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06 Mar 2017 16:35:22
I openly admit, I for one was not happy with the way Saints were playing under Puel. On top of that his player rotation was extreme. In fact I just felt he didn't 'get' the PL at all.

Well what can I say, he has clearly learnt very quickly, changed his formation to one he was totally unfamiliar with, having been a lover of the diamond. He has also realised that he needs to make as few changes per game to be able to survive in the PL (Even Pep G has struggled with the strength and style of the PL)

What we have now is a team playing like a team. Fluent, exciting, dynamic, skillful . an absolute joy to watch . and a striker extraordinaire! Plus signings of Boufal and Cacares. If we can keep this team together, we have an amazing team.

Just watch Gabbiadini on the ball, off the ball. His reading of an attack is quite possibly one of the best I have ever seen. Reminds me of Teddy Sheringham, Ruud Van Nistleroy . Knows when to go, when to hold, when to not go.

Les Reed said we had been watching him for several years! and what a find. While most teams seem to throw money at getting players, we have a structured, patient approach. The football in the EFL final and again against Watford, was pure football!


1.) 07 Mar 2017 17:46:04
Well said les.

2.) 09 Mar 2017 11:10:28
Pure football, apart from the very leaky defence.



07 Jun 2016 23:04:44
Also .
no one seems to have noticed the post about KL and LR interviewing Nigel Clough . do you think that could be a possibility?


1.) 08 Jun 2016 12:25:06
Really hope not!



07 Jun 2016 17:18:47
Well it's looks like he has gone. So now there will be lots of second guessing on the reasons. It's all a waste of energy . I think he simply wouldn't agree to a contract extension, so we have not stopped I the way of his departure, spelt tapped-up!
And there was me always complimenting him on being so sociable, so warm, so 'normal', when he was down oxford street, having a beer and a chat. Nice bloke, shame about his morals. hopefully Harrison Reed can now come back into the team (better than Clasie) .


1.) 07 Jun 2016 19:41:37
Help!can anyone take me to A&E to get this knife removed from my back

2.) 07 Jun 2016 21:36:21
Lets get Frank De Boer in! More league titles than RK as manager may be even better. We will be fine unlike RK's career. EVERTON HA!

3.) 07 Jun 2016 22:25:45
Please don't say Harrison Reed is better then Clasie, from what I have seen of him he's not Premier League, that's my opinion, but I hope the lad proves me wrong.

4.) 07 Jun 2016 22:29:20
Can someone make me right here didn't mr reed say before that the club wasn't in a hurry to sort the contract out? I feel foot in mouth! Lessons learned here is that never leave contracts to be sorted at the end of season, otherwise we all know what happens?

5.) 08 Jun 2016 05:05:45
We did have an agreement with Koeman before he changed his agent though.



11 Sep 2015 16:19:47
Just seen shane long on crutches . looked like knee bandaged??




17 Jul 2014 01:17:05
Ings in Southampton.


1.) He has family in Southampton.

2.) Sky Sports says Ings not looking to leave Burnley.

3.) He's from Netley

4.) Give him a season in the PL if burnley go down then bid.




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27 Jan 2017 09:47:34
Manchester United have already stated they are wearing their home kit in the Final, I was wondering how this was decided?




01 Jan 2017 03:58:15
I haven't posted for a while. I have sat back, watched, digested, analysed the team and manager. I couldn't really put my finger on what was wrong with Puel's thinking.
Yes he is dull, repetitive, shows little emotion . but all those traits are acceptable if we play exciting, attractive, positive football!
Having watched the West Brom game, I realise he just doesn't get Premiership football . he doesn't get it one bit. For the umpteenth time he has complained that WBA scored from their first opportunity, rarely threatened. Sorry Mr Puel, that is exactly what the Premiership is about; even the worst team has the ability to score a goal from nothing, against the run of play.

As for his rotation. does he not get it? Shane Long, Ryan B . Cedric . Hojbjerg . Prowsey . Clasie . Davis . and so on . have all played their best football when getting game time! and today, six changes! and you wonder why Saints are playing the most disjointed, uninspiring football I can remember. I hate to say it, but you just don't understand the Premiership . our players . our system . and the way we play. Mr Puel . goodbye.


1.) 01 Jan 2017 09:07:41
I still think we should give him time.

2.) 01 Jan 2017 11:24:23
In the thirty odd years of watching saints I never thought I would be disappointed with being mid table on New Year's Day but we are playing some of the worst football I can remember luckily I think there might be three worst teams than us, come on les do the right thing and stop this silly mid table continental syle football this is the premier league.

3.) 02 Jan 2017 11:39:13
Three games in six days definitely contributed to a dull last half of the West brom game. Plus a very soft red card vs spurs. Puel is a good manager I think. He realises to be competitive across a season in three and a half competitions we must rotate or you end up with your top 4 or 5 players all knackered or injured. His key signing boufal looks decent, his defense utility got an unfortunate injury. Give him a chance. Just because we have lost two matches doesn't mean we have to change the manager. Let's not turn into arsenal fans please.

4.) 02 Jan 2017 12:19:11
Love the rose tinted glasses they hadn't played for ten days before spuds that selection against wba was dissing the opposition pulis must have pinned our team sheet on the dressing room wall and said come on lads they don't rate us although were right up their asses in the league.

5.) 02 Jan 2017 15:23:27
Of course I have rose tinted specs - I am a Saints fan - I don't expect to win every week, and look at every performance (well most) in a positive way - otherwise following football would be a depressing experience - or I should just switch teams and support chelsea one season and manu the next like the 8 year old boys do in our football team.

6.) 02 Jan 2017 17:03:57
Wake up and smell the coffee we can't rely on other teams being worse.

7.) 02 Jan 2017 18:33:21
This is a good discussion
Firstly, Happy New Year to ALL Saints fans

IMO I think Puel is an average manager at best.
It is clear that we need to buy a proven goal scorer
along with replacing players that have been sold previously
3 defeats and 9 goals conceded with 2 goals scored speaks volumes.

We need to be better defensively and score more,
I hope the board realise this too in order to March On.

8.) 02 Jan 2017 19:27:51
Happy new year to you, that's why I love. this site it's all about differing opinions hopefully now we can stop this rotation nonsense and play our best 11 every week.

9.) 02 Jan 2017 17:59:15
Hi am back in uk for 1 week flying back to nz soon. Have been a passionate supporter for a long time. Was at first protective to Puel but have to say that the longer he is rotating his squad then the worse scenario is happening. To be fair I seriously think he is following instructions from our board.

To say that we are struggling up front is stating the bleeding obvious. What on earth is happening here to a club that even when the snake Koeman left still had the infrastructure to go forward. At this moment in time we will be lucky to stay up unless there is serious signinings made. I return to new with a heavy heart.

10.) 03 Jan 2017 14:05:03
Just returned from 2 weeks in Tenerife. Watched the games there. Horrendous fixture list combined with injury list/ lack of firepower plus usual Saints wobble same time every year equals 3. Straight defeats. Rotation is an issue but we can still turn it around. Commitment and drive are necessary from all the team. League cup semi is only a week away: Team has to dig deep and pull together. Fresh blood is needed in midfield and up top. Puel is still a good manager but needs to stop too much rotation and get some consistency now. Beat Norwich away and then play best 11 again in first leg. They just need to look back at games they won earlier in season and work their socks off on training ground this week and get the spirit back. COYR.



15 Jun 2016 12:30:07
I think the dignity that Southampton Football Club has shown throughout this 'episode', should be commended. While many of you, were ranting about how quiet the club was being, I think they set a lesson for other clubs .
Man Utd . the whole world seemed to know LVG was on his way out . and the Jose on his way on.
Man city .
Everton .
But is running our club in a decent, professional and 'friendly' way, costing us players and managers .
Any thoughts Ed :-)


1.) 15 Jun 2016 18:24:16
I would rather have success than dignity dish the dirt and let us the fans who are share owners in all but name what is. Going on is he a ginger money grabber? or did we lack his ambition? I don't mind just God to know.

2.) 15 Jun 2016 18:47:25
I mean, we could wait until the next manager comes in.

Someone like Emery, de Boer, Pellegrini, Yakin etc = Large ambition from the club. Koeman went for the money.

Someone like Moyes, Bruce, McClaren etc = Small ambition from the club. Koeman probably went for Everton's ambition.



07 Jun 2016 22:56:56
can I throw Gus Hiddink into the equation .
no one seems to mention him for Saints (or any other team) . he has a great Premiership and European record .
? isn't he out of work?


{Ed091's Note - that won't be happening.

1.) 07 Jun 2016 23:03:16
Ahhhh any reason? he seemed to have sneaked away into a quiet life?

{Ed091's Note - because we live on planet earth.

2.) 08 Jun 2016 12:26:40
And he's currently in talks with Chelsea about a 'Director of Football' type role.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea has a Director of Football and Hiddink has some other things lined up with Chelsea. And he is 70.}



24 Feb 2015 14:23:35
having watched the liverpool game, a few observations.
The whole game Elia was making excellent diagonal runs towards the box. I deliberately sit 25 rows back so i can see the whole picture of the game much better. I don't think it was until late in the second half that he was actually picked out. But he kept trying . Further more elia amd matty t do not combine well. It make be lack of experience with matty but when elia and matty were trying to combine, often one stopped when the other didn't want them too, so overlapping play didn't come off. This meant service to the middle from that side was non existent. We are also playing too slow when on the ball. It took morgan coming on to speed up the game, something jack cork did superbly. Movement of the ball exists, but it very narrow, almost walking pace . And only short distance. Apart from elia darting into spaces. Clyne also struggled to overlap on the right . With who ???? Davis and jwp too slow and not overlaping type of players .


1.) 27 Feb 2015 10:22:54
I agree that Elia was making great runs. But Mané makes those similar runs as well when he plays. The thing is, we want someone to find a bit of space to pick them out. That's why I think we should be having Tadic on one wing and Mané or Elia on the other. I think we really need his passing range from the very start of the game, not just as a sub for 20 mins. Even when he's not having a great game, Tadic always seems to create a bit of space and open the play up for others.

2.) 27 Feb 2015 17:57:13
I agree totally, Mane is a similar player to Elia. They both know when to go, not to go and where and when to make the diagonal run. But pointless without someone picking the run out. Clyne with Tadic, Bertrand with Elia and Pelle up front with Mane is a great formation.
I forget to mention, when Elia was doing all the runs, it was only Pelle that was being passed to. So he seems to have turned into a target player for the whole team. He is so much more than that!
Morgan S speeds up the game, can pick out anyone, anytime he likes.
So let's go at WBA all guns blazing!




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17 Oct 2017 16:38:49
It is such a shame .
I look ay Lemina we have just signed from Juventus, articulate, sociable, cheerful . plays his heart and socks off .
It seems for us, that character is a huge part of the selection process and then they are encouraged almost into a family way .
Luke Shaw didn't go from being injury free, very fit, England left back to this . shame .
Clyne was also superb .




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17 Oct 2017 16:38:49
It is such a shame .
I look ay Lemina we have just signed from Juventus, articulate, sociable, cheerful . plays his heart and socks off .
It seems for us, that character is a huge part of the selection process and then they are encouraged almost into a family way .
Luke Shaw didn't go from being injury free, very fit, England left back to this . shame .
Clyne was also superb .




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17 Oct 2017 10:01:30
Luke Shaw .
At Southampton he was treated the Southampton Way, treated as a young man, a young man with exceptional talent . who played his heart out for us, was rarely injured or missed a game, who's fitness was never in doubt as he bombed up and down the wing = England left back.
I followed him on twitter . a game of bowling with his buddies, Nandos with his mates, golf with his mates . all the things that a 17/ 18 year old should be doing!
He moves to Manchester . what do they do, shove him in some plush City Centre hotel to live . only 'mates' around, not real mates but footballers who regard themselves as celebrities! I think the first event he attended was a boxing match (from memory) where all the Man U players had ring side seats .

That same evening there were a few of Saints players in Ceno's sat eating, chatting, no show offs, just sensible guys having a chat and giggle .

So from young man going to Nandos with his mates, playing xbox . to part of the Marketing Giant that is Man U .

He was still a boy . sad . great player . great attitude.


{Ed001's Note - Clyne was similar, moved to Liverpool and it all went to his head. The clubs made a mess of things in both cases.}



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13 Sep 2017 15:42:51
I thought I would check on Gaston Ramirez to see where he is . off to Serie A .
It has been interesting (and enjoyable) to watch teams like Stoke and Watford this season. The days of big strong, slow and not too skillful players seems over. I actually loved watching the way Watford played. Their attacks were exciting and fast. There was very little messing around on the ball, quite simply fast passes to space and players on the run .
I mention Gaston because maybe the days of players like Boufal and Tadic in the PL are gone. With agile and quick defenders plus sharp midfields, the ball needs to be played quickly and accurately.
There are some very clever, highly skillful players around . I love to watch Jaun Matta, Fernandinho, Aguero . Willian . Hazard . but they all move the ball quickly and also move quickly into space .
Anyway, back to Saints .
Two up front . and most importantly GET THE BALL TO THEM :-)




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13 Sep 2017 09:33:54
I also notice that we both failed to mention Forster . deliberately or subconsciously I am not sure!
I am not sure we can continue with this man.
His ability to save a shot on goal is rapidly diminishing from
sometimes to never .





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14 Sep 2020 18:37:12
We must not return to the days of Romeu being on the team sheet. I agree he upped his game end of last season. But only in that he started to move the ball quicker and more positive. His tackling is atrocious bordering on amateur, his positional play is terrible and tracking his man is almost non existent often resulting In lunging tackle or drag back of his man. Jack Stephens - where was the Jack we raved over end season? Non of his possession play, darting runs? He looked very, very slow and lethargic!

As for Redmond phew absolutely not improved in two seasons. Runs into trouble, poor passing, poor vision . in fact I have no idea what he brought to the team at all! Which makes letting Boufal go even stranger; he is the one player who can change a game completely .

Overall, very poor first half, much sharper second half.




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06 Nov 2018 09:54:06
I do very strongly you are being unkind to sheds. Many sheds have interior lights, so often ‘the lights are on when someone is home’ . with Mr Hoedt the lights are definitely not on and there is definitely no one home!
Furthermore, sheds are designed to sway in the wind . Mr Hoedt does not sway at all. from his awful football!




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21 Nov 2017 09:34:20
In response to SaintJay
Gabbi is actually an amazing headerer of the ball! when they are hoofed up field he is not so good one on one with a big defender, but from crosses he is oustanding. he is also very quick, he can create goals out of nothing. We just have stopped getting to the byline and making those telling crosses or fast balls along the ground.
Tadic provides zero service towards the box, Cedric's crossing has gone mad? Bertrand is a great crosser of the ball, both air and ground, but is spending so much time covering for Redmond/ Tadic that he is not anywhere near as affective as he was.
As for FF . I have absolutely no idea what this man has to do to be dropped. He is awful? maybe the eds could shed light on why we are sticking with FF despite making so many mistakes?

Quite possibly for the first time in many years I consider us relegation material, if only for the reason we can't score = can't win 3 points.




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06 Nov 2017 21:36:56
I think this little story by me kinda sums up what almost everyone is thinking . during the first half against Burnley I left my seat to go to the toilet . the first time in over 45 years of supporting Saints. What was the difference, I knew we would not score, I knew I would not miss one 'get up from my seat' moment.

I would be interested to know how many previous times Sean Dyche has gone two up front when away from home and drawing! It was so obvious that we were there for the taking! and take us they did!

But I repeat from an earlier post by me, the biggest worry was that MP changed absolutely nothing at half time. let's get the ball, let's interplay among ourselves for a few minutes, going nowhere . and then give it away or not get the cross in .

In fact he thought we played well and were unlucky . phew.




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06 Nov 2017 16:46:50
VintageSaint .
Redmond when playing on the left consistently fails to track back and leaves Bertrand exposed, this was demonstrated on numerous occasions in the Newcastle match when Redmond lost the ball upfield and ran back tamely for 10-15 yards and then watched while Bertrand was left with 3 Newcastle players to contend with.

Totally agree! I have absolutely no doubt that teams have worked out our vulnerability and play to it. To be honest, it doesn't take too much watching of our matches to spot it! I think this is one of the main reasons that our wing backs are playing more cautiously; where once Tadic not tracking back could be covered by an alert midfielder, the opponents are filling the void left between back and Tadic/ Redmond, with several players . and we are then in the s***!
A huge amounts of our attacks were from the wings . and that is just not happening. I feel we could have Harry K in the box but without service, even he can't score .
I would stress again that I think Steve Davis MBE! has looked at Lemina coming in and thought, mmmmmm . I need to up my game if I want to keep my place. and he has! hugely .