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by A1079 at 23:01:05

If I had a pound for every time a player praised a new manager, I would be able to buy a season ticket and still have change for a burger from the concourse.

Whatever our new manager brings he sincerely hope he changes the mentality, the drive and passion and hopefully some tactical nouse that has been so clearly missing for the last 2-3 seasons.

But, I am realistic. It won't happen overnight and things may have to get worse before they get better and we may have to accept relegation. We need to be patient. I feel more positive than I have for a long time, but if it is a new dawn, all we have at the moment is a glint of light.
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Motivation Organisation And Fitness Returning To The Saints Squad.,
by vanmans at 22:33:28

Restore James Ward Prowse to his former glory. I have been supporting Saints for 50 years and I never seen him have any glory.
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Hasenhuttl Adds To Backroom Staff
by 1970 at 21:09:42

I hope Hass brings in as many as he can to make him feel comfortable and give us a fighting chance of staying up, I thought Kelvin Davis was nothing more than an ambassador for the club a liaison between players and manager, in this day and age its all about coaching badges and Kd has none of those, KD has bags of experience as a player mainly on the losing side always beaten at the near post even when the home support were shouting to him to cover the near post he would still fall for it, come to think of it he was beaten low in the corners and in the top corners with alarming regularity in the end he was getting bigged up just for making a save so how much he was capable of learning is anyone's guess , he was extremely loyal though but like yoshida sooner or later you have to say goodbye with a big thanks of course,
a lot of our squad are not good enough but some will fit into the new fast paced system and some will leave I hope the biggest disappointment of all those forster goes he has never looked good except for the odd game even with an England gk coach and good old Kelvin to teach him i think all of them can go and replace them with some hungrier coaches and free up the wages
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by underweststand at 19:23:55

A point to.. warrens 76 .... and others.
I wish that Mauricio Pochettino would stop crediting himself with the development of our Academy lads during his short stay. A false rumour that has rubbed off on many journalists and some Saints followers.

When MP took over in January 2013...Adam Lallana had been an established member of the squad for a couple of seasons and Luke Shaw had played over a dozen games under Nigel Adkins' tutelage (a no-brainer when you consider Danny Fox's form at the time) and JWP (who had debuted in the first game that season) scarcely got a look-in during the rest of his first season with MP, and little more to speak of...even in his second.

In MP's second (and last) season, Calum Chambers was put into the RB spot when Clyne was out for a prolonged period, only to lose the spot when Clyne returned. This also happened again later that season. There is little more evidence to show that Pochettino helped to further develop the Academy that he claimed to admire so much.

Ronald Koeman who bought 8 players after he arrived ...did even less to encourage the Academy players during his time, but that's another chapter.
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Motivation Organisation And Fitness Returning To The Saints Squad.,
by BoondockSaint at 19:18:18

Glad that Saints are getting (hopefully) back on track.

But why was Motivation Organisation, and Fitness allowed to leave in the first place?
Us fans were complaining about how the players couldn't be bothered and for all the media stories about the Saints state of the art training facility, they were all gassed at late in the game. It should have been obvious to the board.

Dellwizard- we should have a more animated team now!
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Motivation Organisation And Fitness Returning To The Saints Squad.,
by underweststand at 18:47:12

You see...now I agree with most of your comments (Nick) and a return to the high-pressing game that Pochettino introduced after his arrival may be painful for some in the beginning but as he stated from the start, some will " fall by the wayside" sooner or later.

I must admit for a bunch of guys who earn more in a week than many fans do in a year (and even longer than that if they are pensioners)...many of the pics. we've seen of pre-match training at Staplewood look more like "a walk in the park" than prep. for a Prem. game. Perhaps some of them may be required to sweat a bit more now, but if it brings better esults then few of us will be able to begrudge them their huge salaries.

As for the 20-odd versions of new manager's name ...perhaps we can put Hasenhuttl in our spell checks ....for future reference.
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by underweststand at 18:27:42

I'm conscious of what you wrote Nick, and maybe I expected this sort of response, but the fact remains KD has been with Saints under half-a-dozen managers ..maybe more and I can't believe that he hasn't learned something from them all - even if it was how NOT to do things. There is such a thing as learning by watching others ....which is what all courses are about, and the man isn't stupid.
I wasn't suggesting that he was OK to be first team coach at the moment (in fact I'm expecting yet another "Hasenhutti favourite" to turn up fairly soon) but your tone of phrase in the original article seemed to suggest you thought KD to be an inexperienced beginner, which I don't believe him to be.

As for your other comments; YES I also recall those World Cup players who tried their hand at managing and you might also have included Martin Peters, Jack Charlton and Alan Ball in your comments. The last two named did have managerial careers - albeit at lower levels- and without great success, and sadly Bally's departure (to manage Man City) was a mistake that harmed both him and Saints at a time when we needed stability.

As for KD's one game team selection - I think most managers would utilise their most experienced players - especially against a team like Spurs. Our record against them is abysmal and the one point we did get of late was through an own goal. KD has 48 hours notice to pick from a squad without key players and that (for the most part) had also failed for Pellegrino and Puel and I might have chosen much the same team on the day. Your thoughts on Yoshida have been on record for sometime past, although I've never totally agreed with them either. The result on the day was hard on the Saints, only because "the usual suspects" made the usual mistakes - and not for the first time.

As for "respect " for KD . Has anyone ever heard a bad word about KD from the playing staff ? I agree that respect has to be earned but I think he's past that barrier by now - don't you?

and finally ...YES Hasenhuttl made changes ..that's what he's there for . and if we don't get a result against Arsenal ...I'm sure he'll make even more changes ... until he gets it right, or until we are relegated.

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by schatfield at 17:00:48

Rolf Halssehutty will have them fitter than ever before in no time.....I know its Arsenal and their 21 game unbeaten run this weekend but I have a good feeling about this game. Even the fans might not boo for once!
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by SanMarco at 15:49:52

Redmond and JWP £35 million warrens76? You really think Redmond is worth £34 million?
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by SanMarco at 15:44:47

I am delighted that motivation, organisation and fitness are returning. Just quality needed now.

I think we ought to allow some bedding-in when it comes to spelling. I never did get to grips with Toby's second name for instance and I will be spelling Hasenhuttl wrong for a while I am sure. Usually you'd just call him Ralph but we've already got one of those (more's the pity I hear thousands of voices sing.)
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by Dellwizard at 14:58:34

I agree with the above. I think Ray Harryhausen is going to get the best out of our players !
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Motivation Organisation And Fitness Returning To The Saints Squad.,
by DorsetIan at 13:49:33

"Speaks volumes" - what on earth does that mean? I'm sure most readers can forgive a couple of mispellings, without that signifying something else.

I agree that it's great to feel positive again. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating for Rolf Harrishut but for now I think we are entitled to feel optimism about a managerial appointment for the first time in a long time.
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by OoohTerryHurlock at 13:41:21

His name is Ralph Hasenhuttl
Show our new manager some respect and at least spell his name right. Your inability to spell it correctly on more than one occasion during this article speaks volumes.
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Motivation Organisation And Fitness Returning To The Saints Squad.,
by SaintBrock at 13:17:48

I give up! Like trying to write on water.
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Hasenhuttl Adds To Backroom Staff
by SaintNick at 13:00:21

Underwestand. There is more to being a coach than being with a squad and in the dressing room, if that was the case then the likes of Bobby Moore Bobby Charlton and our own Terry Paine would be the three greatest English managers in history.

Kelvin retired from playing in 2016 although effectively his playing time ended after the first five games of our return to the Premier League in 2012, for a year he worked in the support staff at st mary's in a non coaching role, so presumably was not in the dressing room on matchdays.

He became a coach on 29th December last year, he had no qualifications at this stage, he seemed to be a man whom the club wanted to reward for his long service, but for a while couldnt quite fit him into a role.

Under Pellegrino it was thought that after Eric Black left perhaps he could fill a liason role between Pellegrino and his foreign coaches who were struggling with the culture of not only the club but the Premier League, at this stage he would very much be the junior man.

Mark Hughes brought in an assistant and a coach, again Kelvin would have been on the peripheral how much "Coaching" he did is open to debate.

Now the question is whether he get a more hands on role, yes he is still needed for his experience of English football and the Premier League, but how much Ralph will trust him further is yet to be seen.

Yes he might have 12 years experience at the club, but that is not coaching experience and that is a big issue, coaching is a lot more than a few drills its about having the respect of the players and that has to be earned, does he have that respect we are yet to find out.

My worry is that when he picked the team he reverted to Yoshida, Stephens, Davis and Ward Prowse all players he had played with in the past, when Ralph walked in he dropped the lot of them, that doesnt suggest that he trust's Kelvin's judgement, I am struggling as to why he selected that team unless asked to which doesnt look the case.

You are right the jurys out he might become a good coach, but can we take the chance in the meantime
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by underweststand at 11:45:17

Nowadays one expects a new manager to bring in his own staff who " know his ways ". The fact that we have an established name like Dave Watson (one time England gk coach) is safe enough, but I wonder if your "opinion / criticism " of Kelvin Davis is really justified?

KD has been with the club since 2006 and has the most g.k. apps (300) in Saints' history and has been team and club captain, one can hardly say he's gone around with his eyes closed or hasn't learned something along the way - even after his playing days were over he wasn't AWOL and was always with the squad both in training and in dressing room.

Just how good a coach he is / will become.. remains to be seen but to suggest someone who has been with the club for 12 years is "inexperienced" may need a re-think Nick...

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Saints Targeting Hasenhuttle's Ex Players
by underweststand at 11:20:03

"Getting rid of " ...seems to be the phrase of the week, but as usual all those internet types who run a football column on their bedroom computer are coming up with all manner of weird and wonderful ideas about signing players no-one has heard of.

.the latest (today) is a re-run of the " return of Adam Lallana " saga as Liverpool seem to be streamrollering in the Prem. and one step further in CL what is Adam's future now ?

I wonder how fans on this site would entertain AL's return to SMS. Maybe a poll, Nick?

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Who Might Go In The Saints Clear Out !
by warrens76 at 09:56:33

Sell Redmond bring back Boufal, whatever stats can be pointed at the best four goals in the last three years came from Boufal plus Hjojberg that seems a remarkable coincidence..

Redmond and JWP are media darlings NOT great players and would bring £35 million...sell Vest or Hoedt as well and Cedric who cannot cross an important part of a wing backs game is it not.

Bring in a total of £75 million plus add £35 million which due to our continued meanest nett spend in the PL leaves us a two year FFP 'overspend' window.

Bring 5 absolute quality players in utilizing transfer funds for the young uns and freeing up of ELEVEN wages for the class oldies.

The academy needs to go back to its roots and link with the first team which ended when MoPo left, supplying us in 3 years time with at least one quality output a year.
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by LordDZLucan at 09:40:54

So looking at your analysis in another way 10 players are going to have to be sold in order to retrospectively fund the signing of the 2 donkeys, Hoedt and Vestergaard. That sort of sums up where it's all gone wrong!
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by sidsaint at 09:05:40

I'm not sure we get back Carillo and Boufal if they are on season long contracts. I would like to know if Ralph thinks they would fit into his style of playing? I would also like to think he can get a couple of players that he knows from the Bundesleague. However our perilous position at the foot of the prem makes it difficult to transfer in or out.
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