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Southampton Still Looking For Another Central Defender ! Targets In Sight
at 23:52:55

You're not wrong that an experienced head in the middle of defence would help, and it would help in developing younger players as well as organizing everyday play. However, that is not the solution to the problem. Even these older and more experienced fantasy players have their own game to play, and in the end it's not their job to be on-field coaches. The solution to this problem, a problem you rightly diagnose, is off the field, it's in the coaching. It's a relief to see that there's some new blood amongst the coaching staff, andf we'll see how that helps or not. But the problem is in the end down to a basically ineffective COACH...i.e RH. I've pointed out before that with the possible exception of JWP, not a single Saints player has greatly improved over his 3+ years of tenure (KWP was already good when he arrived and RH even did his best to screw that up). A good coach improves players. And if he can't improve them, he motivates them to over-perform. RH simply doesn't do that, hasn't done it, and probably never will do it.
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Saints Far From Favourites For Premier League Relegation
at 01:04:48

Nick's arguments are as tiresome and avoidable as his chronic abuse and misspelling of the English language. (Undoubtably!) Yes, it's true that the club has not been investing in success. But it has been investing in failure...RH.
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Southampton At Norwich City The Verdict
at 06:17:12

the goalkeping errors shouldn't have made a difference. The basic weakness with the team right now is that it dominates for one half but doesn't go for the jugular. And then it tries to shut down in the second half when the other side has changed tactics. RH screws up his 2nd half response 75% of our games. He seems to be blindsided by the fact the the other team will change, and then he makes really frankly astonishingly bizarrre substitutions. There have been one or two games where that wasn't true, but not many.

If McCarthy lost us 3 points this week, RH loses us 3 points more weeks than not.
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Southampton At Everton The Preview
at 14:10:17

Ralph starts the season as he spent last season--making strange team selections. McC, Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud, JWP, Romeu, Walcott, Djenepo, A.Armstrong, Adams.
At least Redmond isn't starting, but this definitely looks dodgey to me.
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Southampton Net £28 Million In Ings Transfer
at 01:00:09

I suppose it was inevitable, but I'd never have guessed Villa as the destination. What is he thinking? (Unless JWP is also going, and then it might make sense.)

Right now the next step is to take RH seriously when he says that existing players have to up their game by 3 or 4 goals a season.

To me that means dump Redmond before it's too late. He's a Championship player (he can cause panic there, but not so much in the EPL) and has shown that for several seasons now. If he starts in our first game, that'll be a sign that we're going nowhere.

On the other hand, looking on the bright side, we dump Redmond and have a few quid in the bank to buy a new striker (and maybe a new goalie).

Ings leaving isn't a disaster fort us but an opportunity--let's see what SFC makes of it.
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Back To Business For Southampton And Hasenhuttl Is The Man To Lead Us Forward
at 15:54:29

Whether we want RH to go or not, it seems pretty likely that he's staying. If that's the case then Nick's question has to be turned back on him. If we're going to have RH for the foreseeable, what does RH have to do to improve?
There are serious doubts and questions, as well as some damning numbers, hanging over him. In this league where getting your planning, team selection and tactic right is paramount, and where making in-game adjustments and effective substitutions is crucial, RH makes huge errors week in and week out. He also seems unable to motivate his players in any consistent way. So, assuming he's not going to get sacked, how is he going to improve in all those areas?
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Why Southampton's Trip To The Etihad Shows The Premier League Is Dying
at 15:29:09

Just saw that Boris1977 agrees with me on salary cap!
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Why Southampton's Trip To The Etihad Shows The Premier League Is Dying
at 15:27:07

The compariosns to US sports by Colburn, Nick et al above are to the point whilst also missing the most important point.....Even in the home of the most capitalism, every major league imposes a salary cap on teams. The effects are obvious. All the major sports are much more competitive and more genuinely unpredictable than the EPL. I'd vote for trying a salry cap system before endorsing a breakaway league!
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Southampton V Liverpool The Verdict
at 00:35:21

Apart from that, I thought Diallo showed real class, Forster and Djenepo not so much. The victory is great of course, but we really do have a very thin squad!
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Southampton V Liverpool The Verdict
at 00:32:44

I'm hoping to post a bit more this year....Anyway, when I saw Klopp's teamsheet I did think Saints would win. In fact I texted to an old friend who's on Liverpool training staff: <<Given Klopp's disrespectful team selection, I bet Southampton score at least one go from a corner or set piece. Other abetting propositions… One, Thiago gets booked if not sent off. Two if shaqiri comes on the field Southampton will win, but if Origi
comes on win.>> Klopp played right into my hands!
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Little Steps Again On Saturday At Manchester City
at 15:18:02

The strawman in Nick's article is the idea that we critics thought Saints had a right to win that game. Nothing could be further from the truth. But I think what some of us did expect is that they'd actually TRY to win it. After all, as Nick conveniently doesn't mention, it was a cup game--why not give it a go? Instead we had a mind-numbing defensive tactical set-up, populated by pretty much the same old faces. And to my eyes it was true what a number of people said...the players looked not crushed but disinterested for most of the game. Perhaps a slightly more adventurous tactical set up might have made them a bit more enthusiastic?
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Saints At Manchester City The Verdict
at 02:50:11

This is one of the few games I've seen all season, but it didn't make ,me want to see any more! If Nick's account were to be believed, we weren't too bad considering the circumstances and the opposition. But what I saw was a craven display of defensive mindedness, backed up with almost no decent defenders and no tactical competence. Maybe the whole game was just about damage control, but that's not the way to get the team to recover from the slaughter of last Friday. This game should have been marked by RH going for it. FFS it's a cup game...you win or you lose, the score doesn't matter. We should have played an attacking formation and tested City's vulnerable back line. As soon as you see Long's name on the team sheet, you not only know we're not going to win, but you also know we're not really going to try to be an offensive threat. What a hopeless mess this team is right now! Or rather, what a fog the manager's head is in!
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Saints V Liverpool The Preview
at 09:41:26

Saints need at least a point from this game. It's easy to see us going to Sheff Utd in mid September without having recorded a point.
(And it's all, of course, down to the much discussed issue of central defence---though not just that. RH has had a whole summer to drill those CDs, but he hasn't apparently had much success, and his judgment clearly has to be questioned if he keeps putting Stephens into the line of fire. Anyone would be a better punt, Yoshida, Hoedt, Klarer, even sam McQueen).
Anyway, here's a prediction...if Burnley who beat us badly last week get at least a point at Arsenal and if we don't get a least a point from Liverpool, we're going down
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Saints Reject Lemina Bid
at 09:05:11

Team Cortese's post reminds me that we're going to have Long playing for us again next year. For me he is the litmus test...if he's a serious contender for a starting role, we're going nowhere. Plain fact.
Lemina is an enigma. Who knows why he is so inconsistent? But I do agree with others above that it would be rash to just get rid, unless it were for silly money. He's got so much potential and perhaps just needs a bit of time.
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Danny Ings Completes Move To St Mary's
at 08:56:55

Aside from the fitness problems (not just knees but hamstrings too), he just isn't that good, is he?
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Saints Fans Need To Trust The Club's Transfer Strategy
at 10:47:46

The much vaunted Southampton Way is really the only rational way to go under current conditions, and it looks as if RH has bought into it...buy young and ambitious players and sell them on. The problem is the overall conditions--as Nick says, we're in "rich get richer" scenario. Nothing will change (i.e. we won't see a more competitive football world) until there's something like a salary cap. Our friend Ralph Krueger knows that, and that's probably why he's gone back to the NHL where the salary cap basically guarntees a competitive league every year.
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Saints Fans Need To Trust The Club's Transfer Strategy
at 10:47:46

The much vaunted Southampton Way is really the only rational way to go under current conditions, and it looks as if RH has bought into it...buy young and ambitious players and sell them on. The problem is the overall conditions--as Nick says, we're in "rich get richer" scenario. Nothing will change (i.e. we won't see a more competitive football world) until there's something like a salary cap. Our friend Ralph Krueger knows that, and that's probably why he's gone back to the NHL where the salary cap basically guarntees a competitive league every year.
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Manager Claims Saints Deal Is Close !
at 02:55:22

I've said it here a lot of times before...a squad salary cap is the only thing that will stop the procession of the rich getting richer.
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Hasenhuttl Knows What He Needs In The Summer Transfer Window
at 16:17:24

if you can get shot of Forster it obviously makes more sense to do that than to sell McCarthy
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Saints V Huddersfield The Verdict
at 16:15:16

I don't know Nick, but I echo others above in thanking him for his work over the season. I often don't agree, but that's the point. (If I had a criticism, Nick, it's not your continual disrespect for Yoshida, but your continual disrespect for the English language!)

I can see why some think that not much will change next year. For me it revolves around whether or not Ings is purchased at the mooted 18-20mil. That would put a big dent in a transfer kitty--and one that I personally think would be a mistake. We might still get a couple of new signings (RH seems to be reassuring us of that and nobody with eyes can deny we need at least one new striker and one new CB). But if we have to outlay 20mil on Ings, that probably won't leave much to spend. Whether or not we do buy him, however, I'm pretty sure the bulk of the changes will come from blooding some of the youngsters, a few of whom have appeared on the fringes this season already. That's what's behind RH's frequent attempts to revive the notion of the "Southampton way." All I can hope is that all the youngsters turn out to be of Valery's quality. To me that young lad was the player of the season.


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