Reds sign Rickie - and aim for more Saints

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

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Liverpool are set to complete the first of three possible summer raids on Saints with the capture of star striker Rickie Lambert in the next few days.

The Reds expect to put the 32-year-old through a medical today, before handing him a two-year contract, having agreed a fee worth up to £5m, plus add-ons.

This season’s runners-up in the Premier League will then look to seal moves for Adam Lallana, having lodged an improved £25m bid last night, and Dejan Lovren later in the summer.

On top of that, Saints are also attempting to resist a last-ditch attempt from Manchester United to push through a deal for Luke Shaw before the World Cup begins.

United, who have offered £27m for the 18-year-old left-back, are understood to have been in touch yesterday in a bid to complete the transfer before the player flies off to Miami tomorrow for England’s pre-Brazil training camp.

Once that point has passed, it will be complicated for any deals to be concluded until the squad returns from South America.

Saints, for their part, ideally want to put the matter on the backburner until after the tournament, when a new manager will be in place at St Mary’s, and supporters will expect them to do just that.

Chairman Ralph Krueger had said this week that all transfer dealings were on hold until a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, who walked out on Tuesday to join Tottenham, was found.

In hindsight, that has turned out to be a somewhat embarrassing statement, given the decision to agree a fee for Lambert, but Saints felt under far more pressure to deal with that situation quickly than they do with any of the others.

Liverpool’s approach came out of the blue on Thursday, after Krueger had spoken, with the Reds issuing an ultimatum that the deal had to be in place by the end of the weekend, as they would not wait until after the World Cup and would instead turn their attention elsewhere.

Knowing that Lambert’s heart is set on a dream move to his hometown club, Saints felt that holding onto him against his will could do more harm than good, and so reluctantly accepted, although soothing fans’ feelings that they have been bullied into the transfer will not be easy.

They have intended to be firmer when it comes to Shaw and their captain, Lallana, who had been the subject of a initial £20m bid from Liverpool, while the Reds are also understood to be plotting a £15m move for centre-half Lovren.

As would be the case with Lovren, if they do lose Lallana, Saints will want to receive a major sum, especially with Bournemouth owed 25 per cent of any fee for their skipper.

Having all-but-sealed Lambert's move, Liverpool appear to now be applying similar pressure on Saints to conclude a deal for Lallana.

Lambert’s move to Anfield, from where he was released as a schoolboy, is expected to be confirmed tomorrow at the earliest, or more likely early next week.

His former club, Bristol Rovers, are said to have a 20 per cent sell on fee, meaning they would receive about £1m.

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6:01am Sat 31 May 14

Mush On The Beach says...

If a week is a long time in politics then 24 hours in football seems longer to me. I’m struggling to get my head round the timing of the Rickie move given the current PR just laid out by Krueger.
The only logical reason I can see is if Rickie is off to replace Suarez who is off to replace Benzema who is off to replace Rickie at St Marys. Am I right Mr Krueger?
Good luck Sir Rickie, it’s been emotional.
If a week is a long time in politics then 24 hours in football seems longer to me. I’m struggling to get my head round the timing of the Rickie move given the current PR just laid out by Krueger. The only logical reason I can see is if Rickie is off to replace Suarez who is off to replace Benzema who is off to replace Rickie at St Marys. Am I right Mr Krueger? Good luck Sir Rickie, it’s been emotional. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 28

6:49am Sat 31 May 14

long memory says...

Less than £19 million for AL, a WORLD CLASS player, Liverpool, your taking the p++s.
Regarding something RK said the other day,if we have 20 scouts constantly searching for great talent,how come we purchased Guly,Forren,Osvaldo,
and several other poor signings.
Less than £19 million for AL, a WORLD CLASS player, Liverpool, your taking the p++s. Regarding something RK said the other day,if we have 20 scouts constantly searching for great talent,how come we purchased Guly,Forren,Osvaldo, and several other poor signings. long memory
  • Score: 15

7:01am Sat 31 May 14

redandy10 says...

I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag.

I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places.

Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent.

As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!!
I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag. I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places. Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent. As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!! redandy10
  • Score: 33

7:16am Sat 31 May 14

midlandsaint says...

Obviously id prefer Rickie and Adam to stay at the club but I think those two deserve our thanks and blessing should they move on. Rickie has been an absolute legend while Adam displayed his loyalty and character by sticking with us when he was younger and we were relegated. Both deserve a crack at the big time and champions league football.

I only wish it couldve been with us.
Obviously id prefer Rickie and Adam to stay at the club but I think those two deserve our thanks and blessing should they move on. Rickie has been an absolute legend while Adam displayed his loyalty and character by sticking with us when he was younger and we were relegated. Both deserve a crack at the big time and champions league football. I only wish it couldve been with us. midlandsaint
  • Score: 13

7:33am Sat 31 May 14

John Smith34 says...

The media frenzy surrounding our players is just doing my swede in. We develop these players from such a young age not only to become wonderful footballers but to in to be coming young men and the big clubs that can't produce jack s**t think they can bully and manipulate us into just giving them away. Liverpooll's "final offer,take it or leave it attitude" "we want it sorted before the World Cup" comments slowly makes me lose my love for the game. DO NOT SELL ADAM LALLANA! He is our captain and linchpin and must not be sold.
The media frenzy surrounding our players is just doing my swede in. We develop these players from such a young age not only to become wonderful footballers but to in to be coming young men and the big clubs that can't produce jack s**t think they can bully and manipulate us into just giving them away. Liverpooll's "final offer,take it or leave it attitude" "we want it sorted before the World Cup" comments slowly makes me lose my love for the game. DO NOT SELL ADAM LALLANA! He is our captain and linchpin and must not be sold. John Smith34
  • Score: 13

7:38am Sat 31 May 14

Rising_Son says...

redandy10 wrote:
I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag.

I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places.

Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent.

As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!!
Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals.

(God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)
[quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag. I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places. Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent. As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!![/p][/quote]Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals. (God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.) Rising_Son
  • Score: 22

7:41am Sat 31 May 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

TELL Liverpoooooool to do one.

We should be adding to our squad right now and building up different options for getting GOALS like Brendan Rogers. Rickie will be a loss to this club - there is no doubt about that and thtere is no cheap option for a replacement.

20 Scouts or 200 Scouts working for SFC - all Clubs out there are doing the same - and thanks to Judas - we now are lumbered with Dani.

If Adam and Luke go - THERE WILL BE NO CONFIDENCE LEFT IN THIS BOARD - LES REED AND RALPH (NIGHTMARE AT ST MARYS) KRUEGER WILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT.
TELL Liverpoooooool to do one. We should be adding to our squad right now and building up different options for getting GOALS like Brendan Rogers. Rickie will be a loss to this club - there is no doubt about that and thtere is no cheap option for a replacement. 20 Scouts or 200 Scouts working for SFC - all Clubs out there are doing the same - and thanks to Judas - we now are lumbered with Dani. If Adam and Luke go - THERE WILL BE NO CONFIDENCE LEFT IN THIS BOARD - LES REED AND RALPH (NIGHTMARE AT ST MARYS) KRUEGER WILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 10

7:48am Sat 31 May 14

milton road says...

Rising Sun
I agree with you and I think it was on the cards for Rickie to go in the close of season, yet the timing stinks and has made the boars look weak, it should not have been done until a manager was in place. There is no doubt that he was a force in the dressing room though and players looked up to him as they did Poch.
Rising Sun I agree with you and I think it was on the cards for Rickie to go in the close of season, yet the timing stinks and has made the boars look weak, it should not have been done until a manager was in place. There is no doubt that he was a force in the dressing room though and players looked up to him as they did Poch. milton road
  • Score: 6

7:52am Sat 31 May 14

saintbobby says...

BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal.

So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract.

But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren!
BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal. So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract. But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren! saintbobby
  • Score: 15

7:57am Sat 31 May 14

Rising_Son says...

milton road wrote:
Rising Sun
I agree with you and I think it was on the cards for Rickie to go in the close of season, yet the timing stinks and has made the boars look weak, it should not have been done until a manager was in place. There is no doubt that he was a force in the dressing room though and players looked up to him as they did Poch.
Strategically, RK seems to have made a right fool of himself by suggesting that the new manager would be involved in transfer decisions a day or so before news of this transfer comes out. I only hope he has the 'integrity' to at least delay any more until after the World Cup when the new manager is in place, or preferably take Nancy Reagan's advice and just say no.
[quote][p][bold]milton road[/bold] wrote: Rising Sun I agree with you and I think it was on the cards for Rickie to go in the close of season, yet the timing stinks and has made the boars look weak, it should not have been done until a manager was in place. There is no doubt that he was a force in the dressing room though and players looked up to him as they did Poch.[/p][/quote]Strategically, RK seems to have made a right fool of himself by suggesting that the new manager would be involved in transfer decisions a day or so before news of this transfer comes out. I only hope he has the 'integrity' to at least delay any more until after the World Cup when the new manager is in place, or preferably take Nancy Reagan's advice and just say no. Rising_Son
  • Score: 11

8:06am Sat 31 May 14

milton road says...

I think Rickie going to Liverpool in the twilight of his career to play for the club he idolises, you cannot blame him for and I hope we give him a good reception when he comes back.

In relation to MP I remember when Hoddle left to go and manage SPurs which was his club, he had supported and played for as a player. The abuse he got from Saints fans, which I did not completely understand I can always sympathise with someone who wants to be part of their special club. Yet MP was totally mercenary and whilst I can understand his want for a so called bigger club, he should have given us another year to see if we could achieve the goals set.

Though unpopular idea Hoddle may not be bad man to have round the club with his recent history of work and involvement in setting up and running youth acadamy's in some role.
I think Rickie going to Liverpool in the twilight of his career to play for the club he idolises, you cannot blame him for and I hope we give him a good reception when he comes back. In relation to MP I remember when Hoddle left to go and manage SPurs which was his club, he had supported and played for as a player. The abuse he got from Saints fans, which I did not completely understand I can always sympathise with someone who wants to be part of their special club. Yet MP was totally mercenary and whilst I can understand his want for a so called bigger club, he should have given us another year to see if we could achieve the goals set. Though unpopular idea Hoddle may not be bad man to have round the club with his recent history of work and involvement in setting up and running youth acadamy's in some role. milton road
  • Score: 11

8:43am Sat 31 May 14

redandy10 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
redandy10 wrote:
I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag.

I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places.

Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent.

As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!!
Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals.

(God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)
Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about.

RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup!
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag. I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places. Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent. As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!![/p][/quote]Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals. (God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)[/p][/quote]Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about. RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup! redandy10
  • Score: 10

9:07am Sat 31 May 14

Costa Baz says...

There may be zero truth, in this, but I have read somewhere, that Lambert is becoming more and more reliant on painkillers, to see him through games.

May be total ****, but if true, he could well have spent more time on the bench, next season, even if he had stayed.

Bottom line is, that he clearly wants to go to Liverpool and the board has been, depending on your viewpoint, greedy, money grabbing liars, or compassionate.

If the first sentence is credible, then this may turn out to be very good business.
There may be zero truth, in this, but I have read somewhere, that Lambert is becoming more and more reliant on painkillers, to see him through games. May be total ****, but if true, he could well have spent more time on the bench, next season, even if he had stayed. Bottom line is, that he clearly wants to go to Liverpool and the board has been, depending on your viewpoint, greedy, money grabbing liars, or compassionate. If the first sentence is credible, then this may turn out to be very good business. Costa Baz
  • Score: 10

9:08am Sat 31 May 14

guernseysaint says...

I don't normally write on these forums, just read them, but I can't help but think the board are being given a really hard time on this one. Poch decided to leave, Saints really had no choice. Remember that Sherwood was at Spurs right up to the end of the season, and other than Spurs showing an interest in Poch, he would still be here. No other clubs were showing an interest in Poch. Poch has let us down, not the Board. It is quite obvious the Board wanted him to stay but Poch felt he had to go. I'm still not sure why! Ricky seems like he is going, and I think they are right to let him go, making him stay would have been counter productive to the club. They must now make it clear that no other players are for sale until after the World Cup and a new manager is appointed as RK has already stated. Simple. Lallana and Shaw have both said publicly they will not consider any transfers until after the World Cup. Liverpool and Utd can wait it is as simple as that. Get a new manager in over the next few weeks and when they get back from Rio sit down with them and get them to both to give us one more season with the promise of a big spend by the new manager over the summer, regular football and the goal of European football by the end of next season. I have to say I agree with Matty. Don't panic. We don't know what is happening behind the scenes. If Ricky, Lallana, Shaw, Lovren, Clyne, Schneiderlin et al are all off next week then I'll be joining the rest of you wanting the Board out but I can't see it yet.
I don't normally write on these forums, just read them, but I can't help but think the board are being given a really hard time on this one. Poch decided to leave, Saints really had no choice. Remember that Sherwood was at Spurs right up to the end of the season, and other than Spurs showing an interest in Poch, he would still be here. No other clubs were showing an interest in Poch. Poch has let us down, not the Board. It is quite obvious the Board wanted him to stay but Poch felt he had to go. I'm still not sure why! Ricky seems like he is going, and I think they are right to let him go, making him stay would have been counter productive to the club. They must now make it clear that no other players are for sale until after the World Cup and a new manager is appointed as RK has already stated. Simple. Lallana and Shaw have both said publicly they will not consider any transfers until after the World Cup. Liverpool and Utd can wait it is as simple as that. Get a new manager in over the next few weeks and when they get back from Rio sit down with them and get them to both to give us one more season with the promise of a big spend by the new manager over the summer, regular football and the goal of European football by the end of next season. I have to say I agree with Matty. Don't panic. We don't know what is happening behind the scenes. If Ricky, Lallana, Shaw, Lovren, Clyne, Schneiderlin et al are all off next week then I'll be joining the rest of you wanting the Board out but I can't see it yet. guernseysaint
  • Score: 13

9:18am Sat 31 May 14

long memory says...

saintbobby wrote:
BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal.

So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract.

But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren!
Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million.
[quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal. So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract. But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren![/p][/quote]Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million. long memory
  • Score: 6

9:21am Sat 31 May 14

BarnetSaint says...

We now hear the transfer fee is a paltry £2M with add ons.
I have absolutely no faith in the characters running our club.The timing of Rickies move is appalling and shows that the likes of l pool will call all the shots with us. Poch will be in soon to lure more of our talent away.
We have no manager, ( despite Poch being tapped up by spuds in January) as anyone worth their salt will not come to us with so many players looking to leave.
Interesting comments on other fans forums, they describe their owners as willing to spend their money to push on but see Kat as wanting to recoup money to service our debts. I hope I'm wrong but I really fear for the team I've followed home and away for 30 years.
We now hear the transfer fee is a paltry £2M with add ons. I have absolutely no faith in the characters running our club.The timing of Rickies move is appalling and shows that the likes of l pool will call all the shots with us. Poch will be in soon to lure more of our talent away. We have no manager, ( despite Poch being tapped up by spuds in January) as anyone worth their salt will not come to us with so many players looking to leave. Interesting comments on other fans forums, they describe their owners as willing to spend their money to push on but see Kat as wanting to recoup money to service our debts. I hope I'm wrong but I really fear for the team I've followed home and away for 30 years. BarnetSaint
  • Score: 2

9:53am Sat 31 May 14

BigBugBuzzz says...

We were played, again. Yes, Rickie wanted to go, and it was a "tough choice".

But ask yourself WHY did he want to go? Because a situation had been created where he wanted to go!! And that is the Boards fault, by selling out on our ambitions!!

The Board's actions are devaluing everything at the club right now, and if they continue selling our most important assets, they will continue to rot the club. It really is a downward spiral.

I can't believe they don't see it. In fact, I am certain they do see it, which means their strategy is extremely short term. I do believe they are asset stripping before putting this Premier League club on the market early season...

But whatever their motive, oh how horrible (business) people they are!!

People might say, yes, but we will bring someone good in, just wait and see. Well, just ask yourself, how come all other clubs are buzzing around like busy bees (wasps) while we are completely and utterly inactive?

It really hurts having invested so much emotion in this cause, and watching someone tear it all away.

Like someone said on here, it feels like being forced to watch someone burgle your home... Except much worse, it's all that, and then facing the prospect of ridicule afterwards!
We were played, again. Yes, Rickie wanted to go, and it was a "tough choice". But ask yourself WHY did he want to go? Because a situation had been created where he wanted to go!! And that is the Boards fault, by selling out on our ambitions!! The Board's actions are devaluing everything at the club right now, and if they continue selling our most important assets, they will continue to rot the club. It really is a downward spiral. I can't believe they don't see it. In fact, I am certain they do see it, which means their strategy is extremely short term. I do believe they are asset stripping before putting this Premier League club on the market early season... But whatever their motive, oh how horrible (business) people they are!! People might say, yes, but we will bring someone good in, just wait and see. Well, just ask yourself, how come all other clubs are buzzing around like busy bees (wasps) while we are completely and utterly inactive? It really hurts having invested so much emotion in this cause, and watching someone tear it all away. Like someone said on here, it feels like being forced to watch someone burgle your home... Except much worse, it's all that, and then facing the prospect of ridicule afterwards! BigBugBuzzz
  • Score: 2

9:54am Sat 31 May 14

markodarko29 says...

Saints must appoint a top manager this week to gain some credibility and stop the circus as to what Southampton FC has become this week and it must be someone the players will look up to and respect
Saints must appoint a top manager this week to gain some credibility and stop the circus as to what Southampton FC has become this week and it must be someone the players will look up to and respect markodarko29
  • Score: 8

10:21am Sat 31 May 14

saintmicky says...

guernseysaint wrote:
I don't normally write on these forums, just read them, but I can't help but think the board are being given a really hard time on this one. Poch decided to leave, Saints really had no choice. Remember that Sherwood was at Spurs right up to the end of the season, and other than Spurs showing an interest in Poch, he would still be here. No other clubs were showing an interest in Poch. Poch has let us down, not the Board. It is quite obvious the Board wanted him to stay but Poch felt he had to go. I'm still not sure why! Ricky seems like he is going, and I think they are right to let him go, making him stay would have been counter productive to the club. They must now make it clear that no other players are for sale until after the World Cup and a new manager is appointed as RK has already stated. Simple. Lallana and Shaw have both said publicly they will not consider any transfers until after the World Cup. Liverpool and Utd can wait it is as simple as that. Get a new manager in over the next few weeks and when they get back from Rio sit down with them and get them to both to give us one more season with the promise of a big spend by the new manager over the summer, regular football and the goal of European football by the end of next season. I have to say I agree with Matty. Don't panic. We don't know what is happening behind the scenes. If Ricky, Lallana, Shaw, Lovren, Clyne, Schneiderlin et al are all off next week then I'll be joining the rest of you wanting the Board out but I can't see it yet.
This is exactly it.

Rickie going is a separate issue, arriving at an inopportune moment.

You have to wonder though with all the good reasons a manager like Poch should avoid Spurs, and following such a successful season with fans who have sung his name constantly, why would he be so keen to leave?
IF we hold on to everyone else and get a manager who can inspire some confidence in the squad, and then the decision is made to let some players go, based on the judgements of an experienced winning manager who thinks he can get better with £60M then so be it.
If however we let anyone else go before this I think the asset stripping conspiracy theorists may have a point.
[quote][p][bold]guernseysaint[/bold] wrote: I don't normally write on these forums, just read them, but I can't help but think the board are being given a really hard time on this one. Poch decided to leave, Saints really had no choice. Remember that Sherwood was at Spurs right up to the end of the season, and other than Spurs showing an interest in Poch, he would still be here. No other clubs were showing an interest in Poch. Poch has let us down, not the Board. It is quite obvious the Board wanted him to stay but Poch felt he had to go. I'm still not sure why! Ricky seems like he is going, and I think they are right to let him go, making him stay would have been counter productive to the club. They must now make it clear that no other players are for sale until after the World Cup and a new manager is appointed as RK has already stated. Simple. Lallana and Shaw have both said publicly they will not consider any transfers until after the World Cup. Liverpool and Utd can wait it is as simple as that. Get a new manager in over the next few weeks and when they get back from Rio sit down with them and get them to both to give us one more season with the promise of a big spend by the new manager over the summer, regular football and the goal of European football by the end of next season. I have to say I agree with Matty. Don't panic. We don't know what is happening behind the scenes. If Ricky, Lallana, Shaw, Lovren, Clyne, Schneiderlin et al are all off next week then I'll be joining the rest of you wanting the Board out but I can't see it yet.[/p][/quote]This is exactly it. Rickie going is a separate issue, arriving at an inopportune moment. You have to wonder though with all the good reasons a manager like Poch should avoid Spurs, and following such a successful season with fans who have sung his name constantly, why would he be so keen to leave? IF we hold on to everyone else and get a manager who can inspire some confidence in the squad, and then the decision is made to let some players go, based on the judgements of an experienced winning manager who thinks he can get better with £60M then so be it. If however we let anyone else go before this I think the asset stripping conspiracy theorists may have a point. saintmicky
  • Score: 5

10:37am Sat 31 May 14

timboland says...

It is now being reported that the initial fee is only £2m with the extra money coming later through 'add ons' (I assume appearances etc). £2m (and frankly, even if it does rise to £4m) is an outrageously low fee for Lambert! Peter Crouch signed for Stoke 2 years ago, aged 31, for £10m. £2m looks like daylight robbery to me.
It is now being reported that the initial fee is only £2m with the extra money coming later through 'add ons' (I assume appearances etc). £2m (and frankly, even if it does rise to £4m) is an outrageously low fee for Lambert! Peter Crouch signed for Stoke 2 years ago, aged 31, for £10m. £2m looks like daylight robbery to me. timboland
  • Score: 6

10:53am Sat 31 May 14

BigBugBuzzz says...

Perhaps the Board are Liverpool fans?
Perhaps the Board are Liverpool fans? BigBugBuzzz
  • Score: 4

11:04am Sat 31 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

Yeats wrote:
I spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

That obviously referred to something far more important than football but having said that, no-one seems to be treading very softy over the dreams that all the young Saints kids (not to mention the not so young) have nurtured.

We are being treated like s..t.
Yeats wrote: I spread my dreams under your feet Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. That obviously referred to something far more important than football but having said that, no-one seems to be treading very softy over the dreams that all the young Saints kids (not to mention the not so young) have nurtured. We are being treated like s..t. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 3

11:13am Sat 31 May 14

saints4eva12 says...

redandy10 wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
redandy10 wrote:
I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag.

I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places.

Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent.

As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!!
Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals.

(God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)
Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about.

RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup!
lets givem dani
[quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag. I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places. Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent. As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!![/p][/quote]Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals. (God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)[/p][/quote]Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about. RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup![/p][/quote]lets givem dani saints4eva12
  • Score: -1

11:40am Sat 31 May 14

Bazultra says...

I am sick to my stomach over this. Its the same as giving up your job or sell ing your car before you have a new one. So its not good business for any fee from this mickey mouse board. You dont sell our best striker before we have a new one. Cortese has a vision and ambition, everything he did showed that. Only time will tell but im very disheartened. If we do have an exodus of players leaving I certainly wont be buying any tickets this season to further line the liebheers pockets!
I am sick to my stomach over this. Its the same as giving up your job or sell ing your car before you have a new one. So its not good business for any fee from this mickey mouse board. You dont sell our best striker before we have a new one. Cortese has a vision and ambition, everything he did showed that. Only time will tell but im very disheartened. If we do have an exodus of players leaving I certainly wont be buying any tickets this season to further line the liebheers pockets! Bazultra
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Sat 31 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

saints4eva12 wrote:
redandy10 wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
redandy10 wrote:
I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag.

I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places.

Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent.

As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!!
Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals.

(God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)
Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about.

RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup!
lets givem dani
BOGOF!
[quote][p][bold]saints4eva12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redandy10[/bold] wrote: I think the Rickie deal has proven that contracts mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in modern football. People might say he's 32 best we got rid now, but he's an England international and we already needed to strengthen upfront. Plus this guy was a figurehead of the club and if another club can get HIM so cheap, who else might they be able to snag. I don't want to knock KL because of the massive debt we owe her dad, but she has taken something promising and completely destroyed its potential. If she could have backed NC for another year without interference and been generous in the transfer budget, IMO it WOULD have paid off. We finished 8th, the perfect position to add a couple of players & make the final push into the European places. Whoever is making the decisions down there needs to get a handle on things, otherwise we are sending the message to other clubs that it's open season on our talent. As for Rickie's fee, Ralph should be ashamed of himself. We were always going to struggle to keep Adam & Luke, but to let Rickie go & for that amount is scandalous. This Ralph character doesn't seem to be God's gift to the fine art of negotiation, he'll probably flog Luke & come back with BEANS!!![/p][/quote]Our problem last season was not scoring goals. I think we need to make major changes to the way we play up front. When Rickie is there, we seem to depend on him too much (not surprisingly given how good he is), but that might mean that tactically we are not very flexible. It's not easy to say this about someone I rate so highly as a footballer and as a decent human being, but perhaps we need to let him go in order to develop and score more goals. (God, I got a lump in my throat typing that.)[/p][/quote]Yeah we did rely on him too often. He comes across as incredibly humble and nice, and I totally I get what you mean about letting him go. We need other sources for goal scoring. He's been incredible for us and it's so sad to see him go. If we still had NC & Poch I'd be over the moon for the guy and because of it being his dream it would have been a case of sod the price. I'm still happy for him, but him going just fuels this whole mass exodus thing that the press keep banging on about. RisingI know what you mean by lump in the throat, he really drove us out of league 1. I hope he has a great World Cup![/p][/quote]lets givem dani[/p][/quote]BOGOF! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -1

2:09pm Sat 31 May 14

chrisj53 says...

Writing has been on the wall since Nicola Cortese walked... Poch (35% win rate) is a bit weak and is doing a runner to a "bigger" club, and if he goes the same way as Sherwood (61% win rate) he will regret this big time...
Cannot blame Lambert for going to Liverpool, a crack at the Champs League and titles is great for a 32 year old who deserves it after what he's done for Saints..Good luck to him...
If Saints are to let the players leave , how are we going to attract world class managers/ players if we continue to sell.....the attraction must be the team in the first place,
KL in my opinion is just recouping the outlay of her father, and as she knows nothing about football will just sell the club .. after stripping it of the assets...
Typically, the renewal deadline for season tickets was yesterday and after the outlay of a lot of money comes the exodus of the team....What do we have to look forward to next season? a repeat of 2003 when it went all downhill then....
This is the best opportunity we have had in years NOT to be a selling club and invest in bigger things....why cant we do that?
Writing has been on the wall since Nicola Cortese walked... Poch (35% win rate) is a bit weak and is doing a runner to a "bigger" club, and if he goes the same way as Sherwood (61% win rate) he will regret this big time... Cannot blame Lambert for going to Liverpool, a crack at the Champs League and titles is great for a 32 year old who deserves it after what he's done for Saints..Good luck to him... If Saints are to let the players leave , how are we going to attract world class managers/ players if we continue to sell.....the attraction must be the team in the first place, KL in my opinion is just recouping the outlay of her father, and as she knows nothing about football will just sell the club .. after stripping it of the assets... Typically, the renewal deadline for season tickets was yesterday and after the outlay of a lot of money comes the exodus of the team....What do we have to look forward to next season? a repeat of 2003 when it went all downhill then.... This is the best opportunity we have had in years NOT to be a selling club and invest in bigger things....why cant we do that? chrisj53
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Sat 31 May 14

saintbobby says...

long memory wrote:
saintbobby wrote:
BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal.

So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract.

But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren!
Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million.
Oops! And I am good at sums, usually. Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]long memory[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal. So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract. But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren![/p][/quote]Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million.[/p][/quote]Oops! And I am good at sums, usually. Thanks. saintbobby
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Sat 31 May 14

saintbobby says...

I do wish Rickie the very best and hope he gets a chance to play, though there is a lot of competition and Gerrard takes the penalties. But there you go.

However, whilst the Board were in a difficult position they must be very sore that this offer comes in just 24 hours after RK's statement. Makes one look pretty daft. Let's hope that's it and the next news is the name of the new manager.
I do wish Rickie the very best and hope he gets a chance to play, though there is a lot of competition and Gerrard takes the penalties. But there you go. However, whilst the Board were in a difficult position they must be very sore that this offer comes in just 24 hours after RK's statement. Makes one look pretty daft. Let's hope that's it and the next news is the name of the new manager. saintbobby
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Sat 31 May 14

St.Gaz says...

What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup
There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick!
What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick! St.Gaz
  • Score: 1

3:09pm Sat 31 May 14

deepheat says...

Saints are not growing as a club, they are rebuilding and we all know what that means. A long hard struggle as our new Saints players and manager try to adapt to the EPL. It's like we have just got promotion from the Championship and are competing with Leicester City, QPR, and Burnley to survive in the Premiership.

Christian Gross is now 3rd favourite to be manager ffs. All the managers that have been mentioned so far Steve McClaren, Ronald Koeman, Neil Lennon, Oscar Garcia are mediocre at best.

RK is new to football and doesn't fool any Saints fan with empty words. Talk is cheap. What we need is action. Come on RK give us something to get excited about and less of the spiel. .
Saints are not growing as a club, they are rebuilding and we all know what that means. A long hard struggle as our new Saints players and manager try to adapt to the EPL. It's like we have just got promotion from the Championship and are competing with Leicester City, QPR, and Burnley to survive in the Premiership. Christian Gross is now 3rd favourite to be manager ffs. All the managers that have been mentioned so far Steve McClaren, Ronald Koeman, Neil Lennon, Oscar Garcia are mediocre at best. RK is new to football and doesn't fool any Saints fan with empty words. Talk is cheap. What we need is action. Come on RK give us something to get excited about and less of the spiel. . deepheat
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Sat 31 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

St.Gaz wrote:
What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup
There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick!
Good point,and why are we allowing other clubs to say to us "Take it or leave it". What a cheek,you can only use that in negotiations, if the other party are running scared.Are we?
[quote][p][bold]St.Gaz[/bold] wrote: What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick![/p][/quote]Good point,and why are we allowing other clubs to say to us "Take it or leave it". What a cheek,you can only use that in negotiations, if the other party are running scared.Are we? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

4:02pm Sat 31 May 14

hedge end bob says...

WONDER WHAT OUR SPONSORS THINK OF US NOW. Chairman that bends the truth. The owner that seems more intent on taking instead of spending money. Less Reed in charge of all transfers , so far as were led to believe but only produced duff deals in recent times. The two coaches that groomed our youngsters for the future of SFC sacked. And last but not least, reported on television today that there is EIGHT first team players wanting to leave the club. SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB , PRIDE OF THE SOUTH.. Seems too have an empty ring about it today, sad.
WONDER WHAT OUR SPONSORS THINK OF US NOW. Chairman that bends the truth. The owner that seems more intent on taking instead of spending money. Less Reed in charge of all transfers , so far as were led to believe but only produced duff deals in recent times. The two coaches that groomed our youngsters for the future of SFC sacked. And last but not least, reported on television today that there is EIGHT first team players wanting to leave the club. SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB , PRIDE OF THE SOUTH.. Seems too have an empty ring about it today, sad. hedge end bob
  • Score: 3

4:11pm Sat 31 May 14

Rising_Son says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
St.Gaz wrote:
What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup
There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick!
Good point,and why are we allowing other clubs to say to us "Take it or leave it". What a cheek,you can only use that in negotiations, if the other party are running scared.Are we?
If that's what they want to say, how can you stop them from saying it? It's no different from us deciding to say no, which I hope is what we're going to do. They couldn't stop us, could they?
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Gaz[/bold] wrote: What I can't get my head round is why sell Rickie before the world cup There no reason why he had to go before! If Rickie has a good world cup his value would only go up? This is why people are concerned? Are the board really this thick![/p][/quote]Good point,and why are we allowing other clubs to say to us "Take it or leave it". What a cheek,you can only use that in negotiations, if the other party are running scared.Are we?[/p][/quote]If that's what they want to say, how can you stop them from saying it? It's no different from us deciding to say no, which I hope is what we're going to do. They couldn't stop us, could they? Rising_Son
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Sat 31 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Not content with trying to steal the CRUISE INDUSTRY , SCOUSERS now what our team . Why not just move here . Its bloody cheaper , and You maybe surprised by St Mary s stadium , after the ARK of ANFIELD. Foxtrot oscar ....
Not content with trying to steal the CRUISE INDUSTRY , SCOUSERS now what our team . Why not just move here . Its bloody cheaper , and You maybe surprised by St Mary s stadium , after the ARK of ANFIELD. Foxtrot oscar .... SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 4

5:20pm Sat 31 May 14

Toxteth Red says...

I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.
I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club. Toxteth Red
  • Score: -4

5:33pm Sat 31 May 14

St.Gaz says...

Just seen Rickie's interview on sky should of seen his face when asked about two of are other players joining him at anfield! It was a picture!
He knows what's going on you could tell by he's body language!
Thought lightning didn't strike twice feels like the dark days of Lowe all over again? Only time will tell?
Just seen Rickie's interview on sky should of seen his face when asked about two of are other players joining him at anfield! It was a picture! He knows what's going on you could tell by he's body language! Thought lightning didn't strike twice feels like the dark days of Lowe all over again? Only time will tell? St.Gaz
  • Score: 2

5:41pm Sat 31 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Toxteth Red wrote:
I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.
Well your unofficial B team beat Man Utd in an FA Cup Final in 1976...your first team haven't managed it yet,have they?
[quote][p][bold]Toxteth Red[/bold] wrote: I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.[/p][/quote]Well your unofficial B team beat Man Utd in an FA Cup Final in 1976...your first team haven't managed it yet,have they? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Sat 31 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Toxteth Red wrote:
I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.
ha ha ha ha ha ha.
thanks for that mr diverpool fan (ifs that's what your claiming to be) I needed that, with all the doom and gloom merchants on here having a field day I really needed a good laugh!
go on then just for sh&ts & giggles remind us, who from our world class academy have you actually brought?
so far all you've managed to do is buy an aging striker who has 1 or 2 years left just to sit on your bench.
yes rickie has been great for us and you wont find a bigger fan than me, but he`s getting past his best and struggled at times to keep up with our high pressing game, you know the style of football you tried to copy last season but couldn't.
could you also remind us how your players bottled it at the end of the season, it was funny to watch!
yes you will have to watch saints games next year because that way you will get to see the team your manager seems so desperate to be in charge of. wouldn't it make more sense for him to just come here? after all he blew his chance of winning the league with your lot and after you lose the biter to Madrid this summer you aren't going to get anywhere near winning it again!
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
you will always be Madrid`s feeder team! try getting an academy of your own in the future it might do you some good and save you quite a bit of money!
[quote][p][bold]Toxteth Red[/bold] wrote: I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.[/p][/quote]ha ha ha ha ha ha. thanks for that mr diverpool fan (ifs that's what your claiming to be) I needed that, with all the doom and gloom merchants on here having a field day I really needed a good laugh! go on then just for sh&ts & giggles remind us, who from our world class academy have you actually brought? so far all you've managed to do is buy an aging striker who has 1 or 2 years left just to sit on your bench. yes rickie has been great for us and you wont find a bigger fan than me, but he`s getting past his best and struggled at times to keep up with our high pressing game, you know the style of football you tried to copy last season but couldn't. could you also remind us how your players bottled it at the end of the season, it was funny to watch! yes you will have to watch saints games next year because that way you will get to see the team your manager seems so desperate to be in charge of. wouldn't it make more sense for him to just come here? after all he blew his chance of winning the league with your lot and after you lose the biter to Madrid this summer you aren't going to get anywhere near winning it again! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. you will always be Madrid`s feeder team! try getting an academy of your own in the future it might do you some good and save you quite a bit of money! el caballo santos101
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6:40pm Sat 31 May 14

Toxteth Red says...

diverpool - Hilarious.

"actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe.

"try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours.

Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha.
diverpool - Hilarious. "actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe. "try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours. Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha. Toxteth Red
  • Score: -2

7:07pm Sat 31 May 14

jls217 says...

For once the DE is spot on with this story - they don't seem to have the full info just yet though. It gets worse. I have no idea of whose coming to Saints but I have been told who the agents are doing their best to get moves out.
If I can glean any more I'll pass it on but I can't go pushing for it or I'll get short shrift. Sorry to be vague. We may be 9 players short from the curresnt squad - SRL included.

Don't shoot me, I'm the reluctant and more than a little downhearted messenger. To the point of wishing I hadn't been told and kept in the dark instead.
For once the DE is spot on with this story - they don't seem to have the full info just yet though. It gets worse. I have no idea of whose coming to Saints but I have been told who the agents are doing their best to get moves out. If I can glean any more I'll pass it on but I can't go pushing for it or I'll get short shrift. Sorry to be vague. We may be 9 players short from the curresnt squad - SRL included. Don't shoot me, I'm the reluctant and more than a little downhearted messenger. To the point of wishing I hadn't been told and kept in the dark instead. jls217
  • Score: -2

7:37pm Sat 31 May 14

St.Gaz says...

Toxteth Red wrote:
I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.
What a plum you are! But your right!
[quote][p][bold]Toxteth Red[/bold] wrote: I'll have to watch more Saints games next season seeing as you are now our unofficial B team. What makes me laugh is the genuine surprise on here at this weeks events, where have you been the last 50 years? You have always been a feeder club and always will be. You use the money we pay you to invest in your acadamy, we then but what produce so you have more money to invest back in the youth. Face it the circle is never going to break. We own your little club.[/p][/quote]What a plum you are! But your right! St.Gaz
  • Score: 1

9:11am Sun 1 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

Toxteth Red wrote:
diverpool - Hilarious.

"actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe.

"try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours.

Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha.
So what is all this about - subjective nonsense or articles written for the common good. In my opinion, you (if you are a Liverpool fan) and the spivs running Liverpool are the biggest hypocrites under the sun. Fortunately for you lot, when you rose from the dust and became a 'big' club, there was no other club acting in the way Liverpool are acting, or they would have snapped up your stars before you even had a chance to get going. Come on - be fair. The Kop are supposed to be honourable people - where's the honour in what you are doing?
[quote][p][bold]Toxteth Red[/bold] wrote: diverpool - Hilarious. "actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe. "try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours. Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha.[/p][/quote]So what is all this about - subjective nonsense or articles written for the common good. In my opinion, you (if you are a Liverpool fan) and the spivs running Liverpool are the biggest hypocrites under the sun. Fortunately for you lot, when you rose from the dust and became a 'big' club, there was no other club acting in the way Liverpool are acting, or they would have snapped up your stars before you even had a chance to get going. Come on - be fair. The Kop are supposed to be honourable people - where's the honour in what you are doing? Saint Jinx
  • Score: 1

9:13am Sun 1 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

Toxteth Red wrote:
diverpool - Hilarious.

"actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe.

"try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours.

Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha.
So what is all this about - subjective nonsense or articles written for the common good. In my opinion, you (if you are a Liverpool fan) and the spivs running Liverpool are the biggest hypocrites under the sun. Fortunately for you lot, when you rose from the dust and became a 'big' club, there was no other club acting in the way Liverpool are acting, or they would have snapped up your stars before you even had a chance to get going. Come on - be fair. The Kop are supposed to be honourable people - where's the honour in what you are doing?
[quote][p][bold]Toxteth Red[/bold] wrote: diverpool - Hilarious. "actually brought" - Oh dear the education system in the South isn't as good as they make us believe. "try getting an academy of your own" We've got one, it's yours. Face you'll always be a little club, even Portsmouth have won more trophies than you. Ha ha.[/p][/quote]So what is all this about - subjective nonsense or articles written for the common good. In my opinion, you (if you are a Liverpool fan) and the spivs running Liverpool are the biggest hypocrites under the sun. Fortunately for you lot, when you rose from the dust and became a 'big' club, there was no other club acting in the way Liverpool are acting, or they would have snapped up your stars before you even had a chance to get going. Come on - be fair. The Kop are supposed to be honourable people - where's the honour in what you are doing? Saint Jinx
  • Score: 2

2:33pm Sun 1 Jun 14

footballcrazy says...

long memory wrote:
saintbobby wrote:
BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal.

So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract.

But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren!
Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million.
go forth and multiply at another club rodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
[quote][p][bold]long memory[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: BBC breakfast say the £25 million is a FINAL offer. Good, and I just hope the Saints' Board can tell Diverpool that ours is a FINAL refusal. So £5 million goes to Bournemouth, and good luck to them for getting this clause in the contract. But, can I repeat my advice to Brendon Rodgers, go jump in the Mersey and do NOT come back to Southampton. Just leave us alone and do not even mention Lovren![/p][/quote]Unfortunately Bournemouth would receive £6.25 million of the £25 million.[/p][/quote]go forth and multiply at another club rodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! footballcrazy
  • Score: -1

3:49pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Dont be a Divvy go away and take a Cruise from the Premier Port Southampton!
Dont be a Divvy go away and take a Cruise from the Premier Port Southampton! Fatty x Ford Worker
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