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01 Mar 2023 23:59:25
Eds.does anyone have knowledge of the feelings within the club about chances of survival? They must surely have to start planning for the drop at some stage?


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



11 Aug 2022 10:35:11
Oh Tella is off on loan to Burnley! Can SOMEBODY please tell me what's going on because I think I'm losing the plot.


1.) 11 Aug 2022 11:11:08
Maybe hudson-odoi is on his way in, god that would be an amazing loan. I know it won't happen though, I think he is going to dortmund

2.) 11 Aug 2022 13:12:29
Ed’s what is happening if Tella is going out on loan? Do we know if there is an incoming such as Hudson-Odoi? Also are we advanced with Lirola from Marseille?

{Ed002's Note - Tella is going out on loan because he won't get many opportunities in Southampton - there is no intention of replacing him.

Pol Lirola (RWB) Loan from Marseille is likely as they fear losing Kyle Walker Peters. The lady who deals with Marseille's transfers is in England this week and there should be a discussion with her.}

3.) 11 Aug 2022 17:27:19
Thanks Eds002

{Ed002's Note - It seems today another side are looking to Pol Lirola and are willing to agree a loan very quickly - see how the week pans out.}

4.) 11 Aug 2022 17:36:30
Cheers Ed, I just hope the KWP doesn’t happen. For me, he’s the most attack minded player we have, certainly one of only 2 or 3 PL standard players in the present squad.

And Tella going out on loan - unbelievable. He’s 23 now, so should be approaching the best form of his career. If only he was given a decent run.

I just don’t see how we’re going to get to 40 points without the likes of KWP and Tella, fit and available.

5.) 12 Aug 2022 12:30:35
Is it me.or do we seem to be linked with player, 2 years before they become world class? I seem to remember us being linked with Nunez a couple of seasons ago, now its Kaladzic (2024 he will be another one!) I can't believe we are letting the likes of Tella go, when there doesn't appear to be any replacement lined up. Its all well and good buy young players on the cheap, but we need an experienced striker to help Mara develop and push Adam A. Why are we not pushing to sign at least Premier League standard player. If things don't change, we are going to be another Fulham or Norwich.too good for Championship, but nowhere near Premier League level. I agree, that if results don't start coming, Leeds is a MUST win, then Ralph will be gone by the World Cup, if we could get Poch back WOW, but sadly unrealistic, we shouldve gone in for Potter when we sacked Hughes. Still, i will always hope we are gping to win every game, COYRs!



07 Aug 2022 22:30:09
Is it me, or do we want Ralph out? :)


1.) 09 Aug 2022 10:45:52
I peronally think when the manager plays players out of posistion all the time you have a major problem. I think Ralph has 6 games to prove himself. I think he will be the first manager to get the sack and then Gerrard depending on results.

For me in the 4 years he has been at the helm we have gone backwards. Of course he hasn't had a lot to spend but he knew this when he signed his contract, I get there are other contributing factors also but still.

For me he hasn't developed players like he said he would do. Redmond is the prime example, I thought he would make Redmond a much better attacking player but he has regressed as a player, not improved.

Same with Djenepo, when we signed him he scored a couple of really good goals and looked like a quality signing but again I don't think Ralph and the coaches have managed/coached him properly and he has also regressed as a player.

Ralp has now had some decent investment in the first team and if we get another couple of player through the door (a Striker please) and maybe a winger and central defender then he can't really moan. Unfortunatly I do think his time will be up unless we can start putting in some performances and getting some wins/points on the board.

For me we have to beat Leeds at home on saturday and if we don't I think we have an idea of where we are. IF we loose that one I don't see many points coming our way and ultimatley that means the manager has to go!

2.) 09 Aug 2022 11:52:50
You are absolutely correct, think KWP is the only squad member who has improved in the last 2 years.

3.) 09 Aug 2022 12:23:59
KWP was already a quality player, he simply needed to play to show his quality

4.) 09 Aug 2022 17:49:52
Why do a lot of fans feel he has 6 games to prove himself? He's had 159 games already I think we all know what were getting.

5.) 09 Aug 2022 19:52:27
I have no idea what has kept Ralph in a job?
It’s not like we are playing entertaining football and unluckily losing. We are playing awful football, with no pattern of play, no obvious tactics, no adjustment when losing, poor substitutions, poor starting lineups, poor player management, poor team selection.
Even worse, Ralph has learning absolutely nothing from his mistakes?

Southampton has gone backwards, in every way!
He stills continues to tinker, he continues with favourites, players out of positions . and the most bizarre substitutions I’ve ever seen!

The fact he considers Djenepo worthy of a starting spot at left wing back is bordering on The Twilight Zone! Any one that ever played football at any level, or for that matter any sport where marking and positional play matters, can see I’m 5 minutes that he has no idea of how to track a player, mark a player or have any positional sense. He leaves Che on the bench and then brings on Stuey? So now we are losing and playing with no recognised attacker.
He buys a new holding midfielder but then decides he doesn’t want to drop Romeu but instead, make Romeu the new box to box player? With some comment about Romeu knowing how to score? Really? Is that the same Romeu that is pretty awful at shooting and heading?

So now instead of having a more dynamic midfield, we have three holding midfielders on the pitch. The most dynamic being confined to doing that job, while JWP and Romeu play the same ol football!

I give up . Ralph is a blagger! He is not an epl manager and should have gone ages ago!
There is nothing in what I’ve seen this season or last that changes my mind,

I watch other teams sign superb players, playmakers, goalscorers .
We are now that team that was the also ran . and I hate seeing our team destroyed by one man and his narcissistic ego . Ralph please leave

6.) 09 Aug 2022 23:12:01
@SaintKenny I say 6 games because we have new owners that have invested and they are going to give Ralph a chance with new coaches and players and I suspect that if after 6 or so games we haven’t managed to get a single point on the board they will look to not totally waste the investment and release Ralph of his job to the joy of many Saints supporters. 6 games is just an educated guess really

7.) 10 Aug 2022 09:32:46
Anyone think we can tempt Poch back?

8.) 10 Aug 2022 10:34:48
OMG Manny561 I was thinking the same thing yesterday, would be amazing but unlikley I would think : (

9.) 10 Aug 2022 09:26:04
I agree. I think we've given Ralph the benefit of the doubt towards last season. With the promise of a summer transfer window where he can bring in some real talent.

Like you say He's got no excuses anymore. I'm sure the new ownership with their model will be touting possible replacements.

It's the fan forum tonight, so curious to see how the fans there react to the club. I don't think any fan is happy with the trajectory that the club is heading atm.

Lots of positive signings over the summer, lots of potential. But we need the right management and coaching to harness this potential.

10.) 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.

11.) 10 Aug 2022 16:32:57
Just reading that the club are no longer interested in selling Che, Ralph wanted to sell. Thinking the board are expecting Ralph to be gone sooner rather than later. Bad fans forum tonight and a loss to Leeds at the weekend and he might be gone, still giving a new manager a little time in the transfer window.

12.) 10 Aug 2022 17:09:05
Could we really dream of seeing the Poch back? I agree with some of the comments, we are not playing good football, the team seem to be unsure of there roles and RH seems to react to the previous game, rather than the upcoming.

His outspoken comments about the team and the apparent freezing out of some players are not conducive to good morale or playing for the manager and the team. with so many runs of poor form, including current, and this failure to acknowledge responsibility, I don't understand why is still there.

If the transfer rumours are anywhere true, he doesn't appear to have the ability to convince his fellow countrymen to join him at St Marys! the way we are playing.nobody will want to fill these positions!

As a saint, it's never going to be an easy ride, but I fear for us this season, unless something changes quickly

13.) 10 Aug 2022 20:42:50
After watching the forum I'm even less optimistic about the season than I was before Ralph and semmens would make great politician's they managed to dodge every question

14.) 11 Aug 2022 15:36:19
Sorry guys but Poch absolutely would not come back to Saints. He’ll be at the next big club who sack their manager. Current best options are Marco Rose, Paulo Sousa or Rafa. Even then they’re unlikely.



15 Mar 2021 10:00:08
Hi Eds. Any news on the American takeover. Is it still a possibility?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything noew but there are several groups looking to invest in Premier League clubs.}



08 Aug 2019 07:47:46
Heard of any last minute incomiings Eds?!


{Ed002's Note - Charlie Austin is expected to go and I would not be shocked if a full back were to arrive, perhaps on loan.}

1.) 08 Aug 2019 10:19:54
Cheers. no centre backs tho? Guess Ralph is trusting what he has. Just would have liked a more secure head but those players are not leaving, clubs I suppose. everyone wants them! 😬.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 10:23:04
God I hope it's a left back. I'd take Bertie back on the left side of a back three again if it means having a stable defense. Should've never let Targett go.

3.) 08 Aug 2019 10:29:07
Is this full back talk because we have a potential buyer for Cedric with some sustenance in Europe Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t understand what you mean about “sustenance”. But there is a potential buyer for Cedric in Monaco.}

4.) 08 Aug 2019 14:43:26
Ed0002, is the full back the one from Spurs? Kyle Walker-Pieters?

{Ed002's Note - He is an option.}

5.) 08 Aug 2019 15:40:22
Charlie gone to West Brom.

6.) 27 Aug 2019 17:11:33
Liam, I’m lovin’ your Lego man profile picture thingy. Class!




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23 Sep 2023 17:09:04
As a coach myself, I normally like to give managers time to bed a team. However, with the squad we have we should not be giving teams like boro a sniff. i'm sure he is a great guy around the training ground, but it is getting worrying that the team don't seem to be getting better. If i thought there were signs of progress it might not be so bad but it is getting harder to support RM at yhe helm.
I am no oracle, but something has to be changed before this slide becomes another freefall.


1.) 23 Sep 2023 18:11:27
It didn’t take long to see Middlesbrough had us sussed out from the beginning.
Their manager set them up with wide players on both wings, literally holding the touch line. Our wing backs seem much further in than previously, without the ball.
So with or without the ball their players stayed wide, knowing if we lost the ball, they had wide option waiting to exploit us, with no one any where near.

Middlesbrough were definitely tactically better and you could see a clear game plan, players were holding positions and staying well structured.

We were all over the place, rarely holding lines and with no apparent tactic, style of play . nothing . seemed totally random . was awful to watch.
As for playing around with the ball at the back, stop!
And as for our lack of pressing, do it!
Bizarrely Martin wants possession in our half but no attempt to turn the opponent over in their own half to gain possession higher . bizarre

2.) 23 Sep 2023 19:51:57
Adams should have scored in the first few minutes. When we did score Boro visibly became nervous and disorganised for the next 20 minutes so what did we do? Sit back and let them regain shape and order and then gift them possession 2 minutes before half-time. Second half Boro played the same possession football in their half but then released it early to willing runners down the channels. We lost possession 4 times in crucial areas but we’re only got punished once via a penalty. A fair score line should have been 4-1, pathetic performance yet again, how much longer must we suffer these inept and embarrassing performances. Still think Carrick or Potter would vastly and instantly improve our performances.

3.) 23 Sep 2023 20:03:29
Thanks for the match report South Hants. I hope your journey back isn’t too arduous.

I looked at the team and then at the subs today and thought if Carlsberg ran a 7 aside tournament for bench warmers, we would win it hands down…. probably!

There was far more threat on the bench than on the field of play - what is wrong with the man?

4.) 24 Sep 2023 11:08:37
At football matches I like to watch what’s going on off the ball too. I was trying to work out what we were trying to achieve by keeping the ball, what was the secret trick we were waiting to catch out the opponents with.
When you play fast inter passing, you pull the opponents around, always like chasing shadows. then you exploit the space you’ve created.
To be fair, our goal was exactly that, quick touches and pin point pass from Che .
but we seem to pass it to each for no other reason than they’ve been told to!
The attackers aren’t even trying to take up dangerous positions simply because they know they won’t get it.
Midfielders aren’t passing and running, again because they been programmed by Martin to play this dull and boring way.
I’m wondering if this is why he’s not picking our best and quickest players- he simply doesn’t like or want to play fast flowing football.
As for him saying he’s sticking to his game plan because he was brought in to change southampton into a possession team?

What concerned me most was out lack of press in their half. Absolutely no attempt to gain possession higher up, no attempt to turn over the ball. It’s always like we have to start every move from defence .

It was boring, unimaginative, predictable, dross football .



23 Sep 2023 17:00:23
As a coach myself, I normally like to give managers time to bed a team. However, with the squad we have we should not be giving teams like boro a sniff. i'm sure he is a great guy around the training ground, but it is getting worrying that the team don't seem to be getting better. If i thought there were signs of progress it might not be so bad but it is getting harder to support RM at yhe helm.
I am no oracle, but something has to be changed before this slide becomes another freefall.




21 Sep 2023 19:51:24
Just seen a clip from a q and a with Ange P at Spuds. Just wish we had gone thst route.class act.




19 Sep 2023 22:17:57
No words.


1.) 20 Sep 2023 00:11:35
We are fast becoming the laughing stock of the Championship. Everything about us sucks.

We act like maradonas when playing out from the back which is excruciating to watch and inevitably leads to a calamity of errors and within 60 seconds or so we are gifting the opposition a goal.

We have no bite in midfield - none at all. Smallbone is a lightweight who offers nothing and there is no leadership. Let’s not get started on the back four - it is shocking.

So, up front - Adam Armstrong is basically crap - I can’t think of a better word. There must be a whole bunch of clubs who are pleased that they didn’t buy Che Adams for £20 mil and the two young boys on the wing (Edozie and Sam) are very bless but that’s about it.

So how on God’s earth does anyone seriously think we are contenders for automatic promotion. We’re not even at the races for a play off spot.

Lack of quality is one thing but lack of passion and desire comes from the dug out. We need to get rid of RM and start all over.



15 Sep 2023 21:34:24
Hey ho.more of the same. Do we ACTUALLY have a defending coach? Serious question.





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10 Aug 2022 23:06:20
Tbh it is a stretch to say that he played 5-3-2 at the weekend anyway.




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30 Jan 2020 08:02:44
However we would be silly not to take the money if he is set on leaving free in the summer.




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08 Aug 2019 10:19:54
Cheers. no centre backs tho? Guess Ralph is trusting what he has. Just would have liked a more secure head but those players are not leaving, clubs I suppose. everyone wants them! 😬.




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09 Aug 2018 20:52:31
Thanks ed. Hadn't heard about ings! Not bad loan deal. COYS!


{Ed0333's Note - how does it feel to get a player from Liverpool instead of the other way round. Shame you couldn’t take Clyne and Lalana back mate.



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28 Aug 2017 17:05:56
Thanks for thoughts ed! Personally I just want the saga to end. It seems like it has dragged on and perhaps scuppered other transfer opportunity we might have had with the income.





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11 Feb 2023 17:37:48
I want him out as much as the next person, but really can't see who would want to come.we are poor.




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04 Feb 2023 21:34:00
Who would want to come in tho Stoobs.? Had the feeling this was a championship appointment at the time.




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03 Sep 2022 21:36:33
Maybe there's a free transfer striker coming in we don't know about! ?




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20 Aug 2022 23:46:28
Marathon not a sprint.1 game does not a season make. Let's judge at the close or at least give it 10 games.




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11 Aug 2022 22:38:21
Please please please if this is true get Ralph out before it's too late. I get the sense that owners are happy for him to run down his contract to 2024 regardless of the consequences. If he's lost the dressing room no wonder our performances have been poor. Who else is available management wise tho?