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25 Jan 2019 19:41:43
With the Telegraph reporting it, I think there's substance in it - Austin expected to leave this month. The club have already rejected bids as they've been below the valuation. They don't say how much we want for him, but we won't price him out of a move.

Trimming the fat.

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25 Jan 2019 20:27:58
Hi figo

It confirms what I've read Aston villa as 1 possible destination. RH is definitely not messing about, as you say trimming the fat . I can imagine our weekly wage bill is dropping nicely. let's face it a squad of 25 players solely for the Premier League is bloated to say the least. I think we will see a move towards fewer younger fitter more versatile players who are more multi purpose and can cover a variety of positions, an exciting prospect. coyr viva rh.

25 Jan 2019 22:12:47
Surely this must mean there is a striker on the way in, with Gabbi and Austin leaving? Long/ Gallagher/ Obafemi aren't realistically good enough competition for Ings right now.

26 Jan 2019 00:53:36
ITS Culling Season!
Still moving in the right direction
Would not be surprised to see Bertie out the door considering his mysterious minor back injury has dragged on and on ( providing the young Juventus Brazilian replacement can be brought in ) with LEMINA’S tenure under scrutiny and a few more coffers to boot!

26 Jan 2019 03:27:45
It seems that there have a number of players quite happy to take their exorbitant salaries and not interested in playing. I think a squad of 18-20 should be big enough to cope. let's move the dead wood out to some other teams wage bill and sit out the season there.

26 Jan 2019 04:48:17
Lovely bloke and a great character. Arguably also currently the best finisher in the squad. It's clear he doesn't fit Ralph's blueprint as he's not mobile enough and too slow. But in a team who keeps giving service and crosses he will come good. RH might also be considering the state of our wingers and fullbacks who currently aren't able to provide good crosses and service, so there's no point in keeping Austin anyway. Our strikers need to be fit enough to chase and press, and mobile enough so that we can still carve chances despite the lack of creativity behind them.

26 Jan 2019 08:53:51
My view of Austin is that he's always seemed quite cocky and arrogant. Yes he's scored important goals for the club, but he's also wastes plenty of very good opportunities. I agree, I think Ings is the only striker of quality in our team, maybe Redmond will start to play alongside him. Maybe we'll pull an obscene transfer out of the bag! But a couple of injuries to our main goalscorers and we'll he very light on our feet.
Does anyone think that RH, might fall out with the squad by selling all our "deadweight"?

{Ed001's Note - I have met Austin a fair few times when he was at Swindon and he is actually a nice enough lad and not all that cocky and arrogant, most of the time. However he is very much a 'lad' and has the lifestyle that entails, which is not conducive to high level fitness and will not help him steer clear of injury. Especially for a body type like his, which is always going to be a problem as he struggles with keeping his weight in check.}

26 Jan 2019 17:08:16
I've bumped into him by chance on 2 occasions in Cheltenham. both times he was drunk and with Joey Barton. Enough said.

{Ed001's Note - that says it all mate.}

26 Jan 2019 20:32:41
Ed if we are clearing out so many surely we need to replace one or two due to being an injury or suspension away from a crisis?

Are we playing it risky with youth cover or are we actually aiming to get one or two in this window?

Right back is a prime example now.

{Ed001's Note - you are clearing the decks to raise funds and salary space for an incoming or two.}

26 Jan 2019 23:25:58
Thanks Ed, appreciate the input as always.

27 Jan 2019 11:15:57
Seems like we may well have to wait until Summer for the benefits of the clearout though, just from a few things I've read/ reading between the lines.

I think we're alright to stay up with the squad we have, though leaving ourselves quite so exposed does seem a bit of a gamble.

24 Jan 2019 17:11:47
Reading that Inter are offering £17m for Cedric which I think all would agree is a very decent deal. I also read RH is not looking to bring any players in during this window and he is confident of avoiding relegation.
There is no doubt that RH has grabbed everyone's attention with his management style, it looks like we have an exceptional talent who is delivering results in a result business. What is encouraging for me is that the majority of the players have bought into his philosophy and we have all seen a dramatic improvement in jwp, Redmond, and others. Those that didn't or were unable to have been moved on or will be let go in the future. I genuinely believe we could be in for an exciting few months as Saints fans, where we can actually look forward to the next match, and St Mary's regains it's fortress status.

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24 Jan 2019 21:59:10
I think that if £17m is correct I would bite their hands off. We have several players who can play in that position and that would give RH some money to bring in someone that he wants. Also free up more money as Cedric was reportedly one of the top earners.

25 Jan 2019 11:50:56
This is not correct, the BBC are reporting a loan with the option to buy for around 9.5 million. A bit disappointing if you ask me.

25 Jan 2019 11:51:29
Reports today are a little pessimistic on the financial front with Inter now believed to simply be paying less than 1m euros for a loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy at a price of about 11m euros. All in, that would be about £10m. In today's market, that seems low for a member of the Portuguese squad that are current Euro champions. He's been a solid and regular player for us since then as well. I guess the price will be influenced by Cedric's wish to leave, RH's happiness to offload him and the January window being an awkward one to do business.

25 Jan 2019 12:30:23
Does anyone think 500k for a loan deal is a bit low? Maybe saints want boufal back from his loan?

25 Jan 2019 14:14:28
I've read that his release clause is only 11m, but if they loan him then he'll cost 1m, then they'll have the option to buy for 20m after, so they're shooting themselves in the foot.

23 Jan 2019 23:34:51
Rumours around Cedric are getting noisier - now looks like Inter are having a go at getting him. I'd say if we get around £12m for him AND have someone lined up as a replacement - Maehle has been mentioned and he'd be around £6m I believe - then I'm happy for this to go through as I'm not happy that Valery could see out the season without serious competition at RB.

Cedric has been a good servant to the club without ever setting the world alight and has been inconsistent recently - if Ralph is happy to let him go then I trust him completely.

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24 Jan 2019 10:55:29
I would want a little more than £12m, but to buy someone for £5m 4 seasons ago, and then get a replacement for £6m is good business. I'll personally be sad to see him leave as he's my favourite player at the club and as you said he's been a good servant. But it'll be good for him to move to a club like Inter who are pushing for Champions League football.

The only problem is that it looks like it'll be Ralph's way or the highway, judging by the players we've got rid of already. I don't mind as a lot of our players are showing him the attitude he wants and that is improving the way we play and ultimately seeing us get good results.

That being said, the business we've done already would have trimmed the wage bill. Gabs will have freed up around 70k per week, Davis is on around 60k, Hoedt is on the same, and so will Cedric. So we might have managed to free up around 250k a week in wages. If we can bring 2 younger players who will be on about 30k a week, then we will be saving almost 10m a year on wages.

24 Jan 2019 11:42:58
I think Cedric has offered very little positive things to the team during last two seasons. Superb free-kick goal against ManUtd, but poor marking, poor blocking, poor crosses far too often. To me, fee around 12m would be a good business, but agree, he should be replaced. We can not rely only on Valery in that position. But Cedric is easily replaceble.

Still, I agree everything Ralph has done so far. Players gone out haven't weakened our side a bit and the same goes for Cedric as well. Hopefully we can get rid of Forster before the 1st February and get a couple ins, too (if the claims are right these could well include Carrillo and Boufal) .

24 Jan 2019 13:41:17
Looking at his stats from this season, he is statistically the worst fullback in our squad. I don't think Squawka is up to date and how accurate is it, nonetheless according to it in 15 matches (1315 minutes) he has done the following:
- Intercepted the ball 20 times
- Blocked 9 crosses
- Won 16 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 9 times
- Created 11 chances

Where Valery has done the following in only 2 games (180 minutes) :
- Intercepted the ball 6 times
- Blocked 4 crosses
- Won 11 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 7 times
- Created 0 chances

If you take his stats and work them out across Cedric's game time, it's obvious that he is the better defender (obviously teams will be more likely to target a young inexperienced full back), but he clearly holds his own. Another option would be to play Reed in this position when he returns from loan.

24 Jan 2019 14:18:55
I’d like to see Carrillo come back this month to see what Ralph can do with him. From what I’ve seen of him at Monaco and Leganes he’s a hard worker and good hold up forward who’s willing to work and enjoys playing in a two up top.

He’s got 5 in 16 starts this season playing for a bottom six side managed by Pellegrino which I don’t think is an awful return (Higuain has 8 in 22 at Milan by way of comparison) and seeing as Austin’s out of favour it’d give us an extra dimension going forward.

Having already offloaded Davis, Hoedt and Gabbiadini, if we bring him back and do a deal for Cedric and find a replacement I think that’s a brilliant window for a potential outlay of £6m with £25m brought in plus loads of wages freed up.

Even so with our current squad I don’t think we’ll finish much lower than 14th this season.

24 Jan 2019 15:19:39
Can't see carrillo coming back. Would be surprised. Agree with your post jay. Cedric was great at first but we'll under par the last 2 years. He was a good signing but if he leaves for 12 mill with 18 months on his contract I think that is a good deal for all concerned. With him going maybe we will make an offer for another rb cable of playing cb. or a cb capable of playing rb! One of the two lol.

24 Jan 2019 17:04:35
Carrillo will come back and be assessed in the summer, as will Boufal. I think RH will play Redmond as our main striker for the remainder of the season. The way we set up on Saturday is best suited to us, at this moment in time. Playing 5 at the back, with the two holding midfielders, we move the ball fast and precisely to beat teams on the counter. This style of play heavier relies on Redmond and Ings getting in behind the defenders.

24 Jan 2019 17:18:31
Looks like Inter have offered €20m (£17m) - I’d bite their hand off and look at bringing in a young and hungry replacement. Maehle is the only major name I’ve seen linked but from what Iknow about him I think that that is a good fit for Ralph.

Looks like Cedric is going on a loan to buy before the end of the weekend - either way if we get someone in as a replacement I’ll be more than satisfied.

23 Jan 2019 09:25:06
Hi Ed,

It appears Southampton are still looking to offload from our bloated squad and the rumours are that more need to go and we may not get anyone in.

Are you aware of the short term/ long term goals as surely we need a striker/ centre back sooner rather than later or is the manager happy to start fresh in the summer (if we survive the drop and we manage to keep him of course)

{Ed002's Note - The short term goal is to get to the summer without relegation and thensort out the team.}

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23 Jan 2019 11:59:53
From reports I've read, heard, and from the recent fan forum, it seems to me that we are unlikely to sign anyone this window. That may change if an offer comes In for Cedric and we let him go.
I think the squad we have, with this manager, is capable of pulling clear of relegation. Yoshida will be back by February, and it seems RH trusts him enough along with Stephens, vestergaard and bednerak to make up the centre of our defence. I reckon once Bertrand is back he too may be used in the back 3 allowing targett to stay at lwb. Cedric can cover on the left and at rwb, it seems valery and even kayne Ramsey are now ahead of him in the pecking order.

He also seems to like ings and long up front, with Austin as back up and hopefully obafemi returning too. the midfield looks good to me.

As ed said, I think RH and the club will wait until we are safe from relegation before adding any players. Our squad is massive. We have so many players out on loan and a lot of players who are at male or break in their career. Ie. 22-23 years old but not given enough opportunity to break through.

Even come the summer I don't think we will make too many signings that early as RH will want to properly assess reed, Gallagher, sims, health etc. plus see whether boufal, carrillo are up to scratch or not.

We need to sell first. Not just because of money, but because our squad and therefore wage bill are too big.

23 Jan 2019 13:55:56
Hi milky

Great post and I believe that you are right and I genuinely believe that holding back on buying in this window is the right way. We are in this situation with an overly large squad because of short term, knee jerk reactionary buying. I totally agree that we have enough quality to avoid relegation this season. I also believe that in the summer the market will be flooded with an excess of players being offloaded by clubs looking to reduce their bloated wage bills e. g. Everton. coyr.

23 Jan 2019 14:57:50
Whilst I totally agree with your post I really think we should look at potential loan deals until the end of the season, and then give RH the money he requires for us to challenge for a higher finish in the league and possibly cup runs.

Ings is very injury prone and missed several weeks with us already and two seasons at Liverpool. Shane works hard but we need goals to win games, i'm always hopeful he will get a return on the work he puts in, but we are not in a position to be hopeful.
Charlie, for me, does not suit the style of play RH is integrating into the team.

We could do worse than looking at offering Giuseppe Rossi a short term deal as he is currently training with Man Utd to keep fit. This will save us taking a punt on spending 15/ 20 mil as we have done previously.

Marcus Rojo would be another player I would look for a short term loan until the end of the season. I know we have a few CB but I think he is a little more mobile than some others we have.

Lastly I would look to loan Victor Moses who can play a variety of positions and add adequate cover for others that are injured or just returning.

Those three players would be very minimal with loan and short term deals, and will add extra security for the club on money spent should relegation happen.

23 Jan 2019 15:44:09
The press from the forwards is fine if they keep fit, but fitness has not been that good in the recent past.

I would certainly like to see another forward to help rest Long/ Ings.

Not an easy find in January but could be useful insurance.

23 Jan 2019 16:41:23
Posh you mention ings being injury prone, which is true, but Rossi makes ings look solid! he's worse than Darren anderton! Lol

Rojo for me is no better than Bertrand as a centre half or wing back, so I don't see the point in adding him.

Victor Moses isn't a terrible shout. But he's barely played this season and his wages are ridiculous, so unless Chelsea were willing to still pay a chunk I couldn't see it happening.

23 Jan 2019 16:42:47
Also, I've drawn a lot of my opinion from the info off ED too. certainly not trying to steal his thunder haha.
Just my opinion at the end of the day based on reports, the fans forum last week and the info that the eds offer up.

23 Jan 2019 18:20:41
I honestly don't believe that Rossi, Rojo or Moses would be any better than we already have and their wages would be prohibitive. I think that we have enough quality to keep us in the premier league then hopefully ship out a few and give RH enough money to bring in 4 players of his choice in the summer. Obviously he has his way of playing and some members of our present squad are not up to it. I'm sure that he will know who he wants to hold on to and who he wants to bring in by the end of this season.

23 Jan 2019 23:34:38
Cedric off to Inter.

23 Jan 2019 23:54:23
Looks like Moses is off to Fenerbahce on loan so that saves us even looking at him.

24 Jan 2019 01:24:09
Hi guys

No matter if our opinions differ what is really great to see how many people are posting on here and how well supported Sfc are! Coyr.

24 Jan 2019 11:50:59
Definitely enough quality in our squad to stay up even without January signings, agree on that. We do not have do any panic buyings this year (Carrillo seemed like one) . But if the right chance appears, then adding some one suitable would not harm a bit! If Cedric goes to Inter, we should replace him with Maehle or some one else.

21 Jan 2019 19:53:28
I really enjoy the transparency and clarity that Ralph employs with the media. A real change from CP and MP2. And I also applaud his pragmatism around potential departures. Shows respect but also effectively says "if you don't feel you fit there's the door" A lesson for Ralph Kruger.

There's a guy who speaks English as a second language who's far clearer than you. So Mr Kruger, please ditch the corporate vague waffle and give a clear message regarding the strategic direction of the club. I have no idea what that is at the moment and I guess I'm not alone.

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22 Jan 2019 07:39:35
I understand the strategic aims of the club. We're a football club, they aren't complicated, and they're the same as they were a few years ago.

Not really sure what your point is here. RK rarely addresses media that I know of, and I wouldn't expect him to do so more often. It seems some people are still looking for people to have a go at even when times are better.

22 Jan 2019 13:12:03
I appreciate that he can come over a little like a politician/ business manager with his deliberate speech and vocabulary, but in the main I think RK is not only more engaging than previous people who have held his position, but open and honest with the fans as well. He has been clear about the club’s strategy and his views on this were aired once more last Friday in the fan forum. Video’s on the Saints website if you missed it.

I agree with 123 that there does appear to remain a lingering animosity towards the management of the club over the last few seasons. At a low ebb and with the club drifting it is justified, but not now. Also, at each stage of our struggles, the club was not passive. New managers were appointed, new players signed, a new transfer strategy adopted where we refused to sell our best players. When it became clear that changing managers, hanging on to sulking players and the new signings made were not having the desired effect, the board looked deeper beneath the surface and they lost faith in Les Reed’s ability to head up the football operations side. He was relieved of his post.

Last summer, RK admitted the club had lost direction in straying from the Southampton Way and he had faith that a return to that strategy would see the club right. He and the rest of the board should be praised for not only accepting responsibility but finding the most effective way to implement the strategy they believe will turn things around. This objectivity is crucial to progress. We now see that being implemented with the appointment of a head coach who fits perfectly with the strategy of developing players and coaching them to be better, as opposed to the old-fashioned view of trying to buy success. That is why we showed signs of progression and success under Pochettino. Many fans rate Koeman but whilst the team continued to perform for him, I would say that he was the first managerial appointment that started to lean towards more expensive, developed signings for the first team rather than relying on coaching improvements from the players he already had.

RH is working closely with Ross Wilson (RW) acting as head of recruitment to develop a shortlist of players in every position that fit the mould of the team RH is building. Young, hungry, high level of fitness. These are now the key attributes as technical attributes can be developed through the first class coaching that RH delivers. The players are loving being coached for the first time in a long time and it is showing on the pitch already. We are still far from the team RH would be happy with but look at the turnaround we’ve already seen in performance and points. Ignore all the paper talk linking us with the likes of Gary Cahill and any developed players at their peak. Cost aside, its not likely to be the sort of player RH wants. The links to younger players at the likes of Leeds and Brentford are more likely and trust RW and RH will do their homework thoroughly and only sign the players they believe fit the bill. They are looking for players for the future. Long term.

RK was also very honest last Friday when asked whether the club had developed a new 5 year plan. He stated that the focus at the moment is on survival in the Premier League for this season. Once that is achieved, over the summer the board are more likely to sit down and consider the long term position, underlining there is nothing concrete at the moment. But that doesn’t mean there is no strategy. The appointment of RH is a clear indication of what the club sees not only as a way of stabilising but developing and progressing. It’s a statement of long-term strategy and ambition.
The Southampton Way may be considered vague at best, or rhetoric at worst so if it’s the way RK speaks that irks you, I would urge you to look at the club’s actions in response to the adversity we have faced over the last few seasons. Past decision have perhaps been short-sighted and wrong with hindsight, but this new appointment and the restructuring behind the scenes indicates the club are looking forward. Publicly, RK says the club is looking at ‘the now’ and survival this season but the appointment of RH speaks so much more about the club’s desire to return to success, stability and progress that we enjoyed in the past in the long term. It is not a short term appointment but an act of reviving the strategy under Pochettino that worked so well. RK is clearly as excited about the team under RH as we all are, but he’s likely tempering his view to a short term one at the moment, simply because he’s had his fingers burned by a number of past decisions. But they were made without the insight the club has now achieved and will hopefully not forget again.

My issue over the last three seasons with the club was the loss of the Southampton Way as a long-term strategy, evidenced by a series of poor decisions that were ill-judged and seemed only to serve the short-term objective of survival. But I’m now more than satisfied with the club’s revival of its long-term strategy following the appointment of RH and the statement it makes. I’m now more than prepared to give the board the benefit of the doubt that they’ve learned from past mistakes and they won’t be repeated in a hurry.

There’s little point as fans in dwelling on the past and tempering our excitement about having a good manager and an improving team, just in case things fall apart again. The success and failure of teams is cyclical and there will be highs and lows along the way so we should just enjoy the good times while they are here. I for one am more confident now that should the bad times return, the club has learned lessons and will be more equipped to deal with them.

22 Jan 2019 13:51:48
Agree with much of what you say, but if it takes last season and the start of this season for RK to appreciate the club had lost its way then he really should have gone to an optician.

That sort of insight gets clubs relegated.

22 Jan 2019 17:30:04
Hi figo,

I have recently posted a post stating very much that our way forward is back to the Southampton way concentrating on youth development and looking at younger players from lower leagues and I appreciate RK is now being more open and looking to survival this season and look more closely at the squad in the summer. I also accept what St Martin is saying and let's face it we missed relegation by the skin of our teeth 2017-2018.I myself was in contact with the club in Oct 2017 criticising MP and saints playing style, too slow and ponderous and too many passes going backwards or sideways. I totally support RH and in such a short time what he has achieved is miraculous but RK has earned a huge salary, squandered tens of millions of £s and he was overseeing Les Reed so he cannot distance himself totally from the blame and let's face it confirms he might know ice hockey but knows Jack about soccer. i just hope we can hold onto RH for a decent time ie 4-5 seasons where we can instigate a long term viable, considered policy rather than knee jerk reactionary buys which have proved to be an abject failure. Anyway onwards and upwards. coyr.

22 Jan 2019 17:38:57
I also agree with most of what you say Figo. I also agree with Saint Martin re. RK. He should have seen what was happening to us a long time before he actually started to address the situation. We as fans could see the problems long ago. The Southampton way seemed to be put on the back burner for a while but hopefully RK has now realised the error of his ways and can get us back on course. I feel that RH can really take us back to where we were under Poch if the board are brave enough to back him.

22 Jan 2019 18:44:18
The point is that when a problem arises, its not always clear what the solution is. As fans, our first view is that the players aren’t good enough. Then we blame the manager. Then we blame the board. We expect people to lose their place in their team or their job and then, that everything will miraculously be better. RK knew there was a problem 2 seasons ago which is why he sacked CP, then MP2, then MH. Its disingenuous to say he took to long to see a problem. The club actively tried to right the ship.

Plus, the club acted appropriately in bringing in new players and selling the sulking VVD. They changed managers. They did everything we expected of them to. But ultimately, the wrong people were brought in and this didn’t address the fundamental problem at the club. The board is reliant on the footballing expertise of the person appointed to head up football operations as the board are commonly business people, not football experts. The failure of those appointments rests predominantly with LR and he lost his job in the end too.

You can claim to be some sort of clairvoyant but there were very few people posting on this website who had any genuine understanding of the depth of the problem at the club and how to fix it. Yes we were playing turgid football but last season many people were bemoaning the sacking of Claude Puel, despite him overseeing the start of the slump. Leicester’s record shows you that it wasn’t the players here but the Manager. Just as often, the players are castigated by people posting on this forum as they’re labelled lazy, not good enough, not passionate enough. RH’s appointment has now changed opinion. Also, there were many who posted on here who were delighted with the long term appointment of Mark Hughes over the summer. Now, those same people are jumping on RK’s back and having a go when ultimately they were, at best, just as clueless.

Its so easy with the benefit of hindsight now to say it was obvious that sacking Les Reed, restructuring the recruitment arm and bringing in a top quality COACH was the solution, but be honest and reply to this post in the affirmative if that was the collective solution you were insisting on 2 seasons ago. It was my thought just before MP2 was sacked last season which remained with me over the summer but I didn’t appreciate the depth of the problem before then. If any of you did, you didn’t say so on here. But RK found the problem and solution whether by diligence or luck and he should be praised for it. If he is to receive critical letters from fans in the dark days, perhaps he should receive congratulatory ones when we do well. let's wait and see how the club does for the rest of season. We don’t need to be angry or critical anymore.

23 Jan 2019 10:16:57
I think it's difficult as football fans because we'll always be on the outside looking in. We have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, we don't know how many times the board meets with the manager, we don't know who we're scouting at the moment. We can only make our judgements based on what happens during a period of 90 minutes on a Saturday. And the thought progression of a football fan that you speak of Figo is correct if a player has a bad game then their not good enough, if the team has a string of bad games then it's the managers fault. If players are signed and not good enough and new managers come in and out of the club and we still see bad results then it's the boards.

I think the last 4 appointments seem logical, CP had a brilliant record in France and his CV was probably better than RK's and MP's. Yet he wasn't good enough. I'd pinpoint the downfall of CP down to selling Jose Fonte, as when we sold him, we lost a very good experienced defender and a lead. MP2 had a decent season before signing to the Saints and MH was signed because we needed a short term solution at the time to remain in the PL. Why we gave him a full time contract, we'll never know. Maybe because the board felt his achievements deemed some sort of loyalty to him or whether the board were too lazy to search for a manager.

RH already looks like a top man, and manager. He's very transparent, I feel like we'll always know the situation with the club with him in charge. He is addressing our problems head on, on Saturday I saw a fast flowing attacking football, not sideways passing and because of this we are scoring more goals and creating even better chances. This style of football will get us results and relies less on an indivduals performance. I feel that the Southampton Way had been lost a long time ago. Making the money that we have done from player sales has allowed us to really splash the cash, even though it doesn't seem like it and because of that we've signed inadiquate players, who get the matchday pick ahead of some of our youth players. RH will help reinstall this way as Figo has stated as he wants to bring in young players that will suit his style.

The only long term issue is that is RH builds a quality young squad who are hammered to play his style of football and then switches clubs, we will be left in the same postition as we were 2 seasons ago. Ultimately I think the problem with the previous appointments has been that they do that have a brand of football and have not been clear with what they want from the squad. Whereas RH wants to play the pressing game and that is all that he is focused on achieving.

23 Jan 2019 18:36:52
If or when RH moves on surely we should be looking for a manager that likes to play a similar style of football or even stipulate during interviews that they will be expected to carry on playing in a similar style. The problem with changing managers as often as we have recently is that each manager comes in with their own way of setting up their team and playing or in the case of MH no idea at all. This obviously makes it difficult for some players as we all saw with JWP who played well under Poch but then didn't fit under the next 3 managers but is now playing really well again.

21 Jan 2019 11:31:38
Seen a few murmurings today that Hoedt could be joining Boufal at Celta - indication maybe of Ralph lining up an incoming defender? Either way I'd like to thank Celta immensely for helping take our dead weight off our hands 😂.

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21 Jan 2019 12:19:33
Shame it's only on loan we could do with the cash for transfers 😡.

21 Jan 2019 14:15:03
Loan with option to buy.

21 Jan 2019 15:00:15
Well he better set the world alight jarkko if not they will send him back same goes with boufal and Carrillo.

20 Jan 2019 11:20:33
I think the problem I have had til now is the (misguided) belief that as professional footballers, they shouldn't need to be told how to play. I have sat back and watched and thought what the dickens is he doing, why did he make that pass, why did he not close that player down. Koeman was a manager that used to watch, analyse and guide the players and he left.

But SIR H. is different, he adds the dimension of passion! many are saying 'oh its great Bednarek, redmond, [other player]' has upped their game. but reality is they were great players, but just needed that tweak. that direction, that steering and now we have it! an exceptional manager in every way. And I know some think we'll lose him to a 'bigger' team, but fingers crossed he loves it here :-)

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20 Jan 2019 12:03:17
He will likely leave by the end of next season. by which point we should be rejuvenated and be able to replace him with similar. not the boring dross of a puel or Pellegrino.

It's no good having good players with no direction. Not in the modern game. Also having good players with just "passion" will work for a while but eventually come undone tactically. RH has given them the passion and fight and got the new manager bounce, but he's also sorted us out in terms of fitness, work rate, organisation defensively and a plan when attacking. All of which means it can actually LAST!

20 Jan 2019 14:12:37
Hopefully the owners/ directors will realise that you can't run a club the size of ours purely as a business. I know that nobody will just throw money at a club the size of Southampton but they must know that if we don't invest we will fall down through the leagues again. Last time that happened we were lucky enough to get Marcus in to rescue us but that's unlikely to happen again. Unfortunately with smaller clubs it's a matter of speculate to accumulate. I just don't think that our present owners are willing to put the money in which makes me question their love of the club. With a little investment RH might be open to staying with us to see if he can get us back to where we were a few years ago.

20 Jan 2019 19:55:24
I agree that with a bit of investment in new players, RH will stay. He seems to like the club and as he has said before he isn't ready for a big club yet. The fans also seem to love him and he appreciates it, even after matches you can see him looking at the travelling fans or at home.

20 Jan 2019 21:59:25
You never know if we look after him he might be an old fashioned manager that likes to hang around and see where he can take us. He knows that we'll never be a big club but if he likes a challenge you never know. Whatever he decides in the future I think we need to back him as much as we can now.

21 Jan 2019 11:33:00
Have you guys watched the fans conference that both Ralphs did last week? Kreuger underlined the whole financial situation. Although Mr Gao hasn't invested a lump sum of money into the transfer window yet, every penny that the club makes goes back into the club. From player sales to match day tickets. They're unlikely to invest in January, but he has hinted that they will be looking to recruit heavily in the summer.

RH summed it up perfectly, by saying that we can't always sign expensive new players and that he'd rather sign someone young into the club that he can develop, so another Bednarek or Hojbjerg or Redmond. Essentially reinstalling the "Southampton way". I mean look at all the players we've spent a lot of money on and how they've worked out:
Vestergaard - okay he's come into the first team under RH but no one has been rating him all season
Carrillo - he played like 2 seconds last season now he's off on loan
Boufal - he's gone off on loan elsewhere
Lemina - good player, but I doubt he'll be able to get into our current team

I just don't think we'll ever be able to please our fans. Half of them want to see youth players coming through the ranks, then the other half want to see millions spent on new players.

21 Jan 2019 11:29:09
Does anyone think he might get the best out of Carillio and Boufal?

21 Jan 2019 11:44:49
I would love to change back to the old Southampton way by signing young, hungry players and develop them. Rumours are we trying to sign Clarke from Leeds. "The Southampton Way" type of player. :)

Ralph seems to be really happy here and I hope he will stay at least 'til the end of his current contract. Hopefully much longer!

16 Jan 2019 15:57:36
Are either the Augustin or Orban rumours true Ed’s? Imagine getting either out of Leipzig would be prohibitively expensive.

{Ed002's Note - Orban is not available as far as I know. They are sick of the sight of Jean-Kevin Augustin and would sell for the right price.}

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16 Jan 2019 18:09:18
Seen £38m quoted as the price tag - that’d well and truly rule us out.

16 Jan 2019 23:52:20
Yea didn’t think that we would pay out that much money. S.

17 Jan 2019 06:50:58
Thanks Ed for the info. I feel a little bit nervous that we are not getting anyone in during this transfer window, but we desperately need 2-3 players in to strengthen our squad. Any other rumours on players joining us, Ed? Augustin would be an excellent signing!

16 Jan 2019 11:12:09
Is Marcos Rojo worth a shout ed?

{Ed002's Note - He will be available in the summer but I am not aware of any interest.}

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16 Jan 2019 15:03:25
Cheers ed 👍.

13 Jan 2019 11:51:13
According to the Scottish Sun Saints are trying to hijack Leeds £400,000 deal for 16 year old Motherwell winger Stuart McKinstry. More one for the future I imagine but a rumour nonetheless.

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