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Matthew Le Tissier Speaks Out About His Beliefs
at 11:51:02

saintmark, I criticise owners and managers where i see fit, yesterday I expressed concern that we are not signing an experienced central defender, in fat i have continually done so for 4 1/2 years.

I am not criticising the new owners until i see what they are doing, which is so far just to quietly get on with things
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Matthew Le Tissier Speaks Out About His Beliefs
at 09:43:21

Whilst I agree that most dont care about his views on Covid or the Ukraine, many would be interested on why he was sacked by Sky and subsequently leaving his role as an ambassador at St Mary's
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Southampton Reported To Have Approached Liverpool For Right Back ! But Why ?
at 22:50:14

Do we need a new left back either, we have Perraud, Walker Peters can play there and Thierry Small can break through in that position this season
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Brexit Scuppers Southampton Goalkeeper Signing !
at 13:49:47

The club are well aware of the rules, but they are very complex and most transfers go to at least two appeals before being granted, The rules arent set by the EU, it's nothing to do with them, the rules are set by the FA alongside the immigration and visa department in the UK government, it is nothing to do with the EU if a player wants to leave an EU country and go elsewhere.

If Italy want to make it easier for non eu players to get in that is down to them, if a South American as in your example does a year in Italy and plays the requisite amount of games etc he would get a visa.

It is a points based system that the FA & Government agreed so that the quality of players coming into the EU was safeguarded, so that UK players would not be pushed out of jobs so to speak
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Southampton Major Backroom Staff Overhaul Continues
at 12:56:32

JoeEgg it is easy to be flippant, but the truth is the system is in place, the head of player recruitment runs the system, he doesn't spend every night of the week watching games up and down the country himself.

The players that we are chasing will have been identified long ago, his job is over in that respect, it is now the job of those such as the Director of Football etc to get the signings over the line.

Glover leaving is only a set back in that now he will be telling Leicester of any gens that we may be chasing that they are unaware of.
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Saints Far From Favourites For Premier League Relegation
at 14:47:10

How is it a "Distorted" view to say we are far from the favourites to go down, you cant take out the promoted teams they are there as the favourites.

You say Ralph hasn't got a clue, but despite 3 years of no investment in the club from the owners he has manged to keep us out of a relegation battle.

Yes I am upbeat about it, what is the point of following a football club if you actually despise everything about them, i look at the positives instead of the negatives.

Fact of the matter is that there are 3 odds on favourites to go down, then there are 6 clubs maybe 7 ourselves included who could either struggle or do well, Ralph Hasenhuttl has kept us firmly in mid table despite financial constraints, I am not sure what else he could do or who could do better
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Saints Fan In Court Charged With Optimism !
at 13:37:15

Saint68- I didnt have it turned off, I just didn't operate it properly in trying to provide a witty reply to you lol
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Saints Fan In Court Charged With Optimism !
at 10:26:32

saint68- This is football not a matter of life and death its there to be enjoyed and can be if we put it in perspective and laugh at it
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Saints Said To Have Completed Move For Ex Pompey Loanee Keeper
at 11:11:36

That genuinely made me laugh Dirk,
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Gareth Bale Return To Southampton Rumours Start To Build
at 15:03:57

IanRC I see your point about Spurs, but that wasn't Bale's fault it was the clubs
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Will Two Goalkeepers Arrive At St Mary's This Week
at 15:02:49

Pope is a very good keeper, but his weakness is his distribution, his kicking is fine for a team that likes to pump it forward but we dont play like that, hence i think we will look elsewhere
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Are Sport Republic About To Add Another Club To The Portfolio
at 11:12:29

One thing no clubs does in a transfer window is announce their intentions to the public and therefore push up the transfer fee's to be paid and also alert other clubs who could hijack the move.

I agree that the Saints media department is appalling at getting things out there at times, but we have a slight advantage at the moment in that no one knows our intentions and that is good, lets do our bragging when deals are done, not in telling people what we are going to do
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Saints Look To Have Premier League Safety Secured Ahead Of Liverpool Game
at 11:51:46

This is a strange division this season, as we go into the last two games, we could either stay up on goal difference or still finish 10th !

There are 13 teams that at some point have looked like they could get relegated and for whom the first target is ensuring that we dont let that fate happen.

Ralph has done wonders over the past few years, he can drag some good results out but ultimately he doesn't have enough players who can do it consistently.

"There is no pride whatsoever in surviving simply because some teams are worse than us."

This is a strange statement, surely whatever team you support you win the league or stay up because there are teams that are worse than you, should Manchester City not celebrate a Premier League title as they only won it because there were 21 worse teams !
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Big Night In Premier League Relegation Battle
at 11:42:08

The manager doesn't control everything in the club, that is why we appointed Matt Crocker as director of football operations a couple of years back.

Hasenhuttl is consulted and plays a big part, but he doesn't control everything.

The issue at Saints has been a lack of money, not just for signings but wages for both playing and coaching staff, Ralph has had to make do with a coaching staff who wouldn't get a job in League One and with little qualification of experience in what they are doing.

I try to look a the bigger picture and who we could get to take over and i cant see any obvious candidates who would, the loss at Brentford on Saturday was not by any confusion by the boss, it was simply certain player not playing to the standard required and this has been the case for most of the last couple of months.

Yes I do agree he has made some baffling selections etc, but I don't feel he is getting any help from his coaching staff.

Read anything I have written over the last couple of years and it has been consistent, lack of experience in the centre of defence, lack of leadership on the pitch and lack of coaching experience, all caused by a lack of money due to the position of Gao who could not invest and further hampered by those players on high salaries not even in our first team squad.

Most of those thing will change this summer, having battled through these times and done a good job in the circumstance, he deserves the chance to show that with restrictions lifted he can continue to do a decent job

Brian Clough at Derby and Forest had the players at his disposal who had quality, when he went to Brighton he was a disaster and at Leeds, football is a simple game as long as you have the players with the ability to play consistently at the level you are playing at.

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Big Night In Premier League Relegation Battle
at 10:36:17

Actually Highfield we dont have to rely on other clubs results to avoid relegation, we win our last one more game and we are safe.

Results didn't pick up after the owners arrived, they continued in the same vein in the main, when we lost at Villa on March 5th we had lost just twice in 3 months & 13 Premier League games.

Players dont care who owns a club, they just care about getting paid and bonuses when they win.

But a lethargy has set in over the past two months, possibly because a lot of people both on the coaching staff and playing squad realise that they are surplus to requirements and things will change in the summer .

Of course Ralph lost a game 9-0 last season, how could he possibly survive that I hear the baying crowd rant, well firstly he only followed in a grand tradition of Saints managers getting walloped.

Ted Bates got beaten 8-0 at Everton and 7-0 at Leeds in the same season.

Lawrie McMenemy has a string of routs against his name, 7-0 at Ipswich in his first season, 6-2 at Charlton in 76/77 , 7-1 at second division Watford just after kevin Keegan arrived

Chris Nicholl was not short of a few neither was ian Branfoot or David Jones, Glen Hoddle 7-2 at Spurs, the list is endless.

Jurgen Klopp somehow survived a 7-2 mauling at Aston Villa last season without the fans calling for his head.

No one is denying that things have gone wrong this season, but we need to address the problems and they run far deeper than the manager.
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9th Or 17th That Is the Story Of Saints Last Two Weeks Of The Season
at 10:49:01

If you read the article I clearly say it is about the whole season and not just individual games, if we won the last three games and finished 9th that would be a great achievment, but there would be plenty pointing out all those poor games and saying we could have finished 4th if we hadn't made a mistake all season
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A Rough Guide To Brentford
at 09:07:11

Thats good advice , its a lot cheaper than parking at the station, or at least it was prior to Covid
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Would Saints Supporters Have Danny Ings Back At St Mary's
at 12:42:31

In fairness in his last two seasons at Saints he played all 38 Premier League games in 2019.20, 29 in his last season with us and so far 24 out of 32 at Villa although he has been fit for most of those he missed and an unused sub, so i dont think his injury record is that bad in the last 3 years
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Southampton At Brighton The Verdict
at 10:59:37

I have been banging on about the coaching staff Ralph has been given, hopefully the new owners will be looking at this and it will be revamped
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Southampton V Arsenal The Verdict
at 10:12:10

Ralph is sometimes unpredictable and i feel that is down to the fact that he doesnt have good quality coaching staff to advise him.

I have thought that he should perhaps try Livramento in a more forward role, but on the few occasions that he has not played as a conventional full back he has looked a little lost, I think with both of them they are very good full backs, but that doesn't mean they would be good midfield players.

Their strength is being able to move forward into space and use the ball, they can do that more easily from the full back position.
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