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18 Aug 2022 10:17:29
Goncalo Ramon looks a buy. Let hope this isn't just media fluff and there is substance behind the rumour. Eds do you know anything about this one? Thanks


{Ed002's Note - Gonçalo Ramos (F/AM) One of two players Roma are pushing to take from Benfica. Nottingham Forest have made a bid and it would not be a surprise to see Newcastle and perhaps Leeds to do the same. Southampton have asked about his availability and Wolves had a loan request rejected. Champions League qualification for Benfica may see him stay. A very well liked youngster - and PSG offer a wildcard solution.}

1.) 18 Aug 2022 12:06:47
Thank you

2.) 18 Aug 2022 18:20:27
Highly unlikely then!

3.) 19 Aug 2022 15:06:55
Ive read that we have tabled a bid of 30 million euro plus 5 million in add ons. Also I have read that we have entered the race for free agent Andrea Belotti but he wants to go to Roma

4.) 20 Aug 2022 11:43:52
Apparently Belotti has already rejected Southamptons approach



02 Jan 2019 22:02:28
Great point earned. Going to be interesting to see who starts between the posts from now on too. Downside to me was Long coming on who just didn't get up to speed. We might have dropped into the relegation zone but this extra point could be invaluable come the end of the season. JWP put in a proper shift tonight. If we need a captain he gets my vote.


1.) 03 Jan 2019 00:29:32
Great start to the New Year!
Well Done to Ralph and his Coaching/ Fitness staff for executing a well thought out and effective plan to capture a result.
Well Done also to all of the Players who operated with great tenacity and effort.
2019 prediction :
ANGUS will be knocking Gareth Southgate’s door down to become England’s new no.1 keeper.
Keep On Marching,

2.) 03 Jan 2019 01:29:24
I think we are all seeing an improvement in performances and players and I agree Vick 4 points from 9 is better than we could have expected. I like what RH is doing with the players particularly defenders like bednarek, Yoshida,
vestergaard, who have definitely improved in the very short time he has been in charge. Yes we have slipped into the bottom 3 but we all know this league is a marathon not a sprint and we are now scoring goals, keeping a clean sheet and allowing youth and reserve players the chance to fight for a first team place. Gunn for McCarthy was a great move, give AM a break but also since Gunn did so well that he is going to have to fight to get back in the team. Xmas is a busy period for games and Derby in the cup gives the team a chance to become more consistent and hopefully a morale boosting win and cup run. I really believe that RH will keep us up and that we will improve over the next 5 months and stop being a soft touch and really become a competitive side again. coyr.

{Ed0333's Note - as I keep saying you’re biggest battle will be keeping you’re manager from the vultures that will circulate. I think he’s a breath of fresh air.

3.) 03 Jan 2019 07:32:28
I haven't seen this well defensively organised Saints team since Koeman's era! I 100% agree with Ralph that it really does not matter how the table looks at the moment. We have had very tough fixtures lately and when Ralph and the boys keep up the good work, I am sure we have more points than Huddersfield, Fulham, Burnley, Cardiff, Newcastle, Palace, Brighton and Bournemouth when the season ends. Or at least more than three of them! :)

Now some January business, dead wood out, freshness in, and we will be just fine. Finally proud to be a Saints fan and looking forward to every game!

4.) 03 Jan 2019 08:11:24
Liked seeing mccarthy dropped, made too many mistakes especially in the last few games. Could actually see Ralph getting pissed off with him.

If you’d offered me 7 points from that run of games before Ralph came in I’d have bit your hand off. Got an ‘easier’ set of games coming up and more training time between them so let’s see where we are in feb.

5.) 03 Jan 2019 10:00:25
Very good result when you consider that Morata cost more than our entire starting 11. I can see us getting 11 points from all the matches leading up to the end of Feb and that's being pessimistic. That's also considering we don't sign any world class players that will score plenty of goals haha

Leicester Away L
Everton Home D
Crystal Palace Home W
Burnley Away D
Cardiff Home W
Arsenal Away L
Fulham Home W

I can see him playing a weakened side against Derby a lot of academy players. Do you think the large introduction of academy players has happened because RH has been told he won't be able to sign anyone in January or because he thinks our main squad isn't good enough?

6.) 03 Jan 2019 13:03:22
We always developed academy players in the past. It's a welcome return to the old ways!

One game at a time but Ralph appears to have given the club its Mojo back.

2019 will see Saints improve no end.

7.) 03 Jan 2019 04:59:57
Hi ed

I think you're right and we as a club must recognise that the pool of good managers is very small and do everything to keep RH, we have experienced how much poor managers cost you financially plus poor player selection policy can have disastrous consequences and set back progress drastically. Let's hope this is remembered. coyr.

{Ed0333's Note - absolutely mate

8.) 03 Jan 2019 18:59:30
Great to be reading so many positive posts again. Ed’s right about the shadowy risk of RH being headhunted in the future, so all the more reason for us to enjoy the good times while they’re here! I would also hope that given the last few seasons, the board will do some serious succession planning so when he does move on, whenever that may be, either there is an external coach they can bring in of the same ilk, or better, a coach from within the club who has learned the ropes under RH, treating him like a mentor.

Its great to see some of the academy players get a chance as said before. I think that the academy players are likely to have a little better energy levels so that may be another motive for RH including them and testing if they’re ready. I think he’s likely to prove a better judge of player potential than previous coaches we have had.

RH has emphasised the type of player SFC would like to sign – young, high energy and physical. Signings not just for now but for the future. I therefore wouldn’t give too much credit to the gossip around players who do not fit that mould. Its inevitable that lazy stories will surface linking us to ex-Leipzig players, anyone in the Bundesliga or even ex-Saints players. Its better to use RH’s own description of what type of player he likes when assessing the likelihood of our interest in a player.

9.) 04 Jan 2019 08:43:06
I would like to see Wanyama returning, though. :)



21 Dec 2018 19:55:20
Can someone confirm the deal with Ings please. Does he automatically become a full time Saints player at the end of the year or is his deal an option to buy at an agreed price? Don't want to end up having the same issues as we had with Toby A a few years back.


1.) 21 Dec 2018 22:57:00
We've got the option to buy and I believe the end price will be 20 mil.

2.) 22 Dec 2018 01:30:37
It's an obliged transfer at the end of his loan spell with a value of around 18 million so I heard. He will become a permanent Saint the end of the season.

3.) 22 Dec 2018 03:38:11
Most of the ITK's seem to think he's essentially already a southampton player - signed contracts etc just that at the point in which liverpool made him available it was quicker and easier to sign him as a loanee as a full transfer may not have gone through in time.

Similar thing to Bertrand iirc.

{Ed001's Note - actually the main consideration is you wanted to have more time to look at what damage the long term injuries had done to him.}

4.) 23 Dec 2018 11:53:30
I believe the fee is the instalment we are due in vvd so a done deal if we take the option.



10 Mar 2018 16:56:10
No heart, no fight. 11 individuals not playing as a team.
Too late to sack the manager. who do we bring in.
Yesterday we had our own fate in our hands. Now we don't.


1.) 11 Mar 2018 00:19:17
No heart at all chris, although with 8 games I say sack him and get someone in until the end of season. He is not going to win another game. Silva perhaps.

2.) 11 Mar 2018 00:29:37
Yup. I'm starting to think the only reason players play better against Tottenham and the other big clubs, is to increase their value so that when we get relegated, they'll find a new club easy.

3.) 11 Mar 2018 07:50:23
And this is the big problem. No one wants to play for Southampton, no one cares enough. These players still get paid every week, win or lose. We're a feeder club, the only reason people join us is to get a bigger move away. There is no passion, honestly I think relegation will be the best thing for us, we can have a yard sale and get rid of all the deadweight. I'd rather have us playing in the Championship with players that want to actually play for the club where the badge means something to them.

4.) 11 Mar 2018 08:58:52
Did you see the Hojbjerg interview the guy clearly has pride and is hurting and Lemina although poor yesterday clearly feels the hurt. I just don’t know where we go from here almost feel like okay some of the kids and give them a chance although maybe unfair in them at this stage if the season with where we are. 3 weeks to next game need something to change badly.

5.) 11 Mar 2018 09:23:58
Hi Guys,
Unless Les Read has a manager ready to come in at the end of the season, I mean someone already agreed whether we're in the Premier League or Championship to come in straight away, I can't understand what this clown is still doing here. it's beyond my comprehension. Surely Les Read is not that naive to think this clown is the long term manager of this great club.



17 Jan 2018 17:51:51
Ed's I've heard rumour off a very poor source I've got to say that we are in for Sturridge on a loan with a buy option at the end of the season. Have you heard anything or is this another false one?


{Ed002's Note - No, I am not aware of that.}

1.) 17 Jan 2018 18:20:24

2.) 18 Jan 2018 00:04:21
Having seen Walcott move to Everton (he was surely someone we’d have been thinking of getting) I’d think it quite likely, very plausible that we might be interested in England Strikers Daniel Sturridge.

Knowing our recent lack of excitement though, we’ll probably sign his uncle, former Derby striker of the mid-90’s, Dean, by mistake!




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25 Jul 2023 17:38:15
Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 7 but it wouldn't surprise me if we end up with a cash plus Ings deal for JWP. If that happens I'd be quite happy. When he is fit Danny Ings is one of the best in front of goal.


1.) 25 Jul 2023 18:37:50
Love him back but we can’t afford his wages.

2.) 27 Jul 2023 13:09:39
I would be happy for that to happen but can't see how we would get past his wages unless we loaned him for the season. That could work

3.) 29 Jul 2023 03:52:31
Whilst Ward-Prowse deserves his desired move to an EPL club particularly for his service to our Club, it would be an ideal opportunity to replace him with a.quicker dynamic Midfielder who could improve our style of play and potentially assume the captaincy with stronger leadership and possible savings in wages to boot.!

4.) 30 Jul 2023 01:07:05
St John
I believe you are the person who played football at a high level… explain to me why so many fans think JWP is this wonderful, amazing player? I get chastised and mocked for saying exactly what you have said.
At the heart of all great teams is a midfield general, a midfield maestro, dynamic, quick thinking, the engine room .
I was trying to think of the last midfielder we had that really ran the show . Morgan S?
Jack Cork? I don’t know . for sure there’s been an awful lot of average players . Ely, Diallo etc
Players like Harrison Reed is a superb player, controls the pace, superb distribution. Cork another .

What about us? Imagine Saints with Stuart Armstrong running the midfield!

JWP is totally overrated and that’s obvious by the lack of top teams after him. An ever present that I think has hugely contributed to the awful, slow, predictable play that has been our trademark.

Captain for a few seasons, playing awful football and relegated . we need to change our game plan and selling JWP should be the start of the rebuild

5.) 30 Jul 2023 07:17:07
Heh south hants rich, support your post 100% (and many in the past) .Judging by Russ Martin’s early indications I would guess that he sees clearly through the smokescreen and should JWP remain at the Club it’s quite probable that a cosy predictable automatic inclusion will come to an end. I totally agree with your summary this particular position needs a quality player with all the attributes you mentioned in order to navigate a successful path to the EPL.Do not miss this Godsend opportunity SFC!

6.) 30 Jul 2023 13:13:09
Heh South Hants Rich and St John,

I’ve swerved posting for a while because I felt I was a lone voice in blaming JWP as one of the main reasons for relegation. Having read your posts I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to whole heartedly agree with you.

All season he set the tempo - and all season we were slow and predictable. He is not attacking minded and all too often passes the responsibility rather than the ball. Take away his set pieces and he’s fair to average. It’s tragic really because he could have been far more of a footballer. Look at Declan Rice - ridiculously over priced IMO but streets ahead of JWP in controlling the midfield and offering offensive options.

JWP is not a box to box player - but should have been. He spends very little time in the last third except for taking corners. Southgate gave him a chance at England level but was unimpressed.

Different tack now but I haven’t got a clue what the strongest starting line up is - not even close to being able to pick a team!

Enjoy what’s left before it all starts over …

7.) 30 Jul 2023 21:15:50
JWP would have been told where to play and what was required by the managers in charge. Maybe you’re all forgetting how good he looked under Jones in the number 10 role. You don’t win lots of caps at u21 and 11 at full international level if you’re a poor player. Often the reason he held onto the ball or played sidewards/ backwards is that none of our forwards, since Ings, knew how to create space or run in behind. Top scorer in the last 2 seasons, 1 free kick goal away from the all time premier league record, ?. To blame him for our relegation is ridiculous! To many showboaters, too many mercenaries and not enough players who wear there hearts on their sleeves coupled with 3 very poor recruitment years where it appears players characters and motivation meant nothing.

8.) 31 Jul 2023 01:01:36
2408 . I will beg to differ with you re JWP
You can quote his free kick / goal scoring stats, but there is a huge missing part in your thinking . how many more would we have scored if he wasn’t playing keep ball among the centre backs?

I fully understand your logic re no one making space etc but it’s not true. Adams is one of the most intelligent players we’ve had . always starting to make a run . look at his recent goal for Scotland, held the line, waited and ran in on goal.

I know you feel JWP has been shackled by the management, but have a really serious think about ANY remotely long or longish balls you’ve seen JWP play? I even include wing to wing. It’s bizarre, his accuracy with a dead ball is unbelievable when in front of goal. so why? Why does he never perform pin point accurate crosses outside, over the top and so on? He never attempts to use the ball like he can from dead balls .!
I’ll give you a perfect example . Vestergaard .
On the training ground used to practise landing the ball anywhere he wanted! We saw him play unbelievable long passes to the wings and to the front man! Cue JWP . stands 10 ft from CBs calls for the ball . looks around . then passes it back .

JWP has stifled southampton football club!
He has Amazing’s passing stats . why? Because he constantly calls for the ball, demands the ball . and then does F**k all with it . (sorry to swear Ed’s) .

The comment that it’s the management that has told him to sit back and play negative just doesn’t wash.
As the captain he would have the ear of the managers, the respect of the managers . and to believe all of our recent managers have said, JWP don’t pass forward, don’t run with the ball. is fantasy!

I’m not sure JWP has ever run past an opponent!

Trouble is the EPL improved at a very quick rate. Also rans like bournemouth etc suddenly have a team of internationals, teams that made up the numbers are playing high pressing, high tempo, tactically excellent exciting football .

And saints? We’ve stood still for seasons . slo predictable football, not scoring, conceding in huge amounts . JWP went from a good EPL player to behind the times .
Quite simply not quick enough, not dynamic enough. and I honestly believe he’s known that for a couple of seasons. So he’s hidden among the CBs .

2nd minute or 88th minute, you’ll find him passing back, I call it hiding …

Being a top scorer for saints based on his free kicks, is not praising JWP, it’s an indictment of how bad saints have been.

The football we have played for several seasons has been dire. Awful and predictable.
let the game be controlled by a Lavia style player .
We have in Tella a superb proven goals scorer. he wants the ball, he can’t score while the ball is being held up by JWP!

We have some superb players that should pull the championship apart .

Come on you reds

9.) 31 Jul 2023 05:22:37
south hants Rich that was a very accurate and relevant response re.JWP but however as we live in a democracy (at the moment) we will always encounter opposing views-I only hope WHU spies don’t get OUR accounts as we could kill a prospective sale! .With regards to your mention of Harrison Reed -sometime ago I likened him to a budding Paul Scholes (Man Utd) but was ridiculed at the time referencing his red hair was the only similarity.However his pathway to progress was always impeded at SFC because JWP would never be dropped.Since moving to Fulham fc he has flourished into the fine young mention.With regards Stuart Armstrong becoming a Mid.driving force could hold some merit as it replicates. shades of Steven Davis.Finally just to turn the clock back although SFC could never compete with the calibre of Mids such as Billy BREMNER, NOBBY STILES, JOHN HOLLINS GRAEME SOUNESS and STEVEN GERRARD our own JIMMY GABRIEL, STEVE WILLIAMS and BRIAN O’NEILL were all excellent midfielders of yesteryear. Great to hear from you Millertime! . I’m sure after the Window closes ( and the Dealins Done) SFC will have a much more positive direction re team selection and RM’s nightmare scenario will subside.

10.) 31 Jul 2023 07:07:31
south hants rich kudos for an accurate and relevant response re the JWP saga but as we are a democracy (for the time being at least) we will always encounter opposing views-I only hope no WHU Board Member Spies don’t get to read our 3 posts because we might “Kill A Potential Sale”.With regards to Stuart Armstrong perhaps he could play a similar role to Steven Davis? Great to hear from you Millertime! .I’m sure after the window closes (AND THE DEALIN’S DONE) SFC will have much more direction towards Team selection whilst RM recovers with a lie down following this nightmare scenario period and we can all strap ourselves in for an exciting ride ahead this season! AllThe Very Best to you and SHR.

11.) 31 Jul 2023 09:25:11
Thank you Millertime, St John and 2408

We do have some cracking players in the team.
come on saints, bring back the fast flowing, dynamic, goal scoring football .
Get it out wide, get in behind the opponents, run at them, run past them, crosses, through balls, switch play .
get us fans off our seats again.

12.) 31 Jul 2023 20:58:20
Agree with you all re. JWP. A few weeks ago we were being told of countless teams coming for him at £40 million +. Where are they now. I think that premier league managers have a similar view to us over his way of playing during the last couple of years. I wouldn't be surprised if nobody puts in a bid for him. Jimmy Gabriel was a great player. I watched him a lot in the late 60s/ early 70s.

13.) 31 Jul 2023 22:23:42
Time will tell gents, maybe we can review our comments in 9 months. In the meantime, I have serious reservations about RM playing style and scoring goals. It reminds me of Claude Puels system, efficient but not exciting. I really hope I’m wrong.

14.) 01 Aug 2023 01:56:55
2408 . sad thing is, we have the players to play a much more dynamic and fluid football style. In Tella we have a perfect way of judging our playing style. This guy scored for fun with Burnley, he ran at defenders, ran round them, over them . scored some great goals and played some great football .
let’s see if he’s stifled under RM’s playing style.
Also, there’s playing out from the back and there’s playing out from the back . what we are doing is bordering on amateurish!
Get the ball up the pitch as fast as you can! We want to win games!
No more if this playing 5 at the back regardless of whether we are playing top or bottom!
Get the ball to midfield, get the ball up the pitch .

15.) 01 Aug 2023 09:59:36
Our attacking options should terrify championship defences but I don’t think RM will use their pace and guile. I think he wants to walk the ball into the net, Adams Mara Sulemana Tella Edozie will be wasted, Alcaraz will become our major goal threat from in and around the 18 yard line. Onaucha would be ideal for the championship but it’s obvious he’s not going to get a look in, big centre forwards always score in the championship. ( Stewart Pirloe Keane Gyokeres Evans Morris etc etc) Anyway, enough from me, let’s see how it pans out ?

16.) 01 Aug 2023 11:04:09
Our attacking options should not only terrify, but destroy championship defences .
imagine all these guys on the pitch, making runs, taking up great positions, creating space out wide.
meanwhile .
saints are playing pitsy patsy football around the 18 yard box …

17.) 02 Aug 2023 01:56:40
Well that’s our great hopes for fast flowing football down the pan!
Whu have pulled out do the JWP deal!
So many saints fans on so many forums cheering loudly!
Ok so we’ve hardly scored for multiple seasons, we conceded in huge numbers .
The football has been dire, predictable, one dimensional .
we’ve played backwards and sidewards .
and fans are delighted at JWP staying .?

He needs to be dropped, he needs to be benched . i want to see Saints with JWP .
an ever present while we slump and get relegated .
Common denominator … JWP



09 Jun 2023 12:48:04
So Mason Greenwood looks like he will be loaned out. Would you take him?


1.) 09 Jun 2023 18:47:17
Not unless he has re trained as a defender, midfielder or goal keeper.

2.) 13 Jun 2023 05:01:48
Should Ward-Prowse remain with Saints next season it is unlikely he will be guarenteed a starting spot and most certainly at risk of losing the captaincy to Matt Grimes if he signs as predicted.

3.) 13 Jun 2023 07:13:39
The question is will anyone want him. McAllister sold for £35 million and in his prime, Mount going for reported £40 million and in his prime and then you have Jwp £50 million and 29 years old. Think the best we could hope for us £25 million, which is probably his true value, but will the club sell for this?

4.) 13 Jun 2023 07:58:12
Completely agree.

5.) 13 Jun 2023 19:24:11
Apparently, the club that always takes our players wants him and may bid for Ward-Prowse. You know what club I'm on about :D



01 Jun 2023 16:07:45
Transfer windows opens soon and I'm sure deals are already being done in the background.
Think we are going to lose to players wanting to stay in the prem:-

Bella kotcha



And then we have some dead wood and retirees leaving.
Means a huge shake up with our team that I'm looking forward to.

We have some huge talent on loan that hopefully will come back into the first team too.




24 May 2022 06:21:59
When Eddie Howe is given the boot during the summer and replaced with a big name at Newcastle does anyone think he would work for us? I've not been the biggest fan before but he turned Newcastle around quickly.




05 Aug 2019 18:52:48
Phil Jones anyone? Could be a nice bit of experience for us and probably surplus now.


1.) 06 Aug 2019 15:40:42
Aled Jones is going for a song.

2.) 06 Aug 2019 20:17:24
Aled is probably a better footballer too.




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01 Sep 2023 17:27:24
Could be worse….we could be a feeder club like Man City ?




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18 Aug 2022 12:06:47
Thank you




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10 Aug 2022 11:34:01
Wouldn't surprise me if he pushed to sign Long on loan. I can't pathom his decision making at the moment.




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02 Aug 2021 16:12:47
I wonder if Livramento will start and KWP takes a more forward role.




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22 Aug 2020 08:09:06
Gunn is a good keeper but lacks confidence. He is young and has time on his hands. Play him in the cup comps and he will eventually be a great asset for us I am sure. Its a patience game.





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19 Jun 2023 16:47:51
Or to reverse the question why would he come to a championship club instead of managing a club in European football




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02 Jun 2023 16:00:42
Yes, actually now looking forward to seeing what the plan is.
We will lose a load of players through them wanting to stay in the prem, retiring or just good enough but we have a huge amount of talent waiting in the wings to be given their opportunity.
Tella and smallbone have proven themselves at lower level. Ballard should get an opportunity.
I think Lyanco has everything to be a great championship defender. We will need to tough games out.
Let’s see who comes in but on paper with the player losses on my post below I think we should have a decent budget to get us back in the prem straight away.




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09 Aug 2022 10:03:09
I predicted 1 point. Think that's optimistic now




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16 Jul 2022 14:04:58
I think we will be lucky to get a point. This season is going to be very tough.




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08 Jun 2022 12:46:25
Trouble is we will get the £75m but only spend £25m . I'd keep him.