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- Pochettino resigned Saints yesterday to join Spurs
- Already he is being linked with key Southampton players
- Saints' board has begun search for a 'high calibre' replacement
- Wanyama describes the loss as "a big blow"
- Fans dismayed and angry at the manner of Pochettino's exit
- Supporters keen on Murat Yakin as new manager
We're closing the blog for the night, but as yesterday, feel free to continue discussing all of the issues raised throughout the day.
There is one name we can already scrub of the list of potentials for the Saints job - Gus Poyet has just signed a new deal at Sunderland.
Now you've read some of what Ralph Krueger has to say, how do you feel?
Don't forget you can read the full transcript in tomorrow's Daily Echo to see everything Ralph Krueger had to say. It will be in a Q&A format, so totally uncensored and uncut, bringing the chairman's message directly to the fans.
One final thought from Krueger: "It’s because we want to grow, we want to develop and we want to get better and grow and compete with the top clubs in England.
"We are going to have to compete our way.
"We are going to have to do it through youth, through our own player development, and I am going to watch four 19-year-olds from our academy play against Ukraine in the national team and that’s the way we can become a competitive team. That’s the way we can go to Europe."
Krueger: "We would like to underline again there is interest from all over Europe, in England and outside of England, with players who have shown interest in coming to Southampton, who want to play here, who see the opportunity of growth through the club.
"In the end no one person is bigger than the club. This club is really a place to grow."
Krueger said Saints do not need to sell anybody.
Again on the transfers topic it was clear that Les Reed is at the moment the man handling everything.
Krueger: "I want to say again that if transfers in either direction are in the best interest of the club including all factors then that’s what we have to do."
Krueger: "Any transfers that take place will be under our terms. We will decide the terms to potential transfers in and out of the club."
Krueger on the timeframe for an appointment: "There is no date on it but we would like to have long list together as quickly as is healthily possible.
"The reason is that we would like the new manager to be involved in our player decisions.
"We have held off on every single coming and going in respect that we have and Les Reed especially has for the new manager that he can put his stamp on the team and influence the process."
We have now closed the poll of who Saints fans want as the club's next manager.
Fans were asked to named thier preferred option via our Twitter account. Below are all the manager's that received at least two votes.
Other nominees include (but are not limited to) Roy Hodgson, Gordon Strachan, Neil Lennon, Claudio Ranieri, Jurgen Klopp, Paulo Mancini, Oscar Garcia, Terry Venables, Steve McClaren and Guly do Prado.
Krueger said the same people who found Pochettino are drawing up a list of candidates to take over. It also sounds very much like Les Reed is the kingmaker in all of this
"This same group has been able to pull out a perspective long list and Les Reed has been inundated by high calibre requests from managers.
"He has been bombarded and he needs to process it but at the same time it confirms how Southampton is positioned not only in England but in European football.
"We are in a really good place, people want to be here, people want to work here.
"Players want to play here and we’ve got agents contacting him and not only for managers but for players.
"It’s become a destination."
Don't forget these are only a few small snippets of what was a very indepth interview.
The full thing will be in the Daily Echo tomorrow.
Krueger had no regrets about going along with Pochettino's desire to wait until the end of the season to discuss a new contract, despite the fact he went so soon.
Krueger: "You make your decisions all the time on the information that you have at that point in time.
"The focus on bringing the product on the field to the fan base, to our followers, was the dominant fact until the end of the Man U game."
Krueger: "The only thing that interests us is the further development of the Saints, continuing to drive our vision to take this club into European football, continuing to grow this club."
Krueger:" I have to underline that we did everything possible for a long period of time to keep Pochettino here. Clearly a contract was offered.
"At the same time we didn’t colour code anything, we were very honest in the process and he made his decision and we respect that and move on."
Adam Leitch will drip feed in a few quotes from the interview as they are being typed so stay tuned...
When asked what the ambitions of the club were following the end of the initial five year plan, Krueger was adamant that it was to achieve European football - hardly a step backwards
Krueger was massively positive about the future of the club, and what the fans can expect.
He wants to present them with an enjoyable brand of football.
Krueger said he expects there to be movement in and out of the club player wise this summer.
When asked about the bids that are on the table for players he admitted that everything was on hold until the manager is appointed.
Krueger insisted there was already a growing long list being drawn up for a new manager.
The scouting and recruitment department that found Mauricio Pochettino are heavily involved and Les Reed is leading the search for the new man.
He hoped to whittle it down to a shortlist in days rather than weeks.
Daily Echo chief sports writer Adam Leitch has just been at St Mary's for a one-on-one interview with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger.
The fascinating transcript will be in tomorrow's Daily Echo, but he is feeding us a few of the highlights.
Krueger insisted that the club did all they could to keep Pochettino and described the way his departure played out as a unique situation.
Saints have plenty options open to them as they look for a new manager, according to chairman Ralph Krueger.
"The scouting and recruiting group that we have is the same group that found Mauricio Pochettino and people asked, 'Who's this guy?'
"Any club that is well-constructed and well-organised is permanently tracking potential managers for a situation such as this."
Last call for votes for your preferred next Saints manager. Tweet the names to us! #saintsfc— @the_saints 28 May 2014
3:55pm Wed 28 May 14
If lallana and Shaw ane to go we want a combined price of 50million which we can use to buy 4 or 5 players . If we don't get the right price dead simple they don't go . If MP wants to go to a club who finished 2 places above us let him go , our youth policy puts theirs to shame and we have some more coming through on the production line . We need a manager who is prepared to give young players a chance , plays attacking football and works hard on the training ground. We have been a victim of our own success which is why our manager and players are in such high demand. Rather be where we are nowthan2 years ago.We should be proud of the fact that 3 of our players are going to the World Cup with England and others will be there with their countries. We have come a along way in very little time , we should see who the board appoint get behind them and back the team . It's the only way being a saints supporter . COYS
gonna be honest, when we started "our journey"... i didnt expect the bus to explode near the finish line #saintsfc— @MrGlennJones 28 May 2014
The Daily Echo's Adam Leitch is currently having a one-to-one interview with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino about what the immediate future holds for Saints.
We'll have more as soon as possible.
Some of the names being touted for the St Maty's hotseat may not seem particularly well known to many fans.
- Oscar Garcia - recent Brighton boss and fomer Barca player
- Paul Clement - current coach at Real Madrid
- Remi Garde - French cup winning manager at Lyon
- Thomas Tuchel - Manager at Mainz in Germany
- Unai Emery - UEFA cup winning manager at Sevilla
I want AVB as next saints manager #saintsfc— @JackHStubbs 28 May 2014
Just spotted #Rafa in the chapel for a quick pint after meeting the board to sign for #Saintsfc— @ben_evans88 28 May 2014
Selected Odds for the next Saints manager:
- 7/2 Murat Yakin
- 9/2 Ronald Koeman
- 7/1 Michael Laudrup, Gus Poyet
- 10/1 Malky Mackay, Steve McClaren
- 12/1 Neil Lennon, Eddie Howe
- 14/1 David Moyes
- 16/1 Rafa Benitez
- 20/1 Oscar Garcia, Paul Clement
- 25/1 Remi Garde, Dan Petrescu, Frank de Boer, Roberto Di Matteo
- 28/1 Unai Emery, Andre Villas-Boas
- 33/1 Steve Clarke, Thomas Tuchel, Glenn Hoddle
- 40/1 Uwe Rosler, Slaven Bilic,Tim Sherwood
- 50/1 Matt Le Tissier, Nigel Adkins, Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Clough
- 80/1 Harry Redknapp, Pepe Mel, Zinedine Zidane
Prices from SkyBet.com
Another of the main candidates being bandied around by fans - but not so much by the bookmakers - is David Moyes.
He had an impressive 11 years at Everton and before joining the Goodison Park side he reportedly came close to becoming Saints manager after Glenn Hoddle left.
But has his tenure at Old Trafford tarnished his reputation too much?
1:02pm Wed 28 May 14
The Club will be here long after every Manager and Player of this great club. If anyone leaves, they go with my backing - simply because they do not share the passion we have anymore!
Southampton FC will be in my heart forever, and anyone proud enough to manage and play for the club will get my support..... for the length of their service!
Goodbye MoPo, Good Luck - you will need it, I just hope you left at the right time and not the wrong time! I consider it to be the latter....
OUR JOURNEY WAS REAL!
Irish betting firm Boylesports is now offering odds of 7/2 for Spurs and Pochettino to do the double over Saints next season.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesports, commented “Pochettino’s first season with Spurs could see the turnaround that the club needs with Boylesports 11/2 that they will win a trophy.”
She added “After leaving Southampton to go to White Hart Lane, Pochettino is 7/2 to see Tottenham do the double over his former club in the Premier League next season.”
Victor Wanyama has said that Pochettino's departure is "a big blow".
He said: "I learnt a lot from him, he taught me more and that's why I have grown as a player and there is a big difference compared to when I was at Celtic," said Wanyama.
"He played a big role in my career development.
"I wanted him to remain because he had the passion for the club and I think the owners should not have let him go because the team can do better next season.
"It's a big blow because he had good connection with the players."
Nice to hear @mattletiss7 and @FrannyBenali talking up #saintsfc, great ambassadors - would love to see them involved in the club officially— @mwinchy13 28 May 2014
The interest in Lallana and Luke Shaw from other clubs is well documented, but which other Saints players are being coveted by others?
There have been transfer rumours involving Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama, Jay Rodriguez, Jack Cork, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Callum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Gaston Ramirez and the already ostracised Dani Osvaldo.
Which of these are you most worried about leaving - and which are you confident are going to stay at Southampton regardless of who the new manager is?
Now is time for Lallana, as captain, to lead by example and stay #saintsfc— @saints247 28 May 2014
11:49am Wed 28 May 14
Dan Howard says
Looking around at the composition and behaviour of some Boards of premier league clubs, I look at SFC’s with relief. It comprises an owner who is interested for legacy reasons, experienced sports professionals and business people.
Remember when Rupert Lowe stood down from the board for 18 months? His replacements managed to spend £52m in a single year against an income of £38m and we all know where that ended up.
I don’t see that happening with this Board.
I think they’ve known for months that MP could well be seduced by an offer and although they hoped he would not be, by virtue of offering a better contract, they will have understood that he could go.
So what sort of manager to replace? According to Krueger we are 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.” So not somebody who will through it all up in the air and start again. Somebody who will build from the current base and continue blending home grown youth with the best of what’s up and coming from elsewhere in Europe.
Looking at Laudrup and Koeman again, I’m sure they quite fit the bill. They don’t have enough to prove to my thinking. They are European football aristocracy and I doubt they have the hunger to move sideways without being excessively bankrolled in the transfer market.
By comparison the Premiership is unfinished business for Malky Mackay and he would have a supportive Board not a ‘mercurial’ owner- proprietor behind him. He’s a strong developmental manager and leader. On that score, Thomas Tuchel, formerly of Mainz has got to be worth a look as well as Yakim.
Whichever way you look at it, I don’t think we need any experienced ‘old lags’ from the English game, ‘showponies’ from Euroland or wild gambles; just solid up and coming professionals with a good track record of success at their first and second clubs with good footballing pedigrees and the hunger to make a name on our next five year project. Speaking of which, I’d like to know what that is!
11:54am Wed 28 May 14
Alty Saint says
Thought Lallana wanted champions league so why would he go to Tottenham?
Gutted by MP's departure but not unexpected really. Could be the start of better things.. Not sure I go with the hatred. #saintsfc #believe— @JHG1973 28 May 2014
But where did the link between Yakin and Saints come from?
Well, it seems to have started with Press Association journalist and huge Saints fan, Simon Peach.
He was on the radio yesterday, talking about the next Saints manager and added at the end that he thought Yakin would be a good fit for Saints - but an outside bet.
He said: “The outsider is Murat Yakin. He’s done a fantastic job at Basel and has recently left the club. Southampton’s owners are Swiss, he plays good football and he doesn’t speak English, so he ticks all the boxes! He’s an outsider for me."
Of course, the Swiss Super League is not as strong as the Premier League, but according to UEFA's co-efficient rankings, FC Basel are the 20th best team in Europe, with 75.645 points.
This puts them between Spurs on 75.949 and FC Zenit of Russia on 73.899, who are one place above Manchester City.
It is worth remembering though that the co-efficients are based on five years of participation in European competition - not the strength of the national league.
The Swiss Super League is the 13th best in Europe, ranked between Greece and Austria, by UEFA.
So who is Murat Yakin, and why is he suddenly the number one choice among Saints fans?
Well, until the middle of this month he was the manager of FC Basel in Switzerland, and guided them to the title - although he left the day before the last game of the season.
Here is his record at FC Basel:
He won back-to-back titles in his two years at FC Basel.
One of the names on that list is current Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
However, his current club look unlikely to let Saints talk to their gaffer.
Sunderland have issued a "hands-off" warning to Southampton as the Saints start the search for a new manager.
Murat Yakin and Ronald Koeman were being quoted as the bookmakers' favourites, but Poyet's odds were slashed overnight.
You can read more in this article.
Here are the latest votes for who Saints fans want as the next manager at St Mary's:
You can still vote by sending us a tweet at @the_saints with the name of your favoured candidate.
The results above only include managers who have received more than one vote.
10:10am Wed 28 May 14
MoPo and Nicola have both bu*gered off entirely of their own accord. Katherina is still here and we should trust her.
10:33am Wed 28 May 14
I hope the board tell poch to forget any thoughts of taking any of our players to White Hart Lane. I would hope that Lallana of all people would show a little loyalty to the club considering the journey they have been on together. saying that i would much rather see him join Liverpool than have the board let MoPo raid our squad of its best players.
Rumours flying round of Kroeman the Feyenoord manager being the replacement, i would very much hope that we could attract a manager with a better managerial record to be honest. Yakin would seem the most suitable replacement in my eyes. would have been good if Salah was still at Basel as Yakin may still have had some pulling power with the players if he did jojn.
We're still continuing our twitter vote for Saints fans to tell us who they want as the next Saints boss.
To have your say, simply tweet the name of your preferred option to @the_saints.
Here were the standings last night:
“In the future everyone will be the Spurs manager for 15 minutes.” - Andy Warhol— @StephenMangan 28 May 2014
An open response to Pochettino's open letter. #saintsfc http://t.co/tLMx0v5JHC— @antonydjames 27 May 2014
9:33am Wed 28 May 14
so 101% voted in your poll according to my maths
That's due to rounding of the percentages.
@the_saints damage limitation now. Shaw and lallana will go and probably one of Morgan and lovren. Board need to act quick + restore trust— @gregvul 28 May 2014
9:27am Wed 28 May 14
It basic and simple, there is now going to be loads and loads of media stories linking all our players with moves away. The board need to act on this and speak out, they need to respond, hold a press conference, anything just to calm it all down, as the silence only fuels it more. We probably are going to lose one or two players but with the lads we have coming through the youth system and the money well get from the sales we can come good again, but we cannot allow a fire sale or mass walk out to take place. The players are contracted to the club not the ex-manager. Boss it and put your foot down !!
Already this morning, Pochettino is being linked with a return to St Mary's in the hope of taking some of his former charges with him to White Hart Lane.
Adam Lallana, who already looks increasingly likely to leave Saints, is a target for Pochettino according to The Guardian.
That could start a bidding war for the player, with Liverpool already having submitted bids in excess of £20m for the midfielder.
With that in mind, we'll be garnering various thoughts, opinion and news throughout the day - hopefully including yours.
To kick off, how do you feel right now about Saints' future?
After the confirmation yesterday, today Saints fans are trying to figure out what exactly the departure of Mauricio Pochettino means for the club.
Will it be the beginning of a painful few months as the vultures circle or is it a chance for the new board to stamp their authority on the club and continuing its upward trajectory?