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26 Jan 2018 13:18:32
Carrillo has officially signed! Bring on the goals!

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26 Jan 2018 22:41:14
I really hope I’m wrong but Carillo looks an average player with an average track record. He’s supposed to be good in the air but not that good with his feet, a panic buy I feel and one the club will regret 19.2 million times.

27 Jan 2018 08:34:08
Hope not I've watched him on u tube his movement and alertness looked ok but obviously there not going to show when he's played a mare
All we can do is cheer the lad on and hope he has the same impact gabbi did last year.

28 Jan 2018 11:43:33
What is wrong with you lot . give the man a chance, at Monaco he had to fight with wonderful players for a starting birth. We have missed Pelle and he has some similar qualities, strong, ariel, good age

Im pleased to see him . welcome to the club, we need your assistance

28 Jan 2018 15:59:55
to be fair to him, he was only behind Cavani, Lacazette and Neymar in terms of goals per minute. Give him a chance, he might surprise you.

26 Jan 2018 05:16:35
Just read, Southampton have made a loan offer for Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan.
Now, that would be Great!
Don't know if that's aswell as any possible Promes deal or as a back up if the deal doesn't happen.
Can you verify this or add to it EDS?

{Ed002's Note - The interest is there in Gaitan.}

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26 Jan 2018 10:42:43
Eds am reading Promes is going to reject us. Hence the Gaitan move. Have you heard anything?

{Ed002's Note - To be fair I can't see any reason for Quincy Promes to leave Spartak for Southampton.}

26 Jan 2018 10:39:07
Would way rather Promes personally. Extra pace which I think is what we lack, and younger. Seems like more of a long-term buy in our typical mould.

26 Jan 2018 11:02:17
Thanks Ed. Tend to agree with you.

26 Jan 2018 13:54:54
the reason for promes to leave spartak for soton is they are russias celtic win a league that is weak then get beaten by 7 by Liverpool. If he signs plays well he will be off in 18months for more money and won't have to put up with racist crap from his own supporters in the interim.

27 Jan 2018 05:05:14
I feel we can sign Promes and we are trying but I think if he was to accept to join our club, there would be a clause to be sold immediately if we did get relegated or missed out on Some other league and or FA cup targets. I hope he signs!

27 Jan 2018 08:43:42
I think for Promes it would be a smart move. UK is totally different country than Russia. Secondly, in Soton giants may notice you. Of course, he will be with us only for 18 or 30 months, but we have to accept that fact.

{Ed002's Note - So you think he should agree to 2 and a lf years in the widerness to be noticed by "giants"? A move to Southampton would make zero sense for him.}

27 Jan 2018 09:25:41
He would honestly probably be with us for less. The cons do outweigh the pros For him to join Southampton. But we can dream! What ever happened to leo baptisao? We still interested in him?

27 Jan 2018 10:27:14
Russian league very different from PL. Usually the giants want to make sure player can perform in the top league, before buying. You think it was a bad move for Mane as well to come to Southampton? And don't forget Russia is Rusdia for living.

27 Jan 2018 11:51:45
Just read a report where the media said Promes didn't want to join Southampton but his instagram account commented "false" suggesting he is interested!?

27 Jan 2018 12:33:40
Hi eds. Thanks for all the help I here. Do you believe the rumours coming our saying he does notbwantbto join are true. If so is it only gaitan as a potential other option or is there anyone else that we are looking at that's may be signed this month.

{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of rumours but it makes little sense for him to move to Southampton, but we will see. It would take a significant offer to make something happen.

There is interest from several sides in Gaitan. A move might bring out the better side of his play which has been drifting away recently.}

27 Jan 2018 12:51:09
Thank you. I agree seems a strange move for him given our current position.

Someone it a similar style to him I think is Definately needed and would work well with the addition of carillo.

29 Jan 2018 14:42:44
Don't see why Southampton would be quite such a weird move for Promes. Sure, it seems like he could do a bit better and at least find a club of Everton's stature, but we've seen weirder things happen.

25 Jan 2018 20:53:11
Eds are you hearing any names linked to the saints other than Carillo and Promes? Just curious, the rumours seem to all be about those two.

{Ed002's Note - Nicolas Gaitan remains of interest as a loanee but it might prove difficult. Interest remains in Ben Godfrey but nothing can now happen until the summer.}

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25 Jan 2018 21:28:12
Carrillo signed, now for Quincy P. Score more goals than the opposition and you win games!

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25 Jan 2018 22:04:09
What's the latest on Promes?

25 Jan 2018 22:18:32
We're chasing him. I think we're close to agreeing the signing fee with Moscow. However, what I didn't realise is that his wage is 130k per week, so he'll need to take a huge pay cut to join us.

26 Jan 2018 00:49:00
To be honest teams we perceive to be below us are paying those wages and the money from TV rights are rediculous. If we want to stay in the Premiership we need to start paying the wages that the better players demand. We need to move forward with the times.

26 Jan 2018 07:52:48
I agree - if we ever hope to challenge and push forward you have to match the "big boys" otherwise we will only attract peripheral players or those who just use us as a stepping stone (appreciate this happens. ) - with new investment surely this must be realitically achievable?

26 Jan 2018 10:06:52
I disagree guys. There is little point in breaking your wage structure to sign one player as not only does that effect your finances for him, it upsets the balance across the team as many other players could demand new contracts to improve their wages to match this new level. The club could be blown out of the water financially in one fell swoop, or risk upsetting the squad and losing key players who insist on leaving if their new wage demands aren’t met. It is crucial that a club of our size keeps its finances in check. If we go heavily into debt, bringing in players we cannot afford to keep and they all jump ship, we end up relegated and at risk of going into administration. One transfer can have such a huge effect.

The reality is, we cannot match the big boys. Our club is smaller in every respect. We do not have the history of League, European or domestic cup success let alone the finances. Our ground is smaller, we sell fewer match day tickets, we sell cheaper match day tickets, we sell fewer replica shirts, we do not have a global brand, our marketing and sponsorship contracts are likely to be smaller, we receive less TV income than the big teams as we are on TV less, not only in our domestic league but in Europe and domestic cups as well. We cannot compete with them and we should not risk ruining the club to try.

The way we compete with the big teams is to have some of the best youth systems and training facilities in the country. The aim is not only to develop good young players but to make the best of the squad we have and also, our facilities have often been sited by new signings as a major reason why they sign for us. They see the set-up we have and see how professional and detailed our approach is behind the scenes.

So the club’s long term aim is (and should continue to be) to sign young players and develop them. If you look at Tottenham, their squad is paid very little compared to the other teams around them but they have young, hungry players who believe in the project and are all pulling together. When they get older, if Tottenham isn’t enough, then they may move on but there is always someone else to take their place. The difference between our aims and theirs are that they have greater money to spend and tend to focus on instant impact players to bring in, whereas we look to sign for the future.

If Promes won’t agree to our wage structure, we have to move on. It would be a shame to miss out on a talent like his, but it may be the black box can unearth another. It seems Gaitan is that back-up option if we can persuade him. I’m not sure who the next cab off the rank would be as the reports I’ve read so far only relate to Promes and Gaitan as wide options.

26 Jan 2018 15:37:20
Good sensible quote Figo agree with most of it. The point on the world class training facilities is very true and brilliant academy also true. Unfortunately nothing much seems to be coming out of this academy lately. I wonder why.

26 Jan 2018 17:23:45
It was interesting. I just did some digging into wage structures in Premier League. And on average, we are higher than a lot of clubs. I think the only non-big 6 teams that were above us was Everton, Leicester and West Ham. Which, wasn't surprising to read, we pay each player on average 55k per week.
However, the highest paid player at each club we are 16th (Lemina on 80k according to this article) . Whereas players like Benteke fit the bracket - he's on 120k per week but CP's average wage is lower than ours.
So yes looking at this transfer would it really be worth breaking our wage structure and upsetting more players in the team and creating friction from that?
And as Figo was saying we're not a global brand, if we bring in Promes, yes he will probably be our top shirt seller. However, we won't be selling hundreds of thousands of shirts with his name on the back aboard. Players like Pogba and Sanchez, the global recognition they get, they up paying for themselves.

26 Jan 2018 20:54:24
To be honest saintjay until recently I had never heard of Quincy Promes and I am pretty sure nobody else in the world that are just general football supporters have heard of him either. Can’t see there is going to be a rush globally to buy his shirt even if he signs for SFC which I very much doubt is going to happen.

27 Jan 2018 12:00:37
I think we do have to break our typical MO. I think especially how we are going, we need to shake things up. Maybe we really do just need to get rid of the board or manager. Who knows. Something definitely needs to change. Who knows if we need to change our transfer and wage policy. We won't know til we do it no?

27 Jan 2018 12:33:14
That's a very interesting stat saintjay, however when you look at money in each season due to TV rights it keeps going up and up. Next summer is meant to be a record breaker again supposedly. We sold Manè at 34m was it? Please correct me if I'm wrong, where as the prices these days surely that would have been higher.

I don't wish the club to start trying to pay over the odds for players and for wages but I do believe decent attackers these days are certainly getting paid higher wages. If there is no goals coming in, there is a problem. I'm not wanting the club to put itself in a financial difficulty but surely a decent attacking player these days that will make a difference in the Premiership has to be worth at least 100k a week.

I don't know enough about quincy to say he'd definitely be the man but we also need to start moving forward if we hope to achieve "the European targets" as stated in the clubs ambition.
The way it's going this season we are going to be in for a tough ride. To me it seems like there is a massive problem behind the scenes, our team chemistry and overall fitness compared to other teams has been very crucial in last several years but it looks like we are lacking in both departments this season. Just hope we can pull through and gather enough points to stay up.

I believe we will but I think it's going to be a nail biting season for the supporters if we don't turn things around soon. The manager just hasn't been using our players strengths all season. Tadic is a quality crosser but Shane long and gabbiadini aren't target men. Shane long is great at distracting defenders and gabbi is a great finisher and poacher with the ball at his feet, the ball in the air to the pair is wasted. We need to start playing more through balls and early crosses on the deck for the pair.

27 Jan 2018 12:39:41
great post figo.

25 Jan 2018 15:27:31
Hey Ed's, any possibility on Slimani from Leicester? Few rumblings going round.

{Ed002's Note - No Jule.}

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23 Jan 2018 13:31:37
WHat's the situation with Promes, Eds? Is Marco Silva replacing Pellegrino? Carillo rumours off?

{Ed002's Note - (a) He needs persuading but Southampton are trying. (b) Perhaps. (c) Not that I am aware.}

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23 Jan 2018 19:29:38
Thanks, Eds!

24 Jan 2018 12:36:56
Carrillo fee agreed of £19.1 mil. SSN. Not signed yet. It’s a start lads!

24 Jan 2018 15:13:52
Let’s hope so just hope we don’t play him as a lone striker, wouldn’t surprise me.

24 Jan 2018 15:17:45
Ah dammit, I don't really want Carillo. Hopefully he proves me wrong though!

24 Jan 2018 15:29:50
Let’s hope Quincy is not far behind. Would be amazing!

24 Jan 2018 16:36:58
This lad could be what we've been missing up front
Hopefully we will see him next Wednesday against Brighton.

24 Jan 2018 18:06:44
Could be ready for a bit part sat doesn’t say much for Gallagher though does it similar sort of player?

24 Jan 2018 20:45:03
Apparently we are expecting to have signed Promes by saturday.

24 Jan 2018 20:45:10
I’ve done a little digging on Guido Carrillo and he does look very promising. I was unsure before as his goal scoring record didn’t look great but now I’ve had a look its much more impressive.

Carrillo is pushing 6ft 3 and 13 ½ stone so is very good in the air. say his strengths are aerial duels and headed attempts, he likes flicking the ball on to teammates and is dangerous from freekicks. He looks like a good Pelle replacement. The bonus is he’s only 26.

Goals-wise, he has scored 15 goals and has 4 assists from 75 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League/ Europa League, but only 24 of those were starts and his average sub appearance time is under 20 minutes, so 15 goals from 24 starts is pretty impressive. This season alone he has scored 8 goals from 24 appearances, only 6 of which were starts. When you factor in the minutes he’s played, its only an average of 23 minutes per game so his goals per minute record is very impressive. Despite only playing a bit part at Monaco this season, he is having his best season their so let's hope the form stays with him and he can hit the ground running. All we need to do now is convince him to come…….

24 Jan 2018 22:32:50
thanks for the stats figo, great analysis
Let's hope (when/ if signs) he carries on that ratio.

25 Jan 2018 06:43:20
At least some one in! :) Really hope we can sign Promes as well. Quite sure Carillo's incoming means either Gabbiadini or Long will leave before the window shuts.

Carillo's stats are pretty impressive, have to admit. Hopefully he will fit nicely to PL. His aerial skills don't harm a bit!

But still, we would need number 10 player!

25 Jan 2018 08:57:39
The stats you've outlined Figo, seem a lot like Gabbiadini's stats when he first arrived. I'm not going to compare the two because they're 2 completely different footballers. But if he is what you say, he'll get into good goalscoring positions and beat players to the ball, he'll get goals.
If he follows how Lambert used to play, which was to peel round to the back post and attack the fullback, I'm sure he'll become a quality goalscorer for the club.

25 Jan 2018 12:29:28
I also think the signing of Carrilo signals that we won't probably be getting rid of MP anytime soon. Simple because they've worked together. It seems like a signing he wanted to make. I would imagine he's stated that he feels he needs a big striker and this guy would be perfect. The statement that he's costing 19.2m clearly shows that the club have a have faith in him.
What's everyone elses thoughts on this? I just think with the Silva rumours we're all just putting 2 and 2 together.

25 Jan 2018 14:33:27
If and still a big if we sign QP then definitely don’t think he is going anywhere.

25 Jan 2018 18:34:46
I’ve said before I don’t think MP is going anywhere. The board like him and RK said a couple of weeks ago the slate’s clean after the VVD saga spoiled the first half of the season. The board will keep him all season if they can. We have Brighton and West Brom coming up and a minimum of 4 points is required, preferably 6 so we have some points and confidence going into the Liverpool game. It’ll be an interesting couple of weeks as whilst we have Brighton and West Brom, the teams around us are either playing each other or up against top 8 opposition. If results do start to go in our favour, things may look much better in a few weeks time. If they don’t, perhaps the board may consider a managerial change with 10 games to go, but its hard to believe that someone new can come in, with a new coaching staff and pick the team up in the final 10 games. A number of the teams around us have harsher run ins than us so we may be crossing our fingers like the ‘good’ old days.

25 Jan 2018 20:08:25
Just say he doesn’t get the sack and we scrape through by the skin of our teeth and stay in the PL will it be thanks to MP. I will just ask you all how many of you really want him to be our manager next season? I may be wrong but I reckon about 75% don’t want him staying. We really shouldn’t be where we are so let’s not keep banging on about how we never replaced Pelle and Mane etc. CP was in the same situation last season and had the VVD disruption effecting him as well and we sacked him and finished 8th and a Cup Final as well. I am sorry guys I just don’t get any of this. We need to smell the coffee and get a manager in that can motivate what is in fact a group of talented players that are not playing to their true potential.

25 Jan 2018 20:17:35
First signing done and dusted. Welcome Guido Guido!

25 Jan 2018 20:51:44
I think more than 75% want him gone for sure! I think the board would like to make a decision on MP at the end of the season though, rather than get into the habit of midseason changes. We saw that with Puel last season, they gave him the full year, then took their time with the decision to sack him. Some people grumbled at that wait, and they had a point, but what I took away from it was that the board wasn't taking these decisions lightly. This makes me think MP will get the full season unless our league position gets so desperate that they start to really panic about us staying up.

All conjecture really, but this is the impression I get. Good to get Carillo in, Promes too and it's a pretty perfect window imo, even if we left it a bit late.

25 Jan 2018 22:43:11
No animosity here 123 honest but you posted that you didn’t want Carillo? I understand your point, it may work out but smacks a little about desperation to score goals and his CV is not impressive. I think we have players in our squad that can score goals. They unfortunately have been coached badly. I really hope Carillo does the business but he only will if we change our style of play to allow him to do so.

26 Jan 2018 07:34:36
I did post that I didn't really want him, he's here now though so no point crying over it. I thought he seemed a bit pricey, but he should still help and hopefully I was wrong about him.

21 Jan 2018 20:48:35
Heard from a good source that promes has been to a couple of games in the last few games one being against Huddersfield. Sparta are happy for him to leave but would like the 30 million price tag.

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22 Jan 2018 15:32:43
fingers crossed. I have to admit, I would like to see the board put their money in the pockets on this one, as he seems like the type of player that could give our attack a real shot in the arm for the second half of the season.

22 Jan 2018 16:07:00
He would be an incredible signing and could well double in value in a year or two if he impacts the way he could. Also good for the squad to see another quality international come in.

22 Jan 2018 17:58:57
8 days left and still nothing. If either it both Promes and Carillion ( lol) are coming in then they are going to the wire by the looks of it. Come on get a shift on!

22 Jan 2018 19:21:10
Would love to see Promes come in, class player. Carillo I’m not too excited about, not worth anywhere near the money Monaco are asking for and his goal scoring record is hardly incredible. Still think the board needs to be looking for another CB to help with squad depth now van Dijk has gone.

22 Jan 2018 20:01:46
We need a cb long term but I think we have bigger needs in Jan. Stephens, Yoshida and Hoedt are decent still. More important to get at least one attacker in.

22 Jan 2018 20:56:47
'bailey', I think Hoedt is/ was Van Dyke's long term replacement.
** Have just read Saints are trying to tie up a £50m double swoop for Quincy Promes and Guido Carrillo.
Not holding my breath, but could be the NEW Pelle and Mana combo?

22 Jan 2018 21:14:06
I seem to recall les quite categorically that he was not a replacement for VVD, soon after we signed him.

22 Jan 2018 21:17:59
Hoedt and Stephens starters with Maya as back up, one or two injuries and Bednarek is starting, from what I’ve seen of him so far that won’t be working very well in the Prem. Of course we need to address the situation up front however another CB is key in my opinion.

22 Jan 2018 21:39:54
Les probably said that at the time for other reasons, considering what was going on at the time! In Hindsight, In my opinion, He was a replacement!

23 Jan 2018 07:17:06
I'm not sure whether a new CB is needed. I think our main issue this season is that we've rotated the defence too much. It started off as Stephens and Yoshida. Then went to Hoedt and Yoshida and then we brought VVD back in. Now that he's gone I think we should just stick to the same 2 CBS. Stephens and Hoedt, and if we carry on with these defensive problems we find a new one in the summer.

23 Jan 2018 08:49:01
I have a horrible feeling nobody is coming in 😪 if they are why the wait get them in get them training and ready for Brighton Slimani to Monaco maybe the wait for Carillo but Promes will be down to us not offering the money.

23 Jan 2018 15:54:37
It is the wait to get Silva in beforeSaturday?

23 Jan 2018 16:05:42
Being sold down the river by Les, kat and Kruger and co,18th richest club in the world, yes the world according to reports today, sold Virgil for 75 million but still no signings, only at club to line there pockets,

23 Jan 2018 17:09:16
There is a caveat to us being 18th 'richest' club in the world on Deloitte's top 20 list because it focuses simply on revenue generated by the club which is massively inflated at the moment in the premier league due to the current tv deal and relates to last season rather then right now - we've been subject to a takeover. It does not give a true reflection, in our case and Everton's especially on spending power which is what matters when it comes to signings. Just because you get a lot of money in, doesn't mean you necessarily generate a huge profit that can be reinvested in the first team squad. Nor do we currently have the pulling power of a regular champions league qualifier. In other words, the list is pretty limited.

23 Jan 2018 17:39:03
We do appear in 18th place on Deloitte’s list of the top 20 richest clubs in the world, but I think the title is hugely misleading. Firstly, it only relates to each club’s standing at the end of last season and it only relates to revenue – i. e how much income the club received, not profit made or transfer funds available. Income was hugely inflated for all Premier League clubs last season due to the ridiculous TV rights deal, so unsurprisingly, there are 10 in this top 20 list. However, when you see Saints higher up the list then clubs like Napoli and Everton you begin to realise that the list isn’t really a true reflection of a club’s wealth. It doesn’t refer to actual profit, nor wealth of the club’s owners which seems to dramatically affect the club’s spending power in the transfer market. let's also not forget that Napoli, who are on course to challenge for, if not win Serie A, and offer Champions league football are going to have more pulling power than Saints. let's not go down the VVD route of expecting Liverpool to have paid us £75m in cash a few weeks ago to get their man. That isn’t how transfers work. We average 8,000 less fans per game than Everton and they charge slightly more than we do on average for a matchday ticket. They have a rather wealthy owner who is eager to splash the cash. We most certainly are not the 18th richest club in the world.

23 Jan 2018 19:14:47
really good posts figodasilva and a point well made.

23 Jan 2018 19:31:00
Saints should be reinforcing the squad, not long to go now before the window shuts, the club is stagnating, there is money in the bank, are the owners only in it to make money for themselves it sure seems that way.

23 Jan 2018 21:27:57
I honestly think they are waiting to recruit a new manager
I think they anticipated us losing Sunday and are now waiting for our next defeat to justify the decision
We will only know when he loses next.

24 Jan 2018 07:28:46
Mark 29 Figo wrote another very well reasoned and thought out post explaining the errors in your thinking, and you've just completely ignored every word of it! I find it frustrating to see, Figo must find it especially so after spending time doing that!

24 Jan 2018 12:11:06
Ok saints 123 so your happy with the club's situation at the moment, getting 75 million for van dyke, millions TV money, there's obvious weaknesses in the squad ie only 2 fit first team strikers and Redmond's complete lack of form, the truth is if reinforcements are not brought in and with this manager we will go down.

24 Jan 2018 12:57:26
Could I see these Bank statements that you have access to? And of course I'm not happy with the current situation - did I say anything whatsoever to suggest I am? or are you just saying that to avoid addressing the flaws in what you said?

It's been explained many times on this site by myself and others, but the VVD transfer is not as simple as us now having 75 million to go out and spend. The payments would be staggered, and from the sound of it they are quite spread out in the VVD deal and that is how we got such a huge overall amount out of them.

The truth is NOT that we will go down without signings, it is that we will go down unless we turn our form around. Signing players is one of many ways this can be done. A new manager is another one, as is simply changing approach or tweaking tactics. Anyway, all evidence suggests the board is looking to sign players, some of whom are quite high profile and expensive if the rumours are to be believed.

The frustrating part is when your initial complaint is broken down in such detail and discredited slightly, and you just remain steadfast in your views and completely ignore a very reasonable and patient post by Figo. You're entitled to continue thinking whatever you want, but if you want to do so publicly it might help to at least ackowledge all of the reasons he gave why you're mistaken.

21 Jan 2018 18:12:17
Hi guys
A much better performance, yes we rode our luck but better ball retention, Gabbiadini total waste of space, if the ball is not laid on a plate he throws his toys out, his body language is crap, send him back to Italy, why is Stevens going for that header rather than him, even Tadic had a great game, Boufal needs to toughen up, but we were well organised, but second half lapse back into inviting teams onto us, I still don't think we are as fit as other teams but we need to play like this every game! We can get out of this. coyr.

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21 Jan 2018 19:00:11
It was a better performance, but I guess it is true about fine margins with a couple of close chances for both teams.

20 Jan 2018 23:08:37
Watch us lose tomorrow, sack MP, bring in 3 new signings, and go on a beautiful run if winning and end up in 7th or 8th place at the end with a run in the FA cup.
Ooh how I dream.

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21 Jan 2018 09:15:07
Your dreams include us losing?

21 Jan 2018 10:46:09
Yes, today yes.

21 Jan 2018 11:22:52
Marco Silva just been sacked by Watford, personally wanted him at the start of the season as what a job he did with Hull. MP not good enough in my opinion, would love to see Silva come in.

21 Jan 2018 11:28:26
I'd throw this game for a change in personnel at the top
TBH they are the inform team in the league so I think they will win convincingly.

21 Jan 2018 11:30:53
Totally agree Bailey. Now is the time to sack MP and get Silva.

21 Jan 2018 11:52:39
Agree with comments regarding Silva, good manager.

21 Jan 2018 12:00:40
Bailey just beat me to this, I was about to raise the Marco Silva conundrum. is Watford have sacked their Portuguese manager Marco Silva, on the back of an 11-game run without a league win which was (probably) caused on by Everton’s pursuit of him in November.

So, assuming Spurs put a heavy defeat on Saints today, this could be a case of “perfect timing” - I doubt he’s be any “worse” than MoPel.

I’d consider it IF we were changing manager. I’d still like to believe Ronald Koeman would be the right choice though.

21 Jan 2018 12:03:53
How about we win and if the board want a change to silva they do that and we get 3 points. A win here or there will not change the boards opinion they either want him or don’t. Silva has hardly set the world alight after a good start. Would imagine if Everton want him he will sign and go there when big sams contract end of season is up. Can’t beleive fans want the team to lose to get him out what if that happens we change and go down by 2 points all happy?

21 Jan 2018 12:17:00
I love the enthusiasm mate, top notch.

21 Jan 2018 12:37:25
Wonder who Watford would be considering it about to appoint as their replacement for Marco Silva?

This manager merry-go-round gets a bit crazy, the same names or maybe another fresh faced bolt out of the blue. 10th place and something like 5 points above the relegation zone (this is very much a dozen club relegation zone season) - could be an interesting vacancy. One of our own club’s former managers could be in with a shout. I’ve no idea who’s watford would appoint though. A tricky one to bet on!

21 Jan 2018 13:35:39
Silva did do well at Hull and early on at Watford but he is clearly an ambitious manager who, once courted by a higher tier team, expected Watford to let him go so early into his first season. Everton may have been tempting for him but for goodness sake, show some professionalism and resolve. Watford didn’t owe him such an early exit. He would do exactly the same to us. We may be lucky for longer than Watford in terms of no opportunities coming up at a richer club, but we deserve better. If we were to countenance signing him, it would have to be under the strict assurance from him that he will not consider leaving until his contract is up. But then, we’re back to square one again. Waste of time.

21 Jan 2018 16:48:41
Those of you saying you want us to lose today, just so you can be proved right about MoPel, should be ashamed. I'm shocked that Saints fans would be like this - surely you all WANT MP to turn it around, no matter how convinced you are he won't. And you claim your opinions on the issue are rational! There's nothing rational about hoping we lose.

Marco Silva's an interesting one. I agree with whoever said he's ambitious, maybe overly so, and if someone comes knocking he'll be off. If it was me interviewing him, I'd want to know how ambitious and where he sees us in this plan. Understandable that if Arsenal come knocking in 1/ 2 years time he'd want to go. If Everton would be enough for him to want out, then I'd say thanks but we'll find someone else.

21 Jan 2018 17:36:18
Watching the game is literally a count down until Tottenham score. It's painful.

22 Jan 2018 09:45:26
Targett gone on loan to the Cottagers! Does this suggest imminent incomings?

22 Jan 2018 10:47:05
It would suggest to me that Fulham signing MT, is a sign that Sessegnon could be on the move.

22 Jan 2018 15:07:35
Agree it could be a sign that Sessegnon is on the move. I don't think you should read too much into it from our point of view though. Targett is our 3rd choice left back and has likely just been loaned out for game time. We wanted to bring players in before the loan, and I don't think it will make that much more urgent since Targett has barely been used all season.

20 Jan 2018 03:07:05
So reported bid of 17.6 rejected for Carrillo. Surely a similar bid for balloteĺli would be accepted as last 6 months. Eds do you know if any facts to balloteĺli.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath about Balotelli joining Southampton.}

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20 Jan 2018 11:23:17
Cannot understand why anyone would think Southampton would go for Balotelli, why risk unsettling one of our best players in Lemina go sign Balotelli?

20 Jan 2018 11:47:33
Why would signing Balo unsettle Lemina? Is there some history there?

20 Jan 2018 12:18:57
Lemina is going out with Balotelli's Ex girlfriend so yes haha.

20 Jan 2018 14:19:32
Oh right, in that case yeah with Balo's history I'd stay away. Normally I'd say trust them to be professionals but this is Mario Balotelli we're talking about!

20 Jan 2018 15:44:12
Monaco are taking the the p! ss they're lucky to get the asking price for him.

20 Jan 2018 18:38:06
It’s a sellers market we took the piss with a lot of the fees we have got.

20 Jan 2018 20:05:27
Why are we getting so excited about Carillo he can't even get a place in the first team and his goal scoring average is pretty rubbish. We need a player that can get in there straight away and do the business. Just maybe we need to invest short term and get an older player for sensible money . We did that back in the days of Lawrie Mac and it worked . Why pay 30m on a hunch because that's what Monaco want which is totally crazy.

20 Jan 2018 21:56:09
Don’t know why people keep banging on about Carrillo’s goal record the guy scores a decent amount of goals for Monaco by only coming off the bench! Plus he’s a big target man that we need to hold up the play. If you remember not to long ago pelle wasn’t the greatest for scoring lots of goals but he did a great job at holding up the ball and bringing others into play.

20 Jan 2018 23:21:14
I understand what you're saying but do you pay that much cash for someone that can't make the starting line up for Monaco?

21 Jan 2018 00:29:28
In today’s market that isn’t a lot of money and anything is got to be better than the chaps we’ve got at the minute.


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