5 reasons for Southampton fans to be optimistic ahead of the new Premier League season

5 reasons for Saints fans to be optimistic ahead of the new season

5 reasons for Saints fans to be optimistic ahead of the new season

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It's been a summer of upheaval for Saints so far, but on the eve of the Premier League season, here are reasons for Southampton fans to be positive ahead of the new campaign.

1. Ronald Koeman

The Dutch legend comes in with bags of experience and is a proven winner. As a player, he won Euro 88 as well as two European Cups, nine league titles in Spain and the Netherlands, and four domestic cups. As a manager in the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, he has won silverware in the shape of three league titles, two domestic cups and three Community Shield equivalents.

2. Big name signings with top level experience

Whilst a big reputation doesn't guarantee success, it does underscore ambition by those who brought them to the club and players such as Fraser Forster, Saphir Taider and Ryan Bertrand have lots of experience at the highest levels of club football. Indeed Forster was referred to as "The Wall" by the Spanish press after his heroics for Celtic against Barcelona, Bertrand has a Champions League medal and Taider has come from one of the biggest clubs in the world following a World Cup.

3. Despite the sales, most of the big players are still here

Yes, we will never again see the names Lallana, Lambert, Lovren, Shaw and Chambers on the Saints teamsheet, but a lot of key players from the last few years remain on the squad list; Jay Rodriguez, Victor Wanyama, Jose Fonte, Gaston Ramirez, Jack Cork, Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin, Steven Davis - they're all still Saints players and many Premier League managers would be happy to have them in their side.

4. Experience and trust

Daily Echo:

Graziano Pellè and Dusan Tadic come from the Dutch leagues and one can only assume Koeman made a beeline for this pair due to his knowledge and experience of what they can do. Whilst the Premier League is undoubtedly a step up from the Eredivise, the manager obviously has faith in what they can do due to his first hand experience of their talents - especially in the case of Pelle who scored 55 goals for Koeman.

5. Long term planning

It's easy to buy into the narrative that Saints have been in absolute turmoil this summer, but signings like Shane Long suggest otherwise. The club expressed interest in Long early last season meaning that his capture is not just a panic decision. He - and other targets - will have been identified and evaluated at length long before the credit card is whipped out. Nicola Cortese boasted about the club's ability to plan ahead and be unfazed by unexpected developments. Perhaps we have just seen that in action.

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3:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

St Van Roetford says...

Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one. St Van Roetford
  • Score: 140

3:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Velleity says...

No so sure about optimism. It is, after all, getting on for 24 hours since we last signed a player, which just shows how useless Ralph, Ron and Les are.

We're doomed, doomed, I tell ye!
No so sure about optimism. It is, after all, getting on for 24 hours since we last signed a player, which just shows how useless Ralph, Ron and Les are. We're doomed, doomed, I tell ye! Velleity
  • Score: 26

3:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

saintbobby says...

Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns.

We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield.

Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday.

All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do!
Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns. We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield. Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday. All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do! saintbobby
  • Score: 37

3:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

costa gaz says...

Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.
Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month. costa gaz
  • Score: 27

3:40pm Fri 15 Aug 14

MiltonRoad says...

Well said DE. Where have the doomsayers gone who told us we definitely would not sign any more players and that the club is definitely for sale? This team will take time to gel and we may need the January window to complete our squad but this is a forward looking board and a forward looking manager who are building for the future. There will be ups and downs, we will have the odd poor result and we will likely finish lower this year than last. But we have proven that SFC is bigger than any one player and the club have only one aim; to be as successful as we can be whilst living within our means. Bring it on......
Well said DE. Where have the doomsayers gone who told us we definitely would not sign any more players and that the club is definitely for sale? This team will take time to gel and we may need the January window to complete our squad but this is a forward looking board and a forward looking manager who are building for the future. There will be ups and downs, we will have the odd poor result and we will likely finish lower this year than last. But we have proven that SFC is bigger than any one player and the club have only one aim; to be as successful as we can be whilst living within our means. Bring it on...... MiltonRoad
  • Score: 29

3:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

TGodSFC says...

2 months ago I was ready to cancel my season ticket and my sky, today I feel much better about where we are as a football club.

Last season we had an overachieving season with one of the smallest squads in the BPL, we had to add players for strength in depth regardless. We seem to have now. I know there are a few more players on the list that are likely to come in before 01 September too. Books are balanced and the roaster broadened. Certain players I was sad to see go (Rick and Calum) but karma is a wonderful thing, just waiting to see when Djean gets his.

I don’t think we can expect much on Sunday, but the run of games after that could see if cement a good top half place. If the foundations are as solid as they seem to appear now the dust has begun to settle, the future looks bright. We can maintain our BPL status, I have no doubts about that, and with the new parachute payments from Sky and BT every season, we will continue to be the best club on the South Coast.
2 months ago I was ready to cancel my season ticket and my sky, today I feel much better about where we are as a football club. Last season we had an overachieving season with one of the smallest squads in the BPL, we had to add players for strength in depth regardless. We seem to have now. I know there are a few more players on the list that are likely to come in before 01 September too. Books are balanced and the roaster broadened. Certain players I was sad to see go (Rick and Calum) but karma is a wonderful thing, just waiting to see when Djean gets his. I don’t think we can expect much on Sunday, but the run of games after that could see if cement a good top half place. If the foundations are as solid as they seem to appear now the dust has begun to settle, the future looks bright. We can maintain our BPL status, I have no doubts about that, and with the new parachute payments from Sky and BT every season, we will continue to be the best club on the South Coast. TGodSFC
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3:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Buddy SFC says...

Poetic ................ can't wait for it all to start !!
Poetic ................ can't wait for it all to start !! Buddy SFC
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3:46pm Fri 15 Aug 14

saintbobby says...

My comment above was before I watched RK's press conference available on the Saints email/website.

This guy is impressive and answered all the questions impressively and calmly. Not sure whether Spider will play but Ron answered the question about him quite simply - "he is not for sale".

I thought when did I last hear a Saints' manage speak in English? Really, really good.
My comment above was before I watched RK's press conference available on the Saints email/website. This guy is impressive and answered all the questions impressively and calmly. Not sure whether Spider will play but Ron answered the question about him quite simply - "he is not for sale". I thought when did I last hear a Saints' manage speak in English? Really, really good. saintbobby
  • Score: 12

3:52pm Fri 15 Aug 14

SOLENTDRIFTER says...

R.K. = O.K..........
R.K. = O.K.......... SOLENTDRIFTER
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3:54pm Fri 15 Aug 14

saint robbie says...

I can think of a few more:
6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE
7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager
8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed.
9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench.
10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA
16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK
17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season.

Feel free to add some.
I can think of a few more: 6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE 7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager 8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed. 9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench. 10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA 16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK 17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season. Feel free to add some. saint robbie
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3:57pm Fri 15 Aug 14

dockboy says...

You know things are looking good when even the echo is positive about Saints.

Liverpool 1 : 3 Saints
You know things are looking good when even the echo is positive about Saints. Liverpool 1 : 3 Saints dockboy
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4:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

fred the red says...

Yes we did well last season but we all know that we lost points because there was no Plan B. Was that because MoPo could not think of one? Perhaps the squad we had could not work to one? We finished eighth following a stutter mid season when the threadbare backup was exposed.

I think we should view this season as chance to reshape and establish ourselves around 10th-13th. It will take time for players to switch on to the relative strengths of the team, but if we can be more aware tactically and ensure we close out winnable games, do not lose those that we can draw, we should feel confident having a good season.

Once the team is playing with the confidence that comes with winning we can start to introduce more of the young talent at our disposal, provided Whinger, Brenda and Co stay well clear and Mr Hodgson does not get his free seat to every home game.
Yes we did well last season but we all know that we lost points because there was no Plan B. Was that because MoPo could not think of one? Perhaps the squad we had could not work to one? We finished eighth following a stutter mid season when the threadbare backup was exposed. I think we should view this season as chance to reshape and establish ourselves around 10th-13th. It will take time for players to switch on to the relative strengths of the team, but if we can be more aware tactically and ensure we close out winnable games, do not lose those that we can draw, we should feel confident having a good season. Once the team is playing with the confidence that comes with winning we can start to introduce more of the young talent at our disposal, provided Whinger, Brenda and Co stay well clear and Mr Hodgson does not get his free seat to every home game. fred the red
  • Score: 8

4:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Mush On The Beach says...

saint robbie wrote:
I can think of a few more:
6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE
7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager
8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed.
9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench.
10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA
16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK
17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season.

Feel free to add some.
We are not the skunts.
Damned in Division 4 for a near eternity in purgatory until Tescos is finally built to replace them.

Reasons to be cheerful, part 3.
[quote][p][bold]saint robbie[/bold] wrote: I can think of a few more: 6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE 7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager 8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed. 9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench. 10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA 16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK 17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season. Feel free to add some.[/p][/quote]We are not the skunts. Damned in Division 4 for a near eternity in purgatory until Tescos is finally built to replace them. Reasons to be cheerful, part 3. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 4

4:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Costa Baz says...

On the downside, sales of incontinence pads will now be down.
Well until we lose our first game, when the bed wetters will once again, be out in force.
On the downside, sales of incontinence pads will now be down. Well until we lose our first game, when the bed wetters will once again, be out in force. Costa Baz
  • Score: 6

4:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Beer Monster says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.[/p][/quote]I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show. Beer Monster
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Fri 15 Aug 14

fascia123 says...

saint robbie wrote:
I can think of a few more:
6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE
7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager
8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed.
9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench.
10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA
16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK
17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season.

Feel free to add some.
Although we do have some moaners, how about best fans in EPL
[quote][p][bold]saint robbie[/bold] wrote: I can think of a few more: 6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE 7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager 8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed. 9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench. 10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA 16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK 17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season. Feel free to add some.[/p][/quote]Although we do have some moaners, how about best fans in EPL fascia123
  • Score: -3

4:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

george chivers says...

Looking forward to the positives being turned into points.
Looking forward to the positives being turned into points. george chivers
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

This article is just a summary of the views expressed here over several weeks. We should all be given a by line for this.... plus royalties ....
This article is just a summary of the views expressed here over several weeks. We should all be given a by line for this.... plus royalties .... Alicesdad
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.
George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too. Alicesdad
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

saint robbie wrote:
I can think of a few more:
6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE
7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager
8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed.
9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench.
10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA
16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK
17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season.

Feel free to add some.
18. We have fantastic AWAY FANS and loyal HOME FANS who turn out in numbers.
19. We are RED ARMY and We Rule the SOUTH.
20. WE HATE POMPEY.
21. We live in the FAIR CITY of SOUTHAMPTON.

COYR+WS
[quote][p][bold]saint robbie[/bold] wrote: I can think of a few more: 6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE 7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager 8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed. 9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench. 10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA 16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK 17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season. Feel free to add some.[/p][/quote]18. We have fantastic AWAY FANS and loyal HOME FANS who turn out in numbers. 19. We are RED ARMY and We Rule the SOUTH. 20. WE HATE POMPEY. 21. We live in the FAIR CITY of SOUTHAMPTON. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

St Van Roetford says...

Beer Monster wrote:
St Van Roetford wrote:
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show.
Yes, I mean Hythe. I'm an absolute divvy.

It's home to the world's oldest pier train, you know. It's kind of a big deal.
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.[/p][/quote]I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show.[/p][/quote]Yes, I mean Hythe. I'm an absolute divvy. It's home to the world's oldest pier train, you know. It's kind of a big deal. St Van Roetford
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
saint robbie wrote:
I can think of a few more:
6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE
7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager
8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed.
9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench.
10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA
16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK
17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season.

Feel free to add some.
18. We have fantastic AWAY FANS and loyal HOME FANS who turn out in numbers.
19. We are RED ARMY and We Rule the SOUTH.
20. WE HATE POMPEY.
21. We live in the FAIR CITY of SOUTHAMPTON.

COYR+WS
22. OSPREY - sh1tehawk has not posted today - now that really is a bonus.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saint robbie[/bold] wrote: I can think of a few more: 6: We have a manager unlike CRYSTAL PALACE 7: We dont have ALAN IRVINE as manager 8: Harry Redknapp is QPR manager, so that 6 points guaranteed. 9: ANDY CARROLL is not warming our bench. 10,11,12,13,14,15: We are not LEICESTER, BURNLEY, HULL, SWANSEA, STOKE or ASTON VILLA 16: We have splashed a fair amount of cash, and still have MONEY IN THE BANK 17: We have a great ACADEMY and am looking forward to see who comes through it this season. Feel free to add some.[/p][/quote]18. We have fantastic AWAY FANS and loyal HOME FANS who turn out in numbers. 19. We are RED ARMY and We Rule the SOUTH. 20. WE HATE POMPEY. 21. We live in the FAIR CITY of SOUTHAMPTON. COYR+WS[/p][/quote]22. OSPREY - sh1tehawk has not posted today - now that really is a bonus. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: -3

5:15pm Fri 15 Aug 14

george chivers says...

Alicesdad wrote:
George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.
That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.[/p][/quote]That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument? george chivers
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Fri 15 Aug 14

fascia123 says...

george chivers wrote:
Alicesdad wrote:
George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.
That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?
What are the negatives, if I am anticipating what's coming then here we go:-

Loss of NC - we now have a better structure with which to create a secure future.

Also we have the stripes back, old players are welcome and encouraged, perhaps that family feeling will be allowed to return and I a sure it will be encouraged but not to the degree where we settle for mediocracy.

Loss of manager - we now have a far better manager who IMO is here for the long term is open with us and will improve the whole club not just the 16 players used on a Saturday.

Loss of players - were they really as good as we portray them to be, maybe I'm not so sure, however, whatever the situation their sale and the clubs handling in getting top dollar has allowed us to strengthen in depth and without the risks involved in the previous regimes project.

The futures bright the future KOEMAN

Up the saints
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.[/p][/quote]That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?[/p][/quote]What are the negatives, if I am anticipating what's coming then here we go:- Loss of NC - we now have a better structure with which to create a secure future. Also we have the stripes back, old players are welcome and encouraged, perhaps that family feeling will be allowed to return and I a sure it will be encouraged but not to the degree where we settle for mediocracy. Loss of manager - we now have a far better manager who IMO is here for the long term is open with us and will improve the whole club not just the 16 players used on a Saturday. Loss of players - were they really as good as we portray them to be, maybe I'm not so sure, however, whatever the situation their sale and the clubs handling in getting top dollar has allowed us to strengthen in depth and without the risks involved in the previous regimes project. The futures bright the future KOEMAN Up the saints fascia123
  • Score: 6

6:10pm Fri 15 Aug 14

george chivers says...

george chivers wrote:
Alicesdad wrote:
George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.
That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?
I've just returned from watching Pointless, my favourite early evening TV show. I got two pointless answers right for the Jackpot question. But because I was watching it on TV and not actually taking part, it was a pointless thing to do.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.[/p][/quote]That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?[/p][/quote]I've just returned from watching Pointless, my favourite early evening TV show. I got two pointless answers right for the Jackpot question. But because I was watching it on TV and not actually taking part, it was a pointless thing to do. george chivers
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

george chivers says...

fascia123 wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Alicesdad wrote:
George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.
That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?
What are the negatives, if I am anticipating what's coming then here we go:-

Loss of NC - we now have a better structure with which to create a secure future.

Also we have the stripes back, old players are welcome and encouraged, perhaps that family feeling will be allowed to return and I a sure it will be encouraged but not to the degree where we settle for mediocracy.

Loss of manager - we now have a far better manager who IMO is here for the long term is open with us and will improve the whole club not just the 16 players used on a Saturday.

Loss of players - were they really as good as we portray them to be, maybe I'm not so sure, however, whatever the situation their sale and the clubs handling in getting top dollar has allowed us to strengthen in depth and without the risks involved in the previous regimes project.

The futures bright the future KOEMAN

Up the saints
Your points are good. Certainly not pointless. Here's hoping they bring us lots of points this season.

COY Stripes.
[quote][p][bold]fascia123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: George I would like all the negatives to be turned into points too.[/p][/quote]That's pointless, because if the negatives are turned into points, the points will go to the opposition. And that would be truly pointless. But if a negative were turned into a positive and points were earned from the new positive, that wouldn't be pointless, because the points have been awarded to us, not to the opposition. If you see my pointless argument?[/p][/quote]What are the negatives, if I am anticipating what's coming then here we go:- Loss of NC - we now have a better structure with which to create a secure future. Also we have the stripes back, old players are welcome and encouraged, perhaps that family feeling will be allowed to return and I a sure it will be encouraged but not to the degree where we settle for mediocracy. Loss of manager - we now have a far better manager who IMO is here for the long term is open with us and will improve the whole club not just the 16 players used on a Saturday. Loss of players - were they really as good as we portray them to be, maybe I'm not so sure, however, whatever the situation their sale and the clubs handling in getting top dollar has allowed us to strengthen in depth and without the risks involved in the previous regimes project. The futures bright the future KOEMAN Up the saints[/p][/quote]Your points are good. Certainly not pointless. Here's hoping they bring us lots of points this season. COY Stripes. george chivers
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bstokesaint says...

costa gaz wrote:
Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.
Hurrah Gaz. That's the spirit. We march on..
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.[/p][/quote]Hurrah Gaz. That's the spirit. We march on.. bstokesaint
  • Score: 4

7:56pm Fri 15 Aug 14

echo1948 says...

bstokesaint wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.
Hurrah Gaz. That's the spirit. We march on..
Quite agree. I must admit I was not to positive 2 months ago, and did post a few negative posts, but given the look of the squad now, I do feel alot more confident for the new season.
[quote][p][bold]bstokesaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.[/p][/quote]Hurrah Gaz. That's the spirit. We march on..[/p][/quote]Quite agree. I must admit I was not to positive 2 months ago, and did post a few negative posts, but given the look of the squad now, I do feel alot more confident for the new season. echo1948
  • Score: 1

8:01pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

costa gaz wrote:
Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.
Including the things you post, Gaz :-)
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Must admit, things are looking a whole lot better that this time last month.[/p][/quote]Including the things you post, Gaz :-) Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 1

8:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

warrens 76 says...

If I am honest and hopeful I wish we would still bring in a couple of proven somebodies, something that even the media will recognize gives us 'more' than last season….

CF, Cb Über quick winger, something that shows that SFC in the round are potetntially a better prospect than last season, certain teams war genuinely frightened of us it's worth a goalbefore you start…need a bit of that then we are good to go….

I think 15 more goals scored from open play, 5 less conceded, and 5 extra penalties given…..anyone figure were that would see us..
If I am honest and hopeful I wish we would still bring in a couple of proven somebodies, something that even the media will recognize gives us 'more' than last season…. CF, Cb Über quick winger, something that shows that SFC in the round are potetntially a better prospect than last season, certain teams war genuinely frightened of us it's worth a goalbefore you start…need a bit of that then we are good to go…. I think 15 more goals scored from open play, 5 less conceded, and 5 extra penalties given…..anyone figure were that would see us.. warrens 76
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

warrens 76 wrote:
If I am honest and hopeful I wish we would still bring in a couple of proven somebodies, something that even the media will recognize gives us 'more' than last season….

CF, Cb Über quick winger, something that shows that SFC in the round are potetntially a better prospect than last season, certain teams war genuinely frightened of us it's worth a goalbefore you start…need a bit of that then we are good to go….

I think 15 more goals scored from open play, 5 less conceded, and 5 extra penalties given…..anyone figure were that would see us..
Happy, Warrens, THAT would see ALL of us happy!
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: If I am honest and hopeful I wish we would still bring in a couple of proven somebodies, something that even the media will recognize gives us 'more' than last season…. CF, Cb Über quick winger, something that shows that SFC in the round are potetntially a better prospect than last season, certain teams war genuinely frightened of us it's worth a goalbefore you start…need a bit of that then we are good to go…. I think 15 more goals scored from open play, 5 less conceded, and 5 extra penalties given…..anyone figure were that would see us..[/p][/quote]Happy, Warrens, THAT would see ALL of us happy! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

11:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Saints#nomatterwhat says...

saintbobby wrote:
Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns.

We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield.

Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday.

All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do!
And the boys can do it !
[quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns. We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield. Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday. All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do![/p][/quote]And the boys can do it ! Saints#nomatterwhat
  • Score: 0

11:14pm Fri 15 Aug 14

one in the crowd says...

A detailed look at the Reds' opening Premier League fixture as Ronald Koeman looks to rebuild the St Mary's club

Match: Liverpool v Southampton

Date: August 17, 2014

Manager: Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman – most famous for his winner at Wembley to give Barcelona their first European Cup in 1992 – joined Southampton this summer, a time when pretty much everybody else was leaving St Mary's.

He comes to the south coast with a reputation of rebuilding clubs, something that could be vital at the Saints, after a strong few years at Feyenoord. During his three seasons with the Eredivisie club, he finished in the top three in every season and developed a number of players who starred at the World Cup – including Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij and Jordy Clasie.

Form: Despite the changes, Southampton enjoyed a decent pre-season with solid wins at lower league sides. Swindon, Bournemouth and Brighton all fell to the Saints, while Koeman also enjoyed high-scoring wins over Hoensbrock and Sporting Hasselt from the Low Countries. Their preparations for the new season ended with a 1-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen – but that was only the second goal conceded in the six warm-up games.

How they'll set up: The style appears to be transitioning from the pressing style of Mauricio Pochettino into a more direct, counter attacking format. Koeman has showed flexibility in Holland, changing between a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 5-3-2 – but in games against tougher sides away from home, such as PSV Eindhoven in April, he elected to play five at the back.

Since taking over at Southampton, he has largely played the 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 hybrid with Dusan Tadic, Lloyd Isgrove and Graziano Pelle forming a new-look front three for the Saints – although it remains to be seen whether Isgrove retains his place when more senior players, like Gaston Ramirez, return from niggles. The arrival of Shane Long may also complicate matters, and may see them revert back to two up front.

The midfield will be as industrious as ever with Steven Davis, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Cork all featuring throughout pre-season – not to mention loan signing Saphir Taider from Inter Milan – while Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne will look to get forward at full-back. New signing Fraser Forster is likely to start in goal, with captain Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida expected at centre back.

Sum them up in 140 characters: Is anyone there? Good club with good values before Liverpool took half their squad. Dutch courage required, but thankfully stripes are back.

Three players to watch:

Graziano Pelle: Pelle by name and, with 50 league goals in 57 games over the past two seasons, it would appear Pele by nature. The tall, strong Italian finally found his feet under Koeman after years of struggling at Parma, Sampdoria and even AZ Alkmaar (where he briefly played under the Dutchman).
The arrival of Shane Long for £12m seems strange given Pelle was set to be the spearhead of Saints' attack, but they could combine as a front two. Pelle has all the attributes that has, in recent seasons, troubled the Reds' back line.

James Ward-Prowse: The departure of so many of Southampton's first-team squad will at least give proper opportunity for Ward-Prowse to develop. The 19-year-old made 34 league appearances last season, but only 16 from the start – he is now expected to have a stronger presence in the starting 11, either at the base of midfield or on the right hand side.
His dead ball delivery could become the most dangerous in the Premier League, while his running and creativity is something teams will have to stifle. If Koeman gives him a start on Sunday – which he should – Liverpool will have to work hard to dampen his star at Anfield.

Ryan Bertrand: With football's wicked sense of humour, it is no surprise the left back's first league game for Southampton is against the club that courted him throughout the summer. With Chelsea unhappy to deal with the Reds for Bertrand, the 25-year-old moved to St Mary's on loan and looks to replace Luke Shaw.
Bertrand is a Champions League winner and performed well with Aston Villa at Anfield last season. He is solid down the left and will provide decent deliveries into the box for Pelle; he also may have a point to prove against Brendan Rodgers' side.
A detailed look at the Reds' opening Premier League fixture as Ronald Koeman looks to rebuild the St Mary's club Match: Liverpool v Southampton Date: August 17, 2014 Manager: Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman – most famous for his winner at Wembley to give Barcelona their first European Cup in 1992 – joined Southampton this summer, a time when pretty much everybody else was leaving St Mary's. He comes to the south coast with a reputation of rebuilding clubs, something that could be vital at the Saints, after a strong few years at Feyenoord. During his three seasons with the Eredivisie club, he finished in the top three in every season and developed a number of players who starred at the World Cup – including Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij and Jordy Clasie. Form: Despite the changes, Southampton enjoyed a decent pre-season with solid wins at lower league sides. Swindon, Bournemouth and Brighton all fell to the Saints, while Koeman also enjoyed high-scoring wins over Hoensbrock and Sporting Hasselt from the Low Countries. Their preparations for the new season ended with a 1-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen – but that was only the second goal conceded in the six warm-up games. How they'll set up: The style appears to be transitioning from the pressing style of Mauricio Pochettino into a more direct, counter attacking format. Koeman has showed flexibility in Holland, changing between a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 5-3-2 – but in games against tougher sides away from home, such as PSV Eindhoven in April, he elected to play five at the back. Since taking over at Southampton, he has largely played the 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 hybrid with Dusan Tadic, Lloyd Isgrove and Graziano Pelle forming a new-look front three for the Saints – although it remains to be seen whether Isgrove retains his place when more senior players, like Gaston Ramirez, return from niggles. The arrival of Shane Long may also complicate matters, and may see them revert back to two up front. The midfield will be as industrious as ever with Steven Davis, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Cork all featuring throughout pre-season – not to mention loan signing Saphir Taider from Inter Milan – while Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne will look to get forward at full-back. New signing Fraser Forster is likely to start in goal, with captain Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida expected at centre back. Sum them up in 140 characters: Is anyone there? Good club with good values before Liverpool took half their squad. Dutch courage required, but thankfully stripes are back. Three players to watch: Graziano Pelle: Pelle by name and, with 50 league goals in 57 games over the past two seasons, it would appear Pele by nature. The tall, strong Italian finally found his feet under Koeman after years of struggling at Parma, Sampdoria and even AZ Alkmaar (where he briefly played under the Dutchman). The arrival of Shane Long for £12m seems strange given Pelle was set to be the spearhead of Saints' attack, but they could combine as a front two. Pelle has all the attributes that has, in recent seasons, troubled the Reds' back line. James Ward-Prowse: The departure of so many of Southampton's first-team squad will at least give proper opportunity for Ward-Prowse to develop. The 19-year-old made 34 league appearances last season, but only 16 from the start – he is now expected to have a stronger presence in the starting 11, either at the base of midfield or on the right hand side. His dead ball delivery could become the most dangerous in the Premier League, while his running and creativity is something teams will have to stifle. If Koeman gives him a start on Sunday – which he should – Liverpool will have to work hard to dampen his star at Anfield. Ryan Bertrand: With football's wicked sense of humour, it is no surprise the left back's first league game for Southampton is against the club that courted him throughout the summer. With Chelsea unhappy to deal with the Reds for Bertrand, the 25-year-old moved to St Mary's on loan and looks to replace Luke Shaw. Bertrand is a Champions League winner and performed well with Aston Villa at Anfield last season. He is solid down the left and will provide decent deliveries into the box for Pelle; he also may have a point to prove against Brendan Rodgers' side. one in the crowd
  • Score: 1

11:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

one in the crowd says...

saintbobby wrote:
Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns.

We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield.

Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday.

All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do!
You might bloody well deserve it ...... BUT YOUR NOT GOING TO GET IT.

Liverpool 3 ---- Southampton 0
[quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns. We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield. Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday. All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do![/p][/quote]You might bloody well deserve it ...... BUT YOUR NOT GOING TO GET IT. Liverpool 3 ---- Southampton 0 one in the crowd
  • Score: -4

10:15am Sat 16 Aug 14

Beer Monster says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
St Van Roetford wrote:
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show.
Yes, I mean Hythe. I'm an absolute divvy.

It's home to the world's oldest pier train, you know. It's kind of a big deal.
Indeed, not many things we can brag about... the other being the fact that the inventor of the hovercraft, Sir Christopher Cockerell, settled down there and lived in the house next to the green on the seafront.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.[/p][/quote]I'm presuming you mean my home village Retford? Agreed, I've had many a drunken conversation on the ferry stating that from over our way Southampton does indeed look great, especially at night with the array of lights on show.[/p][/quote]Yes, I mean Hythe. I'm an absolute divvy. It's home to the world's oldest pier train, you know. It's kind of a big deal.[/p][/quote]Indeed, not many things we can brag about... the other being the fact that the inventor of the hovercraft, Sir Christopher Cockerell, settled down there and lived in the house next to the green on the seafront. Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

11:19am Sat 16 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

Saints have had a summer of KNOCKERS WITH a demolition squad made up of the national press,and here in the north-west the mirror did liverpool proud with the fall-out at southampton f.c. and as time goes by, you know comments from mr wenger, playing the role of jim bowen with what you could have won,is a good sign that what has been achieved at our club gets under the skin of our so-called betters. this is not new, IAN BRANFOOT ALSO said SAINTS WERE GOING TO WIN THE EUROPEAN CUP...and did we get upset then?...when LAWRIE, and his charm machine, got SPECIAL K..TO COME TO THE DELL, they beat both ARSENAL and juventus to the european footballer of the year...and i was given an insight to the mentality of a big club..when in keegans 2nd game i managed to get on the clock end at half-time back in 1980. the que wrapped itself around the ground for miles...to see THE SAINTS!.NO SEGREGATION THEN! AND THE ARSENAL FANS WERE GIVING IT FXXK OFF KEEGAN ! ALL GAME AND WHEN GRAHAM BAKER SCORED FROM ABOUT 35 YARDS!!!!THE GREEN EYED MONSTERS WENT INTO OVERDRIVE!!!!the football powers hated the fact the spotlight was on SAINTS,IPSWICH,DERBY
,FOREST, ABERDEEN, DUNDEE UTD, WATFORD ETC,,they hate it! and the BEST THING ABOUT SUPPORTING A SAINTS OR A STOKE FOR EXAMPLE IS THOSE SAME BIG CLUBS KNOW WE ARE BACK...AND WITH MR KOEMAN ESQ, A FEW BIG-WIGS ARE ONCE AGAIN LOOKING OVER THE SHOULDER!
Saints have had a summer of KNOCKERS WITH a demolition squad made up of the national press,and here in the north-west the mirror did liverpool proud with the fall-out at southampton f.c. and as time goes by, you know comments from mr wenger, playing the role of jim bowen with what you could have won,is a good sign that what has been achieved at our club gets under the skin of our so-called betters. this is not new, IAN BRANFOOT ALSO said SAINTS WERE GOING TO WIN THE EUROPEAN CUP...and did we get upset then?...when LAWRIE, and his charm machine, got SPECIAL K..TO COME TO THE DELL, they beat both ARSENAL and juventus to the european footballer of the year...and i was given an insight to the mentality of a big club..when in keegans 2nd game i managed to get on the clock end at half-time back in 1980. the que wrapped itself around the ground for miles...to see THE SAINTS!.NO SEGREGATION THEN! AND THE ARSENAL FANS WERE GIVING IT FXXK OFF KEEGAN ! ALL GAME AND WHEN GRAHAM BAKER SCORED FROM ABOUT 35 YARDS!!!!THE GREEN EYED MONSTERS WENT INTO OVERDRIVE!!!!the football powers hated the fact the spotlight was on SAINTS,IPSWICH,DERBY ,FOREST, ABERDEEN, DUNDEE UTD, WATFORD ETC,,they hate it! and the BEST THING ABOUT SUPPORTING A SAINTS OR A STOKE FOR EXAMPLE IS THOSE SAME BIG CLUBS KNOW WE ARE BACK...AND WITH MR KOEMAN ESQ, A FEW BIG-WIGS ARE ONCE AGAIN LOOKING OVER THE SHOULDER! lastminmoran
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Sat 16 Aug 14

J7junctionseven says...

TGodSFC wrote:
2 months ago I was ready to cancel my season ticket and my sky, today I feel much better about where we are as a football club.

Last season we had an overachieving season with one of the smallest squads in the BPL, we had to add players for strength in depth regardless. We seem to have now. I know there are a few more players on the list that are likely to come in before 01 September too. Books are balanced and the roaster broadened. Certain players I was sad to see go (Rick and Calum) but karma is a wonderful thing, just waiting to see when Djean gets his.

I don’t think we can expect much on Sunday, but the run of games after that could see if cement a good top half place. If the foundations are as solid as they seem to appear now the dust has begun to settle, the future looks bright. We can maintain our BPL status, I have no doubts about that, and with the new parachute payments from Sky and BT every season, we will continue to be the best club on the South Coast.
Great post. Felt exactly the same like I'm sure many Saints fans also did.
All we need now is to get the skunts in a cup draw and reiterate the gulf in class Saints have now opened up between the small club fishy neighbours.
COYR FOADP
[quote][p][bold]TGodSFC[/bold] wrote: 2 months ago I was ready to cancel my season ticket and my sky, today I feel much better about where we are as a football club. Last season we had an overachieving season with one of the smallest squads in the BPL, we had to add players for strength in depth regardless. We seem to have now. I know there are a few more players on the list that are likely to come in before 01 September too. Books are balanced and the roaster broadened. Certain players I was sad to see go (Rick and Calum) but karma is a wonderful thing, just waiting to see when Djean gets his. I don’t think we can expect much on Sunday, but the run of games after that could see if cement a good top half place. If the foundations are as solid as they seem to appear now the dust has begun to settle, the future looks bright. We can maintain our BPL status, I have no doubts about that, and with the new parachute payments from Sky and BT every season, we will continue to be the best club on the South Coast.[/p][/quote]Great post. Felt exactly the same like I'm sure many Saints fans also did. All we need now is to get the skunts in a cup draw and reiterate the gulf in class Saints have now opened up between the small club fishy neighbours. COYR FOADP J7junctionseven
  • Score: 0

12:05pm Sat 16 Aug 14

J7junctionseven says...

one in the crowd wrote:
saintbobby wrote:
Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns.

We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield.

Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday.

All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do!
You might bloody well deserve it ...... BUT YOUR NOT GOING TO GET IT.

Liverpool 3 ---- Southampton 0
pr1ck
[quote][p][bold]one in the crowd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: Good points and should encourage a few mis-mogs who inhabit these columns. We must remember that Liverpool are a big side, a big name and have a cabinet with a lot of silverware. Plus excellent support in Anfield. Sunday will be a tough call and difficult to get a result. But whatever it turns out to be, it will not upset my belief that RK has a very good squad and good results will come. I am praying the first will be Sunday. All of us on here have been through the mill this close season like no other EVER and don't we deserve a brilliant start? Yes, we bloody well do![/p][/quote]You might bloody well deserve it ...... BUT YOUR NOT GOING TO GET IT. Liverpool 3 ---- Southampton 0[/p][/quote]pr1ck J7junctionseven
  • Score: 2

4:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

gristle says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
Obviously, you've never been anywhere else. A magnificent ferry trip just about sums up Sot onions.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.[/p][/quote]Obviously, you've never been anywhere else. A magnificent ferry trip just about sums up Sot onions. gristle
  • Score: -2

6:41am Sun 17 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them.

You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.
yea right !
and i sit in traffic going nowhere every day for hours on end with countless traffic lights and charity shops and i think what a s@@t hole southampton has become
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Cracking stuff. You should also be optimistic because literally no one wants a miserable bugger stood next to them. You know, the other day I took the Hyde ferry for the first time and looked at Southampton across the water - ornate and mad in the flickering afternoon sunshine and with huge ships bringing people and goods in and out - and thought what a wonderful place Southampton is. It a massive town sandwiched between the sea and the forest which manages to be busy, outward-looking and welcoming. It deserves an amazing football team built in its image and I think it has one.[/p][/quote]yea right ! and i sit in traffic going nowhere every day for hours on end with countless traffic lights and charity shops and i think what a s@@t hole southampton has become mickey01
  • Score: -3

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