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Only Three Days To Go Before We Find Out The Truth Behind The Rumour !
at 09:58:50

The issue is not the fact we are a selling club, most clubs outside the top 6 are, but the scale with which we sell our prime assets. IF we were to sell JWP, Romeu, Vestergaard and Ings, the heart will be ripped out of the team. We have done it before and survived. After the mass exodus Koeman managed to perform a miracle. But, this proved the exception rather than the rule. By selling our best players we need to make sure the recruitment is spot on. The incomings since Koeman left have not exactly been riveting culminating in that dramatic evening in Swansea. Ralph has performed miracles by keeping a very average and flaky squad in the Prem. The club are now in the position where they are unable to resist these players wanting to leave as they have previous little to offer. Like you say, we'll see how loyal our players are to a regime which can offer them not much more than a battle against mediocrity.
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17th June Last Day To Guarantee Season Ticket Seat Renewal
at 08:14:34

Many of us supported the club while we were in the championship and I seem to remember those two seasons in league 1 as a few of the best years in supporting the Saints. So it is not a question of disloyalty. What we have seen is a shocking 2 nd half of the season. Yes, we were decimated by injuries but many of us warned about going into a condensed season with a threadbare squad. But, I can pinpoint quite a few games where the team took "not turning up" to a whole new level. Some of the performances were so gutless, inept and disgraceful. Most of us know we have to hit the ground running next season.....and hope we don't take our dismal form over the last couple of months into the next. For apathy we could read a re-evaluating of priorities. A few people I know simple had to look at their finances and say no. Also, the true social and financial cost of this pandemic has yet to rear its ugly head. Many people have also grown out of the habit of going to live football..... As the cry in Gladiator went.....ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Therein lies the crux maybe?
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Wesley Hoedt Joins Anderlecht
at 07:33:42

I fully agree with you Nick when you say he was certainly no worse than his fellow defenders. To see Hoedt vilified and then see Stephens rewarded with a lucrative long contract is baffling. What is very clear is that slowly but surely we are now starting to realize how the big monies received for the likes of VvD, Mane et all has been criminally wasted. What is also clear is......we cannot afford to waste more money on duds.
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Of All The Southampton Transfer Rumours, There Is One To Worry About !
at 11:20:32

We are now seeing the culmination of a disinterested owner who is unwilling to invest, a transfer policy based on arrogance and ignorance, a pigheaded belief the academy produces when it is clear it does not, and a series of bad managerial appointments. We have now signed Walcott, who...let us be honest, has not produced, given Harry Lewis another year, rumours about Minamino refuse to go away and we are now in talks with a defender who was part of a defense which conceded 66 goals with Brest. Stephen has been given a long term contract. I was in the Stadium that night we beat Swansea to stay up....by the skin of our teeth. It very much looks like we'll have more of the same next season.....a battle to stay up. If true, JWP has a chance to better himself in a professional sense and financially. JWP, Ings, Armstrong and maybe Adams are the only sellable assets in our squad. The rest is bang average. Ralph did wonders by keeping us up but he has seriously lost the plot as well. We should all be worried about this JWP rumour. .....
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Southampton At West Ham United The Verdict
at 09:53:37

Our defensive woes can be traced back to the day Fonte, our leader, departed. We have survived, but....there will come that tipping point. I agree Redmond needs a fresh start somewhere else....but, WHO is going to pick up his high wages? WHY was Stephens handed a lucrative 4 year contract? WHY give Walcott a contract when his contribution this season has been poor and his injuries highlighted another problem? HOW many wide players do we need? I sincerely hope we are not thinking of signing Minamino. This close season we'll need to smarten up no end and really address the problems which have been so glaringly obvious for many seasons now. On a weekend where we just gave away 3 stupid goals, it was interesting to read Fonte won the French league with Lille and Targett was voted Villa player of the year. I am still in the Ralph camp......but with every miserable defeat and baffling line ups and substitutions, I become more sceptical.
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Southampton V Tottenham Hotspur The Preview
at 17:45:21

Interesting to read the author is saying we need to get away from a scrap at the bottom. We are very fortunate Fulham squandered 3 points with 2 last minute goals in their last two games. Our form over the last couple of months has been dire and the semi was such a damp squib. As for Ralph.....this is a results driven industry....... I am sure Ralph is tearing his hair out and his desire for investment is very laudable but......you do fear the club will lapse into the same mistakes which cost us so dearly.
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Time For The Premier League To Unite And Let The Big Six Go
at 13:00:44

The irony and hypocrisy of the Premier league is breathtaking. When they formed the Prem, it was all about money then. Every fan belly aches about their foreign owner thrashing the club's or country's traditions but cheer him to the rafters when his money buys an expensive foreign import. The football revolution has been fueled by SKY and then Ambramovich buying Chelsea. Has anyone bought a football kit for their nippers lately? I loathe the idea of this new super league but it is a natural progression from the Prem. But...but...as much as Gary Neville's rant is real and probably heart felt, his moral argument is that of a champagne socialist. As for politicians getting involved....please. Unfortunately, this new league will syphon off a lot of money and the most exciting players. I hate it but....did we really expect anything else?
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Southampton At West Browmwich Albion The Verdict
at 10:21:49

Hand on heart Nick, HOW MANY times have you had to write a match report on yet another dire and gutless display over the last 3 - 4 seasons? I think the problem lies deeper than Ralph. Yes, at times he does not help himself. Last night we could all see we were in big trouble after only 15-20 mins but he did not change things until way after HT. But, for all our lording our recruitment, fact remains we have flirted with relegation for quite a few seasons now. We also have this dreadful habit of being off the scale when we put in a terrible performance. For the life of me, I'll never understand the club giving Stephens a long term contract. WHO sanctioned that? Our back four has been a problem since Fonte left. As you state, lack of leadership continues to manifest itself. We have been lucky we have managed to finish above the dreaded line and Ralph deserves a lot of credit for that. BUT, relying on 3 worse teams every season is not a viable strategy. We shall run out of luck eventually and pay the consequences.
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Bournemouth Have Selection Crisis Ahead Of Southampton FA Cup Tie
at 21:49:28

What ever the score, at least this game will be out the way. Whether the players have had this game in the back of their minds we'll never know. But after Saturday there can be no more excuses. Also, after a full week back in Soton, fatigue can also be dismissed
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Southampton V Brighton The Verdict
at 10:05:05

This far from the first time we looked pedestrian and not really up for it. Newcastle away was a prime example. The manager and players had better buck up their ideas because we are counting down the games, plummeting down the league and sleepwalking into disaster. Given our circumstances and who we were playing yesterday, the performance was an insult.
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Could This Weekend Be The Start Of The Greatest Ever Season For Southampton FC
at 16:44:45

On my travels abroad supporting the England cricket team, I wear an England shirt with " SCUMMER " printed on the back. As there is a lot of cricket support 17 miles east from us as well, I get quite a few questions asked about my allegiance parentage and such like by people who frequent that institution in that city. Abroad, in far flung places it usually ends up with sharing many, often too many, beers. Cricket unites...
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In Ralph We Trust !
at 10:24:40

It is utterly bizarre we are backing a manager who has presided over several unwanted records. But, can we honestly say we have progressed? Here we are in the crazy situation of talking about needing 6 or 8 points to avoid relegation after hovering round the top 6 only 2 months ago. A stern word of warning....Bournemouth knew they would be in trouble once they stopped scoring... In the end they walking into relegation almost willingly. Our main striker is now goal shy and our defence has reverted to type. The alarm bells were ringing for me once Newcastle went down to 9 men. There was no urgency no belief and no idea. Yes, we may well have 13 games left but, even though we have a grim injury list, we have thrown away so many points it is a joke. Surely, we are not sleep walking into disaster?
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Southampton At Leeds United The Verdict
at 11:23:36

Let us not kid ourselves. Looking at the table.... If all the teams around us pick up points next weekend and we lose to Everton, we will be in a relegation scrap. Our goal difference is now also becoming a big concern. There are those who defend our owner which is fine. But, it does not matter which league you are in, be it the Premiership or the Southern Premier League, clubs with the deepest pockets always prevail eventually. Ralph has managed to turn water into wine for two years.....but, it was never going to last. Hang on to your hats for the last 12 games......
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Southampton V Wolverhampton Wanderers The Verdict
at 23:47:57

I Agree with sentiments on social media to some extent
What does get to me is the nearly constant attempts to shut down any critique concerning the way the club is run or the way the team is performing. Let us not beat around the Bush here, we are on a dreadful run and as much as we can lament VAR, it is not the reason we are in this predicament. Yes this is not a normal season but every club is in the same boat. Ralph has managed to turn water into wine but, he has also presided over some truly dreadful performances, not least two 9 nil pastings. The way this team capitulates at times is truly astonishing. There are many of us who see our owner as malign and want him gone. Yes, beware what you wish for! Our excellent start has, again, papered over the cracks. Many of us were not fooled by the lofty league position of a few months ago. I am now wondering whether we are really safe from relegation? Our defensive problems are still there for all to see as is the lack of a leader. Dare I say it...there are 3 worse teams than us but to have to rely on that every year is as arrogant as it is dangerous. There is also the pertinent question about Ralph's will to keep wanting to push that boulder up hill...every time he stops pushing it rolls back. Pointing out flaws, worries and venting our frustration has nothing to do with being disloyal or the insulting label "plastic". Looking at things through rose tinted glasses is not going to make our very real problems disappear.
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Social Media Driving Danny Ings Transfer Rumour Madness
at 10:53:32

The article makes sense but the author has overlooked one fact. While the rest of us in the real world are re-assessing our finances in a post Covid world ( if there is even going to be such a thing ) it would seem Football, especially in the upper echelons have not made a serious attempt to even look at their financial positions . Ings knows there will be a club out there which is willing to stretch their budget that much more.....never mind Covid, never mind his fitness record. The much needed and overdue reality check has not hit football ......unfortunately.
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Saints Still A Work In Progress !
at 10:08:12

The issue of getting Walcot in at his age, yet ignoring the fact, AGAIN, we need an experienced centre half who can lead and guide our defense is baffling. This has now been an urgent problem since VvD decided his contract wasn't worth the paper it was written on. shipping stupid and needless goals will continue to haunt us until this problem is addressed, or at least taken seriously.
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Saints At Chelsea The Verdict
at 17:13:45

Bournemouth spent 5 years in the Premiership until they finally got caught. They conceded 65 -75 goals every season but this was offset by a frontline which scored freely. They went down because the frontline stopped scoring. They failed to address their defensive problems.
We also concede far too many goals and have also not been able to address our below par defense. For me the issue is simple, keep scoring and we should be ok.....but, we are far too reliant on Ings.....
I think Nick is spot on.......
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Watt View - Exposure of significant weaknesses so early a positive
at 09:55:44

For years the club has tried to run a Rolls Royce on parafin......and got away with it. Unless the club get serious, and quick.....disaster will befall us.
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Hasenhuttl Confident Of Adding To The Squad Before The Transfer Window Shuts
at 11:55:25

THE big question is...is Ralph issuing an ultimatum to the board or is this a true statement? Which ever it is, we have dropped 6 points from two games already....games we could and should have got something from. If we don't get something at Burnley...we'll be playing catch up already.
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Is Greed In A Crisis Finally Turning The Fans Away
at 08:55:43

I have had a season ticket at Southampton FC for years. I am also an avid Poole Town FC supporter and bought a season ticket for £ 130 for 20 home games. This equates to £6.50 a game. IF Saints sell Ings to Spurs, I intend to send my season ticket back to the club and demand my money back. What Spurs are doing may not be illegal but it is immoral.
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