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New Southampton Owner Won't Be Pumping In £500 Million For Transfers
at 10:41:13

If I'm not mistaken, and I could be because it confuses me, the financial fair play regulations don't allow us to spend big even with a benevolent owner in place. So, if I'm correct in that understanding, where would we be in the pecking order should the wealthy clubs form their own league? Can we, theoretically, spend more on players if the club attracts increased revenue from marketing or sponsorship? Do we need to have a bigger stadium like West Ham and pretend the ground is full for every home match, in the manner of Arsenal or Spurs? Why for that matter are debt ridden clubs like Spurs, who "borrowed" from the government when grounds were closed, allowed to splash out on new players? I can't help thinking that the playing field will still be heavily biased against the smaller city clubs no matter which teams might join a super league. I'm not convinced that finishing below the likes of Leicester, Wolves, West Ham, Everton and Villa in the future is better than the situation at present.
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Southampton V Manchester City The Verdict
at 12:52:55

Good to read that your mood has lightened a bit since your match preview Nick. As Block8 has already posted, yesterday showed why we should not wish for a European Super League to skim off the clubs with absurd levels of spending power. I'm not sure about your preview analogy of Christians v Lions but, for what it's worth, the slaughter just didn't come to fruition because we refused to lay down under pressure. Of course games against the top clubs are going to be tough but winning any league populated by mediocre teams is going to be a very hollow achievement. I'm in favour of levelling the financial inequalities but recognise that's unlikely to happen, in the meantime let's just enjoy our success despite the odds.
Some great performances yesterday and wish I could have witnessed the alleged confrontation between Grealish and Romeu post match. Hope you recover your dignity soon Jack.
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Southampton V Manchester City The Preview
at 10:05:05

Just as well you're not doing the pre match team talk Nick. You might say you're being realistic whereas defeatist seems to better describe your view of playing the top teams. Would I prefer to watch my team playing City in a full stadium or be a Pompey follower watching the other fallen teams like Sunderland, Charlton, Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday or Wigan. For me there is only one answer and even if we do lose the game the players will have competed against the best. How many of the Fulham and Bournemouth supporters are going to be watching their team fearing that points today will take them closer to having to watch City beat them next season? You're welcome to continue beating the drum of support for a European Super league but don't dwell on it too much because in the interim period we can either produce a team that will play in the top league against against wealthier clubs or give up and scrabble around the lower leagues trying to get promoted.
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Southampton Interested In Manchester United Keeper But Face Competition
at 11:33:57

Another option I guess is that we do a deal for Henderson and loan him back to Utd for the rest of the season. That is presuming of course that he's the real deal and not error prone like McCarthy and Forster. I suppose the ideal situation would be a loan deal with the option to buy in the summer, that way we'll have a clearer idea as to whether Henderson is still a really good keeper or suffering from lack of game time. Though, as you say Nick, the rumours may have all the substance of the guy from Dundee we were signing a couple of weeks ago. Has he joined Rangers yet?
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Last Couple Of Hundred Tickets Left For Southampton V Manchester City.
at 10:39:43

in my view Nick it's another nail in the coffin of your relentless support for a European Superleague, or whatever you want to call it. The game is not always about winning and, thankfully, not about drab afternoons watching the likes of Burnley churning out their version of the sport. Why wouldn't we want to say that we saw the greats of the game other than on a tv screen? As much as I have my indelible memories of Paine, Davies, Channon, Ball, Shilton, Keegan, LeTiss etc, etc, etc I also treasure watching the greats of Man Utd, Arsenal, and a few others, even when we were on the losing end. You think it's strange but to me it's no different to any other live experience in sport or music, in other words "I was there" and let's not forget we do actually beat the Uniteds and Cities. Personally, a result against City brings more of a glow than points against teams who I struggle to recognise most of the names on the team sheet.
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Southampton Linked With Dundee United Keeper
at 12:18:17

And those of us with too many years on the planet to bother counting will remember, and add to the list, Campbell Forsyth who joined us back in 1965/66 from Kilmarnock.
As for Benjamin Siegrist, I really don't think he'll be signing a contract any time soon, well not in Southampton anyway.
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Southampton Loanee Returns To The Club
at 12:09:21

I really thought that Dan would raise his game and become a serious contender at St Mary's. Sadly it looks as though he could be one of hundreds of promising youngsters that don't make the grade into top flight football. Obviously no player can improve sitting on the bench so he needs to find a club where he can get regular game time. However, unless he gets loaned to a club that can develop him rather than expecting him to be a finished product then he is unlikely to improve. Tough decisions to be made this month and I'm sure that all supporters hope that the stars align and his dreams come true, good luck whatever you decide Dan.
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Time For Saints Supporters To Put The Past Behind Us And Look To The Future
at 10:59:17

I've been reflecting on the new ownership and couldn't initially work out what was unusual about the events. Maybe I haven't got enough pieces of the jigsaw yet but the news seems to have stemmed from, as posted by Nick, a Sky Sports journalist on his Twitter account. Being more used to the traditional press release or press conference I'm wondering if this is indeed the birth of a new communications strategy for the club. I've got used to a veil of secrecy that had to be almost dragged away to obtain any useful communication from the owners, a kind of reluctance to admit the supporters had any significance. If there is a new openness and positive press generated by the owners rather than the grubby speculation on social media from has been pundits then that will indeed be a new dawn.
Maybe the Sky Sports leak was unintentional but the takeover news certainly broke quickly to the planet. Having got used to player sale speculation, record defeats and points turned over from winning position headlines I'm thinking how good it will be to see some positivity surrounding our club.
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Southampton FC Confirm That The Takeover Has been Completed
at 18:00:58

As per my post earlier, I've still got alarm bells ringing in my head. I'm now doing my best to be cautiously optimistic and lower the decibel count. However, I also have to realise that there is absolutely nothing that I can do to influence the ongoing change of ownership so fingers crossed and we keep marching on to new horizons.
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Company Behind Southampton FC Takeover Revealed
at 14:22:31

Nothing that I've read so far fills me with any enthusiasm, but then again I know nothing about the people involved other than they seem to have acquired some wealth. Being old school I was hoping that a major global business with proven credentials might eventually make an offer to Gao. I hope that I'm wrong but this potential deal is ringing persistent alarm bells in my head already.
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Southampton In Pole Position To Sign Fleetwood Town Prodigy
at 12:10:47

Regardless of players currently on the books if James Hill is a nailed on prospect then of course we should be looking to sign him, if he lives up to his reputation the he'll know that he'll get opportunities at St Mary's.
It may be a complete coincidence but with Sam McQueen, very sadly, having to announce his retirement there is already a gap to fill in the squad. The best of good fortune in the next stage of your life Sam, take the positives and your fighting spirit and all will be good in the years to come.
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Southampton V Newcastle United Postponed
at 14:17:03

Not one Saints supporter surprised by this decision I imagine. Hopefully Newcastle will let us all know when they have a fully fit, injury and covid free squad available before the season ends.
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Are Newcastle Seeking To Gain An Unfair Advantage By Calling Games Off
at 11:04:27

I'd like to think that any club asking for matches to be called off has to present authentic medical evidence to demonstrate that players are unfit to play. I'm guessing that they do but Newcastle are clearly a sitting duck for speculation because of their league position and potential "financial doping" to get themselves out of trouble.
As far as I'm aware the game on Sunday is still set to be played and I'm hoping that Newcastle will field a team regardless of age and experience just to demonstrate that they aren't seeking to gain from their lack of squad depth.
Of course we all suspect that if they were sitting in mid table they would have played at Everton but surely, snigger, that would be too cynical to suggest in a sporting context. The difficulty is that Newcastle shouldn't be penalised unless every other club is similarly penalised for not being able to field a team. What they may or may not spend in January is potentially no different to Burnley, Leeds or Watford strengthening their squads.
Quite simply if they have sufficient players on their books to put out a team then they should be told to play, otherwise it can only raise the issue that cheating is acceptable if you don't get caught out.
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Southampton In Transfer Talks With Sassuolo
at 17:57:14

I suspect that there won't be too many posts suggesting we give Moi the option of a new contract next summer. Without doubt he's an improved player, and has almost made a genuine impact during recent games, but still nowhere near indispensable. I believe that there were also rumours of interest from Leicester and Arsenal a few weeks back.
My view is that if he's inclined to move on I'd let him go, one of several signings in recent years that looked promising but failed to deliver the end product.
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Southampton V Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict
at 12:45:28

As has been noted there is a new spirit in the team that has been lacking for some time. Man of the match for me was Valery who epitomised the grit and determination of the team as a whole. Diallo also demonstrated that he has a lot to offer in the future and playing a left back at left back seemed to work pretty well too.
The refereeing again demonstrated that the standard of officials needs improvement even though we benefitted on occasion. I still have no idea why KWP was booked for apparently daring to be in the vicinity of a diving whingeing Spurs cheat.
Sadly I think Newcastle will get their way and have the weekend fixture called off because they have players injured rather than a covid issue. If only we'd been allowed to pull that flanker when we had a decimated team playing Manure then one of the 9-0 defeats wouldn't be on the record books. I'm just so delighted that we don't have the bleating Eddie Howe at St Mary's, time for him to grow a pair.
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Southampton At West Ham United The Verdict
at 12:44:26

I think, in the main, felly1 that the reason for less posts when we win is the pleasure of being able to savour a strong performance rather than the need to vent our disappointment at another frustrating loss of points. Kind of the opposite to "you only sing when you're winning" I suppose. Anyhow, that aside, I'm still basking in the warm glow of taking the points off one of my least favourite teams and musing that the better Broja plays the less likely that we'll have him with us next season. Hopefully some of his adventurous spirit will help Che lift his game to the next level, in fact I thought Adams looked much sharper in the few minutes he played yesterday. Ralph should also now be aware that Forster is significantly better than McCarthy between the posts and maybe just maybe West Brom will agree to let Sam Johnstone move south next month in an exchange deal.
More of the same for the rest of the season lads, taking us safely into mid table By Easter, and it will have been a solid platform to encourage investment from a new owner sooner than later.
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Covid Firebreak Gives Saints Respite From Injury Crisis
at 11:49:36

Apart from plucking names off a list of unemployed managers wrathoftazz which manager do you have in mind who has a clue? Whilst Ralph may not be the greatest manager in the world he has succeeded in coaching the likes of Livramento, KWP, Broja, Salisu, Tella and, potentially Small and Smallbone into decent if not exactly top class players. I don't know if a new manager/coach with such a limited budget could have done any better but equally there is zero evidence that the likes of Lampard, Howe, Smith, Potter etc could improve matters. We all want the team to win matches, score lots of goals and play exciting football but I can't see that happening until new owners are able to fund some players who have already established pedigree. None of the teams with limited resources have changed managers with any sign that the existing players have become stars overnight. I want to be proved wrong because I want our team to succeed but I'd rather see Ralph get more help from his coaching staff than sack him and hope for a miracle.
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Southampton V Brentford Postponed
at 08:37:47

Different circumstances admittedly but when we lost 9-0 to Man Utd we had Diallo, Obafemi, KWP, Romeu, Salisu, Smallbone, Tella, Vestergaard, Walcott and Valery unavailable. And, just when we needed a bit of help, Mike Dean and Lee Mason were officiating. Ok, I have some sympathy for Brentford, and the virus is not to be taken lightly, but we really were left out to hang and dry without any thought of the circumstances in which the match was played. Those still calling for Ralph's sacking might reflect on that before just trotting out the result as evidence of his failure.
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Southampton At Crystal Palace The Verdict
at 16:47:58

Thank you TimSaint your post has just saved me a lot of keyboard tapping, and I'm really not sure what any of us should be expecting from the current squad given its limitations. Let's give credit where it's due rather than expecting miracles. For those that touted Eddie Howe to replace Ralph just have a look at what he's achieved, or not, at Newcastle. You can only do the best with the players at your disposal and I've yet to be even slightly convinced that changing the manager is going to transform the players abilities. Let's get behind the team and give them credit for putting in a shift even if the end result is not consistently above the limitations enforced by lack of investment by the owners.
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Saints Sign Keeper On One Month Contract
at 12:12:13

I hope that Harry Lewis is deemed good enough to play and Caballero is being paid to sit on the bench. Or is Lewis injured as well?
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