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Mauricio Pochettino quits Southampton to join Tottenham Hotspur Live news and reaction

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Dan Kerins, Digital Editor

Mauricio Pochettino has resigned as Saints manager

  • He has joined Tottenham Hotspur
  • The 42-year-old signs five year deal at White Hart Lane
  • Pochettino issues an 'open letter' to Saints fans
  • He also takes all his backroom staff with him
  • Saints have 'already begun' the hunt for a replacement

  • Comments


    yellowcard 7:52pm Tue 27 May 14

    St Forlife wrote…


    Gutted and angry.

    Angry at thge lack of loyaltyt - i full season and he goes for 30 gold coins and the dream of personal progress. 1 year is a joke and he should see out his contract end of.

    But he's gone and the board need to take a good hard look at themselves - is trousering their share of the transfer fees and £80million their aim - if it is they can do one. As a fan we never say such an opportunity to move forward. The class of football guaranteed us continued premiership status and probably a guaranteed top 10 finish and £80m every year with this squad. A bit of careful investment (not the £100m s spent by idiotic clubs) and a top 6 finish beckons and who knows a top 4. Selling the best players and letting the manager go with a year left is tantamount to settling for a bottoim half finish and with 6 gamnes left each year a relegation to fight off.

    Well done board - incompetency at its highest level

    They didn't let him go. they offered him a new contract he wouldn't sign. yes he had 1 year left but he also had a clause put in by cortesse that he could go if he paid 2 million..

    Score: 2
    Saintade 6:06pm Tue 27 May 14

    Skelly2525 wrote…


    Once again that troll Levy has walked into Our club and hand picked who he wants - when is he going to get panned for tapping up and underhand tactics the guy is as bent as a two bob note.

    Now MP has gone we need someone in quick and we need something we haven't seen so far - the board to roll up their sleeves and play hardball - no one leave especially to spurs

    At least we can all get some satisfaction in knowing that this time next year Poch will be sacked and his reputation in tatters.

    Score: 2
    Clever Dick 11:29am Tue 27 May 14

    The manager is an employee. It is not up to him to dictate the terms of the club and it's vision for the future. There aren't too many owners intent on sending their company into oblivion. In my experience just the one and we all know who that is. Actually the departure of MoPo (if it happens) and the subsequent actions of the board will give us all a much better understanding of where they intend to take our club. So try to stop panicking over all the non news stories and wait for the real news and the subsequent reactions to it before all committing suicide.

    Score: 8
    The Rise of The Foot Soldier. 10:48am Tue 27 May 14

    David Moyes, Murat Yakin, Eddie Howe 12-1

    All worth a punt.

    FAN POWER is important.

    We demand Quality at this Club to push on to tne next level.

    Score: 0
    GoreySaint 7:08pm Tue 27 May 14

    Apologies if it's been said already, but I hope the board are considerably further on with their search than the press release states.

    The writing's been on the wall on this for the last month or so and you'd ah thought we'd have a few irons in the fire for exactly this situation. How long before agents start playing the instability card to unsettle the players even more?

    Absolutely agree we shouldn't make any snap decisions, but surely a bit of foresight would have seen this coming?

    Score: 2
    St.Ray 3:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    It seems that Poch will go, but, why anyone would go to Spurs with their record on sacking managers is beyond me. If Poch thinks he's going to a "bigger" club, he , like most Spurs fans, is mistaken. Spurs have not been a "big" club for perhaps 40 years. It will be a great shame if Poch leaves & any number of the present squad decide to follow him out of the club as is being reported in much of the media. I read that,Lallana, Shaw, Lovren, Clyne ,Rodrigues & Scheiderlin are all touted to be wanted by various other clubs. If this exodus does materialize it will prove to be a disaster for Southampton FC, let's all hope that it IS just media talk & they will not all go.

    Score: 3
    [deleted] 6:04pm Tue 27 May 14
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    Score: -6
    deepheat 6:25pm Tue 27 May 14

    Chairman Ralph Krueger commented: “The Club has been on a constant path of growth since the arrival of Markus Liebherr in 2009. This growth took place before Mauricio came, it continued strongly under his leadership, and it will continue into the next season. The Board’s job is to find opportunity in this challenge and to continue to move the Club forward.

    “We have begun the search for a new high-calibre manager. We will be looking for a manager that shares our values, our principles and our philosophy; a manager who can continue to grow the First Team and build on our strong foundation – a foundation led by an ambitious vision and plan that continues to build on our world-class academy, our amazing 129-year heritage and our excellent staff, and rewards our loyal and passionate fan base.”

    Score: 0
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 3:23pm Tue 27 May 14

    Confucious wrote…


    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."

    I'm beginning to believe those that said the bringing forward of renewing season tickets was very cynical.

    Score: 0
    JohnItaly 9:26am Tue 27 May 14

    For the sake of the Club's public profile I hope the Board are playing hardball over the potential departure of MoPo and that he should be made to resign, after all he has 12 months to go on a contract which he could be about to renege on. This will kick-in the reported "penalty" of £2m to be paid by MoPo if he leaves early. More importantly it will send out a message to all the circling "bigger" clubs that prising away our players who are on long contracts will not be easy and may prove very expensive.

    Score: 20
    Clever Dick 5:39pm Tue 27 May 14

    buckie wrote…


    if he has gone i feel abused as a long standing fan okay saints you had my near on £700 a month fair enough you played me well one thing though the season after the one coming up you will not get my money from me to be abused as a customer it"s not just the manager going its all over the web that any player of value is lined up to go what encouragement is there to renew in 12 months time not again will what is the point in having this production line in young players as the first chance they get they jump ship i will become a armchair fan and not fill the club coffers anymore we deserve to get relegated and that for me is a truly dreadful thing to think

    Well it might be a good idea to hold fire on that one. I'm sure most fans will feel the same if your vision of doom transpires. At this moment in time it does seem pretty likely that Shaw and Lallana will be off, but we still have plenty of others who aren't. Personally I think there is a huge amount of hype regarding these players. They are both replaceable, as is a manager who has only been at the club for five minutes. Considering they will bring in around £50 million between them I'd say the future is looking very bright indeed. I'm looking forward to next season already. Try looking on the bright side, you'll feel muchbetter about it.

    Score: 1
    redandy10 9:35am Tue 27 May 14

    DeBoer WON'T come here. He's got Champions League football to look forward to, he AIN'T leaving Ajax.

    With Moyes there is a possibility, if we lose some players it will be seen as a bit of a challenge. Considering he's looking for a bit of redemption it might appeal to him. He didn't do too bad at Everton and might be the best qualified of the bunch. Hoddle came here after falling from grace, for different reasons, but tactically he was as good as I've seen at the club and he did a good job while he was here.

    McClaren..... Thanks, but NO THANKS!

    Poyet, not a patch on Poch.

    Score: 18
    noodlesnewman 9:25am Tue 27 May 14

    montecristosaint wrote…


    If I were Pochettino I d be having a long hard think right now. Better the devil you know than the devil you dont plus he hass a host of real young talent at St Marys all he will have at Spurs are a bunch of misfits and a chair
    man who is a weirdo

    so fed up with whole thing ! I want clarification from SFC today or i will lose the heeed all together ! any way someone who wants to jump ship that lightly can fxxx off GREEDY CXXX !

    Score: 1
    Positively4thStreet 9:01am Tue 27 May 14

    In your opinion only !

    Score: 4
    rossofficial10 9:05am Tue 27 May 14

    Positively4thStreet wrote…


    In your opinion only !

    the bookies never get it wrong either. hes odds on big time which means he will be the next spurs manager.

    Tim Sherwood is a replica of Pochettino so id be happy with him as a replacement. unless Ralph & Co will suprise us all with an even better appointment from overseas.

    Score: -10
    Season-H-Warsash 9:07am Tue 27 May 14

    Okay, so he wants to go. If he ain't committed to Saints I'd rather have someone who is.

    Score: 45
    [deleted] 9:07am Tue 27 May 14
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    Score: 41
    redandy10 9:15am Tue 27 May 14

    Each of these sagas being dragged out has had a negative effect on one another. The Luke & Adam situations not being resolved have come at the worst possible time, with Poch having a year left on his contract and Spurs sniffing around. And vice verca, Poch signing a new contract COULD would at least have sent the message to the lads, hey I believe in this dream, I'm sticking around.

    In the space of 18 months we went from being relegation candidates to this point, where we are SO CLOSE to breaking into that elite group? Chances like this rarely present themselves, Kat should have let Poch be autonomous as much as she could, so as to keep him at the club.

    A lot of good posts today saying that if NC had still been around around, things would have been different. We came SO FAR with his hand at the tiller. I wish Kat and NC could have somehow met half way!!!

    Score: 36
    NewForestStu 10:06am Tue 27 May 14

    ML & NC ='d Vision and real hope of going places.
    KL & RK =lower table mediocrity.

    KL, personally i feel it would have been better for the club if you had bailed out. Once Poch goes the knock on will be pretty carp with no going back.

    Score: 0
    Ralph Krueger ! More like Freddie Krueger 9:22am Tue 27 May 14

    Not liking be linked to Neil Lennon and Steve maclaren that would be a terrible decision if we went for either of them and would sum up what the board know about football which I'm guessing is not a lot !

    Score: 2
    montecristosaint 9:18am Tue 27 May 14

    If I were Pochettino I d be having a long hard think right now. Better the devil you know than the devil you dont plus he hass a host of real young talent at St Marys all he will have at Spurs are a bunch of misfits and a chair
    man who is a weirdo

    Score: 25
    saint christopher 9:19am Tue 27 May 14

    Maybe catching at straws but still at the stage of supposed advanced talks etc etc with no definite facts whatsoever.

    i.e. is Potch putting into practice what he learned at the hands of the master and letting things go to the wire in order to obtain the assurances and control that he wants?

    Unlikely perhaps but not impossible.

    Score: 6
    St.Yorkie 9:39am Tue 27 May 14

    Far from relaxed - verging on stressed!
    No harm in talking as the wife says - it's what you do next that counts!
    Mauricio just say NO!
    From a damp and miserable Leeds I need a ray of sunshine from somewhere!

    Score: 4
    Jesus_02 9:38am Tue 27 May 14

    Well at least we have rigorous governance and an entire board to pay for!

    I’m not doom saying, but the glimpse of ambition that saints have had may have spoiled my apatite for perennial relegation battles. I’m sure that I wont be the only one to question the direction of the club.

    Score: 5
    Alicesdad 9:19am Tue 27 May 14

    What's happening? I don't know what's going on?

    I take a weekend off from the internet and suddenly MoPo look like he's off !!
    Well done Echo for getting this exclusive story before all the others, I always knew you were at the forefront of cutting edge investigation. The red tops must
    be crying into their laptops this morning.

    McClaren as a possible replacement? Will he be able to give interviews in English as I heard he only spoke dutch?

    Score: -5
    noodlesnewman 9:25am Tue 27 May 14

    montecristosaint wrote…


    If I were Pochettino I d be having a long hard think right now. Better the devil you know than the devil you dont plus he hass a host of real young talent at St Marys all he will have at Spurs are a bunch of misfits and a chair
    man who is a weirdo

    so fed up with whole thing ! I want clarification from SFC today or i will lose the heeed all together ! any way someone who wants to jump ship that lightly can fxxx off GREEDY CXXX !

    Score: -1
    smuggins 9:27am Tue 27 May 14

    Get De Boer that would really be one in the eye for the majority of Spurs fans who wanted him not Poch.

    Score: 8
    Saint Jinx 9:40am Tue 27 May 14

    TGodSFC wrote…


    Rafa, De Boer or Yakin !! Get it done. For Poch this will be the biggest mistake of his career. Yidds don't want him, but if he wants to go so bad, so long, Don't think he is as good as he thinks he is.

    Very true. We mustn't sit around feeling sorry for ourselves - someone like McLaren who is a "can keep them up" manager would be a disaster. We want a winner - someone who can keep the players and brush away the bad taste of Poch like a swatted fly.

    I have said it before, I am worried about this board. They have been asked to hit the ground running - but that was with flat terrain, they didn't expect to have to encounter ice, rain, tsunamis, desert heat......

    Score: 5
    Clever Dick 9:33am Tue 27 May 14

    Breaking news!
    Andy Awful applies for the vacancy at Saints stating that it would be a huge step up for him.
    Saints reply. " Thank you for your application to be a toilet attendant at St. Marys. Unfortunately we don't consider you qualified enough"

    Score: 6
    Saint Jinx 9:35am Tue 27 May 14

    JohnItaly wrote…


    For the sake of the Club's public profile I hope the Board are playing hardball over the potential departure of MoPo and that he should be made to resign, after all he has 12 months to go on a contract which he could be about to renege on. This will kick-in the reported "penalty" of £2m to be paid by MoPo if he leaves early. More importantly it will send out a message to all the circling "bigger" clubs that prising away our players who are on long contracts will not be easy and may prove very expensive.

    Spot on!

    Score: 9
    Jesus_02 9:43am Tue 27 May 14

    Saint Jinx wrote…


    JohnItaly wrote…

    For the sake of the Club's public profile I hope the Board are playing hardball over the potential departure of MoPo and that he should be made to resign, after all he has 12 months to go on a contract which he could be about to renege on. This will kick-in the reported "penalty" of £2m to be paid by MoPo if he leaves early. More importantly it will send out a message to all the circling "bigger" clubs that prising away our players who are on long contracts will not be easy and may prove very expensive.
    Spot on!

    Spurs will have had to agree compensation over and above MoPo's penality clause. But if the BBC are to be believed then talks are being held so Spurs must have come to an agreement.

    It will cost Spurs and MoPo, however I think it may end up costing us more

    Score: 2
    miltonarcher 10:14am Tue 27 May 14

    Poch going is not the real disaster; he is not as good as he thinks he is. Remember the 18 points we lost from winning positions? However, the player exodus will be a disaster. Lets face it, Poch is not going for the money, he is going because the Board have not convinced him they will invest the funds to take us to the next level.

    Score: 2
    Saint Jinx 9:44am Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    What's happening? I don't know what's going on?

    I take a weekend off from the internet and suddenly MoPo look like he's off !!
    Well done Echo for getting this exclusive story before all the others, I always knew you were at the forefront of cutting edge investigation. The red tops must
    be crying into their laptops this morning.

    McClaren as a possible replacement? Will he be able to give interviews in English as I heard he only spoke dutch?

    Yeah we get it - double dutch!

    Score: 1
    Alicesdad 11:11am Tue 27 May 14

    Goalscoringmachine wrote…


    Alicesdad wrote…


    The "Live Feed" element to this story shows the Echo thinks that news is imminent. Literally any minute now ...

    Given that they don't usually tell us news until its been everywhere else first, I take that as a bad sign.

    OK... I'm keeping the faith as always ... but Im surprised that with the "big" set up of the new board, and a club that has "big future" written all over it we seem to be being set up as victims of the biggest pillage and plunder since the vikings arrived.

    Maybe we will respond like a "big" club and replace any losses with equally big acqisitions ... we must remain positive. Actions speak louder than words.

    If MoPo goes then we must keep our heads up and rely on the new leadership to show their mettle. They deserve that chance, they will be in the spotlight now and their actions will dictate the future of the club. OK .. show us what you can do.
    Surely showing their mettle would be to retain the current structure at all costs.

    This is not about letting managers and players go but, as NC said in his recent interview, is actually about selling "ambition".
    Why sell, in the hope that you can replace what you already have?

    Show us what they can do? Then show us they are serious about taking the club forward by retaining the huge potential that we all know our current squad headed by MoPo contains.

    (With MoPo now, I suspect its already to late. If I was him I would not want this level of publicity if the deal was not as good as done, because it suggests a level of disloyalty to my current club. Perhaps I am just old school believing that club loyalty still exists....dicsuss.)

    I agree. You've said it all.

    Score: 0
    Confucious 9:54am Tue 27 May 14

    This is a bit like being forced to watch your own house being burgled.

    Score: 25
    jerseysaint 9:55am Tue 27 May 14

    i'm afraid Poch this year may have struggled anyway.
    we were getting found out towards the end of the season.
    and i don't think he had a plan b in some games.
    The pressing game is great but teams like Chelsea found ways to beat it.
    There was talk of Eddie Howe on talksport today whilst he may not attract top name players he may get us playing good exciting football.

    Score: 3
    The Inbetweener 9:55am Tue 27 May 14

    Disappointed, once again the fans have been let down. MoPo has received nothing less than 100% from the fans after the way Adkins was treated shabbily & he arrived. We have put up with him not speaking English to communicate with the fans when we all know he can speak English. I think he & Luke & Adam should give us another season to see where we end up.
    As usual, it's about obscene amounts of money & only thinking about yourself. Spurs aren't even that good.
    Why have the Board given Spurs permission to speak to him? I thought Les Reed stated that he speaks to MoPo all the time & he was happy with the situation at Saints - what has changed. Although it was good to read Omar Rowe has commited to the Club but surely there are more important fish to fry Les.
    Managers & players come & go but the true fans will be 100% behind the side that hopefully pull on the red n white strips next season. My season ticket is renewed & I can't wait until the new season after watching the Saints lads perform at the World Cup.

    Score: 8
    pitbull 9:57am Tue 27 May 14

    The odds are tumbling that Murat Yakin will be our next boss.

    I also like the sound of Paul Clement.

    One person who has not been mentioned on this forum is Andres Villas-Boas. When he took over at Spuds he got some stick from the fans for replacing ole saggy chops.
    He would certainly have a score to settle.

    Score: -2
    ilovelamp 9:59am Tue 27 May 14

    I wish the board had more clarity we've not heard anything concrete from them since les reed said nobody will be sold. MoPo has a good thing here i cannot see the reason him leaving for spurs other than disagreements with the board.
    sherwood would be my replacement had a great record at spurs, or we can follow up the style of play by getting laudrup*

    Score: 2
    hagbourneutd 9:59am Tue 27 May 14

    pitbull wrote…


    The odds are tumbling that Murat Yakin will be our next boss.

    I also like the sound of Paul Clement.

    One person who has not been mentioned on this forum is Andres Villas-Boas. When he took over at Spuds he got some stick from the fans for replacing ole saggy chops.
    He would certainly have a score to settle.

    If poch does go I really hope its yakin should be a perfect fit for saints.

    Score: 5
    Confucious 10:01am Tue 27 May 14

    I heard the wall of silence at the club has been broken - by a scream.

    Score: 3
    kiddynamite 12:47pm Tue 27 May 14

    montecristosaint wrote…


    If I were Pochettino I d be having a long hard think right now. Better the devil you know than the devil you dont plus he hass a host of real young talent at St Marys all he will have at Spurs are a bunch of misfits and a chair
    man who is a weirdo

    Is that why Spurs beat you twice?

    Score: -5
    Alicesdad 10:03am Tue 27 May 14

    Confucious wrote…


    This is a bit like being forced to watch your own house being burgled.

    Always look on the bright side of life, what's the worse that can happen?
    We lose MoPo, then Shaw, then Lallana, then Scheiderlin, then Lovren, then Wanyama .... see? what are you worrying about?
    Thew worse scenario is Osvaldo coming back ... Oh please NO!!
    It's all about perspective.

    Score: 4
    Confucious 10:05am Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    This is a bit like being forced to watch your own house being burgled.
    Always look on the bright side of life, what's the worse that can happen?
    We lose MoPo, then Shaw, then Lallana, then Scheiderlin, then Lovren, then Wanyama .... see? what are you worrying about?
    Thew worse scenario is Osvaldo coming back ... Oh please NO!!
    It's all about perspective.

    Can we get Guly back?

    Score: 3
    Strasbourg Saint 10:07am Tue 27 May 14

    St.Yorkie wrote…


    Far from relaxed - verging on stressed!
    No harm in talking as the wife says - it's what you do next that counts!
    Mauricio just say NO!
    From a damp and miserable Leeds I need a ray of sunshine from somewhere!

    Yorkie, a ray of sunshine for you:

    You're in Leeds - later today, you'll jump into your car and drive home to the Dales, and then, whatever else happens in the world, your life will just have got better. :-)

    Score: 0
    Strasbourg Saint 10:14am Tue 27 May 14

    Confucious wrote…


    Alicesdad wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    This is a bit like being forced to watch your own house being burgled.
    Always look on the bright side of life, what's the worse that can happen?
    We lose MoPo, then Shaw, then Lallana, then Scheiderlin, then Lovren, then Wanyama .... see? what are you worrying about?
    Thew worse scenario is Osvaldo coming back ... Oh please NO!!
    It's all about perspective.
    Can we get Guly back?

    If McClaren replaces MP, we might get Harding & Fox back from Forest. :-)

    Score: 0
    Les Miserables 11:11am Tue 27 May 14

    The most worrying aspect is the lack of comment from the club. When Freddie Krueger came in he was full of "being more open and accessible to the supporters" and how important communication between the club and supporters was. Clearly just words! A strong statement now even if only to say either YES we have given Spurs the go ahead to talk to our manger who is after all still under contract for another 12 months. Or NO we havent given permission so IF Spurs are talking to our contracted employee that they are doing so illegally and he is potentially in breach of contract.
    Saying nothing is helping no one and gives the wrong message to the vultures circling looking to pick off the cream of our squad.

    Either there is ambition at SFC or not , if MoPo goes then that suggests that the Boards ambition does not match the (ex ?) manager, the players or the fans.

    Score: 2
    SnapperSaint 6:06pm Tue 27 May 14

    Saintade wrote…


    First thing the board need to do IMMEDIATELY is to issue a HANDS OFF statement on ANY Saints player

    Waste of time...if they want to go then they will be let go we just have to get the best deal for them.

    Score: 3
    The Rise of The Foot Soldier. 10:09am Tue 27 May 14

    jerseysaint wrote…


    i'm afraid Poch this year may have struggled anyway. we were getting found out towards the end of the season. and i don't think he had a plan b in some games. The pressing game is great but teams like Chelsea found ways to beat it. There was talk of Eddie Howe on talksport today whilst he may not attract top name players he may get us playing good exciting football.

    Poch brought us the underperforming Dani and shifted the blame to his sidekick Jesus in the FA Cup. He also had a disregard for Europa League Football.

    SFC demand and have the ambition for more.

    A TOP EUROPEAN MANAGER who can attract Top Players including a cutting edge Striker a CB and a Number 2 Goalie who can challenge ARTUR.

    NEED A TOP NAME TO KEEP OUR STARS - ADAM AND LUKE

    Score: 0
    SaintBobbert 10:11am Tue 27 May 14

    If he goes, get the blue line out and draw a line under the episode...
    One name not mentioned in the running - Pahars anyone ? Instant hit with fans & we'd give him plenty of time...

    Score: -3
    Joel'sGrandad 10:12am Tue 27 May 14

    Hi, Brighton fan here.
    Believe it or not I feel for you. Just when you think something special is happening at your club, this sort of thing comes along to spoil it. Loyal servants like Ted Bates and Matt Le Tissier are non existent these days but is this a subsequence of the hire em and fire em mentality of most owners that prevails today. Loyalty is in short supply I'm afraid.
    Does MoPo realise what sort of Chairman Daniel Levy is?
    I wish you good luck because a strong Saints is good for South Coast soccer.

    Score: 44
    Alicesdad 10:16am Tue 27 May 14

    The "Live Feed" element to this story shows the Echo thinks that news is imminent. Literally any minute now ...

    Given that they don't usually tell us news until its been everywhere else first, I take that as a bad sign.

    OK... I'm keeping the faith as always ... but Im surprised that with the "big" set up of the new board, and a club that has "big future" written all over it we seem to be being set up as victims of the biggest pillage and plunder since the vikings arrived.

    Maybe we will respond like a "big" club and replace any losses with equally big acqisitions ... we must remain positive. Actions speak louder than words.

    If MoPo goes then we must keep our heads up and rely on the new leadership to show their mettle. They deserve that chance, they will be in the spotlight now and their actions will dictate the future of the club. OK .. show us what you can do.

    Score: 0
    Strasbourg Saint 11:09am Tue 27 May 14

    Joel'sGrandad wrote…


    Strasbourg Saint wrote…


    Joel'sGrandad wrote…


    Hi, Brighton fan here.
    Believe it or not I feel for you. Just when you think something special is happening at your club, this sort of thing comes along to spoil it. Loyal servants like Ted Bates and Matt Le Tissier are non existent these days but is this a subsequence of the hire em and fire em mentality of most owners that prevails today. Loyalty is in short supply I'm afraid.
    Does MoPo realise what sort of Chairman Daniel Levy is?
    I wish you good luck because a strong Saints is good for South Coast soccer.
    Nice. As a Saints fan (and with BHA friends) I was hoping you'd get promoted but it wasn't to be - maybe next year.

    We had some good banter with many of the Seagull fans on the Argus/Echo during our 2 years in the same league (there were idiots on both sides as well, of course) and when you do reach the Prem, I'm sure the good banter will be resumed.

    Hope your search for a new manager is going well.
    Thanks, Strasbourg Saint.
    I get cheesed off by the mindless banter sometimes, so it's good to have civilised dialogue with fellow football fans.

    I tried to log on to the Argus before your play-off with Derby but, for some reason, it didn't work. Anyway, good luck next season.

    Score: 1
    TGodSFC 10:37am Tue 27 May 14

    Saint Jinx wrote…


    TGodSFC wrote…


    Rafa, De Boer or Yakin !! Get it done. For Poch this will be the biggest mistake of his career. Yidds don't want him, but if he wants to go so bad, so long, Don't think he is as good as he thinks he is.
    Very true. We mustn't sit around feeling sorry for ourselves - someone like McLaren who is a "can keep them up" manager would be a disaster. We want a winner - someone who can keep the players and brush away the bad taste of Poch like a swatted fly.

    I have said it before, I am worried about this board. They have been asked to hit the ground running - but that was with flat terrain, they didn't expect to have to encounter ice, rain, tsunamis, desert heat......

    I don’t think we should jump straight on the back of the board just yet, let’s see who they replace “the backstabber” with first. I think they need to release a statement to us fans to let us know why, even though we know its all about money. Never a dull moment on the south coast. We’ve been in worst situations that this. I just hope our players stay and hope Spur sack “backstabber” within a year.

    Score: 5
    Saint Jinx 10:21am Tue 27 May 14

    Confucious wrote…


    This is a bit like being forced to watch your own house being burgled.

    But sometimes the burglars trip over an unexpected object and cause themselves tremendous injury and then we can all sit back and laugh.....

    Score: 10
    Strasbourg Saint 10:22am Tue 27 May 14

    Joel'sGrandad wrote…


    Hi, Brighton fan here.
    Believe it or not I feel for you. Just when you think something special is happening at your club, this sort of thing comes along to spoil it. Loyal servants like Ted Bates and Matt Le Tissier are non existent these days but is this a subsequence of the hire em and fire em mentality of most owners that prevails today. Loyalty is in short supply I'm afraid.
    Does MoPo realise what sort of Chairman Daniel Levy is?
    I wish you good luck because a strong Saints is good for South Coast soccer.

    Nice. As a Saints fan (and with BHA friends) I was hoping you'd get promoted but it wasn't to be - maybe next year.

    We had some good banter with many of the Seagull fans on the Argus/Echo during our 2 years in the same league (there were idiots on both sides as well, of course) and when you do reach the Prem, I'm sure the good banter will be resumed.

    Hope your search for a new manager is going well.

    Score: 6
    malcher 10:22am Tue 27 May 14

    After seeing how Derby have performed I would have no prob with the Wally with the brolly. Apparently there's a Swiss guy from Basle being mentioned as well. Who ever comes in however, it's back to square one, with the inevitable exodus! Still be there though as I have for the last 55years!

    Score: 0
    Dubai-saints89 10:22am Tue 27 May 14

    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Positively4thStreet wrote…


    In your opinion only !
    the bookies never get it wrong either. hes odds on big time which means he will be the next spurs manager.

    Tim Sherwood is a replica of Pochettino so id be happy with him as a replacement. unless Ralph & Co will suprise us all with an even better appointment from overseas.

    sherwood? he a complete w@nker. we can do so much better mate

    Score: 4
    Shirley Mutant 10:32am Tue 27 May 14

    Will Spurs fans accept Poch not speaking English in interviews as Saints have?

    Score: 2
    Alicesdad 10:28am Tue 27 May 14

    UPDATE: 10:28 No news yet...

    Score: 0
    Alicesdad 10:30am Tue 27 May 14

    Latest news ? (see the "article" above)

    •Spurs in 'advanced' talks with Pochettino
    •Saints offered him a contract at the end of the season
    •Pochettino still has one year left on his contract at St Mary's
    •Supporters hope he will still decide to stay on the south coast

    er... only the first one of these is anything liek latest news ......

    10:30 ... no news....

    Score: 1
    SaintJD 2:04pm Tue 27 May 14

    bullsbags wrote…


    NewForestStu wrote…


    miltonarcher wrote…


    Interesting graph. Hoddle has the best record, didn't stop the brain deads flashing their red cards from the Northam Stand. And we all know what happened after that!!!
    I'll have you know i am in the Northam and i said that when Strachan left Hod should have been brought back in. For a bunch of nobody's we played better footy under him than wee Gord.

    For all the people spouting Moyes or Wally with the Brolly, get real....both do not suit. Moyes doesnt even like bringing the youth through...be a disaster. I would happily have Hod in now.
    Me too

    Ah, harking back to the days of old when he had a very good season and then our manager did a runner and took our captain with him, joining a club with a history of sacking managers in the deluded belief they had a right to be in the top four. Hold on... not much changes round here does it?

    Score: 2
    Saint Jinx 10:35am Tue 27 May 14

    I am suddenly feeling positive. Poch moves to Spurs and takes them down.
    Our players have such a fantastic world cup that de Boor comes aboard. No player leaves and we snap up some of the other international world cup stars. We win the League Cup, FA Cup and League and we are in the Chmpions league the season after. COYR

    Score: 2
    noodlesnewman 10:37am Tue 27 May 14

    jerseysaint wrote…


    i'm afraid Poch this year may have struggled anyway.
    we were getting found out towards the end of the season.
    and i don't think he had a plan b in some games.
    The pressing game is great but teams like Chelsea found ways to beat it.
    There was talk of Eddie Howe on talksport today whilst he may not attract top name players he may get us playing good exciting football.

    I agree mate ! and as for our cup exploits , well ....

    Score: -4
    Goalscoringmachine 10:40am Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    The "Live Feed" element to this story shows the Echo thinks that news is imminent. Literally any minute now ...

    Given that they don't usually tell us news until its been everywhere else first, I take that as a bad sign.

    OK... I'm keeping the faith as always ... but Im surprised that with the "big" set up of the new board, and a club that has "big future" written all over it we seem to be being set up as victims of the biggest pillage and plunder since the vikings arrived.

    Maybe we will respond like a "big" club and replace any losses with equally big acqisitions ... we must remain positive. Actions speak louder than words.

    If MoPo goes then we must keep our heads up and rely on the new leadership to show their mettle. They deserve that chance, they will be in the spotlight now and their actions will dictate the future of the club. OK .. show us what you can do.

    Surely showing their mettle would be to retain the current structure at all costs.

    This is not about letting managers and players go but, as NC said in his recent interview, is actually about selling "ambition".
    Why sell, in the hope that you can replace what you already have?

    Show us what they can do? Then show us they are serious about taking the club forward by retaining the huge potential that we all know our current squad headed by MoPo contains.

    (With MoPo now, I suspect its already to late. If I was him I would not want this level of publicity if the deal was not as good as done, because it suggests a level of disloyalty to my current club. Perhaps I am just old school believing that club loyalty still exists....dicsuss.)

    Score: 2
    upwherewebelong 6:01pm Tue 27 May 14

    I hope Krueger is satisfied can't state how disappointed in him and KL I am. Seems they are hell bent on destroying the clubs growth despite what the press release says

    Score: -6
    Golden_Salamander 11:16am Tue 27 May 14

    Pochettino success at Saints was built around his ability to get the players to support his methods.
    This involved TWO TRAINING SESSIONS a day; the Players having the HARDESSS Training sessions they have experienced and supporting his tactics of KEEPING THE BALL even if that involved passing the ball around between the GK and defenders at RISKY moments.
    This allowed us to play the HIGH TEMPO football that Spurs seem to attracted to..

    Firstly I hope we go for another Manager who also likes to play those tactics, I would hate to return to a somebody who plays standard 442 or trains once a day and doesn't press the ball etc..

    Secondly, I can see Pochettino having problems with some of the players at spurs; I don't see them training twice a day in a London environment or training extra hard; etc.

    Score: 5
    Joel'sGrandad 11:02am Tue 27 May 14

    Strasbourg Saint wrote…


    Joel'sGrandad wrote…


    Hi, Brighton fan here.
    Believe it or not I feel for you. Just when you think something special is happening at your club, this sort of thing comes along to spoil it. Loyal servants like Ted Bates and Matt Le Tissier are non existent these days but is this a subsequence of the hire em and fire em mentality of most owners that prevails today. Loyalty is in short supply I'm afraid.
    Does MoPo realise what sort of Chairman Daniel Levy is?
    I wish you good luck because a strong Saints is good for South Coast soccer.
    Nice. As a Saints fan (and with BHA friends) I was hoping you'd get promoted but it wasn't to be - maybe next year.

    We had some good banter with many of the Seagull fans on the Argus/Echo during our 2 years in the same league (there were idiots on both sides as well, of course) and when you do reach the Prem, I'm sure the good banter will be resumed.

    Hope your search for a new manager is going well.

    Thanks, Strasbourg Saint.
    I get cheesed off by the mindless banter sometimes, so it's good to have civilised dialogue with fellow football fans.

    Score: 3
    Alicesdad 11:12am Tue 27 May 14

    UPDATE: 11.12 no news......

    Score: 1
    NC Fan4Life 11:18am Tue 27 May 14

    Unless there are other reasons we are unaware of, then assuming the contract extension was a good one and that the intention is to keep our current squad plus good money to improve it, then Mauricio will be a fool to go. But that is his decision, we don't want a manager who is not committed.

    So new this is the first BIG test for Katharina and the new Board especially Ralph & Les. They must have been aware of the probability of this situation for some time or least since the moment the season ended. MoPo must have asked for and they obviously gave permission, for Spurs to speak to him. He obviously isn't going to sign the contract offered.
    Therefore they must have a replacement lined up, if they hav'nt then there must be questions as to their competence to run the club.
    Presumably MoPo's 3 assistants will also go with him, which begs the question why Jason Dodd & Paul Williams were sacked.

    Allowing MoPo to go will not be a disaster proving they APPOINT a successful top manager asap and KEEP our young squad together. However the new manager will need to be seen as an improvement for some of the players to decide to stay.

    This will show us whether Katharina, Ralph & Les are intending to take the club forward or just accept a middle table at best. It would be such a wasted opportunity for what might have been in Saints history.
    I am starting to fear that this is the case but hope that they will surprise us.
    All will be revealed this week !!!

    What happened to the new 'openness and closer communication' that Ralph promised us ?

    Score: 3
    Gareth0312 11:18am Tue 27 May 14

    I really dont understand what leaving for spurs gains poch? granted they have european football but here at Saints he is respected and looked up to by all the players, hence how he has managed to establish such a promising philosophy with our current squad. If he leaves for spurs then he will be walking into a dressing room full of egos that he has not had to deal with at Saints. in my opinion he would struggle to get the players to listen to him and respect him the same way they do here.

    I say give poch the budget that he needs to pish this club onto the next level and see how good he really is. Thats all he is looking for .... a club to match his level of ambition.... and although spurs might not be the end goal they will pump him with the funds he needs.

    Score: 2
    miltonarcher 11:19am Tue 27 May 14

    Interesting graph. Hoddle has the best record, didn't stop the brain deads flashing their red cards from the Northam Stand. And we all know what happened after that!!!

    Score: 2
    Littleton-Saint 11:20am Tue 27 May 14

    noodlesnewman wrote…


    jerseysaint wrote…


    i'm afraid Poch this year may have struggled anyway.
    we were getting found out towards the end of the season.
    and i don't think he had a plan b in some games.
    The pressing game is great but teams like Chelsea found ways to beat it.
    There was talk of Eddie Howe on talksport today whilst he may not attract top name players he may get us playing good exciting football.
    I agree mate ! and as for our cup exploits , well ....

    Eddie Howe would be a terrible mistake -
    we deserve a big name manager like Benitez.

    Score: 1
    Norwegian Saint 11:24am Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    The "Live Feed" element to this story shows the Echo thinks that news is imminent. Literally any minute now ... Given that they don't usually tell us news until its been everywhere else first, I take that as a bad sign. OK... I'm keeping the faith as always ... but Im surprised that with the "big" set up of the new board, and a club that has "big future" written all over it we seem to be being set up as victims of the biggest pillage and plunder since the vikings arrived. Maybe we will respond like a "big" club and replace any losses with equally big acqisitions ... we must remain positive. Actions speak louder than words. If MoPo goes then we must keep our heads up and rely on the new leadership to show their mettle. They deserve that chance, they will be in the spotlight now and their actions will dictate the future of the club. OK .. show us what you can do.

    I see your quote on my fellow Vikings... but King Ælfred kept them away from St Marys :-)

    Score: 0
    [deleted] 11:24am Tue 27 May 14
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    Score: 0
    Mush On The Beach 11:24am Tue 27 May 14

    It’s going to be a tough gig choosing the next manager. Do we go the more mature and experienced route like Moyes who as was said above will have a point to prove after his last job?
    I would prefer a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly and the potential to bring fresh energetic ideas like Mauricio has though it’s always a bigger gamble.
    Hopefully we remain with the Southampton Way as our template and style of play and the new incumbent is signed up to this philosophy as a pre-requisite to getting the job.
    Murat Yakin, Uwe Rosler and Paul Clement are possible left-field choices, time will tell.

    Score: 3
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 11:29am Tue 27 May 14

    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    It’s going to be a tough gig choosing the next manager. Do we go the more mature and experienced route like Moyes who as was said above will have a point to prove after his last job?
    I would prefer a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly and the potential to bring fresh energetic ideas like Mauricio has though it’s always a bigger gamble.
    Hopefully we remain with the Southampton Way as our template and style of play and the new incumbent is signed up to this philosophy as a pre-requisite to getting the job.
    Murat Yakin, Uwe Rosler and Paul Clement are possible left-field choices, time will tell.

    You want a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly? Why, we had one but decided to let him go through not supporting him or honouring the promises made when he was first appointed.

    Score: -4
    damoose 6:11pm Tue 27 May 14

    We should bring back ` Lucky Nige` to finish what he started..Pooch only put Nige`s players in different positions,they were still all Nigels players except for Osvaldo.let`s not forget Adkins was on the verge of turning things around before he was sacked..if not then we go for the Great Bisela himself,and get the master instead of one of his mercenary pupil`s

    Score: -1
    JohnItaly 11:34am Tue 27 May 14

    Gareth0312 wrote…


    I really dont understand what leaving for spurs gains poch? granted they have european football but here at Saints he is respected and looked up to by all the players, hence how he has managed to establish such a promising philosophy with our current squad. If he leaves for spurs then he will be walking into a dressing room full of egos that he has not had to deal with at Saints. in my opinion he would struggle to get the players to listen to him and respect him the same way they do here.

    I say give poch the budget that he needs to pish this club onto the next level and see how good he really is. Thats all he is looking for .... a club to match his level of ambition.... and although spurs might not be the end goal they will pump him with the funds he needs.

    If this deal was to fall through at the last moment then MoPo will have a huge task to to regain the respect he has built up with the fans and the players. Clearly he is not committed to the Saints. it is probably best all round for the deal to be finalised quickly so the Club can move on find a replacement quickly and settle issues over players moving out and in so next season's plans can be finalised and then implemented.

    Score: 3
    TGodSFC 12:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    I’m sorry to say it but I just spoke to someone in the know that said Luke is a done deal pretty much and almost certain Adz is gone too, just need to keep the rest together please board !!! Listen to the fans not the pounds !!

    Score: -7
    Mush On The Beach 11:39am Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    It’s going to be a tough gig choosing the next manager. Do we go the more mature and experienced route like Moyes who as was said above will have a point to prove after his last job?
    I would prefer a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly and the potential to bring fresh energetic ideas like Mauricio has though it’s always a bigger gamble.
    Hopefully we remain with the Southampton Way as our template and style of play and the new incumbent is signed up to this philosophy as a pre-requisite to getting the job.
    Murat Yakin, Uwe Rosler and Paul Clement are possible left-field choices, time will tell.
    You want a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly? Why, we had one but decided to let him go through not supporting him or honouring the promises made when he was first appointed.

    I don’t like it any more than you do but I guarantee you this is a job that will be oversubscribed with applicants young and old when it comes to the market.

    Score: 7
    SaintJD 3:30pm Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    13.38 Benali speaks. Be upstanding.
    (Gordon Watson is on holiday).

    Good point, maybe that's the reason for the lack of comment from the club of Poch - they are both waiting to hear what Flash has to say before they commit. That explains everything.

    Score: 2
    Shirley Mutant 12:07pm Tue 27 May 14

    I don't know why anyone would manage a club like Spurs. If MoPo was Jesus H Christ the Spurs fans will complain that it should have taken two days not three!

    Score: 2
    saintmicky 3:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    He has signed a three year deal according to football direct news

    Score: 0
    Saint. 12:14pm Tue 27 May 14

    So far the board have been all talk and very little action!

    If MP has gone/will go through lack of ambition, then God help us!

    If MP has gone/will go simply for the money, then his words at the time he took over from NA was BS! And the board should show him up as money grabbing. As no one can tell me with what he had/has with Saints is not a far better project at the crossroads to something great here than with spuds!

    So the future could be better if this New Board act quickly and really show their fans nothing has changed as they claimed and get a top class manager in who can continue the high pressing game like De Boer!

    I do worry a lot about Les and his handling of this, the fans and potential signings!!

    Score: 4
    NewForestStu 12:24pm Tue 27 May 14

    miltonarcher wrote…


    Interesting graph. Hoddle has the best record, didn't stop the brain deads flashing their red cards from the Northam Stand. And we all know what happened after that!!!

    I'll have you know i am in the Northam and i said that when Strachan left Hod should have been brought back in. For a bunch of nobody's we played better footy under him than wee Gord.

    For all the people spouting Moyes or Wally with the Brolly, get real....both do not suit. Moyes doesnt even like bringing the youth through...be a disaster. I would happily have Hod in now.

    Score: -1
    killared 12:26pm Tue 27 May 14

    TGodSFC wrote…


    I’m sorry to say it but I just spoke to someone in the know that said Luke is a done deal pretty much and almost certain Adz is gone too, just need to keep the rest together please board !!! Listen to the fans not the pounds !!

    Who is your source Daily mail, Post man Pat ?

    Score: 4
    Keith Olbermann 12:28pm Tue 27 May 14

    So it looks like he's going. I don't like it, I'd love it if he stayed... but what can we do?!

    What makes me feel sick to the stomach isn't that he's going so much, but it's what it says about our board and their lack of ambition.

    I think Krueger, who is used to franchise sports with 'the draft', no relegation or promotion and wage-caps is clueless about the nuances of football and the importance of maintaining stability.

    Les Reed just seems out of his depth... Yes, he was technical director for the FA but he was only there for 2 years before he was sacked! Other than that his CV makes you wonder why we, a Premier League club, employed him at all... he's a nobody with no notable achievements to his name! On top of that, reading what Steven Gerrard wrote about him in his autobiography makes you wonder if his apparent uncaring stubbornness has influenced any important contract negotiations?

    I think at the very BEST we can look forward to being another Newcastle - aiming for 10th place mediocrity.

    ffs!

    Score: -1
    Confucious 2:22pm Tue 27 May 14

    I've asked Mrs Wilson to run up to the Public Relations office and check that they are not all dead.

    Score: 4
    TGodSFC 12:29pm Tue 27 May 14

    killared wrote…


    TGodSFC wrote…


    I’m sorry to say it but I just spoke to someone in the know that said Luke is a done deal pretty much and almost certain Adz is gone too, just need to keep the rest together please board !!! Listen to the fans not the pounds !!
    Who is your source Daily mail, Post man Pat ?

    I really can’t say sadly, but he is linked to one of our players. He’s a friend and asked me not to post about it but I wanted to share what I know.

    Score: -8
    Alicesdad 12:36pm Tue 27 May 14

    12.35 ... no news..... this "live news and reaction" idea is dynamite

    Score: -3
    scorpioeyes 12:38pm Tue 27 May 14

    If NC was stillo herem, we wouldnt be in this mess. Thanks a lot,Katarina!

    Score: -10
    andy newbury 7:07pm Tue 27 May 14

    we should now put on hold ANY transfers or buying of any players no matter whom until the appointment of our new manager, just put a hold on everything regarding these matters to give the new manager a chance to have some input on the matter. If clubs want our players they should have to wait until the new management is in place.order should be, 1=new management,2=sort out any if any transfers from or to the club.3=every thing done with the development of the club being paramount .contracts seem to mean nothing so just stand fast and get the right person to manage saints fc BEFORE any!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! other developments, a simple and plain common sense strategy (to me).MP has given us some good times at st mary,s so thank you to him for that.So enough doom and gloom ,lets get behind our new manager whoever and look forward to another interesting season with the saints. Please no one in or out until a new manager is in place. you no it makes sense

    Score: 4
    Zootopian 12:48pm Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    12.35 ... no news..... this "live news and reaction" idea is dynamite

    Yet here you're constantly clicking on it and commenting on it, suggesting the Echo know exactly what they are doing and mugs like you aren't as clever as you think.

    Some of us actually think this is useful and a good place to come and read about Saints and chat with other fans.

    If you don't like it, stop being a hypocrite and go and use another website.

    Score: 4
    Whitton 8:52pm Tue 27 May 14

    I am absolutely astounded he did this, I did not believe that greed would overpower loyalty to Poch. He seemed like a good guy, and he had the right mindset for the club in my opinion. But if he insists to pay to leave and join a club, it is his own loss, and a huge mistake in his career. I don't want to not wish him well, but his decision just completely bewoggles me.

    Score: 4
    DisplacedFan 12:59pm Tue 27 May 14

    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    It’s going to be a tough gig choosing the next manager. Do we go the more mature and experienced route like Moyes who as was said above will have a point to prove after his last job?
    I would prefer a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly and the potential to bring fresh energetic ideas like Mauricio has though it’s always a bigger gamble.
    Hopefully we remain with the Southampton Way as our template and style of play and the new incumbent is signed up to this philosophy as a pre-requisite to getting the job.
    Murat Yakin, Uwe Rosler and Paul Clement are possible left-field choices, time will tell.
    You want a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly? Why, we had one but decided to let him go through not supporting him or honouring the promises made when he was first appointed.
    I don’t like it any more than you do but I guarantee you this is a job that will be oversubscribed with applicants young and old when it comes to the market.

    True, but as Fergie was hard to replace and replicate, the same may be true here. Money talks - both ways.

    Score: -1
    ventnorsaint 1:05pm Tue 27 May 14

    * The writing was on the wall when PM allowed Saints to be so easily knocked out of the FA Cup, he had lost all interest and wanted to go to Spurs by then!

    Score: 0
    St.Yorkie 1:06pm Tue 27 May 14

    Must admit Luke's activity on Twitter significantly reduced. Keeping a low profile seems to be in order!
    I think both will go - Lallana saying his position to be resolved before or after the WC says a lot when he has a long contract in place already!
    No matter how much I want the squad to stay together I guess the draw of European football, big wage packets and regular slots on SKY with a BIG team will do wonders for their international aspirations!
    Taggert seems to be developing nicely, and Lallana can be replaced!
    All is not lost just yet - but a long way from the top 4 finish we could have pushed for with a couple of signings.
    No one to blame except the mass hysteria generated by the media and the greed of the agents!

    Score: 0
    milton road 1:07pm Tue 27 May 14

    it would seem on comments from Spurs fans elsewhere they do not want him, his win ratio in league and cup is 30%. Which is not particulary good when Sherwood and ABV were up in the fifties.
    Does Poch really think he will get the same enthusiasm form the Spurs squad that he has had from Saints? Does he think the Spurs fans will warm to him like our fans did? Does Levy really think Spurs squad will post the wins needed for champions league under Poch?
    I would go for Moyes becasue he knows what is to build sides on a small budget and he does it well. His win rate is far better than Poch's, he is a tired and tested manager who worked wonders to keep Everton in the top half for most of his stay. He has long premeir league experience. he is also a manager with a point to prove so he will be up for it.
    Poch's system was found out by the top 7 sides with 2W and 8D. No I don't want him to go and i am gutted, hje plays great possessioon football and he is a good manager but I am not sure his system will get anyone to the CL it leaves the back too exposed to the break.

    Score: 2
    Alan Reynard 1:09pm Tue 27 May 14

    Well the character of the manager is well and truly established! what we see is no more than an attempt to frighten the new owner and managers into improving on a contract that he freely signed, frankly tell him to go to hell and stay with the contract, even if it means demeaning him, by removing some of his responsibilities. Give in now and your on a roller coaster of constant demand, and if he moves he will do the same to Tottenham, and they will get that which they would have deserved!

    Score: 1
    FindAndDestroy 1:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    Spurs maybe bigger than us, but they ain't that Big as far as the PL is concerned.....

    Before Harry Rednapp took over as a manager , they were never considered a top four team, they tasted Champions league football coz of him, but still sacked him anyway..

    MoPo still very young if he gives us another amazing season, much bigger club might want him.......

    Here he is loved by Fans and players....

    The truth is you cant really tell where the issue lies, whether it is the board or MoPo....

    But If MoPo is given a decent contract and the means to fight for the Top four finish, why would he go to Spurs for something he can do here?

    They both own us a statement.....

    Score: 2
    bullsbags 1:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    NewForestStu wrote…


    miltonarcher wrote…


    Interesting graph. Hoddle has the best record, didn't stop the brain deads flashing their red cards from the Northam Stand. And we all know what happened after that!!!
    I'll have you know i am in the Northam and i said that when Strachan left Hod should have been brought back in. For a bunch of nobody's we played better footy under him than wee Gord.

    For all the people spouting Moyes or Wally with the Brolly, get real....both do not suit. Moyes doesnt even like bringing the youth through...be a disaster. I would happily have Hod in now.

    Me too

    Score: 0
    Nick Obee 6:38pm Tue 27 May 14

    To be perfectly honest MP did pretty well in terms of his record with us. That said I am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer - most of which have proved to be less than great buys shall we say. I'd have preferred for him to stay, and for us to continue to build under a "new project", but I'm more concerned about the potential loss of players than him. We can appoint someone to continue our progress, but the retention of our star players is the key. I will not be at all surprised if he doesn't hit the ground running at Spurs and gets early marching orders with their record of managers over the last few years.

    Score: 6
    SaintJD 1:12pm Tue 27 May 14

    Can't really understand Laudrup being a favourite with the fans - clearly didn't command the respect of the Swansea players and was constantly at logger heads with his board. He also dismantled Martinez's slick passing style to a large extent. FA Cup win, yes, but wasn't convinced otherwise. Not sure today's players and Dutch managers go particularly well together - too many egos and quick tempers, as Man Utd might be about to find out.

    Score: 0
    SaintJD 1:13pm Tue 27 May 14

    Although he's not Dutch clearly, so please completely ignore my last post :)

    Score: 0
    Strasbourg Saint 1:14pm Tue 27 May 14

    Zootopian wrote…


    Alicesdad wrote…


    12.35 ... no news..... this "live news and reaction" idea is dynamite
    Yet here you're constantly clicking on it and commenting on it, suggesting the Echo know exactly what they are doing and mugs like you aren't as clever as you think.

    Some of us actually think this is useful and a good place to come and read about Saints and chat with other fans.

    If you don't like it, stop being a hypocrite and go and use another website.

    Alciesdad isn't trying to be clever and certainly isn't a mug, he has a sense of humour, that's all. He likes it on here as much as you and I and, like others of us, just doesn't take these threads as though they're a matter of life and death. Something will happen, players and staff will come and go and the club will keep going. In the meantime, just lighten up a bit.

    Score: 5
    Rising_Son 1:16pm Tue 27 May 14

    SaintJD wrote…


    Can't really understand Laudrup being a favourite with the fans - clearly didn't command the respect of the Swansea players and was constantly at logger heads with his board. He also dismantled Martinez's slick passing style to a large extent. FA Cup win, yes, but wasn't convinced otherwise. Not sure today's players and Dutch managers go particularly well together - too many egos and quick tempers, as Man Utd might be about to find out.

    He's Danish.

    Score: 2
    saintmicky 1:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    Sad if it happens! I don't know how realistic the chances of Yakin are, but it could even be a step up, seeing his name on the list of possible replacements has been the first brightness in a week of gloom.

    Score: 3
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 1:46pm Tue 27 May 14

    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Mush On The Beach wrote…


    It’s going to be a tough gig choosing the next manager. Do we go the more mature and experienced route like Moyes who as was said above will have a point to prove after his last job?
    I would prefer a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly and the potential to bring fresh energetic ideas like Mauricio has though it’s always a bigger gamble.
    Hopefully we remain with the Southampton Way as our template and style of play and the new incumbent is signed up to this philosophy as a pre-requisite to getting the job.
    Murat Yakin, Uwe Rosler and Paul Clement are possible left-field choices, time will tell.
    You want a young up and coming talent with fire in his belly? Why, we had one but decided to let him go through not supporting him or honouring the promises made when he was first appointed.
    I don’t like it any more than you do but I guarantee you this is a job that will be oversubscribed with applicants young and old when it comes to the market.

    I know it will. But you only want to replace with equal or better than you have - if you have ambition - and his style of play, getting the best from the players and motivating the squad will not be easy to match or better. Do we take a tired has been who's been around the block or do we take a young upcoming manager who a) fails b) succeeds and gets poached? Sorry for negativity but it's how I feel.

    Score: 1
    long memory 1:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    ventnorsaint wrote…


    * The writing was on the wall when PM allowed Saints to be so easily knocked out of the FA Cup, he had lost all interest and wanted to go to Spurs by then!

    Think you are onto something.He probably knew he was going,how could he possibly have lead Saints out at Wembley knowing he was leaving us shortly afterwards.

    Score: 0
    Rising_Son 1:18pm Tue 27 May 14

    JD, didn't see your correction. Apologies.

    Score: 1
    [deleted] 6:34pm Tue 27 May 14
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    Score: 1
    Strasbourg Saint 1:26pm Tue 27 May 14

    TGodSFC wrote…


    killared wrote…


    TGodSFC wrote…


    I’m sorry to say it but I just spoke to someone in the know that said Luke is a done deal pretty much and almost certain Adz is gone too, just need to keep the rest together please board !!! Listen to the fans not the pounds !!
    Who is your source Daily mail, Post man Pat ?
    I really can’t say sadly, but he is linked to one of our players. He’s a friend and asked me not to post about it but I wanted to share what I know.

    I'm in something of a similar position to you TGodSFC. I have a third-hand story 'confirming' the Luke-to-MU rumour.

    Bizzarely, one thing that could scupper it would be a change of manager. It depends on what the Board are thinking, of course - and none of us really knows that - but any potential new manager might insist that no transfers (in or out) are agreed until 'he' arrives and has had time to assess his squad.

    One thing is sure, if ITV had wanted to make a reality TV programme about an English football team, they could have done a lot worse these past 10 years than base it at the ever-eventful SMS. What a soap opera since our day out in Cardiff back in 2003!

    Score: 1
    Abbey Saint 1:28pm Tue 27 May 14

    Can you hear that rumbling - that's Ted and Marcus turning in their graves

    Score: 3
    deepheat 1:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    Mauricio Pochettino inherited a team put together by other managers and the very best of our academy players. I don't think MP will ever get the opportunity again to manage a talented team like Saints had this season and I can't imagine another Saints manager paying £15million for Osvaldo and showing no interest for winning the FA cup because they didn't want to be in the Europa League.. We are better to get things sorted out now rather than wait for players to leave us high and dry come the January transfer window which is what would have happened if MP had stayed and Saints were struggling. OK so we may not finish in the top half if we lose our star players but if we get a well respected manager and invest in new players (doesn't have to be British) we can still have a good season and build for the long term unlike Spuds who will have to do this all again when MoPo moves on to another project after 1 season..

    What about Paul Clement he is available.
    An English football coach currently working at Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, assisting head coach Carlo Ancelotti. Clement has also previously worked for Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Score: 2
    rednwhite72 1:37pm Tue 27 May 14

    Ok so lets look at the facts?
    sh*t there isn't any, oh well que sara sara!
    up the saints!

    Score: 5
    TGodSFC 1:41pm Tue 27 May 14

    Strasbourg Saint wrote…


    TGodSFC wrote…


    killared wrote…


    TGodSFC wrote…


    I’m sorry to say it but I just spoke to someone in the know that said Luke is a done deal pretty much and almost certain Adz is gone too, just need to keep the rest together please board !!! Listen to the fans not the pounds !!
    Who is your source Daily mail, Post man Pat ?
    I really can’t say sadly, but he is linked to one of our players. He’s a friend and asked me not to post about it but I wanted to share what I know.
    I'm in something of a similar position to you TGodSFC. I have a third-hand story 'confirming' the Luke-to-MU rumour.

    Bizzarely, one thing that could scupper it would be a change of manager. It depends on what the Board are thinking, of course - and none of us really knows that - but any potential new manager might insist that no transfers (in or out) are agreed until 'he' arrives and has had time to assess his squad.

    One thing is sure, if ITV had wanted to make a reality TV programme about an English football team, they could have done a lot worse these past 10 years than base it at the ever-eventful SMS. What a soap opera since our day out in Cardiff back in 2003!

    I wouldn’t change it for the world though, runs through my blood.
    I honestly hope we get a top manager and increase are revenue to enable a big wage bill for next season to avoid this in the future, but I’m worried this is just the start of a nightmare summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a run of the mill manager and turn into saints of old. So much for that statement Les Reed made “We do not need to sale and no player is for sale” He’s clueless and a pushover seems to me.

    Score: 0
    Positively4thStreet 1:45pm Tue 27 May 14

    rednwhite72 wrote…


    Ok so lets look at the facts?
    sh*t there isn't any, oh well que sara sara!
    up the saints!

    And what's most mysterious, is the complete lack of any statement from the club.
    The speculation has been going on far too long now,for them to be relying on Reeds statement,or Krueger's inaugural address anymore,the whole dynamic has changed since then,and they owe it to everyone to say something else,and very quickly!

    Score: 1
    Alicesdad 1:48pm Tue 27 May 14

    Strasbourg Saint wrote…


    Zootopian wrote…


    Alicesdad wrote…


    12.35 ... no news..... this "live news and reaction" idea is dynamite
    Yet here you're constantly clicking on it and commenting on it, suggesting the Echo know exactly what they are doing and mugs like you aren't as clever as you think.

    Some of us actually think this is useful and a good place to come and read about Saints and chat with other fans.

    If you don't like it, stop being a hypocrite and go and use another website.
    Alciesdad isn't trying to be clever and certainly isn't a mug, he has a sense of humour, that's all. He likes it on here as much as you and I and, like others of us, just doesn't take these threads as though they're a matter of life and death. Something will happen, players and staff will come and go and the club will keep going. In the meantime, just lighten up a bit.

    Absolutely and thank you.

    Every little snipe I get on here reflects on people who havent seen these threads over the last few years. It is quite fun to see such puffed up indignation sometimes when there are far better things to criticise. .. and would you believe it.. sometimes I put stuff here just to get a reaction, like shooting fish in a barrel and the last week has been like watching chimps looking behind a mirror.

    Oh well...... anyway ... No riots yet, I still don't know what's going on. What's happening? .. and I can also confirm that no official approach has been made for Alcescat.

    13.46 .. no news ..... Latest news.. there is no news.....

    Score: 0
    Alicesdad 1:51pm Tue 27 May 14

    13.38 Benali speaks. Be upstanding.
    (Gordon Watson is on holiday).

    Score: 5
    Electrostar 2:06pm Tue 27 May 14

    Murat Yakin is my vote - please add to the poll


    A big No to McLaren, Lennon, McKay, Sherwood, Moyes, Pulis, Clarke, Paul Lambert, Petrescu, Howe, Curbishley, Pardew, Shearer, G Neville, Bruce, Mark Hughes, Redknapp, Martin O'Neill,

    Score: 4
    Fatty x Ford Worker 3:19pm Tue 27 May 14

    Who is the Cuff Boys then it will cost a lot of dosh to bring you up to Saints Level !

    Score: 1
    westfordUSAsaints 2:50pm Tue 27 May 14

    If this is indeed true, then the board MUST have given permission to Spuds to speak to him. He's under contract. What am I missing?

    Maybe, they are hoping he will see that the grass isn't greener and he will decide to stay and sign his new contract.

    Score: 2
    SaintJD 2:22pm Tue 27 May 14

    Abbey Saint wrote…


    Can you hear that rumbling - that's Ted and Marcus turning in their graves

    Why? I do wonder if one season of success has turned us all into Spurs fans with ridiculously unrealistic expectations and nothing to back it up with.

    Regardless of what happens, the owner of this club is in no small part responsible for saving our club from extinction, bankrolling the expenditure over the past two Premier League seasons that has allowed us to not only stay up in our first season but breeze through the so called 'consolidation' season.

    Can't believe that, even before the news is confirmed, several people are so quick to turn when the very same people would be treating the board like Gods if Mo Po stayed. And let's face it, the board do not have 100% full control over one man's decision.

    I can see why they might turn in their graves at the spoilt nature of some of the fan comments on here, because both would have had to work long and hard for everything they achieved and wouldn't have taken anything for granted.

    Thanks to people like them, and KL, we have a club to support in the first place and, no matter what happens this week, we are Premier League with a continued pipeline of great young players coming through who will now get their chance.

    Markus would hardly be happy that fans were so quick to turn on his daughter either. Not a great way to repay the guy for all the success he's given us.

    Score: 17
    BracknellSaint 2:23pm Tue 27 May 14

    So, how exactly can the club just continue to sit there in silence?
    It's like a bust up with a girlfriend-and if one of you can't stand up,and speak out to try and save it, then it means it's over, as you clearly don't care enough to try and make it work. So, why isn't the board fighting the Cortese/Daily Mail/ Spurs media campaign hammer and tongs ? Why not shout out loud that we refuse to accept? Or are they being Pu$$ies and allowing themselves to be run over??

    Score: 4
    Confucious 2:25pm Tue 27 May 14

    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."

    Score: 1
    Fatty x Ford Worker 3:24pm Tue 27 May 14

    When is Ralph bringing Ice Hockey back to Southampton as I am fed up reading the Media!

    Score: 0
    Shrewdsaint 2:33pm Tue 27 May 14

    Latest betting puts Mackay, Yakin, Laudrop and then Benitez ahead of Maclaren. Not sure about Mackay but one of the other three would be okay.

    Score: 1
    George4th 2:51pm Tue 27 May 14

    This would not be happening had Cortese stayed - someone made a bad call.........

    And, hypothetically, if Cortese was still there, he would have had a first rate replacement lined up already!

    (Spurs will benefit enormously - they have the players and just need a couple of central defenders)

    Score: 5
    TGodSFC 4:20pm Tue 27 May 14

    warrenelarge wrote…


    There are some thoroughly depressing names on this list. Neil Lennon 6-1, Malky Mackay 7-1, Roberto Di Matteo 7-1, Tim Sherwood 7-1, Alan Pardew 7-1...Seriously these are all terrifying!
    Now is the time for the board to be ambitious and act very quickly because the majority of the players have already said that the first thing the board needed to do was get the manager to commit to the next project, which they have failed to do.
    I would love to see them appoint Murat Yakin as the next manager. His Basel side were very easy on the eye and even knocked Spurs out of the Europa League and beat Chelsea home and away in the Champions League. He might even convince Shaqiri, Stocker and Frei to turn up next season.
    Les Reed, please make this happen!

    I agree, YAKIN IN !!!
    It's very possible, knowing our luck though we'll get him and he'll do really well then Spurs will come in next season and steal him after they sack MoPo for finishing behind Chelsea,City,Liverpo
    ol,Arsenal,Manure.

    Score: 3
    Clever Dick 5:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    Well he was the leading contender as the board are fully aware that he deals with sh-t week in and week out . I have some inside information though from Mrs Wilson's niece four times removed who got the info from her boyfriend's mates mate who overheard it in the chip shop, that the decontamination costs to remove the Nottarf stench were just astronomical. Fact.

    Score: 0
    Positively4thStreet 2:56pm Tue 27 May 14

    westfordUSAsaints wrote…


    If this is indeed true, then the board MUST have given permission to Spuds to speak to him. He's under contract. What am I missing?

    Maybe, they are hoping he will see that the grass isn't greener and he will decide to stay and sign his new contract.

    Not sure you're missing anything Westford, either it is media speculation still,or the board's policy of "openness", has gone out the window.

    Score: 2
    F Fan 3:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    Rising_Son wrote…


    SaintJD wrote…


    Can't really understand Laudrup being a favourite with the fans - clearly didn't command the respect of the Swansea players and was constantly at logger heads with his board. He also dismantled Martinez's slick passing style to a large extent. FA Cup win, yes, but wasn't convinced otherwise. Not sure today's players and Dutch managers go particularly well together - too many egos and quick tempers, as Man Utd might be about to find out.
    He's Danish.

    Seems Laudrup got the sack from Swansea because he was increasingly absent - spending too much time with his family who live in Paris. Eventually there was a player revolt over his no shows at training. Am also advised that this is a pattern – short term success followed by moving on.

    Score: 3
    Jentleman 3:02pm Tue 27 May 14

    Positively4thStreet wrote…


    In your opinion only !

    Who is he anyway? Did anyone apart from Spanish speakers actually get to know the guy? Maybe Spurs will have better luck getting him to learn the local lingo. He's so obviously a fly by night, a blatant opportunist...good riddance.
    Bring in Moyes, I say.

    Score: -1
    WobblyCat 9:15pm Tue 27 May 14

    Time will tell on this one, if the new manager does not get a decent wedge to spend then I guess MP felt he had to go. If the new man does get a decent wedge then MP is as delusional as Spurs tw8t fans who still think they're something special.

    Score: 1
    Positively4thStreet 5:06pm Tue 27 May 14

    murfmeister wrote…


    he's gone

    So am I,up the Co op for some Fosters..had enough of all this.

    Score: 2
    Strasbourg Saint 5:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    SaintJD wrote…


    jasons odd wrote…


    NO to moyes
    NO to sherwood
    NO to yakin ( the swiss league is bo11ox , remember christian gross ? )
    AND ABSOLUTLY NO to that ginger troll neil lennon

    we need a youngish ambitions manager who plays attractive football
    laudrup or even villas boas

    de boer ? dream on
    Neither AVB or Laudrup play better football than Moyes or Sherwood, in fact they are all pretty similar - all quite attacking, organised and direct. AVB gets results, at Everton Moyes did too, but they aren't afraid to bore or grind out results. Attractive football? More of a middle ground for both those two and that's not necessarily a bad thing, although for me the Poch style goes beyond end results. All the stats may not show it, but that possession game is priceless IMO.

    Yakin is much more of the young, ambitious manager who plays attractive football. He beat Spurs, he beat Chelsea twice, playing explansive attacking football away from home - sounds familiar.

    He could be a good option - IF the vacancy does become available. One thing to note though, he did inherit a pretty good Basel side who had already scalped Manure the previous season.

    Score: 1
    Suprawow 3:30pm Tue 27 May 14

    Based on your League Stats above he's already looking at the sack before he's even been appointed. He must be mad, 19 managers in 20 years (I gather) and one season to get them into the Champions League with a team of individuals that won't pass the ball when in front of goal.
    Pochettino isn't a yes man like Levy & Baldini want/need.
    A hiding to nothing.
    But then a nice pay-off when you fail. $ £ € $ £ €

    Score: 6
    long memory 3:33pm Tue 27 May 14

    George4th wrote…


    This would not be happening had Cortese stayed - someone made a bad call.........

    And, hypothetically, if Cortese was still there, he would have had a first rate replacement lined up already!

    (Spurs will benefit enormously - they have the players and just need a couple of central defenders)

    You are probably right ,NC was very good at spending other peoples money.

    Score: 1
    Winchester Saint 3:34pm Tue 27 May 14

    MP is reportably signed a 3 years contract with Tottenham but just a rumour so wait till whether it has been confirmed or not. Wait and see.

    If true then we could say goodbye to him and thanks for his service.

    Players will be disappointed, I guess so.

    Score: 1
    SaintJD 3:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    Confucious wrote…


    I've asked Mrs Wilson to run up to the Public Relations office and check that they are not all dead.

    I believe they are currently recruiting a 'head of supporter relations' or something like that. Get your CV in. I hear David Speedie is considering the role though, so you'll have to be quick.

    Score: 1
    Fatty x Ford Worker 3:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    A few more comments done forget they nicked Gareth B!

    Score: -1
    SaintJD 3:36pm Tue 27 May 14

    Whatever happened to that nice chap who used to harp on about Solent Interiors by the way? New user name? Apologies if I missed something.

    Score: 1
    Outside of the Box 3:37pm Tue 27 May 14

    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything

    Score: 14
    george chivers 3:49pm Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."
    I'm beginning to believe those that said the bringing forward of renewing season tickets was very cynical.

    Yep. I was one of those. Or very prudent if you knew what was likely happen.

    Score: 0
    oil_beef_hooked 3:50pm Tue 27 May 14

    It will be probable that the Saints' board will issue a statement once the future of MP is settled
    The latest is that some sort of compensation is being worked out, between us and Spurs
    The reason/s why he wanted to leave, well we can all assume at this time
    To my mind, he wanted Champions League football and that he had taken us as far as he could
    It was reported that we had offered him excellent personal terms, but ultimately could not give what he really wanted

    Score: 1
    SaintJD 4:04pm Tue 27 May 14

    long memory wrote…


    George4th wrote…


    This would not be happening had Cortese stayed - someone made a bad call.........

    And, hypothetically, if Cortese was still there, he would have had a first rate replacement lined up already!

    (Spurs will benefit enormously - they have the players and just need a couple of central defenders)
    You are probably right ,NC was very good at spending other peoples money.

    Indeed. Great guy, great achievements, but what we don't know is whether we were faced with a dilemma - gamble like Leeds and Pompey in an attempt for temporary ambition above our needs, or balance the books and aim for long term survival at the top table, taking into account the fact that we may have the odd poor season.

    Personally, I don't think you can gamble on achieving Champions League level income, unless you are bankrolled way better than we are. It isn't sustainable.

    Yes, we should have negotiated earlier, but if he wasn't open to it, nothing we could do.

    Poch will do great at Spurs sadly, because if they can finish sixth with a pretty average manager they can do far better with his attacking, positive style.

    If he does leave I thank him for a great season and a half, just a shame that he never really got emotionally attached to the club - just an individual.

    Score: 5
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 4:16pm Tue 27 May 14

    george chivers wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."
    I'm beginning to believe those that said the bringing forward of renewing season tickets was very cynical.
    Yep. I was one of those. Or very prudent if you knew what was likely happen.

    You not renewing? My tickets are done in July.

    Score: -1
    Fatty x Ford Worker 3:54pm Tue 27 May 14

    Yea who we have cleaned the dead wood out!

    Score: 0
    Barkered 5:08pm Tue 27 May 14

    I can understand everyone's disappointment. I certainly am and for many reasons. (Assuming this is all true.)
    Here are just a few:
    - I thought better of Poch. He has a degree of responsibility not to bail on a family of players that look up to him greatly.
    - The board have made statements that seem to be untrue. They have a responsibility to keep Poch by supplying enough money to suit his needs. I believe Poch wanted to build on the current success and if thry haven't given him enough then they have failed.
    - The board have made this worse by telling us that they will e open. Our expectations have not been met.
    - The board has said that they aren't looking to sell but have since gone radio silent giving cause for interest in our players, frustration from the supporters and a media frenzy making us a laughing stock.

    A lot of this frustration stems from the media's lack of restraint. Something must change. The media cannot be allowed to continue spewing false information whilst betting sites rub their greedy hands together.

    Score: 5
    Rockhopper 3:56pm Tue 27 May 14

    No chance this shambles would have been allowed to happen under Cortese.

    Score: 5
    george chivers 4:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    Alicesdad wrote…


    Strasbourg Saint wrote…


    Zootopian wrote…


    Alicesdad wrote…


    12.35 ... no news..... this "live news and reaction" idea is dynamite
    Yet here you're constantly clicking on it and commenting on it, suggesting the Echo know exactly what they are doing and mugs like you aren't as clever as you think.

    Some of us actually think this is useful and a good place to come and read about Saints and chat with other fans.

    If you don't like it, stop being a hypocrite and go and use another website.
    Alciesdad isn't trying to be clever and certainly isn't a mug, he has a sense of humour, that's all. He likes it on here as much as you and I and, like others of us, just doesn't take these threads as though they're a matter of life and death. Something will happen, players and staff will come and go and the club will keep going. In the meantime, just lighten up a bit.
    Absolutely and thank you.

    Every little snipe I get on here reflects on people who havent seen these threads over the last few years. It is quite fun to see such puffed up indignation sometimes when there are far better things to criticise. .. and would you believe it.. sometimes I put stuff here just to get a reaction, like shooting fish in a barrel and the last week has been like watching chimps looking behind a mirror.

    Oh well...... anyway ... No riots yet, I still don't know what's going on. What's happening? .. and I can also confirm that no official approach has been made for Alcescat.

    13.46 .. no news ..... Latest news.. there is no news.....

    So just sarcastic, humourous attention seeking to entertain us? Now I understand. Best ignored then. Good.

    Score: -4
    solentsunseeker 4:02pm Tue 27 May 14

    Is this the latest update??
    http://www.footballd
    irectnews.com/premie
    r-league-news/50414-
    pochettino-signs-thr
    ee-year-deal-with-sp
    urs.php

    Score: -1
    Skelly2525 6:15pm Tue 27 May 14

    Saintade wrote…


    Skelly2525 wrote…


    Once again that troll Levy has walked into Our club and hand picked who he wants - when is he going to get panned for tapping up and underhand tactics the guy is as bent as a two bob note.

    Now MP has gone we need someone in quick and we need something we haven't seen so far - the board to roll up their sleeves and play hardball - no one leave especially to spurs
    At least we can all get some satisfaction in knowing that this time next year Poch will be sacked and his reputation in tatters.

    True! All we can do is hope.

    What we can't allow is anyone to go to Spurs - the thing that concerns me is that the official statement from the board seems to point towards the fact they haven't anyone in mind already.

    Guess they were hoping he would stay - obviously they don't read fan sites

    Score: 0
    warrenelarge 4:09pm Tue 27 May 14

    There are some thoroughly depressing names on this list. Neil Lennon 6-1, Malky Mackay 7-1, Roberto Di Matteo 7-1, Tim Sherwood 7-1, Alan Pardew 7-1...Seriously these are all terrifying!
    Now is the time for the board to be ambitious and act very quickly because the majority of the players have already said that the first thing the board needed to do was get the manager to commit to the next project, which they have failed to do.
    I would love to see them appoint Murat Yakin as the next manager. His Basel side were very easy on the eye and even knocked Spurs out of the Europa League and beat Chelsea home and away in the Champions League. He might even convince Shaqiri, Stocker and Frei to turn up next season.
    Les Reed, please make this happen!

    Score: 6
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 4:13pm Tue 27 May 14

    Outside of the Box wrote…


    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything

    We will survive for sure but our hopes and ambitions might not.

    Score: 3
    jasons odd 4:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    NO to moyes
    NO to sherwood
    NO to yakin ( the swiss league is bo11ox , remember christian gross ? )
    AND ABSOLUTLY NO to that ginger troll neil lennon

    we need a youngish ambitions manager who plays attractive football
    laudrup or even villas boas

    de boer ? dream on

    Score: -4
    SteveinTotton 4:27pm Tue 27 May 14

    He's signed three year deal at Spurs then.

    Score: 2
    george chivers 4:28pm Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    george chivers wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."
    I'm beginning to believe those that said the bringing forward of renewing season tickets was very cynical.
    Yep. I was one of those. Or very prudent if you knew what was likely happen.
    You not renewing? My tickets are done in July.

    I meant prudent from the club's POV. Get the money in before the bombshell (s) are confirmed. Hence no communication from RK.

    Score: 1
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 4:31pm Tue 27 May 14

    george chivers wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    george chivers wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Confucious wrote…


    At last they seem to be trying to bring the manager and player issues to a head. The main header on the official site is: "Last week for renewals."
    I'm beginning to believe those that said the bringing forward of renewing season tickets was very cynical.
    Yep. I was one of those. Or very prudent if you knew what was likely happen.
    You not renewing? My tickets are done in July.
    I meant prudent from the club's POV. Get the money in before the bombshell (s) are confirmed. Hence no communication from RK.

    It might be prudent for one season but not sure it's worth the loss of trust in his leadership for ever.

    Score: 2
    jls217 4:49pm Tue 27 May 14

    If he's on the train - I wish him well. I have it pretty clear who I would not want to take over but finding a replacement might be a little difficult.

    There are two names mentioned in the various posts who both have the Saints connection and with a little financial backing would probably do a good job for us and be loyal to boot.
    Rosler and Pahars - Both with managerial experience, both understand flair football, both were consumate pros and wouldn't stand any antics from prima donna players and Uwe would scare anyone tishless and Marian could nutmeg anyone on the planet. We could do a lot worse and end up with Mclaren or Malky bar kid.

    Score: 1
    warrenelarge 4:37pm Tue 27 May 14

    TGodSFC wrote…


    Rafa, De Boer or Yakin !! Get it done. For Poch this will be the biggest mistake of his career. Yidds don't want him, but if he wants to go so bad, so long, Don't think he is as good as he thinks he is.

    I couldn't agree more with the first sent ace. They have to show ambition and quickly. Some of the names on that list are so depressing that you couldn't blame certain players for looking elsewhere for a new adventure. David Moyes, seriously? These three have to be at the top of the list because there arrival would tell the fans and players that we mean business. If we appoint Steve McClaren it tells everyone that we are happy with 8th and a selling club not unlike Newcastle.

    Score: 1
    jls217 4:37pm Tue 27 May 14

    Clever Dick wrote…


    Breaking news!
    Andy Awful applies for the vacancy at Saints stating that it would be a huge step up for him.
    Saints reply. " Thank you for your application to be a toilet attendant at St. Marys. Unfortunately we don't consider you qualified enough"

    There's not many around who has spent as long as him in a toilet or been surrounded by as many a***wipes. A career made from playing with tish. So I think he has to be a leading contender.

    Score: 0
    SaintJD 4:41pm Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Outside of the Box wrote…


    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything
    We will survive for sure but our hopes and ambitions might not.

    If those hopes and ambitions are unrealistic is that a bad thing?

    Let's face it, it was rhetoric from Cortese and Poch that started people thinking top three - I can't remember the people in control of the money, including Markus, ever suggesting we could bankroll ourselves to compete for Champions League football.

    Aiming for the top with young players and a sensible budget, yes, but we can't compete with them on financial outlay and we can't guarantee to keep ambitious players when massive clubs come in for them.

    From what's been rumoured, the club offered MP all the money from the sale of Adam and Luke. If that's the case, it suggests that we have no choice but to sell them, meaning they are insistent that they want to leave, regardless of whether we kept Poch or not.

    While we can all say 'Cortese wouldn't have allowed this' blah, blah, blah, Nicola has to take part of the blame for an exodus, because if you want loyalty you have to show loyalty, you can't just discard people one minute and expect people to blindly follow you the next. If you install that kind of culture and then walk out on the project yourself it isn't ideal.

    If you want hope - I give your Rickie Lambert. He's a guy who frankly has been through everything, was probably close to being jettisoned by the manager himself in January but just gets on enjoying the blessing of playing football. I honestly think he gets up every morning being thankful for what he's got, which is not half bad.

    Us fans could do with counting our blessings as well.

    Score: 6
    SaintJD 4:43pm Tue 27 May 14

    SteveinTotton wrote…


    He's signed three year deal at Spurs then.

    That's been misquoted. It's actually a three month deal with a break clause.

    Score: 1
    warrenelarge 4:55pm Tue 27 May 14

    jasons odd wrote…


    NO to moyes
    NO to sherwood
    NO to yakin ( the swiss league is bo11ox , remember christian gross ? )
    AND ABSOLUTLY NO to that ginger troll neil lennon

    we need a youngish ambitions manager who plays attractive football
    laudrup or even villas boas

    de boer ? dream on

    I agree with your opinion on Moyes & Sherwood but I would be more open minded about Yakin. I agree that the Swiss League isn't great but look what he did in Europe. They beat Chelsea home and away this season in the Champions League as well beating Tottenham in the Europa League two season ago and playing great, attacking football.

    Score: 3
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant 4:59pm Tue 27 May 14

    SaintJD wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Outside of the Box wrote…


    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything
    We will survive for sure but our hopes and ambitions might not.
    If those hopes and ambitions are unrealistic is that a bad thing?

    Let's face it, it was rhetoric from Cortese and Poch that started people thinking top three - I can't remember the people in control of the money, including Markus, ever suggesting we could bankroll ourselves to compete for Champions League football.

    Aiming for the top with young players and a sensible budget, yes, but we can't compete with them on financial outlay and we can't guarantee to keep ambitious players when massive clubs come in for them.

    From what's been rumoured, the club offered MP all the money from the sale of Adam and Luke. If that's the case, it suggests that we have no choice but to sell them, meaning they are insistent that they want to leave, regardless of whether we kept Poch or not.

    While we can all say 'Cortese wouldn't have allowed this' blah, blah, blah, Nicola has to take part of the blame for an exodus, because if you want loyalty you have to show loyalty, you can't just discard people one minute and expect people to blindly follow you the next. If you install that kind of culture and then walk out on the project yourself it isn't ideal.

    If you want hope - I give your Rickie Lambert. He's a guy who frankly has been through everything, was probably close to being jettisoned by the manager himself in January but just gets on enjoying the blessing of playing football. I honestly think he gets up every morning being thankful for what he's got, which is not half bad.

    Us fans could do with counting our blessings as well.

    The thing is yes we needed to spend money to compete but given the huge amount of free/cheap talent we had already assembled I cannot envisage a time when we, or indeed anyone else, would need to spend so relatively little to compete at the top level. As I've said before Jesus told me that they wanted to stay and that Poch was pushing the board to keep Adam and Luke by offering the appropriate wages, the academy may save us transfer fees but we need to match wages. It looks like the board didn't come up with the goods.

    Cortese was a total git but he worked wonders here and we will never know if he would have been able to achieve his aims and ambitions. When asked recently if he was going to do it again he said 'there isn't another Southampton about'. I presume he meant with the infrastructure and academy talent that was in situ when he and Markus acquired the club. We were all delighted when Kat said she wasn't selling up but with hindsight I wish she had. Cortese increased the value of her investment massively but it was arguable as to whether that could be increased further without investment and the risk that goes with that. She could have walked away with a big profit and no damage to her family name. By staying but not investing a breakup of the squad was inevitable and I don't see what that will achieve for her or us. As in all business standing still is never an option.

    Rickie is amazing, as was Matt but you need more than that to win stuff.

    Score: 0
    murfmeister 5:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    he's gone

    Score: 0
    Sainty saint saint 5:01pm Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Outside of the Box wrote…


    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything
    We will survive for sure but our hopes and ambitions might not.

    You're beginning to sound like a broken record Seedhouse - if you keep saying the same thing over and over again it doesn't make it more true.

    Score: 4
    Jan28th1984 5:05pm Tue 27 May 14

    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).

    Score: 3
    st bevois 6:36pm Tue 27 May 14

    jls217 wrote…


    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all
    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.

    It will be interesting to see how Adebayor and the other prima donnas react to MPs double training sessions and work philosophy. They conspired to get 2 managers sacked in one season......so why not another?? Cant believe people have voted for Villa Boas????

    Score: 3
    rossofficial10 5:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).

    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all

    Score: 3
    SaintJD 5:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    jasons odd wrote…


    NO to moyes
    NO to sherwood
    NO to yakin ( the swiss league is bo11ox , remember christian gross ? )
    AND ABSOLUTLY NO to that ginger troll neil lennon

    we need a youngish ambitions manager who plays attractive football
    laudrup or even villas boas

    de boer ? dream on

    Neither AVB or Laudrup play better football than Moyes or Sherwood, in fact they are all pretty similar - all quite attacking, organised and direct. AVB gets results, at Everton Moyes did too, but they aren't afraid to bore or grind out results. Attractive football? More of a middle ground for both those two and that's not necessarily a bad thing, although for me the Poch style goes beyond end results. All the stats may not show it, but that possession game is priceless IMO.

    Yakin is much more of the young, ambitious manager who plays attractive football. He beat Spurs, he beat Chelsea twice, playing explansive attacking football away from home - sounds familiar.

    Score: 8
    Jan28th1984 5:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all

    Thank you! :-)

    Score: 1
    milton road 6:18pm Tue 27 May 14

    The first word that comes to mind is JUDAS
    He has to turn a 32% win ratio into a 60% plus win ratio to get into the Champions league. He has to motivate players to play his system and however good they are they will be open to the counter attack. Spurs are asking him to achieve something he has never ever got near with us or with Espanyiol.
    Many Spurs fans are not impressed, he will be under immediate judgement.
    I just feel he would evolved at Saints and I honestly feel he won't be given the chance at Spurs. he will be expected to get Spurs to top 4 if he doesn't he will be under real pressure. This last season Spurs wer way off the top four in quality.
    I am not quite sure why Spurs went for him Sherwood and ABV both had a win ratio in the late 50's and it was not enough.

    Score: 4
    buckie 5:29pm Tue 27 May 14

    if he has gone i feel abused as a long standing fan okay saints you had my near on £700 a month fair enough you played me well one thing though the season after the one coming up you will not get my money from me to be abused as a customer it"s not just the manager going its all over the web that any player of value is lined up to go what encouragement is there to renew in 12 months time not again will what is the point in having this production line in young players as the first chance they get they jump ship i will become a armchair fan and not fill the club coffers anymore we deserve to get relegated and that for me is a truly dreadful thing to think

    Score: 1
    SaintJD 5:30pm Tue 27 May 14

    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    SaintJD wrote…


    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote…


    Outside of the Box wrote…


    Over the last 45 odd years, I've seen the likes Micky Channon leave and comeback, I've seen Shearer, Kenna and Flowers go, Shillts and Wrigthy join Derby, the Wallaces and Williams depart,,,,recently Walcott Bale and Ox go to North London Clubs ,I've seen Ted Bates move upstairs the same with Lawrie Mc, Chairman have come and gone, I've seen Bally depart for Man City Hoddle go to Spurs, Saints have sacked Adkins and Pardew, Wotte, But one thing has always remained and that is Southampton FC, if our manager goes its because Southampton FC have allowed to happen, he may not be here but the Club and the Fans will be regardless, God if we can survive the Dark Lord we can survive anything
    We will survive for sure but our hopes and ambitions might not.
    If those hopes and ambitions are unrealistic is that a bad thing?

    Let's face it, it was rhetoric from Cortese and Poch that started people thinking top three - I can't remember the people in control of the money, including Markus, ever suggesting we could bankroll ourselves to compete for Champions League football.

    Aiming for the top with young players and a sensible budget, yes, but we can't compete with them on financial outlay and we can't guarantee to keep ambitious players when massive clubs come in for them.

    From what's been rumoured, the club offered MP all the money from the sale of Adam and Luke. If that's the case, it suggests that we have no choice but to sell them, meaning they are insistent that they want to leave, regardless of whether we kept Poch or not.

    While we can all say 'Cortese wouldn't have allowed this' blah, blah, blah, Nicola has to take part of the blame for an exodus, because if you want loyalty you have to show loyalty, you can't just discard people one minute and expect people to blindly follow you the next. If you install that kind of culture and then walk out on the project yourself it isn't ideal.

    If you want hope - I give your Rickie Lambert. He's a guy who frankly has been through everything, was probably close to being jettisoned by the manager himself in January but just gets on enjoying the blessing of playing football. I honestly think he gets up every morning being thankful for what he's got, which is not half bad.

    Us fans could do with counting our blessings as well.
    The thing is yes we needed to spend money to compete but given the huge amount of free/cheap talent we had already assembled I cannot envisage a time when we, or indeed anyone else, would need to spend so relatively little to compete at the top level. As I've said before Jesus told me that they wanted to stay and that Poch was pushing the board to keep Adam and Luke by offering the appropriate wages, the academy may save us transfer fees but we need to match wages. It looks like the board didn't come up with the goods.

    Cortese was a total git but he worked wonders here and we will never know if he would have been able to achieve his aims and ambitions. When asked recently if he was going to do it again he said 'there isn't another Southampton about'. I presume he meant with the infrastructure and academy talent that was in situ when he and Markus acquired the club. We were all delighted when Kat said she wasn't selling up but with hindsight I wish she had. Cortese increased the value of her investment massively but it was arguable as to whether that could be increased further without investment and the risk that goes with that. She could have walked away with a big profit and no damage to her family name. By staying but not investing a breakup of the squad was inevitable and I don't see what that will achieve for her or us. As in all business standing still is never an option.

    Rickie is amazing, as was Matt but you need more than that to win stuff.

    Yeah, like playing your best team in the cup competitions.

    Score: 4
    Clever Dick 5:30pm Tue 27 May 14

    Clever Dick wrote…


    Well he was the leading contender as the board are fully aware that he deals with sh-t week in and week out . I have some inside information though from Mrs Wilson's niece four times removed who got the info from her boyfriend's mates mate who overheard it in the chip shop, that the decontamination costs to remove the Nottarf stench were just astronomical. Fact.

    Oops. Sorry that was a response to jls 4.37

    Score: 0
    Baddesley Bill 5:32pm Tue 27 May 14

    MP has reportedly secured a 5yr contract with Spurs. Who honestly believes he will see that out?

    Madness!

    Score: 4
    scorpioeyes 5:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    She wont give MP an assurnace that llalana and shaw wont be sold,so i reckon he will be off. Thanks katherina,for screwing up what your father put in motion. I predict we will be relegated next season,especially if we appoint that clown mclaren

    Score: 0
    SPIKEISLANDTRADER 5:50pm Tue 27 May 14

    Its like watching PAINT DRY !
    Wake me up if we get some REAL NEWS ! Not speculation from the daily rag .

    Score: 0
    03alpe01 5:52pm Tue 27 May 14

    GONE!!!

    Score: 1
    upwherewebelong 5:52pm Tue 27 May 14

    The more I think calmly about what is going on the more puzzled I get so I thought i'd throw a couple of questions out for debate

    1. Has KL had enough and wants to sell up so is selling our best assets to get the cash quicker ?
    2. What is Krueger ACTUALLY doing for the club - People seem to think he's a decent guy which may well be the case but what are his motives for being at the club.
    3. How much better/different would things have been with NC still at the club
    4. What are the board gaining with this wall of silence it's just frustrating the life blood of the club ie the fans.

    I have many other questions but those 4 will do for now.

    Score: -2
    SPIKEISLANDTRADER 5:53pm Tue 27 May 14

    Or cant his translator , translate Yiddish & cockney slang ?

    Score: 0
    Barkered 5:54pm Tue 27 May 14

    What a joke. If the board are worth anything they need to act quickly....Get a manager who will keep the players.

    Score: 2
    saintlysoul 5:56pm Tue 27 May 14

    I posted on here two weeks ago that MP was leaving I got criticised and scorned. Well, I can tell you all definitely that Shaw and Lallana are definitely off as well.

    Score: 0
    SnapperSaint 5:59pm Tue 27 May 14

    Clever Dick wrote…


    buckie wrote…


    if he has gone i feel abused as a long standing fan okay saints you had my near on £700 a month fair enough you played me well one thing though the season after the one coming up you will not get my money from me to be abused as a customer it"s not just the manager going its all over the web that any player of value is lined up to go what encouragement is there to renew in 12 months time not again will what is the point in having this production line in young players as the first chance they get they jump ship i will become a armchair fan and not fill the club coffers anymore we deserve to get relegated and that for me is a truly dreadful thing to think
    Well it might be a good idea to hold fire on that one. I'm sure most fans will feel the same if your vision of doom transpires. At this moment in time it does seem pretty likely that Shaw and Lallana will be off, but we still have plenty of others who aren't. Personally I think there is a huge amount of hype regarding these players. They are both replaceable, as is a manager who has only been at the club for five minutes. Considering they will bring in around £50 million between them I'd say the future is looking very bright indeed. I'm looking forward to next season already. Try looking on the bright side, you'll feel muchbetter about it.

    Assuming that all the reports are correct and Poch is off, I think we are all felling a little bit like the day after the party and a very flat after such a great season.
    However, the only constant is change in football and so I agree CD we need to look forward because we actually have a heck of a lot to be thankful for at Saints, world class academy, a solid chairman and board (time will tell if effective, but good honest people all the same), great stadium, massive support from a wide area, and we are financially stable.
    So we just need to move on from Poch, get another up and coming manager who has growing reputation, perhaps Yakin, bring on the cash from the sale of Lallana, Shaw, and Osvaldo to buy in some key players with the rest from the academy, and hey presto we're off on another wild and fantastic ride... Look forward not back, COYS!!!

    Score: 0
    Saintade 6:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    So, a quick look at the official Saints website and the headline is.....Buy your season tickets now....a true indication the current board and marketing team have no idea what they are doing and how to alienate all season ticket holders immediately. Nice timing, guys....I'm getting a refund first thing tomorrow.

    Score: -3
    St Forlife 7:39pm Tue 27 May 14

    Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness wrote…


    Nick Obee wrote…


    To be perfectly honest MP did pretty well in terms of his record with us. That said I am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer - most of which have proved to be less than great buys shall we say. I'd have preferred for him to stay, and for us to continue to build under a "new project", but I'm more concerned about the potential loss of players than him. We can appoint someone to continue our progress, but the retention of our star players is the key. I will not be at all surprised if he doesn't hit the ground running at Spurs and gets early marching orders with their record of managers over the last few years.
    I, too, "am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer." As long as they find the right replacement, and not someone else's toady, then it may prove a blessing in disguise. As for Sherwood, what's wrong with a straight-shooting Englishman who won't take anyone's crap? That would be a fun swap and make for an interesting comparison next season.

    Nigel Adkins brought us far and apart from a particularly dodgy start to the season with the defence he got things turned around. He played great football as did Poch albeit slightly different in styles. Both were based on keeping the ball and having a rock steady possession at the back with centre halves that can pass. That was his style though quality was challenged in our first few months in Prem.

    As mentioned he had turned it around before he was sacked and the 2-2 fightback at Celski showed the spirit in the dressing room.

    I would love to see him back - he deserves a better chance and still better than many of the same old names bantered about.

    Score: 0
    saintlysoul 6:01pm Tue 27 May 14

    So much for Shaw and Lallana saying how happy they were and how their futures were at Southampton. So much for Les Reed's rubbish about no player will be sold. It all boils down to what the player wants driven by his agent. Shaw and Lallana will probably regret their decisions when they're sitting on the bench week in week out. Why would Shaw want to go to Utd when Evra has just signed a new contract? Shaw is guaranteed a start game in game out at Saints. The answer is simple. Money. The same answer that resulted in MP leaving!

    Score: 0
    Skelly2525 6:01pm Tue 27 May 14

    Once again that troll Levy has walked into Our club and hand picked who he wants - when is he going to get panned for tapping up and underhand tactics the guy is as bent as a two bob note.

    Now MP has gone we need someone in quick and we need something we haven't seen so far - the board to roll up their sleeves and play hardball - no one leave especially to spurs

    Score: 10
    Saintade 6:02pm Tue 27 May 14

    First thing the board need to do IMMEDIATELY is to issue a HANDS OFF statement on ANY Saints player

    Score: 4
    SnapperSaint 6:05pm Tue 27 May 14

    SnapperSaint wrote…


    Clever Dick wrote…


    buckie wrote…


    if he has gone i feel abused as a long standing fan okay saints you had my near on £700 a month fair enough you played me well one thing though the season after the one coming up you will not get my money from me to be abused as a customer it"s not just the manager going its all over the web that any player of value is lined up to go what encouragement is there to renew in 12 months time not again will what is the point in having this production line in young players as the first chance they get they jump ship i will become a armchair fan and not fill the club coffers anymore we deserve to get relegated and that for me is a truly dreadful thing to think
    Well it might be a good idea to hold fire on that one. I'm sure most fans will feel the same if your vision of doom transpires. At this moment in time it does seem pretty likely that Shaw and Lallana will be off, but we still have plenty of others who aren't. Personally I think there is a huge amount of hype regarding these players. They are both replaceable, as is a manager who has only been at the club for five minutes. Considering they will bring in around £50 million between them I'd say the future is looking very bright indeed. I'm looking forward to next season already. Try looking on the bright side, you'll feel muchbetter about it.
    Assuming that all the reports are correct and Poch is off, I think we are all felling a little bit like the day after the party and a very flat after such a great season.
    However, the only constant is change in football and so I agree CD we need to look forward because we actually have a heck of a lot to be thankful for at Saints, world class academy, a solid chairman and board (time will tell if effective, but good honest people all the same), great stadium, massive support from a wide area, and we are financially stable.
    So we just need to move on from Poch, get another up and coming manager who has growing reputation, perhaps Yakin, bring on the cash from the sale of Lallana, Shaw, and Osvaldo to buy in some key players with the rest from the academy, and hey presto we're off on another wild and fantastic ride... Look forward not back, COYS!!!

    *feeling not felling though now it's official, perhaps that was correct we all feel felled!

    Score: 0
    Jan28th1984 6:07pm Tue 27 May 14

    Well, there you go.....and there HE goes! Lol. Ordinarily I would wish someone all the best when leaving but this time it sticks in the throat a bit.

    This isn't the first time Spurs have plundered us for a manager and I get the feeling it will all end in tears for them like last time, I seriously doubt Poch is ready for a challenge like Spurs, but there it is, he's a big boy now and knows what he is doing....

    Presumably the three amigos will be following him, so it's down to the board to act swiftly and have a replacement in soon. Let's hope the dream is still on and we can find a manager who can live up to it...

    Score: 3
    Saintade 6:09pm Tue 27 May 14

    If I hear anyone else (Gerry Francis on Sky I'm looking at you) referring to Southampton's expectation levels or punching above their weight I'll throw my toys out of the pram. Who do they think they are? Tottenham ain't so great

    Score: 4
    Saintade 6:10pm Tue 27 May 14

    SnapperSaint wrote…


    Saintade wrote…


    First thing the board need to do IMMEDIATELY is to issue a HANDS OFF statement on ANY Saints player
    Waste of time...if they want to go then they will be let go we just have to get the best deal for them.

    I'm talking about going to Spurs

    Score: 0
    SnapperSaint 6:12pm Tue 27 May 14

    I guess we all feel crap right now and secretly hope that it doesn't work out for Poch so that when he gets fired we can say 'told you so', but we shouldn't get too down about it, we'll be alright and Poch will likely do well because we know he's been a great manager.
    So let's all move on to next round of press hype of which new manager we will bring in...alongside the existing hype of which club Lallana and Shaw are going to...
    Let's get some positive vibes going...COYS!!!

    Score: 2
    jls217 6:14pm Tue 27 May 14

    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all

    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.

    Score: 0
    Jan28th1984 6:21pm Tue 27 May 14

    saintlysoul wrote…


    So much for Shaw and Lallana saying how happy they were and how their futures were at Southampton. So much for Les Reed's rubbish about no player will be sold. It all boils down to what the player wants driven by his agent. Shaw and Lallana will probably regret their decisions when they're sitting on the bench week in week out. Why would Shaw want to go to Utd when Evra has just signed a new contract? Shaw is guaranteed a start game in game out at Saints. The answer is simple. Money. The same answer that resulted in MP leaving!

    That's what it is always about my friend - it's the Law of Nature - the strong always eat the weak....

    Score: 1
    M.U.CS1 6:21pm Tue 27 May 14

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Your Poch has gone to a big club, never mind you could all get your white hankies out and see if Sadkins will come back, or better still good old ' arry ' might fancy the job. Watch for the breaking news, your top players to follow very very soon, ha ha ha ha ha.

    Score: -5
    saintmicky 6:59pm Tue 27 May 14

    Saint_RV wrote…


    William Hill latest odds: Murat Yakin is the 11/4 favourite

    There could be some truth to this given the Saints Swiss connection. Every cloud...

    That would be a serious silver lining, and even more so if there is a quick appointment that may suggest talks were already ongoing!!

    Score: 2
    jls217 6:24pm Tue 27 May 14

    PTID1898 wrote…


    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW

    Saints fans are mainly because we are still a PL football club with looooaaadddsaaa money and you aren't and you haven't. Whoever our new manager is he's going to be better than anyone you could attract. Our programme sellers would be better than what you've got as staff - muppet.

    Score: 3
    pompey in spain 6:29pm Tue 27 May 14

    oh well,relegation battle for you next season.........with neil lennon at the helm,never mind!

    Score: -2
    Jan28th1984 6:26pm Tue 27 May 14

    M.U.CS1 wrote…


    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Your Poch has gone to a big club, never mind you could all get your white hankies out and see if Sadkins will come back, or better still good old ' arry ' might fancy the job. Watch for the breaking news, your top players to follow very very soon, ha ha ha ha ha.

    Perhaps

    Score: 3
    Strasbourg Saint 6:30pm Tue 27 May 14

    So there it is.

    Thank you, MP, for 1 1/2 seasons of progress and goodbye. I wish you neither good nor bad at Spurs, you'll reap what you sow.

    If the Board wants to avoid losing confidence, it's time for the Board to issue a full and factual statement as to what is happening regarding the manager's post and regarding all players being linked with moves.

    Now, moving on, my team's still here, so when does the 2014-5 fixture list come out and can I have one of those season tickets that some above have threatened to throw away on the back of MP's departure?

    Score: 4
    montecristosaint 6:31pm Tue 27 May 14

    for my money the press release re Pochettinos departure is the lamest piece of prose I ve had the privilege to read for a long time. Its frankly rubbish. It tells us nothing, sadly the truth is the Krueger has been brought in to asset strip the club and his role is in temrs of pouring oil on troubled waters. His problem is tha t we have all been quiick to see straight through him and Les Reed also. Weeks ago I warned that these gentlemen were brought in to realize assets and if Shaw and Lallana are sold do not think for a minute that the proceeds willl be reinvested in new players they wont. Leibherr does not believe the club can grow into a top six contender and she is trying to realize her invesment. When the best players have all been sold the club will be sold. She will not want to stay and field the flack that is sure to come her way after selling seven of our top players. We will be left with young academy players and a few cheap imports.She knows that even with the best players sold, she can still get 100 million for the club to which tou can add a further 120 million from player sales. Which is more that Liebherr would get if the club was now sold as is. We just have to hope that at the end when the club is sold the new owner will be prepared to invest in players in a meaningful way. Liebherr on the other hand stands to make 220 million from these tactics a good deal more than the 150 million the club is conservatively valued at.

    Score: -3
    jls217 6:40pm Tue 27 May 14

    Can't bring myself to **** Pochettino, he's done to us exactly what we have done to a whole succession of managers and that is dekcuf them up the esra. What goes around comes around.

    We need a young progressive, attack minded team to come in, grab the club by the hand and lead us slowly but surely up the rankings to ensure this doesn't happen to us again.

    I fear there will be players moving out on the strength of this also - time will tell.

    It all doesn't matter though - we just move on and I promise you next season is going to be the best ever.

    We have talented players we have funds, we have a great stadium. Let's face it under Poch the catering was shy ite so we'll be looking for improvement there.

    Listening to Matty saying pretty much the same thing (not about the pies though which is unfortunate 'cos not many know pies like Matty does) Can't wait for next season.

    Score: 3
    saints with no history 6:41pm Tue 27 May 14

    lol he said hes gone to a club with history says it all really , now watch him come in for you good players relegation is certain next year opps lolololpol

    Score: -1
    Tony Robertson 6:43pm Tue 27 May 14

    Step up, Martin O'Neill.

    (Not Howe, no skates allowed through the gates).


    Tony Robertson, Stranraer

    Score: -4
    Positively4thStreet 6:43pm Tue 27 May 14

    jls217 wrote…


    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all
    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.

    Yeah,agree.A lot of people poo poohed the idea of Sherwood,but at least the guy is straight,honest,spea
    ks English,and is only in it for the football.
    Other than that,we could do worse than looking at Nigel Pearson again,or Uwe Rossler,although I feel bad saying that,cos it would mean nicking someone else's manager..and we know how that feels!

    Score: 1
    Simmo13 6:44pm Tue 27 May 14

    pompey in spain wrote…


    oh well,relegation battle for you next season.........with neil lennon at the helm,never mind!

    dick !

    Score: 1
    Simmo13 6:44pm Tue 27 May 14

    pompey in spain wrote…


    oh well,relegation battle for you next season.........with neil lennon at the helm,never mind!

    dick !

    Score: 2
    saintmicky 6:45pm Tue 27 May 14

    deepheat wrote…


    Chairman Ralph Krueger commented: “The Club has been on a constant path of growth since the arrival of Markus Liebherr in 2009. This growth took place before Mauricio came, it continued strongly under his leadership, and it will continue into the next season. The Board’s job is to find opportunity in this challenge and to continue to move the Club forward.

    “We have begun the search for a new high-calibre manager. We will be looking for a manager that shares our values, our principles and our philosophy; a manager who can continue to grow the First Team and build on our strong foundation – a foundation led by an ambitious vision and plan that continues to build on our world-class academy, our amazing 129-year heritage and our excellent staff, and rewards our loyal and passionate fan base.”

    Then hard as it is at the moment we just gotta be that loyal and passionate fan base. Personally I feel tired and emotional like a baby girl whose kitten has just been run over, still maybe M.U.CS1 Could post his address and I could go and cheer myself up!

    Score: 0
    Clever Dick 6:46pm Tue 27 May 14

    PTID1898 wrote…


    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW

    You are apparently. Fortunately it's your normal jealousy fuelled idiotic style of laughter. Just sit back and watch our massively superior club move further and further away from your embarrassing ,grubby little club.

    Score: 5
    el caballo santos101 6:46pm Tue 27 May 14

    well you wont hear me wishing him well. all his talk of commitment and honouring contracts and yet he`s off at the first opportunity. his actions have given a better indication of his character than his words!
    I don't care if he wasn't happy with the vision of the board, its not for the manager to tell the board what to do, another manager that did that was redkrapp and look what`s happened to the clubs he did that to.
    I would rather we had a club to support than let a manager bankrupt it with his personal ambitions.
    anyone saying they wont renew their season ticket or want a refund because the manager has gone well that's your choice, personally I support the club not the manager or players, yes I wanted him to stay and still want the players to stay but I have lost count of the amount of managers we have had whilst i`ve supported the club, some were good and some were awful but all have gone and I still support the club.
    its clear to everyone that MP wont see out the 5yrs of his deal, he will either be sacked by the mad chopper or if he does ok will be off to a big club as soon as they come calling.
    to be honest I would be less annoyed if he had gone to a big club, well anywhere but spuds! they haven't been a big team for years and live off the press they get from the London based media.
    oh and PTID we are still laughing and will continue to laugh every time you post or we look at your poor excuse of a club!

    Score: -1
    dadofmy3sons 7:40pm Tue 27 May 14

    Poopey + Cherry(sillyname) fans are laughing at us and who can blame them?
    We sit in the Prem, 8th
    We have lots of international players
    We have lots of money
    We have quite a lot of fans
    We have a fantastic youth system

    How can we possibly compare to them?
    After all
    Poopey have Awful
    Cherries have Eddie Howe(at least until he leaves again)
    Who do we have?
    Who are we being linked with?
    The previous manager of Crawley perhaps?
    or somebody who managed England(we had one before)
    Or perhaps we could be linked with some crooks who laundered money?
    or a billionaire who owns an extremely large European company
    Yes I can see why they are laughing at us, it must be horrible to hate a club down the coast from yourselves that has so much when you have so o o o little!
    Support the Saints
    and all the Itoldusos, take a run and jump.
    it is easy to predict gloom if that is all you ever do, sooner or later you will get one right.
    can't wait for the fixtures, at least I will have heard of all the teams and know where they play.

    Score: 5
    Saint_RV 6:49pm Tue 27 May 14

    William Hill latest odds: Murat Yakin is the 11/4 favourite

    There could be some truth to this given the Saints Swiss connection. Every cloud...

    Score: 0
    Confucious 6:51pm Tue 27 May 14

    The King is dead. Long live the King!

    Score: 1
    Blackknight 6:51pm Tue 27 May 14

    After a great season and Saints fans optimistically high expectations for next we are all let down with a huge bump.

    What might have been if MoPo had stayed and we had made 2 or3 really top class signings.

    Clearly the ambitions, 'vision' and finance to back it up from owner and board did not match Pochettino's expectations.

    Never a dull moment when your a Saints fan.

    Score: 2
    saints with no history 6:52pm Tue 27 May 14

    Positively4thStreet wrote…


    jls217 wrote…


    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all
    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.
    Yeah,agree.A lot of people poo poohed the idea of Sherwood,but at least the guy is straight,honest,spea

    ks English,and is only in it for the football.
    Other than that,we could do worse than looking at Nigel Pearson again,or Uwe Rossler,although I feel bad saying that,cos it would mean nicking someone else's manager..and we know how that feels!

    and he played for pompey lol

    Score: 1
    st bevois 6:53pm Tue 27 May 14

    jls217 wrote…


    PTID1898 wrote…


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    hahahahahahahahahaha


    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW
    Saints fans are mainly because we are still a PL football club with looooaaadddsaaa money and you aren't and you haven't. Whoever our new manager is he's going to be better than anyone you could attract. Our programme sellers would be better than what you've got as staff - muppet.

    They released half their team immediately after the last game of the season .....half of them were expensive loan deals from Championship and League 1 sides. (Well expensive by 4th Division standards) Sound familiar? Oh and only 2 youngsters were worthy of new contracts - AA's protégés are either not good enough or too expensive to offer new contracts!!!!!

    Score: 0
    Clever Dick 6:56pm Tue 27 May 14

    pompey in spain wrote…


    oh well,relegation battle for you next season.........with neil lennon at the helm,never mind!

    Well one of us may well be in a relegation battle next season. Fortunately it won't be us. It'll be Pompey in pain yet again.

    Score: 2
    Positively4thStreet 6:56pm Tue 27 May 14

    saints with no history wrote…


    Positively4thStreet wrote…


    jls217 wrote…


    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all
    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.
    Yeah,agree.A lot of people poo poohed the idea of Sherwood,but at least the guy is straight,honest,spea


    ks English,and is only in it for the football.
    Other than that,we could do worse than looking at Nigel Pearson again,or Uwe Rossler,although I feel bad saying that,cos it would mean nicking someone else's manager..and we know how that feels!
    and he played for pompey lol

    Nobody's perfect.

    Score: 0
    pure_afcb 6:57pm Tue 27 May 14

    and let the asset stripping begin lol! should be a fun couple of weeks for you lot NOT!! still waiting for our adam the llama money come on pay up tick tock.

    Score: -3
    wrypop 6:57pm Tue 27 May 14

    He has gone - let's get used the idea. Posts rubbishing the Board and MoPo are pathetic. Krueger's statement was no more or less than one would expect at this time. He at least would need to explain if the new manager does not fulfill the criteria he has outlined. I would suggest that we should hold judgment until the appointment is announced. I try to be the voice of reason but if it's Lennon, Poyet, Sherwood, Moyes, Fuddle then reason is out the window and its time to burn the Main Stand down!

    Score: 4
    zurichboy 6:58pm Tue 27 May 14

    Saint_RV wrote…


    William Hill latest odds: Murat Yakin is the 11/4 favourite

    There could be some truth to this given the Saints Swiss connection. Every cloud...

    Could well be a very good appointment, very well thought of here in Heidi Land, although not completely clear why he is leaving Basel. Amicable parting of the ways quoted, also read somewhere that he "lost the confidence of the dressing room". (?) Good track record tho'.....

    Score: 1
    J7junctionseven 7:07pm Tue 27 May 14

    pure_afcb wrote…


    and let the asset stripping begin lol! should be a fun couple of weeks for you lot NOT!! still waiting for our adam the llama money come on pay up tick tock.

    Play up bompey......you mong
    Tick tock .....if Eddie Howe walks from your joke of a club ha ha ha
    COYR

    Score: 1
    poshdave 7:00pm Tue 27 May 14

    ...this is for the happy clappers...I do not wish him well...hope it all goes pete tong at spurs......he's run off on us ..the fans, does not matter what the board said, if your hearts in it you fight from within...the way he's been the last 3 months or so show's we were always a stepping stone for him, so good job he's gone..............we will keep on going anyway.....I wrote on hear how gutted I was to see Nige go and now feel even worst, it was his team anyway!!!!!!......ju
    st please please no donkeys like Mclaren, lennon etc......sherwood, moyes or yakin maybe.........what you can see from the last few weeks and years is that the press always has it in for us whether we do good or bad.....they have done a great job in stirring the s*** with our club!!......I feel sorry for the players what must they be thinking tonight, they obviously like him and he's run out on them aswell.....and lastly its us the fans that yet again suffer, but they will never grind us down, ....... Saints fans forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !

    Score: 10
    peregrine73 7:02pm Tue 27 May 14

    Nick Obee wrote…


    To be perfectly honest MP did pretty well in terms of his record with us. That said I am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer - most of which have proved to be less than great buys shall we say. I'd have preferred for him to stay, and for us to continue to build under a "new project", but I'm more concerned about the potential loss of players than him. We can appoint someone to continue our progress, but the retention of our star players is the key. I will not be at all surprised if he doesn't hit the ground running at Spurs and gets early marching orders with their record of managers over the last few years.

    Good luck to MP,his style will propel Spurs into Europe and with money to spend they should consolidate. For Saints its time for the board to show there ambitions and get a progressive manager in.We may have to swallow the loss of Shaw and Lallana,but as long as it stops there then we can invest and stablise for a mid table finish next season

    Score: 1
    Clever Dick 7:03pm Tue 27 May 14

    saints with no history wrote…


    lol he said hes gone to a club with history says it all really , now watch him come in for you good players relegation is certain next year opps lolololpol

    Best prepare yourself for lots of disappointment next season. Conference looms. As for us we are in the best position financially that we have ever been thanks. How are your finances? Oh and by the way forget the history, whoever our new manager is he will be coming to a club with a future.

    Score: 4
    yellowcard 7:05pm Tue 27 May 14

    st bevois wrote…


    jls217 wrote…


    rossofficial10 wrote…


    Jan28th1984 wrote…


    Why is Tim Sherwood so terrible? He is the best Spurs manager in recent history and got them into the Europa League over part of a season with a squad less talented than ours.

    Spurs certainly did a job on us last season.

    Sherwood said he would have got Spurs into the CL if he had had a full season, and I believe him.

    He fits Saints like a glove and what better motivation for him (and us) to put one over on a club that treated him so shabbily and finish above them in the League next season??!!

    Poch is a young and talented manager with a great future, but he is still learning his trade, as was evidenced last season with his results against those clubs that finished above us. I hope he will stay with us and continue his education, but if he goes, well he goes (and DON'T blame the board for this, it's not Katherina's or Kreuger's or anyone at SFC's fault he is going, only his and that loon Levy,)
    Poch would be a great fit for Spurs in 5 or 10 years time, but not now, I hope he knows what he is doing because I think he is making a mistake to join them now. They want success right now and I am not sure he has the ability to live up to that kind of expectation quite yet.

    Poch for Sherwood, Sherwood for Poch - a straight swap. I think that, if that happens, we, curiously, will get the better deal (especially if Adebayor can be persuaded to sign on for us).
    i was thinking all of this earlier. Agree with all
    You make a good argument mate. We could do worse maybe.
    It will be interesting to see how Adebayor and the other prima donnas react to MPs double training sessions and work philosophy. They conspired to get 2 managers sacked in one season......so why not another?? Cant believe people have voted for Villa Boas????

    agree totally. I don't blame the board at all nothing they could of done to stop it with the buy out clause in his contract, I have suspicions that spurs tapped up mopo before the end of the season. The board need to get a good manager in fast and hope it is a good appointment that will stop the exodus of players. Sherwood is not a good choice bring Dp he did a good job with a struggling Russian side.

    Score: 2
    St Forlife 7:08pm Tue 27 May 14

    Gutted and angry.

    Angry at thge lack of loyaltyt - i full season and he goes for 30 gold coins and the dream of personal progress. 1 year is a joke and he should see out his contract end of.

    But he's gone and the board need to take a good hard look at themselves - is trousering their share of the transfer fees and £80million their aim - if it is they can do one. As a fan we never say such an opportunity to move forward. The class of football guaranteed us continued premiership status and probably a guaranteed top 10 finish and £80m every year with this squad. A bit of careful investment (not the £100m s spent by idiotic clubs) and a top 6 finish beckons and who knows a top 4. Selling the best players and letting the manager go with a year left is tantamount to settling for a bottoim half finish and with 6 gamnes left each year a relegation to fight off.

    Well done board - incompetency at its highest level

    Score: 4
    Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness 7:09pm Tue 27 May 14

    montecristosaint wrote…


    for my money the press release re Pochettinos departure is the lamest piece of prose I ve had the privilege to read for a long time. Its frankly rubbish. It tells us nothing, sadly the truth is the Krueger has been brought in to asset strip the club and his role is in temrs of pouring oil on troubled waters. His problem is tha t we have all been quiick to see straight through him and Les Reed also. Weeks ago I warned that these gentlemen were brought in to realize assets and if Shaw and Lallana are sold do not think for a minute that the proceeds willl be reinvested in new players they wont. Leibherr does not believe the club can grow into a top six contender and she is trying to realize her invesment. When the best players have all been sold the club will be sold. She will not want to stay and field the flack that is sure to come her way after selling seven of our top players. We will be left with young academy players and a few cheap imports.She knows that even with the best players sold, she can still get 100 million for the club to which tou can add a further 120 million from player sales. Which is more that Liebherr would get if the club was now sold as is. We just have to hope that at the end when the club is sold the new owner will be prepared to invest in players in a meaningful way. Liebherr on the other hand stands to make 220 million from these tactics a good deal more than the 150 million the club is conservatively valued at.

    Possibly spot on; however, at the moment, all is speculation. We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully, they can sell Lallana to Anfield soon and nobble Liverpool's chances for next year. Then, Saints can reinvest in a midfielder with some grit and passion to go with his skills. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Adam.

    Score: -2
    InThatNumber 7:24pm Tue 27 May 14

    We could have got to the FA cup final if Pochettino respected the competition a bit more. It's a sad loss but not irreplaceable, losing LaLana, Shaw, Lovren etc will be a much bigger blow. I personally would like to see Murat Yankin, admittedly the Swiss league is not a strong league but he won it and did beat Chelsea home and away in the Champions league. COYR

    Score: 10
    St Forlife 7:11pm Tue 27 May 14

    J7junctionseven wrote…


    pure_afcb wrote…


    and let the asset stripping begin lol! should be a fun couple of weeks for you lot NOT!! still waiting for our adam the llama money come on pay up tick tock.
    Play up bompey......you mong
    Tick tock .....if Eddie Howe walks from your joke of a club ha ha ha
    COYR

    Go do one will you. Many Saints fans actually support Bmth and go regularly - which I know annoys you lot no end - but grow up and just stop trying to lower your standards to to the level of those at the other end of the M27 - you're better than that

    Score: 5
    Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness 7:12pm Tue 27 May 14

    Nick Obee wrote…


    To be perfectly honest MP did pretty well in terms of his record with us. That said I am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer - most of which have proved to be less than great buys shall we say. I'd have preferred for him to stay, and for us to continue to build under a "new project", but I'm more concerned about the potential loss of players than him. We can appoint someone to continue our progress, but the retention of our star players is the key. I will not be at all surprised if he doesn't hit the ground running at Spurs and gets early marching orders with their record of managers over the last few years.

    I, too, "am far from convinced that he took us any further than we would have been under Nigel Adkins, especially considering the spending of last summer." As long as they find the right replacement, and not someone else's toady, then it may prove a blessing in disguise. As for Sherwood, what's wrong with a straight-shooting Englishman who won't take anyone's crap? That would be a fun swap and make for an interesting comparison next season.

    Score: 8
    Linesman 7:16pm Tue 27 May 14

    He is he 18th, yes, the 18h person to occupy the manager's seat this century.

    18 manage in the space of less than 14 years.

    I wonder how long the next one will last.

    Score: 2
    St.David 7:17pm Tue 27 May 14

    The important thing for us now is appoint the right coach. . MoPo has gone. . Our board needs to show some strength now cos on the face of it they have been mugged. Lets move onwards and upwards. . Find the right man and lets continue the journey. . MoPo was NC man and has just proved that. . I wish him well for last season cos it was fab but he inherited the team and the kids. . He never built it. .he just made them believe . . I just hope our board can match the ambition of the fans. . There are some great managers out there. . Come on Saints board. . .
    Oh. . . And don't you dare sell any players or academy kids to Spurs!!! Looking forward to finishing above them next year!!, coyrs!!!,

    Score: 4
    thinklikealocal 7:19pm Tue 27 May 14

    PTID1898 wrote…


    hahahahahahahahahaha

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    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW

    Still us I'm afraid old chap!

    Score: 7
    Jentleman 7:21pm Tue 27 May 14

    Hasta la vista Senor Pochettino
    some are sorry to see you go
    You're heading for Spurs
    Oh well, could be worse
    Oh my, how your ego will grow (yeesh)

    Score: 0
    thinklikealocal 7:35pm Tue 27 May 14

    M.U.CS1 wrote…


    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Your Poch has gone to a big club, never mind you could all get your white hankies out and see if Sadkins will come back, or better still good old ' arry ' might fancy the job. Watch for the breaking news, your top players to follow very very soon, ha ha ha ha ha.

    Now, you could be a troll. Do you know what a troll is? I can explain if required. If you are a genuine MU fan, and I use the word 'lightly', I'm really intrigued by your post!

    Firstly, why on earth is a MU fan interested in what is going on at lowly Southampton! Jeez, we must have really put the **** wind up you (and your ridiculous sense of entitlement) last season....

    Secondly, do you really have the time and energy considering all the problems on your own doorstep? Oh yes I know you think normal service will be resumed next season 'oops north', however, you might do well to think about your own position. Owners, no passion for football, sorry soccer, just in it for the brand/profit. Oh dear, those two motivators have taken a bit of a hit recently. With the clubs decreased leverage, following the huge reduction in club/brand value recently, what budget do you think will be available to help rebuild your past their sell buy date / under performing team? Of course you will still have the 'carrion crow' sitting on the new manager's shoulder next season....

    Whatever problems we have are not new to us. We haven't been living the dream for the last 25 years so we will stomach it. Not so sure about your capacity to handle it....

    Score: 7
    St Forlife 7:43pm Tue 27 May 14

    thinklikealocal wrote…


    PTID1898 wrote…


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    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW
    Still us I'm afraid old chap!

    Yep - still us lol. It's all been a pretty good laugh for us these last few years and no one thinks it will stop soon.!!!

    Quite looking forward to the new season actually - wonder where they will finish - top? 2nd? Mmmm or perhaps Not :)

    Score: 1
    BigBugBuzzz 7:44pm Tue 27 May 14

    PTID1898 wrote…


    hahahahahahahahahaha

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    ha WHO THE **** IS LAUGHING NOW

    You really are pathetic. You are like a guy on a three wheeler laughing because another guys Porsche had a puncture. Guess what, change of wheels and we are back on the autobahn. Keep pedaling, mate, keep pedaling...

    Score: 2
    apm1954 7:45pm Tue 27 May 14

    M.U.CS1 wrote…


    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Your Poch has gone to a big club, never mind you could all get your white hankies out and see if Sadkins will come back, or better still good old ' arry ' might fancy the job. Watch for the breaking news, your top players to follow very very soon, ha ha ha ha ha.

    at least we have some top players sad ***

    Score: 0
    apm1954 7:50pm Tue 27 May 14

    i think the fixture list for next season will show saints premier league poor old pompey in the bottom rung of league football . just above non league not bad for a club that bought the cup not long ago.