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|England Lacked Three Things In Scotland Stalemate ! James - Ward - Prowse|
Frankly I don’t think it would have made any difference if J W P had played. He would simply have been dragged down to the same level as the over hyped and over paid dullards surrounding him.
Kane didn’t look fit and was taken off yet Bamford and Watkins can’t even get into the squad. That alone tells you all you need to know about Southgate and the F A hierarchy.
|Southampton May Now End Minamino Interest As Liverpool Set Out Transfer Stance|
If you are correct Nick ( and frankly who knows ) £75000 a week for a bit part player is an example of all that is wrong with football at present. That’s over three and a half million pounds a year for pity sake.
On the basis of what we saw of him I thought him average at best which puts him ahead of Redmond, who for reasons known only to Ralph was continually picked to play ahead of him.
|Southampton Agree Personal Terms With Leeds United Target|
On the basis of our previous reputation for winning the lowest net spend trophy year after year, I’m surprised that we are in the frame to buy anybody so early in the close season. Suggests to me that we must have some pretty solid bids in already for the likes of Ings, Vestergard and possibly JWP.
|Ward Prowse England Omission Highlights Southgate's Losing of The Plot !|
Thus it ever was and that’s why we’ve won nothing for nearly half a century. Form players who can turn a game in a moment are left out. Think FatMat, Stan Bowles, Tony Curry, Frank Worthington and Gasgoine to name just a few.
Leaving aside J W P, two of the best strikers in the Premiership in Bamford of Leeds and Watkins of Villa can’t get into the squad. Says it all about Southgate, he was a very average player and I’ve no doubt at all that he will leave the England set up with a reputation as a very average manager at best.
|Southampton At West Ham United The Verdict|
Yet another pathetic display from a side led by a man who in reference to team selection, match day tactics and substitutions has proven once again that he would be out of his depth if stood in a puddle. Our form since Christmas proves beyond any reasonable doubt that he has to go, let alone wishing to give Walcott and now Minamino further contacts.
I never thought I would say it but as a manager he’s worse than Branfoot
|Southampton V Leeds United The Verdict|
Yet another inept managerial performance from our one trick pony tactics manager.
Changes a winning side. Leaves our top striker out. Plays McCarthy when it’s obvious to every man and his dog that Forster is the better of the two.
A record since the turn of the year which if maintained next season will get us relegated, probably by Christmas.
Two 9-0 defeats in eighteen months. The longest run of consecutive defeats in the club’s history and an F A Cup semi final where we failed to get a single shot on target.
Yet in spite of all the evidence there are those who think he’s the Messiah. I despair.
|Saints Can Now Breathe After Fulham Defeat Ends Relegation Worries|
If Ralph stays ( personally I believe he should go immediately ) and plays the same ridiculous tactics as he has since the New Year then we will be relegated by this coming Christmas. Our only hope being that somebody takes him aside and explains to him that there is more than one way to play football.It’s then a question of will he bother to listen. I suspect not.
|All Saints Eyes On Fulham V Burnley Tonight But There Is A Dilemma|
A really good and thoughtful post Colburn, with which I for one fully agree.
Ralph is no longer part of the solution, in fact he’s a considerable part of the problem. Yes, we have had injuries, loss of form and bad refereeing decisions but so has every other club in the division. Put simply, it goes with the territory. Good managers find a method of coping. Since just before Christmas our points obtained record has proven that Ralph can’t. It’s time for him to go.
As for signing Walcott permanently, frankly words fail me.
|Southampton At Liverpool The Verdict|
Boris1977, your penultimate paragraph sums up the situation in reference to Ralph almost perfectly. My only additional comment being that like a lot of things in modern day life he is a “ Triumph of presentation over Substance”. Football is a results led business and his recent record simply doesn’t match his presentation skills. I’m firmly of the opinion that we would be better off going forward if he were to depart now. In any event, should new owners appear any time soon I fully expect that they will make the decision for him.
|Southampton At Liverpool The Preview|
SanMarco, if I was Ralph I would be praying that the current owners stay in charge. Given our results since Christmas, taken with an a pathetic effort at Wembley, two recent 9-0 defeats and the longest run of consecutive defeats in the club’s history, would any new owners want him to be responsible for their investment going forward? I seriously doubt it.
|Supoorters Must Never Give Up On The Game They Love|
Correct me if I’m wrong Nick, but didn’t the so called big six want to remain in the Premiership at the weekend and play in a Super League during the week also? I don’t recall that they suggested that they could function playing in the Super League alone. If in fact I am correct then it’s surely hard to see any attraction to them in your suggestion of casting them adrift.
|Southampton V Leicester City The Verdict|
Steptoe really is the epitome of all that is currently rotten about professional football. Had he not gone down in the fashion of being shot from the stand then an inexperienced referee would not have been conned into giving a penalty. I for one will be delighted when his career is over and we don’t have to watch him at St Mary’s.
In reference to the match. At last a “blood and guts” performance. No coincidence perhaps that both the contract problems Ings and Bertrand didn’t feature?
|Ralph Focusing Saints On Next Season Could Be Bad News For Ryan Bertrand.|
Here’s a radical idea. Offer all of the supposed “ want away “ players we may wish to retain a final non negotiable contract offer on the basis of what the club can afford. Give them fourteen days to either accept or refuse. We can then start to plan for next season a month before the current season ends. In other words the board does what it’s paid to do, manage proactively.
|Southampton At Tottenham Hotspur The Verdict|
“Ralph Hasenhuttl must be tearing his hair out,what can he do?”
Well Nick, as he doesn’t know what his best team is, can’t motivate those that he does pick, hasn’t a clue about tactics, substitutions or game management I suggest that the simple answer is resign or be sacked.
|Back To Business For Southampton And Hasenhuttl Is The Man To Lead Us Forward|
Nick, are you still hung over from your Sunday evening garden party ? Because your latest attempt as head cheer leader to persuade us to join with you in the “Cult of Saint Ralph” bears great similarity to every other effort you have made. It’s simply becoming “wash, rinse and repeat” now, after every latest defeat.
|Time For The Premier League To Unite And Let The Big Six Go|
I’m confused, perhaps someone can help me out here.
Should the Super League happen, would the so called top six still play week in and week out in the Premiership? If that is the case then what will happen if a club outside the top six wins the Premiership in the manner of say Leicester five years ago? Presumably they won’t be able to complete in Europe the following season as the Super League will be a “ closed shop “? If that’s the case then how does such a club obtain access to the massive income that the current Champions League provides?
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