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18 Sep 2023 12:39:36
I heard on the grapevine this morning that Ross Stewart probably won't be ready for first team action until December. Even if he comes in then and scores a shed load of goals I fear that it will be far too late to get us to the playoffs.


1.) 18 Sep 2023 14:07:18
Lots of rumours abounded about him failing his medical . and then the comments slating those rumours …

2.) 19 Sep 2023 08:31:21
If he had failed the medical then he would not be insured and Sunderland would not have accepted a deal with future add on payment’s, Saints would have to make full payment there and then. As I understand the FA rules, all players must be insured to play professional football in England.



31 Aug 2023 21:11:56
Seems like Sulemana is off to Everton on loan




27 Jan 2023 23:44:01
Southampton have made a £17.5m bid for Rennes and Ghana forward Kamaldeen Sulemana, 20


1.) 28 Jan 2023 22:20:34
Another winger with pace and little end product. GIVE US GOALS FOR GOD’S SAKE.

Doesn’t need to be anything magical. A half season loan deal to keep us up, and we’ll be in a much more inviting position if we stay up. Look what Gabbi did - none of us had heard of him and he had a spurt for two months which kept us up. Don’t sign a striker, we won’t know.

Che Adams and Adam Armstrong will not keep this side up. Mara has potential but isn’t going to bag 10-12 goals in the last 19 games. Maybe Orsic at striker is an option, but relying on JWP and Perraud for goals is a death sentence.

Also, generally speaking, it’s worrying that our 1.5th team (not quite a full second string side) barely beat a team in the championship relegation zone. Doesn’t exactly bode well.

2.) 28 Jan 2023 23:28:24
1 goal and 2 assists in 17 games. Sounds ready made for us!



04 Jan 2023 20:07:17
Jones out


1.) 04 Jan 2023 21:12:34
I never ever thought I’d say this, but we are worse than under Ralph .
Other than get the ball to KWP every single move, we have no game plan .

2.) 04 Jan 2023 21:31:29
In 55 years of watching Saints I have never seen a more disorganised or lacklustre performance. No pride, no passion, no commitment with the exception of a few players. Absolute disgrace. Sack Jones now!

3.) 04 Jan 2023 22:16:17
We r rubbish



06 Oct 2022 09:48:07
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Ralph Hassenhutl is on the brink so hopefully they have it right. Several top managers are out of work at the moment so nows the time to get one in.


1.) 06 Oct 2022 12:01:15
Still amazed that there are supporters standing up for Ralph… I always say, I’ll list a dozen reasons he should sacked, please tell me just one reason he should stay .

2.) 08 Oct 2022 18:18:14
I’ve met Ralph he is a very nice guy but I agree his time is up we need some fresh ideas




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29 Mar 2024 16:57:07
Yet again too wasteful in front of goal. 62% possession and 13 shots but only 5 on target.


1.) 29 Mar 2024 17:27:43
Che Adams needs putting down - awful



18 Mar 2024 12:48:00
Just like to wish Ralph Hasenhuttl good luck in his new managerial position at Wolfsburg


1.) 18 Mar 2024 18:54:48
I agree Teejay. Wolfsburg have got themselves a top manager, shame our fanbase couldn't see it, we wouldn't be in our current predicament if they could.

C'est la vie though.

2.) 19 Mar 2024 03:17:46
With a lull in the games calendar l felt it appropriate to express my personal observations and feelings rafter than “I told you so-within a few weeks.Considering starting the season with a reported strongest squad. In the division in my opinion we will be lucky to end up 5th/6thin the table.Comparing Kieran McKenna’s achievement of bringing up Ipswich Town FC directly from Div.1 with little Transfer monies Martin’s success looks questionable.His failure to inject any steel into his Players plus continually playing Players out of their best. Positions and appearing ( (even now) not to know his strongest side.Should Southampton FC achieve their Pipe Dream of promotion to the Premirship they will certainly have to consider an upgrade in Manager to be installed.—-Steve Cooper—-Perhaps?

3.) 19 Mar 2024 07:11:56
I agree that with the squad we have we should be top two and RM's inflexibility gives me serious concerns.

I think 5th or 6th at best is harsh. We are 7 points clear of 5th with two games in hand. Plus we should have all of Downes, KWP and Fraser for the upcoming games.

Anything could happen of course and we have a lot of tough games to come but we be aiming for a playoff final at least.



24 Feb 2024 17:01:04
Our possession game just isn't working. 80% possession against a mediocre side like Millwall and we lose again.


1.) 24 Feb 2024 21:41:00
RM system was always going to be limited in time and efficiency especially when analysed by good quality coaches. The team play in a repetitive manner that has taken championship quality coaches 20 odd matches to work out but premiership coaches would take 2/3 matches! The sad thing is that the pace and guile we have in wide positions is exceptional, Stu and Downes are premier league quality but none of our central strikers are. AA and Adams miss way to many chances and Mara needs a 12 month loan in the championship to hone his skills allowing Saints to make a final decision about him. The team needs to be rotated and some of the really important players rested in preparation for the playoffs, our system might well work against tired and battle-scarred squads at the end of 46 games. ?

2.) 26 Feb 2024 17:03:20
I don’t think it even needed good coaches to see through his ways.
He is obsessed with possession football, but he doesn’t care where on the pitch that is.
When you watch good teams play possession football, it can be a joy to watch. its speed, its cleverness, all the time working that opening. It only takes one opponent to be moved/coerced out of position, and suddenly the killer pass, the switch up a gear play.
suddenly it’s 2 on 1, 3 on 2 .

With us, we just seem to keep the ball for the sake of it. and as for the passing across the box, passing back to the goalkeeper when he’s marked, the goalkeeper trying to play as a sweeper while surrounded by the opponents .

When the opponent sits back, it makes us look good!
When they don’t, we are outplayed, out! thought.

I knew we had the best teams to come, but crikey . I now realise we aren’t in their league. Correction ; maybe the players are, but the puppet master is an amateur!
I’m not actually sure now we will make the playoffs, if we do it will be because of our head start.
Gone has the psychological win over opponents before the game started.
Teams will watch the videos back and absolutely relish playing us.
With Fraser on one wing and Stuey on the other (as per 2408s post) .
we have two players that love to run at the opponents .
how frustrating to be waiting around for the ball, while Buffoona messes around with it!

But even when we aren’t winning, even when we are losing, Martin never changes tactics. he just changes players!

There is a reason he has never succeeded as a manager. there is a reason every team he’s managed has gone backwards



13 Jan 2024 16:05:41
First half of today's games. Leeds 2 up at Cardiff. Leeds have had 7 shots, 5 of which were on target. West Brom 3 up at home to Blackburn. West Brom have had 8 shots, 5 on target. Saints 1 up at home to Sheff Wed.Saints have had 9 shots and only 3 on target. Possession football is all well and good but you have to hit the target to score goals. Hopefully we'll put it right in the second half and not allow Sheff Wed to get a breakaway goal.


1.) 13 Jan 2024 17:16:49
Are you happy now? It's not like we were losing the game. And possession football has nothing to do with not hitting the target.

2.) 15 Jan 2024 07:45:16
The players are looking in unison on the pitch which can only come from coaching. It appears that RM started at the back and moved onto each position on the park which took him 5 months but we are seeing the fruits of hard work . I am shocked at how we have progressed on the pitch and now seem to be adding the breakaway to our armoury. I was totally wrong about RM and I must apologise to him, he probably doesn’t read this site but nonetheless he deserves my support now rather than my criticism some months ago. I actually believe we will gain an automatic promotion spot. Rothwell is an interesting signing, he is very much a box to box player who does a lot of the dirty work but not a goal scorer or creator. Still think Adams needs to go and a better finisher brought into replace him.



07 Oct 2023 16:08:45
Games like today's worry me especially as in the first 45 minutes we've had 80% possession and only 1 goal to show for it. Let's hope that our second half performance is better than of late


1.) 07 Oct 2023 17:14:03
It was nice to give Rotherham there first point away all season …not
Sadly things didn’t get better in the second half. I’m
not a believer of making three substitutions at the same time .
It’s too much of a change to the dynamics of the team; usually done as a last throw of the dice when losing .

He certainly believes in sticking with Manning .

2.) 07 Oct 2023 17:22:55
Seems like I was right to be worried. If we had won we would have been in a playoff position

3.) 07 Oct 2023 21:21:32
First half was our best 45 minute performance this season - full of intent, intelligent movement and had the finishing been more clinical we would have been 3 or 4 nil up at the break.

Then came the second half and the pitiful and pathetic bad habits crept back.

I find Saints fans on the whole quite forgiving (too accepting of mediocrity) but today there was an edge to their frustration in the second half. As one fan bellowed out, “we have the only manager in football who announces to the world our game plan every week”. I’ve not included the expletives but he certainly had a point.

I’m not forgiving - I think Manning is an absolute disgrace, Wilson is non league level and Downes offers nothing meaningful. I’m not in the Smallbone fan club either.

And as for the manager (and I use the term loosely) we may as well have appointed Ricky Martin. His substitutions were incomprehensible - does he pull the numbers out of a hat - there was no logic to the changes.

Anyway, 2 weeks to lick our wounds

4.) 08 Oct 2023 02:48:05
Another disappointing. result-bordering on unacceptable.RM continues playing with 10 men when he’s carrying Manning through repeated poor performances when a sensible solution adjustment regarding KWP and James Bree has been suggested to rectify this blatant weakness in the short term.As each fixture comes and goes it. becomes clearer that RM doesn’t possess the ability to coach his team to create and score more goals within this league.It appears Saints fans are becoming restless and more fixated on a quality replacement who can immediately recognise the shortcomings and fix them rather than opposition teams around us jockeying for promotion places.Time is fast running out Russell Martin to achieve!

5.) 08 Oct 2023 07:49:31
You should see his comments re a fan shouting at him . ‘I had to have a word with him’ .
bigging up his possession, football.
Martin, you clown, you’ve just given Rotherham their first away point of the season. Rather than take control of the game, we reverted to your awful possession, football!
I knew you were uncomfortable with us playing attacking football, but to actually criticise a fan and waffle on about your possession football, tells me you don’t have a clue!
If you got sacked tomorrow, you wouldn’t have a clue why! And that tells me how arrogant you are!
We don’t win, but you think the fans should accept the fact we had so much possession?

6.) 08 Oct 2023 08:49:54
Completely agree - admire your self discipline in settling for ‘clown’.

7.) 09 Oct 2023 11:31:01
Millertime .
I had many more choice words, but kept them to myself!
This man really is a me, me, me person.
Goes on and on about possession football, like it’s some holy grail .
no. it’s the holy graveyard of Martins teams. Note Swansea doing so much better without him!

Looks like saints will be adding more to their manager compensation payouts!

8.) 09 Oct 2023 12:32:37
Your comments say it all. That was a Rotherham team there for the taking, they made a sensible tactical change after 30 minutes which then seemed to frustrate us. Answer, make your own tactical change to find another way to goal, or is that to simplistic for the great RM. If any team can keep us down to 1 goal by halftime they are guaranteed a result due to our dilly dally second half displays

9.) 09 Oct 2023 12:34:54
Did tell you 6 weeks ago that Johansson was an outstanding goalkeeper, was available for 3 million before the season started.

10.) 09 Oct 2023 17:34:41
Top shout - he was man of the match (or is it player nowadays) . Very decent GK and certainly an upgrade on Bazuna who has much to learn.

Incidentally, did anyone else see the Che Adams assist for their goal the way I did?

It was the right thing for Che to give possession back to the opposition but why didn’t he throw the ball over the bye line for a goal kick rather than straight to their keeper. Five seconds later the ball is in the back of our net.

That was schoolboy (IMO) - there’s a gulf of difference between sportsmanship and charity.

Not much has been made of that which is probably because most people don’t like to have a pop at Che.

11.) 10 Oct 2023 06:25:51
I was feeling 3 positives with 30 mins to go. Set to be around the playoffs, continuing our avg. Points per game would see us 4th or 5th in prior seasons and we have Stewart and Larios to strengthen us.

Seemed to be on the up with a bad speell behind us. Then balanced with 3 negatives. RM clearly hasn't let really go of his style, as soon as he gets the opportunity he reverts back. We were well beaten by top sides and only edged sides in the bottom 7. That puts us anywhere from 4th to 15th. Adams does not seem to have his head in the game.

Automatic spots are realistically very difficult now, we play 3 of our core competition in the next 3. Pick up 5 or 6 points and that is a sign we should make playoffs. 4 makes me nervy, 3 or less, I am worried.

Let's see where we are end of Oct, a third of the way through the season.




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06 Apr 2023 16:05:31
If you're really curious as to what Saints need to stay up I think we can say an absolute miracle




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28 Feb 2023 16:29:53
Could be looking at player valuation ahead of possible relegation. I think a few of our squad will be looking to move if we go down.




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07 Feb 2023 00:23:16
Jesse Marsch is free




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26 Jan 2023 23:01:34
The board obviously don't care about the fans/ supporters. How can they not see that unless we bring in someone who can put the ball in the net we are destined for championship football next season.




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26 Jan 2023 01:12:54
But we could be buying a 25 year old defender from Luton. That's sure to help us score the goals needed to remain in the Premier league.





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14 Dec 2023 14:29:19
Why oh why do we keep going for clueless managers. We always seem to go for the cheapest option. We need a manager who knows how to win leagues/ cups etc. Yes it will cost the club more money but we would possibly still be in the Premier league had we invested in someone with knowhow after Ralph. Paying big money for an injured striker who's only played about 20 minutes in a Saints shirt and unlikely to be fit enough to play before February is ok as far as the board are concerned but forking out for a decent manager with a good track record is out of the question? I agree with south_hants_rich this manager is taking us backwards.




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07 Oct 2023 17:22:55
Seems like I was right to be worried. If we had won we would have been in a playoff position




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23 Sep 2023 16:31:55
I still think that we'll lose. Should have Alcaraz on from the start and possibly Kamaldeen too




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15 Sep 2023 13:51:27
Maybe starting with 12 players will give us the edge




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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.