reading. Also the Ed’s should have some praise as well they obviously do a lot of work behind the scenes. To all supporters keep behind the Saints players and manager. They will need it in the final forthcoming 8 matches. Staying at a relative of my partner on Sunday in Reading so hopefully watch the f. a. cup game against Wigan. Have a good weekend everybody. COYR’s.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate and totally agree on figo, his posts are always excellent reading. I always enjoy them, even when I disagree on some of the points made.}

8.) 15 Mar 2018 16:40:22
Thank you for the compliments guys. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more agreeable/ disagreeable comments in the coming weeks…….

{Ed001's Note - hopefully some more celebratory ones once Saints clinch survival as well.}

9.) 16 Mar 2018 09:06:34
A good solid experienced appointment who knows the league inside out. His long term position will surely depend on if we stay up but I certainly feel more confident in our survival now MP has left. I would really like to see Joko appointed next season as I believe he was good at Watford and has been superb at Fulham.

10.) 17 Mar 2018 17:26:55
Ed is a closet saint :)




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23 Jul 2018 10:35:32
Yeah brilliant at creating problems and running round like a headless chicken, but his finishing is poor and also seems to create problems for us a well.



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01 Jul 2018 18:50:18
Just out of interest, why do you want petagna in? He has a useless record, worse than carrillo's, and he seems like a similar player.



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28 Jun 2018 21:39:22
That would be a really good move if it comes off. I watched him quite a lot in training with Man City and he seemed to be better than their first choice at that time which was Bravo. He is really agile and a class shot stopper and would provide some good competition for McCarthy.



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22 Jun 2018 23:22:47
Sounds like a good deal to me. I wouldn't question any of our buys from Celtic due to the success rate we have had with their players!



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21 Jun 2018 17:39:00
Why keep Shane long? he is genuinely no good. makes these amazing runs into spaces which are so good that they can't get a decent ball into him, and he is too short to cross one in. Agreeably he pressure the defense, but that is about it. He has had his time at saints and needs to move on. Loftus-Cheek would be amazing but he would be around £40 million as already stated. If he wasn't effective why has he been chosen for the World Cup?




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20 Nov 2018 21:04:14
Lack a goalscorer? Errrm we do have quite a few with the likes of Ings, Austin, Gabbi who all have all shown they can be clinical. However we are currently blessed with a rubbish manager who literally isn't coaching the players right. We also have Gallagher and Obafembi who are long overdue to make a first team appearance. They could be, especially gallagher, the solution to our lack of goals. The defence is our weakness but then when you have Vestergaard sat on the bench it is going to be.



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16 Nov 2018 20:00:13
Hahaha, there are still a few more decent ones. You have Jardim, Wenger, Strachan and Zidane without posts at the moment. some of them I admit would be being quite hopeful, but you never know.



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10 Nov 2018 17:50:12
I think you need to adjust your non-performing players list.
Long should be given a P45 along with Hughes. He isn't even worth selling. You may say that he is brilliant at running in behind defenders, BUT WHO GIVES A DAMN IF HE CAN'T SCORE GOALS! Forster does need to go agreed. Bertrand and Gabbi are good players as shown recently, however they need to be managed better.
All very well getting rid or Les Reed as well, but Krueger himself isn't much better. what does an ice hockey player know about football anyway?

Rant over.



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20 Aug 2018 11:59:49
One big difference to last year is that if we went 2-0 down we would never have got a goal back and instead we would have let another 1 or 2 in or played super defensive and create no chances. We were missing two of out star players and also Armstrong should have started as he creates some really good chances and is strong on the ball. COYR.



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29 Jun 2018 21:20:07
Elyounissi can play in all 3 forward positions so I wouldn't necessarily say a FW or ST is our main priority. If you look at all of our forward options when they were on a good run they performed really well. I think this next season can be a really good season for us with a potential top 7 finish and maybe a Leicester as they were nearly relegated the season before they won the prem!

As regards to center back, it looks like we are strengthening those areas with the likes of Marlon Santos. Bednarek has heaps of potential and seems to have a goal threat similar to the way Fonte used to have. COYR.