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07 Sep 2017 09:18:33
I have a slight worry in that I don't see CA featuring as much as he would like this season unless Gabbi gets injured or his form is terrible. Does anyone or the ED's Know if Gabbi is first choice striker every time and CA will just have to play second fiddle, maybe some Sub apperances? For me CA has to play regular for Southampton to get the best from him.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know Ben.}

1.) 07 Sep 2017 09:27:01
Good to hear from you Ed002, I read some messages back around transfer deasline and there was some idiot giving you a hard time. True Southampton supporters that comment on this forum appreciate all yours and the other Ed's effort to answer our questions. Please ignore the idiots. Keep up the good work buddy.

{Ed002's Note - Appreciate that Ben.}

2.) 07 Sep 2017 16:20:03
I agree with you Ben, Charlie A (and for that matter Shane L) are at their sharpest when they play regularly. Reality is, Gabbi is pure class, but I think he would benefit immensely from having CA playing with him. Until the manager gets it into Redmonds and Tadic's head that they need to pass to a player in a better position rather than shoot, it won't matter who we have up front! I would be even more radical and put Shane L as one of the wide men, the same role as Jay Rod pre injury. He is never greedy, can pass, cross and score!
I would like to ask Ed has he ever encountered someone like Redmond who, how do we say politely, rates himself and his ability to score, far higher than anyone else! In other words how do you get them to pass to someone in a much better scoring position . so frustrating .

{Ed002's Note - I recall Mourinho saying Kalou always ran too far before passing. Robin Friday quitre correctly knew he was better but I was not living in England when he was playing. I am sure that there are others.}

3.) 07 Sep 2017 17:24:34
Hi Ed, just looked up Robin Friday . great article in the Guardian 2009 . didn't have a clue who he is . I do now :-)
ps at least Kalou passed!

4.) 08 Sep 2017 10:59:53
I'm assuming the "idiot" you're referring to Ben is me, just for pointing out that we'd been told that vvd would be 100% leaving but he didn't. If you go back to my original post that you're referring to I didn't give ed a hard time at all. I've always been very greatful of his answers, info and patience with regards to transfer knowledge of our club. I've never hounded him or called bulls**t on his info. it was a jokey comment about him getting that ONE thing wrong when he seemed to be so sure of it. I didn't expect such a touchy response. Maybe it didn't read quite how I meant It? How that makes me any less of a supporter than others on here I don't know. Some of the crap I've seen written from other fans like 87, constantly attacking the board, manager, players and constantly calling out ed is a joke of a "fan". What I wrote with regards to vvd once the window had closed was meant to be take lightheartedly, not as a personal dig.

{Ed002's Note - I am sorry, I explained things as they were and I would never write anything like "100% leaving". You can answer the questions from now on.}

5.) 08 Sep 2017 15:51:27
Ed 002 is right Milky he never ever said VVD was 100% leaving, what he did do is answer the posts to the best of his ability on the information he was aware of. He stated quite correctly that VVD 's position at the club was untenable which let's face it, it is. I know you say it was light hearted when you posted rather smugly that VVD was staying and if I was an Ed I would have reacted the same way as he did, We ask for information and the Eds give us as much information as they can and remember most of it is their opinion. I have never known an Ed like 02 who goes out of his way and at great length sometimes to explain the complexities of things and we would certainly miss his input.

6.) 09 Sep 2017 08:54:17
Milky. why?

You made your point, albeit like a 6 year old girl, in your original post. It did read badly and I commented at the time along with others.

If you want snippets of info you otherwise might not get, or you want your questions answered, stop being a di**!

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure the phrase used was "I fully expect VVD to leave"

7.) 09 Sep 2017 11:38:10
Milky u are just a hyped up computer warrior
I will say what I feel like about the board and there way of doing things.
And any crack pot that celebrates because the board couldn't sell a sell out sulker
Needs to be checked up
Yippee we have a cb that don't what to be hear or play.
In my opinion if he does come back into the fold it will be to help his career nothing to do with are team.
I would rather drop a few places than help him
Anyway just my opinion.

8.) 09 Sep 2017 17:21:57
I totally disagree with that comment 87 if he comes back into the fold and does well we can justify the asking price. I agree he needs to go if he doesn't want to be at Southampton but the board standing firms sets a message out to others which is good for the club. Not trying to pick an argument but there are positives and negatives from vd staying.

We are loyal to Southampton so think he's a tit for the way he has behaved but let's be honest if we were in a similar situation with our own jobs to get around 3 times the salary. We'd all take the chance.

9.) 09 Sep 2017 19:49:16
The reality is a deal has to be done you can go for x and you can go in x then it stops all the rubbish that is going around. I was quite smug watching a fire Liverpool back line today then had to watch an inept performance from us against an at best average team. How many times will out me big money signings not deliver why didn't we buy traore or likewise 13m skin player burn pace and duff a cross at least he doesn't cut inside going to be a long hard season and all our decent youth strikers are on loan.

10.) 11 Sep 2017 10:10:26
Milky, I don't think you meant any offence, but. if you are going to write something on the lines of "don't cry about it" expect a backlash.



04 Aug 2017 10:41:49
I would be interested in knowing what any of the Edd's have to say on the current VVD situation?

I'm firmly in the camp of he will not be sold untill next season at the very least. And i'm happy for now the media is portraying Southampton with this strict stance of we WILL not sell this him in this window.

Do you guys have anymore information other then what is being reported? Or would any of you be happy to just simply give us your thoughts on the matter? thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained before that his position is untenable and Southampton are aware of interest in him. Nothing has changed.}

1.) 04 Aug 2017 10:51:04
Ed's already said a month or so back. "VVD and Bertrand will both leave this summer".

2.) 04 Aug 2017 14:34:06
But he is not for sale, when the window is closed and he is still with us he will play again.

3.) 04 Aug 2017 17:11:17
He won't be here Ben as Ed.002 said his position within the club is untenable, we may not like it but that's the way it is. It doesn't make sense to flog a dead horse regardless of how it makes you look. Sell him for top money, we won't remember all this once he's gone. Might take a few months but he will just be a thing of the past, all of this stupid saga could have a very bad influence on the squad and our season.



20 Sep 2016 13:27:42
Is it just me or is anyone else wondering what is happening and taking so long for Fonte to sign a new contract? It was said an agreement was mad and it would then be formalized and signed after the transfer window closed?

Eds do you have any idea if and when the contract might be signed? thanks guys.

{Ed001's Note - it is not even a month mate, I wouldn't get too worried yet, finalising small details can take forever sometimes. If talks break down something will come out, and that is when it is time to worry. When it is quiet that means they are fine.}

1.) 20 Sep 2016 15:01:07
OK Ed001 I just you :)

2.) 20 Sep 2016 15:51:20
I meant I trust you :)

3.) 28 Sep 2016 11:30:34
Fonte has apparently come out and said that there isn't one on the table and they haven't discussed one in a while and he's just concentrating on playing. I wouldn't be surprised if he moves on in January.

{Ed001's Note - then something has happened to change things. There was certainly a discussion with his reps and the club about a new one. I can only think that the player was not interested in a new deal at the moment. The player only becomes involved when things are agreed and he is given the details to look over. It is between club and agent up until then, in almost all instances.

The other possible alternative is that the person I spoke to, who was involved, was passing on details in order to push the club into sorting out a deal and now Fonte is trying to force the club's hand as well. In that it was his reps that were approaching the club for a new deal for him and they were the ones refusing to give one.

It is difficult to be sure, as the club give out little to nothing in the way of info, so you are relying on one side of the story coming from the players/agents end of things. That means the info can often be suspect, but, when it comes to new contracts, you can normally trust it. The only thing I can now be sure of is that the club and the players advisors/reps/agents/intemediaries (whichever you want to call them) are not on the same page here. Which is interesting in its own way, as it shows something is up, but it just leaves more questions, rather than answers!}



23 Aug 2016 10:57:59
So the Zaza story is back, I don't know a lot about him but he seems to be a fairly decent player, Edd's do you know how true our interest is? thanks.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry. Last I heard he had been priced out of a move.}

1.) 23 Aug 2016 11:56:13
The price banded around is 25m euro. West Ham have turned their attention elsewhere. To me, it looks like the agent talking to the media trying to link us and others to the player to get more interest and money. Call me a pessimist but that's how it looks to me. Also I'd be loathed to see the club pay so much for an unproven player in this league when we would really need to rely on him.

2.) 23 Aug 2016 12:42:40
thanks Ed001.



16 Aug 2016 12:58:31
Rather fed up with all the talk of outgoings! Edd's do you have any news on potential signings and dare I say it maybe a marquee signing, I know i'm scrapping the barrel.

{Ed001's Note - you don't sign marquee players and the club are working hard to sign the right players, don't worry. There has been a search on for the right centre back all summer, not sure if that will mean they try and sign two if Fonte goes, or if they feared he was going anyway. The ones I know of were targets for Koeman's way of playing. It seems they have taken a completely different track now for Puel. Martins Indi, for instance, no longer seems to be of interest. Veltman from Ajax does seem to still be a genuine target though. Not sure if the interest in Sinkgraven has gone with him though.}

1.) 16 Aug 2016 13:30:50
Thanks Ed001, great work.

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome. Sorry I can't help more, but there is little info to go on due to the change in manager. You can't even go on who was closely watched as the club suits the targets to the manager's way of playing.}

2.) 16 Aug 2016 15:21:50
I have to say Ed001 you are doing a super job on here with being very informative. Things can get passionate on here as well all love our team and just want good news. Any way keep up the excellent work.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate. I just wish I could get more, but it is almost a case of starting from scratch all over again when a new manager comes in. Less so than most clubs, but the target list does change completely even at Saints for a new manager.}

3.) 16 Aug 2016 16:14:08
Rumours before were that saints were after a left sided attacking midfielder/ striker, any news ed.

{Ed001's Note - nothing mate sorry.}




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31 Aug 2017 14:07:03
Swansea WOW! Bony and Renato Sanches, why couldn't we be in for players like these, if swansea can do it why can't we.

1.) 31 Aug 2017 17:29:45
How on earth has Sanches gone to Swansea. Had Clement got something on him or what?!
Quality player how have we missed him.

2.) 31 Aug 2017 19:32:55
I read the rumours last night and thought naah that would never happen guess I underestimated swansea then. but lemina was a great signing for us too.

3.) 31 Aug 2017 22:35:27
Sanches has gone because of their manager . his ex club doing him a favour. Connections!



13 Jul 2017 15:28:17
Man City have offers accepted for Walker and Mendy, hopefully that means Bertrand is staying.

Would be nice if City enquired about Bertrand but we said we are not selling any stars as Les Reed himself recently stated.

1.) 13 Jul 2017 16:24:45
So you'd like city to come after one of our players and potentially unsettle him just so the club can make a statement that it has already made? Ridiculous.

2.) 14 Jul 2017 12:41:16
Excuse me trudnai! you cannot stop a club coming in / enquiring about any player can you, obviously? what I was saying was if they had come in / enquired about Bertrand and we said he or any of our southampton star's are not for sale then that would be a good thing! Jesus.

3.) 14 Jul 2017 17:04:12
I'd rather clubs stayed away from our players so we don't risk upsetting the player by not letting him move. I have no doubt the board / manager would agree!

4.) 14 Jul 2017 21:50:10
that's like wishing someone better looking with more money would try it on with your girlfriend just in the hope she knocks them back ahaha.

5.) 15 Jul 2017 14:43:21
Id her we were in the market for some goal scorers than be talking about selling.



31 Aug 2016 11:55:51
I said it on here before and to be fair got slated but wouldn't Micah Richards be worth consideration and backup to the right back situation? Plus he can play center back if the need arose. I would give him a shot!



30 Aug 2016 11:21:15
Just been reading that apparently Southampton would be open to taking Wiltshire on loan, there are obviously other interested clubs but arsenals preference is for him to stay in England. Eds what do you think of the possibility of this happening. I would imagine a team like west ham would be a more likely destination?

{Ed002's Note - Makes sense if Southampton were to send Boufal out on loan.}

1.) 30 Aug 2016 12:48:16

2.) 30 Aug 2016 13:56:52
More chance of him going to Pompey than us, honest.



05 Jul 2016 15:04:47
The new home and away kit looks horrible. Really disappointed, I really don't like the american kit makers, not sure whose liverpool's used to be but they also made some god awful kits.

1.) 05 Jul 2016 16:00:42
Liverpools kit was warrior. At least under armour are actually well known! I like the kits personally. Got the stripes, looks different. Better than just an Adidas template and looking like swindon or bristol city! It stands out! Interested to see the feel and quality of it. If it is well made I'll definitely be purchasing one.

2.) 05 Jul 2016 16:18:16
Compared to Sunderland's and Stoke's efforts this kit looks terrific, finally we have a kit that has some originality to it. Last summer I recall people's main complaints were the positioning of the adidas badge, and the fact the kit looked like one Stoke had had two seasons earlier.

With this kit the sponsors and club badge are well placed, admittedly the white bib at the top is marmite, but it's great to finally have a home kit that makes us standout again.

3.) 05 Jul 2016 16:27:40
No pleasing Saints fans when it comes to kits. Adidas were boring. We get something unique and modern people still complain. I like them but it seems most fans won't be happy until its plain stripes with draper as our sponsors.

4.) 05 Jul 2016 16:55:30
I love the new kit, home and away, as other posters, its unique.
(Unique, can go either way though when being liked)

Now let's get some new signings in place to wear the shirt.

5.) 05 Jul 2016 21:12:21
Looks like the players are wearing bras. looks better on the away kit.

6.) 06 Jul 2016 01:25:17
I don't get this bra thing. Unless your missus has breast's up by her neck.




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27 Nov 2017 13:34:02
Yes sainty saint, I have been saying for ages the only reason people are moaning about forster is because we are not scoring goals and the poor guy gets the blame. don't get me wrong he should shoulder some blame but its like I said to a friend after the burnley game, if we scored 3 goals would any one have moand about the 1 goal burnley scored?



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14 Nov 2017 08:31:09
CA could be a traget man! we just need to start using him, and I don't me 5 minutes at the end of a game!



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14 Nov 2017 08:28:00
Contradiction! CA would be faster then torres LOL!



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13 Nov 2017 08:23:54
Cant see this one happening, wages for one would be to much and let's be honest what pace has Torres got lol, he is at the end of his carrer. We need pace up front. I just don't know why CA doesn't get a proper crack at it. The manager obviously doesn't fancy him. I would have CA up front with Gabbi behind. Watch the goals start flooding in!



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16 Oct 2017 16:26:22
Good shout Vintagesaint, for me I just want to see Charlie on the pitch, and I do think it could work with Gabbi, long haworked out on the flanks for us before so yes I could see that working.




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02 Aug 2017 13:05:58
The player signed the contract though Chrisdownj, he didn't have to, nobody pinned him down and threatened to hurt his family lol

All joking aside When the window closes he will get his head down. History tells us this with spider wanyamma and fonte. When the window has closed and he realises he isn't going to another club hill will want to play.

Why should Southampton be held to ransome by a player when ever they feel like it? By giving the player what he wants shows all of our stars and more so our amazing young talent coming trough at the club that they can't just demand a move to another club and threaten never to play for us again.

We have to show them it is not going to happen at Southampton. Also why should Liverpool be allowed to just totally bypass Southampton and speak directly with the player? If they had followed the rules and contacted us in the first place they may well have reached an agreenment by now. For me we need to reach an agreement with VVD an if that cannot happen we then simply tell him he is staying untill next season but we will then put him up for sale for the price we deem fair.



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02 Aug 2017 08:57:01
Ed001, can I ask who you support? thanks.

{Ed001's Note - Liverpool mate. But that does not mean I agree with the way they handled things. Nor with the way VVD has conducted himself. I know he signed a new contract with a promise to be sold if teams that met certain criteria came in for him, but there are right ways to go about things. Actually no party is exactly covering themselves in glory here to be fair, but Saints have a good bargaining position with a lengthy contract and other teams are interested that meet the criteria for a sale, so I think it will end up a bit like Fonte, where he just ends up going somewhere to get out, rather than the team he wanted to join.}



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02 Aug 2017 08:40:38
No!, Southampton FC are taking a stand and rightly so, if we don't do this then the next southampton player that another club shows interest in will do the same as VVD. The Club tell the player when he can talk to another club and he has to accept that, end of. HE needs to knuckle down and do his job to the best of his abilities. If he does this then i'm sure the Club will reach an agreement with the player to be sold next season. We need to do this not just because we don't want to sell the highest paid player in the clubs history, giving him a 6 year contract that he was happy to sign last year, making him the captain of the club in the process and supporting him and paying him whilst he was injured for half a season. We need to do this to show other clubs we won't be ripped and pillaged anymore. But more importantly that it is NOT accepable for any of our Southampton players to just hold us to ransome whenever they feel like it.



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25 Jul 2017 11:35:34
VVD is not going to Liverpool.



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24 Jul 2017 15:06:18
Dont agree Chris sorry, the Schneiderlin situation worked and so did Wanyamma. Wanyamma hadant been with us long and we made him do another season, we sid his replacement whilst still at the cluband he is argubly a better player and I believe that is because Wanyamma being made to do another season gave Romeu time to settle in. The club needs to show the rest of the world but more importantly our own squad of players they cannot just up and leave when ever they feel like it and especially when it involes them signing the most lucrative contract in SFC history. Also they way Liverpool went about their dealings, you don't want other sSouthampton players thinking its acceptable to meet and chat to a manager of another club? Also VVD was injured half of last season and he at the very least owes us another season, that will also give us time to find his replacement.