Franny Benali concerned about lack of new signings by Southampton ahead of Premier League season

Daily Echo: Saints legend: Lack of new faces a worry Saints legend: Lack of new faces a worry

FRANNY Benali admits he is concerned at the lack of summer signings ahead of Saints’ first game back in the Premier League .

Saints have added four players to their squad since the end of last season; Jay Rodriguez , Steve Davis, Nathaniel Clyne and young goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Dell legend Benali believes more are needed.

“It was a fantastic achievement to get back in the Premier League, it’s very pleasing to be back after seven years, but I would question whether there are enough new faces at this stage,” he said.

“They’ll need more to see them through the campaign and give them a real fighting chance of staying up.

“You need a strong depth of real quality in a Premier League squad.

“Ultimately the person that makes that decision is Nigel Adkins and I’m sure he’ll be making those additions because a number of players who have figured a lot in the last couple of years won’t be as involved as much this season.

“That is a shame from the players’ perspective but it is what happens when you go up.”

Saints have won three of their last four league games at Manchester City, but a draw would be an outstanding start for Nigel Adkins’ side.

“City away is a real baptism of fire,” says Benali, pictured right. “They’re a real force these days and playing away to the champions will be a very stern test.

“When I played at Man City at Maine Road it was usually a relegation battle and in 1996 we managed to stay up at their expense, despite losing at Maine Road.

“Manchester City have always had a very passionate set of fans so I’m sure it will be a wonderful atmosphere.

“Going there will be like a trip to Old Trafford used to be for us but I’m sure they’ll go there in a very positive frame of mind.

“But talk of qualifying for Europe in the club’s first season back is somewhat unrealistic.

“Finishing fourth from bottom has to be the starting point for them, and then they can go from there.”

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9:21am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

Controversial...
Controversial... St Retford

9:23am Mon 13 Aug 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half.
We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half. Seedhouse the Unrepentant

9:24am Mon 13 Aug 12

dennytg says...

Realistic...
Realistic... dennytg

9:25am Mon 13 Aug 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

St Retford wrote:
Controversial...
We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial !
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial ! Seedhouse the Unrepentant

9:26am Mon 13 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

St Retford wrote:
Controversial...
But true,once players get injured where is the depth? You need to be able to replace your key players with quality not make do.
Can you actually imagine Saints defence with Balotelli,Silva and Tevez running at them,Jesus Christ!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]But true,once players get injured where is the depth? You need to be able to replace your key players with quality not make do. Can you actually imagine Saints defence with Balotelli,Silva and Tevez running at them,Jesus Christ! bigfella777

9:32am Mon 13 Aug 12

mattserg says...

Not controversial at all. Its what I think we are all thinking... we're going to get hurt next week. Signings so far have been inexperienced in premiership and hardly better than what we already have (apart from clyne who looks top notch!)

Seriously worried next week.
Not controversial at all. Its what I think we are all thinking... we're going to get hurt next week. Signings so far have been inexperienced in premiership and hardly better than what we already have (apart from clyne who looks top notch!) Seriously worried next week. mattserg

9:37am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Controversial...
We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial !
I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial ![/p][/quote]I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people! St Retford

9:38am Mon 13 Aug 12

laffaminute says...

Apparantly city looked a little shaky at the back yesterday so your strike force should run riot.
Apparantly city looked a little shaky at the back yesterday so your strike force should run riot. laffaminute

9:40am Mon 13 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya
n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that? bigfella777

9:43am Mon 13 Aug 12

ToastyTea says...

St Retford wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
St Retford wrote: Controversial...
We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial !
I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people!
haha love you named your son after him :) (that's laughing in a nice way). Defo one my all time favs.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial ![/p][/quote]I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people![/p][/quote]haha love you named your son after him :) (that's laughing in a nice way). Defo one my all time favs. ToastyTea

9:43am Mon 13 Aug 12

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

I for one am seriously worried at the inability to sign players we are strongly linked with. Some of the rumours seemed to have had foundation like Lens and Buttner but no signing materialises. The club makes no comment so we all worry the closer it gets. 1 week to go. Jeeze I am nervous.
I for one am seriously worried at the inability to sign players we are strongly linked with. Some of the rumours seemed to have had foundation like Lens and Buttner but no signing materialises. The club makes no comment so we all worry the closer it gets. 1 week to go. Jeeze I am nervous. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

9:44am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya

n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Either too old or not good enough.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Either too old or not good enough. St Retford

9:45am Mon 13 Aug 12

Andy Welsh says...

I think we all know the defence needs another quality centre half and we need pace and trickery out wide. Without these we will struggle. To be fair I think Nigel and Nicola know that too, but are finding it difficult to put the final pieces in place.
I think we all know the defence needs another quality centre half and we need pace and trickery out wide. Without these we will struggle. To be fair I think Nigel and Nicola know that too, but are finding it difficult to put the final pieces in place. Andy Welsh

9:45am Mon 13 Aug 12

costa gaz says...

I do fear that I will become the butt of a lot of jokes come Sunday evening.
Out of the 4 signed I'm not sure any of them will be an automatic choice.
A GK and a CB should have been signed before now.
I do fear that I will become the butt of a lot of jokes come Sunday evening. Out of the 4 signed I'm not sure any of them will be an automatic choice. A GK and a CB should have been signed before now. costa gaz

9:46am Mon 13 Aug 12

jerseysaint says...

Im worried Saints have some real hard games to start the season and i really hope the heads dont go down if they find themselves bottom of the league after 4 or 5 games .I think we have some quality players but its very hard to get off the bottom in this division once you are there.We need to buy some decent defenders, i think if we do this our fowards will surprise a few people especially Billy S.
Im worried Saints have some real hard games to start the season and i really hope the heads dont go down if they find themselves bottom of the league after 4 or 5 games .I think we have some quality players but its very hard to get off the bottom in this division once you are there.We need to buy some decent defenders, i think if we do this our fowards will surprise a few people especially Billy S. jerseysaint

9:46am Mon 13 Aug 12

malcher says...

bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet? malcher

9:47am Mon 13 Aug 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right.
It would be a shame if it was missed.

Alicesdad says...
9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12
LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!!

This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British.

Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan.

It's all good !!
Now .. altogether . .deep breathe

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE.
THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE.

SMILE !!

Therefore no doomsayers needed.

Let NC and NA get on with it.
We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve.
Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows?
Be positive.
If we go down we can get up again better for the experience.
We will be able to chant,
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again.
Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it.
COYR
Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR SFCOLDBOY

9:50am Mon 13 Aug 12

only1chopper says...

Controversial, no, honest and realistic comments, yes. I really do fear that we are going to get a footballing lesson and a baptism of fire from 3 of the first 4 league games we play this season. New signings are few and far between and only 1 have premiership experience. I respect the fact that we conduct our business with discretion and not getting ripped off, but we stand to lose a lot more money by going back down if we don't loosen those purse strings and get some real quality signings, then put clauses into their contracts. We keep saying look at Norwich and Swansea, but after 1 season, the top clubs are pilfering their best players, that could be us if we stay up. So a plan b and c and d are needed for the now and the future! Get the players needed to prove we are best team on the south coast and please some worried genuine fans.
Controversial, no, honest and realistic comments, yes. I really do fear that we are going to get a footballing lesson and a baptism of fire from 3 of the first 4 league games we play this season. New signings are few and far between and only 1 have premiership experience. I respect the fact that we conduct our business with discretion and not getting ripped off, but we stand to lose a lot more money by going back down if we don't loosen those purse strings and get some real quality signings, then put clauses into their contracts. We keep saying look at Norwich and Swansea, but after 1 season, the top clubs are pilfering their best players, that could be us if we stay up. So a plan b and c and d are needed for the now and the future! Get the players needed to prove we are best team on the south coast and please some worried genuine fans. only1chopper

9:50am Mon 13 Aug 12

Confucious says...

I have an open mind about whether what he actually said was controversial, but to be fair to St Retford, the fact that Benali said it has sparked a contentious debate, ie a controversary. You could contend this secondary analysis but of course that would represent a third dispute - in which case St Retford was definitely correct.
I have an open mind about whether what he actually said was controversial, but to be fair to St Retford, the fact that Benali said it has sparked a contentious debate, ie a controversary. You could contend this secondary analysis but of course that would represent a third dispute - in which case St Retford was definitely correct. Confucious

9:59am Mon 13 Aug 12

laffaminute says...

SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR
Priceless comedy !
[quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR[/p][/quote]Priceless comedy ! laffaminute

10:02am Mon 13 Aug 12

SFCSaint says...

any links or potential transfers need new players fast!
any links or potential transfers need new players fast! SFCSaint

10:08am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it? St Retford

10:12am Mon 13 Aug 12

ToastyTea says...

I said on Saintsweb I'm bit worried, we really needed better backup at the back, I don't really think Fonte is upto the job sadly. He seems to make alot of clumsy mistakes which will see forwards take advantage of easily in the Premier.
I said on Saintsweb I'm bit worried, we really needed better backup at the back, I don't really think Fonte is upto the job sadly. He seems to make alot of clumsy mistakes which will see forwards take advantage of easily in the Premier. ToastyTea

10:13am Mon 13 Aug 12

SaintRachel says...

St Retford wrote:
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
Nah.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]Nah. SaintRachel

10:18am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

SaintRachel wrote:
St Retford wrote:
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
Nah.
Me either. But the thought of it kind of makes Nigel and a quiet summer in the transfer market seem ok though.
[quote][p][bold]SaintRachel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]Nah.[/p][/quote]Me either. But the thought of it kind of makes Nigel and a quiet summer in the transfer market seem ok though. St Retford

10:18am Mon 13 Aug 12

Saint. says...

Oh get really Saints fans (including Benali)!

As much as it would be nice to see signings by now, look around and nearly every other club is in the very same boat due to Euros and Olympics! Only two days ago Mancini was moaning about the lack of signings, the richest club!

This week will see signings as something will give that will trigger off the market into action. It's not unique to Saints, just a little closer to home. Don't question what NC can do or not, as not one can not say he has not delivered on every front in so many ways already. It makes me laugh when some question if his way of dealing is the problem. Just look at the players brought who talk with real passion of where the club are going! Regards possible signings, Saints have not confirmed or denied them, which either says they could still materialise, who just may be NC is not letting the club be held to ransom, ie Butner third party. The club are clearly getting the right sort of team player in, who wants to play for the shirt.

So stop stirring it DE as you are clearly frustrated with the lack of real knowledge of what actually the club are doing!

Lastly Franny and others are looking at fourth from bottom as an success for Saints, which is negative. When NC and NA are loudly saying we are looking at Europe places or more, which is positive. NA has also clearly said signings will be coming for sure, and he is excited.

Please all remember we are well run club with a plan, and will not pay over the odds and go down silly street. We are positive and moving forward. The owners promise us prem in five and did it in three. They hardly not going to be aware of what the club is entering into and what is need to not stay in the prem, but succeed in the prem! Enjoy the ride Saints fans!
Oh get really Saints fans (including Benali)! As much as it would be nice to see signings by now, look around and nearly every other club is in the very same boat due to Euros and Olympics! Only two days ago Mancini was moaning about the lack of signings, the richest club! This week will see signings as something will give that will trigger off the market into action. It's not unique to Saints, just a little closer to home. Don't question what NC can do or not, as not one can not say he has not delivered on every front in so many ways already. It makes me laugh when some question if his way of dealing is the problem. Just look at the players brought who talk with real passion of where the club are going! Regards possible signings, Saints have not confirmed or denied them, which either says they could still materialise, who just may be NC is not letting the club be held to ransom, ie Butner third party. The club are clearly getting the right sort of team player in, who wants to play for the shirt. So stop stirring it DE as you are clearly frustrated with the lack of real knowledge of what actually the club are doing! Lastly Franny and others are looking at fourth from bottom as an success for Saints, which is negative. When NC and NA are loudly saying we are looking at Europe places or more, which is positive. NA has also clearly said signings will be coming for sure, and he is excited. Please all remember we are well run club with a plan, and will not pay over the odds and go down silly street. We are positive and moving forward. The owners promise us prem in five and did it in three. They hardly not going to be aware of what the club is entering into and what is need to not stay in the prem, but succeed in the prem! Enjoy the ride Saints fans! Saint.

10:20am Mon 13 Aug 12

batesieboy says...

Realistic. Two centre-backs of definite Premiership standard required. Not cheap, but cannot afford not to have. (And a change of tactics regarding the use of Rodriguez.)
Realistic. Two centre-backs of definite Premiership standard required. Not cheap, but cannot afford not to have. (And a change of tactics regarding the use of Rodriguez.) batesieboy

10:28am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

batesieboy wrote:
Realistic. Two centre-backs of definite Premiership standard required. Not cheap, but cannot afford not to have. (And a change of tactics regarding the use of Rodriguez.)
Two? Do you not think Jos deserves a starting place? He's been amazing since he joined.
[quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] wrote: Realistic. Two centre-backs of definite Premiership standard required. Not cheap, but cannot afford not to have. (And a change of tactics regarding the use of Rodriguez.)[/p][/quote]Two? Do you not think Jos deserves a starting place? He's been amazing since he joined. St Retford

10:29am Mon 13 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Benali used to always play howlers more often than not anyway,he was very fit I would give him that,but didnt have the best touch in the game,I went to school with him,spoilt brat he was.
Benali used to always play howlers more often than not anyway,he was very fit I would give him that,but didnt have the best touch in the game,I went to school with him,spoilt brat he was. bigfella777

10:30am Mon 13 Aug 12

mack chinnon says...

laffaminute wrote:
Apparantly city looked a little shaky at the back yesterday so your strike force should run riot.
Come on Bournemouth. And Plymouth.
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: Apparantly city looked a little shaky at the back yesterday so your strike force should run riot.[/p][/quote]Come on Bournemouth. And Plymouth. mack chinnon

10:33am Mon 13 Aug 12

Confucious says...

Of course after the tremendously successful past two years we will need to adjust our pre-match expectations of victory this year to ensure we do not get down hearted from time to time.

For those of a particularly gloomy disposition there's a hypnotist in Portsmouth, Vladimir de Higgins, who's been doing a roaring trade with football fans throughout the year.

He has adapted his popular therapy for the fear of losing an erection to deal with the now locally even more prevelant phobia - fear of losing football matches.

He charges £5 an hour and after two hours supporters find themselves singing "Sh!t on the b*stards above ie that's nearly everybody" with happy gusto. He can even make ugly female fans with fat @rses think they are Jenifer Aniston.
Of course after the tremendously successful past two years we will need to adjust our pre-match expectations of victory this year to ensure we do not get down hearted from time to time. For those of a particularly gloomy disposition there's a hypnotist in Portsmouth, Vladimir de Higgins, who's been doing a roaring trade with football fans throughout the year. He has adapted his popular therapy for the fear of losing an erection to deal with the now locally even more prevelant phobia - fear of losing football matches. He charges £5 an hour and after two hours supporters find themselves singing "Sh!t on the b*stards above ie that's nearly everybody" with happy gusto. He can even make ugly female fans with fat @rses think they are Jenifer Aniston. Confucious

10:52am Mon 13 Aug 12

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

SFCOLDBOY wrote:
Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right.
It would be a shame if it was missed.

Alicesdad says...
9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12
LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!!

This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British.

Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan.

It's all good !!
Now .. altogether . .deep breathe

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE.
THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE.

SMILE !!

Therefore no doomsayers needed.

Let NC and NA get on with it.
We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve.
Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows?
Be positive.
If we go down we can get up again better for the experience.
We will be able to chant,
WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again.
Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it.
COYR
well said !! I also have a daughter called Alice !!
[quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR[/p][/quote]well said !! I also have a daughter called Alice !! CHARLIE TAYLOR

11:04am Mon 13 Aug 12

Andover Saint says...

come on pull ya cheque book out!!! and fast, the whole point of pre season is to build a squad and get rite formation for first game...this hasnt happened and im startin to regret buying my city ticket!!!...anyone know how long joe hart is out for???
come on pull ya cheque book out!!! and fast, the whole point of pre season is to build a squad and get rite formation for first game...this hasnt happened and im startin to regret buying my city ticket!!!...anyone know how long joe hart is out for??? Andover Saint

11:04am Mon 13 Aug 12

Hobson82 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
St Retford wrote: Controversial...
But true,once players get injured where is the depth? You need to be able to replace your key players with quality not make do. Can you actually imagine Saints defence with Balotelli,Silva and Tevez running at them,Jesus Christ!
You left our Aguero, Nasri, Johnson and Yaya Toure.
Can't help but feel a little worried. I thought City looked pretty good yesterday. Having said that the keeper and Salic both looked a bit dodge. Fingers crossed Joe Hart's back doesn't get any better.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]But true,once players get injured where is the depth? You need to be able to replace your key players with quality not make do. Can you actually imagine Saints defence with Balotelli,Silva and Tevez running at them,Jesus Christ![/p][/quote]You left our Aguero, Nasri, Johnson and Yaya Toure. Can't help but feel a little worried. I thought City looked pretty good yesterday. Having said that the keeper and Salic both looked a bit dodge. Fingers crossed Joe Hart's back doesn't get any better. Hobson82

11:06am Mon 13 Aug 12

Andover Saint says...

St Retford wrote:
batesieboy winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!! Andover Saint

11:06am Mon 13 Aug 12

Andover Saint says...

Andover Saint wrote:
St Retford wrote:
batesieboy winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!!injurys***
[quote][p][bold]Andover Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!![/p][/quote]injurys*** Andover Saint

11:07am Mon 13 Aug 12

Block41row0sfc says...

Well if that's what you used to do at the start of every season no wonder we never done nout. The only reason he was always here was because his wages were cheap and no one wanted him. Loyalty, legend have a day off he was useless.
Well if that's what you used to do at the start of every season no wonder we never done nout. The only reason he was always here was because his wages were cheap and no one wanted him. Loyalty, legend have a day off he was useless. Block41row0sfc

11:10am Mon 13 Aug 12

Block41row0sfc says...

malcher wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?
Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha
[quote][p][bold]malcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?[/p][/quote]Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha Block41row0sfc

11:13am Mon 13 Aug 12

WECOMING4U says...

We will be parking the bus no doubt Sunday!!!!!!!!
We will be parking the bus no doubt Sunday!!!!!!!! WECOMING4U

11:24am Mon 13 Aug 12

Flashin the pan says...

Relegation battle all season.
Never out of the bottom three...unless Billy Blunt is sharp enough to score a heap of goals for you which i very much doubtful.
You have mostly champinship players or of lower standard and expecting them to do well in the premeirship is wishing too much..
Relegation battle all season. Never out of the bottom three...unless Billy Blunt is sharp enough to score a heap of goals for you which i very much doubtful. You have mostly champinship players or of lower standard and expecting them to do well in the premeirship is wishing too much.. Flashin the pan

11:27am Mon 13 Aug 12

zummerzet saint says...

I hate to say it...but if we don't get some new players in...we're f@#!ed! ):
I hate to say it...but if we don't get some new players in...we're f@#!ed! ): zummerzet saint

11:30am Mon 13 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
malcher wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?
Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha
Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO.
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?[/p][/quote]Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha[/p][/quote]Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO. bigfella777

11:33am Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

It could be a lot worse. Pompey currently have no senior players and have half an hour before they have to name their squad for the first game of the season.

: (
It could be a lot worse. Pompey currently have no senior players and have half an hour before they have to name their squad for the first game of the season. : ( St Retford

11:51am Mon 13 Aug 12

up saints says...

as said above defense is the worry apart from jos nervous in that department.well look on the bright side if we get hammered 6-0 could push the button quicker for more transfers
as said above defense is the worry apart from jos nervous in that department.well look on the bright side if we get hammered 6-0 could push the button quicker for more transfers up saints

11:57am Mon 13 Aug 12

petethephantom says...

fair dinkum jeeze whats with all the negativity,
we will draw at man city same with man u beat wigan ... thats a ok start .... and go ok at home win a few away and come home like a train........ at least we arnt pompy

coyr
fair dinkum jeeze whats with all the negativity, we will draw at man city same with man u beat wigan ... thats a ok start .... and go ok at home win a few away and come home like a train........ at least we arnt pompy coyr petethephantom

11:57am Mon 13 Aug 12

miltonarcher says...

You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league.

Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards. miltonarcher

12:05pm Mon 13 Aug 12

likewatchingbrazil says...

laffaminute wrote:
SFCOLDBOY wrote: Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR
Priceless comedy !
the comedy is poopey now get back on your sister as shes the only entertainment you will have this year fish boy.
coyr wtfiln
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFCOLDBOY[/bold] wrote: Francis Benali has made some good obserbvations but I make no excuse for borrowing Alicesdads' post from the last thread because he has it completely right. It would be a shame if it was missed. Alicesdad says... 9:07am Mon 13 Aug 12 LOOK YOU LOT STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SMILE !!!! This country has just told the world what a great thing it is to be British. Last season Saints showed us what a great thing it is to be a Saints fan. It's all good !! Now .. altogether . .deep breathe WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE. SMILE !! Therefore no doomsayers needed. Let NC and NA get on with it. We are in the Prem prematurely to expectations, so it's a massive learning curve. Mistakes will happen, we may have to fight relegation.Who knows? Be positive. If we go down we can get up again better for the experience. We will be able to chant, WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, again. Once more back onto the rollercoaster, love it. COYR[/p][/quote]Priceless comedy ![/p][/quote]the comedy is poopey now get back on your sister as shes the only entertainment you will have this year fish boy. coyr wtfiln likewatchingbrazil

12:06pm Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

miltonarcher wrote:
You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league.

Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level. St Retford

12:09pm Mon 13 Aug 12

aldermoorboy says...

Man City 0-1 Saints.
Man City 0-1 Saints. aldermoorboy

12:10pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Block41row0sfc says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote:
malcher wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?
Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha
Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO.
He is just about getting a game for MK dons 5/6 years ago brilliant player. He never recovered properly from his injurys.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?[/p][/quote]Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha[/p][/quote]Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO.[/p][/quote]He is just about getting a game for MK dons 5/6 years ago brilliant player. He never recovered properly from his injurys. Block41row0sfc

12:24pm Mon 13 Aug 12

mack chinnon says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Man City 0-1 Saints.
We win our opening game of the season now.
That result will do me.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Man City 0-1 Saints.[/p][/quote]We win our opening game of the season now. That result will do me. mack chinnon

12:26pm Mon 13 Aug 12

laffaminute says...

St Retford wrote:
miltonarcher wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level.
you dont make sense on any level.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level.[/p][/quote]you dont make sense on any level. laffaminute

12:28pm Mon 13 Aug 12

StevieSteve says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half.
We need at least two centre backs realistically, a new left back, at least 1 winger and another quality centre midfielder. We have to sell some players and replace them with better, Hammond can go - Morgan - Guly - Richardson - Fox they'll all get found out very quickly in the premier league.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half.[/p][/quote]We need at least two centre backs realistically, a new left back, at least 1 winger and another quality centre midfielder. We have to sell some players and replace them with better, Hammond can go - Morgan - Guly - Richardson - Fox they'll all get found out very quickly in the premier league. StevieSteve

12:28pm Mon 13 Aug 12

StevieSteve says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half.
We need at least two centre backs realistically, a new left back, at least 1 winger and another quality centre midfielder. We have to sell some players and replace them with better, Hammond can go - Morgan - Guly - Richardson - Fox they'll all get found out very quickly in the premier league.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: We are leaving it late. Certainly need to bring in at least a centre half.[/p][/quote]We need at least two centre backs realistically, a new left back, at least 1 winger and another quality centre midfielder. We have to sell some players and replace them with better, Hammond can go - Morgan - Guly - Richardson - Fox they'll all get found out very quickly in the premier league. StevieSteve

12:30pm Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

laffaminute wrote:
St Retford wrote:
miltonarcher wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level.
you dont make sense on any level.
Your mum doesn't make sense on any level.
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]I don't get it when they try and make light of our attendance figures. It's like Ironside having a pop at Usain Bolt for being cr@p at running. It doesn't make sense on any level.[/p][/quote]you dont make sense on any level.[/p][/quote]Your mum doesn't make sense on any level. St Retford

12:40pm Mon 13 Aug 12

laffaminute says...

miltonarcher wrote:
You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex. laffaminute

12:41pm Mon 13 Aug 12

george chivers says...

St Retford wrote:
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
West Ham could be.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]West Ham could be. george chivers

12:51pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Egomaniac says...

A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it!

Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week.

I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so.

My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship.

No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!!
A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!! Egomaniac

12:53pm Mon 13 Aug 12

bstokesaint says...

george chivers wrote:
St Retford wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
West Ham could be.
Arguably West Ham are being more frivolous without Harry. In fact I was wondering if anyone knew of any player since the transfer market opened that West Ham haven't been linked with?

I'm all for getting in a new centre back and right winger before the season starts, but I trust NC and NA to bring in the right kind of player and not just fill squad numbers with absolutely anyone available. I suspect they'll end up like QPR did last season. No need to panic for us most deals are done last minute. Keep the faith.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]West Ham could be.[/p][/quote]Arguably West Ham are being more frivolous without Harry. In fact I was wondering if anyone knew of any player since the transfer market opened that West Ham haven't been linked with? I'm all for getting in a new centre back and right winger before the season starts, but I trust NC and NA to bring in the right kind of player and not just fill squad numbers with absolutely anyone available. I suspect they'll end up like QPR did last season. No need to panic for us most deals are done last minute. Keep the faith. bstokesaint

12:59pm Mon 13 Aug 12

miltonarcher says...

laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.[/p][/quote]I rest my case. miltonarcher

1:06pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Saint. says...

Egomaniac wrote:
A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it!

Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week.

I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so.

My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship.

No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!!
You are simply wrong!
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!![/p][/quote]You are simply wrong! Saint.

1:08pm Mon 13 Aug 12

laffaminute says...

miltonarcher wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
I rest my case.
so do i.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.[/p][/quote]I rest my case.[/p][/quote]so do i. laffaminute

1:12pm Mon 13 Aug 12

bstokesaint says...

Egomaniac wrote:
A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!!
To be fair you rightly deserve some stick. A manager who has brought us the success that Nigel has, especially last season, deserves the backing of all the fans. He knows what he's doing and the last thing we need at St Mary's is turbulence in the managerial position. I'd be gutted if he left us and personally I'd be struggling to think of anyone who could instantly do a better job. Inexperienced managers learn quickly in the EPL, look at Brendan Rogers. He hardly had that much previous experience and is now at Liverpool. I'd rather it was him than Nigel. I also don't think it's a lack of influence that stops Nigel signing players. If you look at Clyne and Rodriguez they are great signings. Inexperienced maybe, but they will be quality. I just don't think he's in the market for paying over the odds for players that don't fit the mould. He’s building a team not bulking up the payroll.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!![/p][/quote]To be fair you rightly deserve some stick. A manager who has brought us the success that Nigel has, especially last season, deserves the backing of all the fans. He knows what he's doing and the last thing we need at St Mary's is turbulence in the managerial position. I'd be gutted if he left us and personally I'd be struggling to think of anyone who could instantly do a better job. Inexperienced managers learn quickly in the EPL, look at Brendan Rogers. He hardly had that much previous experience and is now at Liverpool. I'd rather it was him than Nigel. I also don't think it's a lack of influence that stops Nigel signing players. If you look at Clyne and Rodriguez they are great signings. Inexperienced maybe, but they will be quality. I just don't think he's in the market for paying over the odds for players that don't fit the mould. He’s building a team not bulking up the payroll. bstokesaint

1:17pm Mon 13 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote:
malcher wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?
Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?
Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha
Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO.
He is just about getting a game for MK dons 5/6 years ago brilliant player. He never recovered properly from his injurys.
He,s just been given a new 2 year contract actually.
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]malcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: junior Hoilett,Andy johnson,Robert Green,Steven Naismith,Alan Smith,Clinton Morrison,Mokoena,Rya n Nelsen,Nicky Shorey have all been available free of charge why are'nt Saints getting any of that?[/p][/quote]Probably because none of them would be an improvement on what is already at the club. Have you not learnt to trust NA and NC yet?[/p][/quote]Been a while since the bigfella has seen pigs bladder kicked about. Morrison smith hahahaha[/p][/quote]Smiths a good tough,defensive midfielder,would be a good squad player IMO.[/p][/quote]He is just about getting a game for MK dons 5/6 years ago brilliant player. He never recovered properly from his injurys.[/p][/quote]He,s just been given a new 2 year contract actually. bigfella777

1:17pm Mon 13 Aug 12

St Retford says...

Egomaniac wrote:
A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it!

Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week.

I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so.

My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship.

No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!!
That's one of the most 'wrong on every point' posts I've ever read on here. And you've got some pretty stiff competition. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!![/p][/quote]That's one of the most 'wrong on every point' posts I've ever read on here. And you've got some pretty stiff competition. Well done. St Retford

1:29pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Costa Baz says...

St Retford wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Controversial...
We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial !
I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people!
What, you have a son called Benali???
You cruel bastid. ;0)))))))

Anyway, Franny has said nothing that most of us haven't already thought.
Transfer windows are like this every year, for us. In fact having signed 4 players already puts us further ahead than usual, for this time.

We will get who we can afford and who wants to buy into the "Southampton Way".

Very few people know who we have actually made bids for, but as everyone does know, as soon as a bid is made the player's agent will be letting other teams know what has been offered, ensuring that the process gets dragged down into the mud, taking forever to come to fruition or fade away.
It's a marathon, not a sprint.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Controversial...[/p][/quote]We must stop thinking that when an ex player who is Southampton through and through expresses his honest opinion that it's in some way controversial ![/p][/quote]I was kind of being sarcastic. I love Franny - and even named my son after him - but this is sort of stating the acutely obvious. I don't think there's anyone at the club who would disagree with him. It's not like they're not trying to sign people![/p][/quote]What, you have a son called Benali??? You cruel bastid. ;0))))))) Anyway, Franny has said nothing that most of us haven't already thought. Transfer windows are like this every year, for us. In fact having signed 4 players already puts us further ahead than usual, for this time. We will get who we can afford and who wants to buy into the "Southampton Way". Very few people know who we have actually made bids for, but as everyone does know, as soon as a bid is made the player's agent will be letting other teams know what has been offered, ensuring that the process gets dragged down into the mud, taking forever to come to fruition or fade away. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Costa Baz

1:36pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Cheapshot says...

laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
I rest my case.
so do i.
So you agree with the above posts...finally you agree with us! well done, it take a big man to admit they are wrong! I take it you will now no longer be on this site begging for attention? I hope so...for your sake...it's getting embarrassing!
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.[/p][/quote]I rest my case.[/p][/quote]so do i.[/p][/quote]So you agree with the above posts...finally you agree with us! well done, it take a big man to admit they are wrong! I take it you will now no longer be on this site begging for attention? I hope so...for your sake...it's getting embarrassing! Cheapshot

1:43pm Mon 13 Aug 12

tugboat says...

Egomaniac wrote:
A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it!

Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week.

I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so.

My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship.

No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!!
Every one has the right to an opinion,I personally think your wrong on a few fronts, Ok I always admit my tendancy to be deluded,and to be honest,as soon as the draw against city came out,to portray it as a game we would win would be madness,but it is a game we could get something from-why not ?If you have followed saints for 55 years as you state youll know exactly what I mean.
If the players approach this season with your thought process-yep were done for.
As for NA not having the flair to attract top players-get a grip-their attracted by big bucks and success. who would mancini attract with no dosh ??The Great manager theory is pointless.
seeing as we have just arrived back,are you really surprised that messi isnt beating our door down ?
Alicedad,s post made a very good point,we are in the Prem earlier than anyone imagined we would be,so if anyone thinks a club can put together a side that can challenge in the prem in one closed season their madder than me.
Yep this season will be a battle royal-cant wait bring it on and please stop underestimating the players we have .
Last point ,if we changed the manager now ,would that make a difference? how can you condemn NA,s ability in the prem without the proof.
Some people have tragically short memories-look back with pride then look forward with optimism.
Please re -read your post ,dig deep and find some enthusiasm for the forthcoming campaign and back the lads.
[quote][p][bold]Egomaniac[/bold] wrote: A couple of weeks or so ago, I posted that I thought Nigel Adkins was out of his depth at this level, and I got some stick for it! Francis Benali's comments lend support to my views. He is right to be concerned. So far we have not brought in a single player with any credible Premiership experience. The current squad would do the Championship proud, but at Premiership level they will be slaughtered - starting next week. I still do not think Nigel has the influence and clout to persuade class players of Premiership quality into St Mary's, end of story. He has done a marvellous job at St Mary's, but I simply cannot be persuaded he's the man for the future. I would love to be wrong, but as a staunch supporter of Saints for over 55 years - I don't think so. My prediction is that after the first four games we will have one point. By Christmas we will be bottom of the league with no prospect of saving our status, Nigel will be fired, and we will have to start all over again next season in the Championship. No, I am not a manic depressive killjoy, and I want Saints to be successful - but with the present manager and squad, that ain't going to happen! Of course I hope I'm totally wrong - please God let me be wrong, but ..............!!![/p][/quote]Every one has the right to an opinion,I personally think your wrong on a few fronts, Ok I always admit my tendancy to be deluded,and to be honest,as soon as the draw against city came out,to portray it as a game we would win would be madness,but it is a game we could get something from-why not ?If you have followed saints for 55 years as you state youll know exactly what I mean. If the players approach this season with your thought process-yep were done for. As for NA not having the flair to attract top players-get a grip-their attracted by big bucks and success. who would mancini attract with no dosh ??The Great manager theory is pointless. seeing as we have just arrived back,are you really surprised that messi isnt beating our door down ? Alicedad,s post made a very good point,we are in the Prem earlier than anyone imagined we would be,so if anyone thinks a club can put together a side that can challenge in the prem in one closed season their madder than me. Yep this season will be a battle royal-cant wait bring it on and please stop underestimating the players we have . Last point ,if we changed the manager now ,would that make a difference? how can you condemn NA,s ability in the prem without the proof. Some people have tragically short memories-look back with pride then look forward with optimism. Please re -read your post ,dig deep and find some enthusiasm for the forthcoming campaign and back the lads. tugboat

1:49pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Wozzie says...

SaintRachel wrote:
St Retford wrote:
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
Nah.
Didn't that tax dodger put us on the slippery slope down and didn't his contracts nearly (if it wasn't for Marcus and Nicola) do to us what it did to the filth down the road?
[quote][p][bold]SaintRachel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]Nah.[/p][/quote]Didn't that tax dodger put us on the slippery slope down and didn't his contracts nearly (if it wasn't for Marcus and Nicola) do to us what it did to the filth down the road? Wozzie

1:54pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Wozzie says...

Cheapshot wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
I rest my case.
so do i.
So you agree with the above posts...finally you agree with us! well done, it take a big man to admit they are wrong! I take it you will now no longer be on this site begging for attention? I hope so...for your sake...it's getting embarrassing!
I think the filth from down the road actually are secretly enjoying their poverty and demise and are very pleased to see us back in the Premiership which is there for us to enjoy in our nice modern stadium. Come what may this season I know where I would rather be!! WTFILN
[quote][p][bold]Cheapshot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.[/p][/quote]I rest my case.[/p][/quote]so do i.[/p][/quote]So you agree with the above posts...finally you agree with us! well done, it take a big man to admit they are wrong! I take it you will now no longer be on this site begging for attention? I hope so...for your sake...it's getting embarrassing![/p][/quote]I think the filth from down the road actually are secretly enjoying their poverty and demise and are very pleased to see us back in the Premiership which is there for us to enjoy in our nice modern stadium. Come what may this season I know where I would rather be!! WTFILN Wozzie

2:01pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Kings Lynn Saint says...

If we're looking for CB's, how about Craig Dawson @ West Brom? I know he's played a lot at WBA but he WAS in the Olympic squad, is still young, and is English. Thoughts anyone?
If we're looking for CB's, how about Craig Dawson @ West Brom? I know he's played a lot at WBA but he WAS in the Olympic squad, is still young, and is English. Thoughts anyone? Kings Lynn Saint

2:01pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Saintsayer II says...

Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it

We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe
We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL

By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league
Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league Saintsayer II

2:12pm Mon 13 Aug 12

miltonarcher says...

laffaminute wrote:
You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.
Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club.
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club. miltonarcher

2:31pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Cheapshot says...

miltonarcher wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.
Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club.
what he said!
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club.[/p][/quote]what he said! Cheapshot

2:34pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport says...

1/6 for a City win is enough value to sell the Family Silver and lump on.

Its a formality
1/6 for a City win is enough value to sell the Family Silver and lump on. Its a formality Exiled Saint - front line eastern outpost of Gosport

3:08pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Mush On The Beach says...

miltonarcher wrote:
laffaminute wrote:
You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.
Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club.
Typical Skunt paradox,
BIG tosser with SMALL testicles.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest that when you are in a hole you should stop digging. Your posts are getting more and more desperate. You are like a drowning man, gasping for that last final breath before you sink below the waves. Bit like your club.[/p][/quote]Typical Skunt paradox, BIG tosser with SMALL testicles. Mush On The Beach

3:13pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Don-Irelando says...

As much as Francis has got a point I wouldnt say he's a poineer with regards to his views.

Both he and the vast majority of people on this site are regurgitating information that everyone already knows! "We need a new CB, number one, and some pacey wingers!"

The fact that we havent got either is not because NA doesnt know that, its because he cant get the ones he wants at the right price. People are saying he hasn't got the pulling power but selling our club and its vision to potential signings is something that both NA and NC are hughly adept at. This summer alone Buttner, Clyne, and Rodriguez all had other established prem teams after them but after coming to saints they said this was the place for them.

In NA and NC we trust!
As much as Francis has got a point I wouldnt say he's a poineer with regards to his views. Both he and the vast majority of people on this site are regurgitating information that everyone already knows! "We need a new CB, number one, and some pacey wingers!" The fact that we havent got either is not because NA doesnt know that, its because he cant get the ones he wants at the right price. People are saying he hasn't got the pulling power but selling our club and its vision to potential signings is something that both NA and NC are hughly adept at. This summer alone Buttner, Clyne, and Rodriguez all had other established prem teams after them but after coming to saints they said this was the place for them. In NA and NC we trust! Don-Irelando

4:16pm Mon 13 Aug 12

batesieboy says...

Andover Saint wrote:
Andover Saint wrote:
St Retford wrote:
batesieboy winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!!injurys***I don't know what happened there! But I think Andover Saint was agreeing with me...we need to excellent centre-backs to challenge Jos.
[quote][p][bold]Andover Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andover Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] winjurys and suspensions happen over 38 games...we deffo need cb's!![/p][/quote]injurys***[/p][/quote]I don't know what happened there! But I think Andover Saint was agreeing with me...we need to excellent centre-backs to challenge Jos. batesieboy

4:26pm Mon 13 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

laffaminute wrote:
You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.
Pot calling the kettle black here!
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: You really do feel inferior dont you, what are your amusing names you use on the pompey site to entertain us then, quite a large collection to pick from.[/p][/quote]Pot calling the kettle black here! OSPREYSAINT

4:29pm Mon 13 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

laffaminute wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.
Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.
Gave up on the News site, there is enough in-fighting and **** going on within it, you don't need us to add fuel to the fire, which is till burning.
[quote][p][bold]laffaminute[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: You have to worry for the mental state of the poopey underclass who post their drivel on here. If I supported the most corrupt club in the history of the professional game the last thing I would do is post on the forum of my main rivals who are clearly on an upward path whilst my club is plummeting down into the abyss that is non league. Obviously they can’t stand the fact we are where we are on merit and not as a result of corruption and cheating. They have a massive inferiority complex because their club is rubbish and they live in a dump of a city, perhaps seeing their infantile posts on here gives them a thrill as they sit at their grubby keyboards.[/p][/quote]Inferiority complex about you lot ? infantile posts ? most of you lot live on the pompey site so i suggest its you who have the complex.[/p][/quote]Gave up on the News site, there is enough in-fighting and **** going on within it, you don't need us to add fuel to the fire, which is till burning. OSPREYSAINT

4:32pm Mon 13 Aug 12

anderoo says...

Saint. wrote:
Oh get really Saints fans (including Benali)!

As much as it would be nice to see signings by now, look around and nearly every other club is in the very same boat due to Euros and Olympics! Only two days ago Mancini was moaning about the lack of signings, the richest club!

This week will see signings as something will give that will trigger off the market into action. It's not unique to Saints, just a little closer to home. Don't question what NC can do or not, as not one can not say he has not delivered on every front in so many ways already. It makes me laugh when some question if his way of dealing is the problem. Just look at the players brought who talk with real passion of where the club are going! Regards possible signings, Saints have not confirmed or denied them, which either says they could still materialise, who just may be NC is not letting the club be held to ransom, ie Butner third party. The club are clearly getting the right sort of team player in, who wants to play for the shirt.

So stop stirring it DE as you are clearly frustrated with the lack of real knowledge of what actually the club are doing!

Lastly Franny and others are looking at fourth from bottom as an success for Saints, which is negative. When NC and NA are loudly saying we are looking at Europe places or more, which is positive. NA has also clearly said signings will be coming for sure, and he is excited.

Please all remember we are well run club with a plan, and will not pay over the odds and go down silly street. We are positive and moving forward. The owners promise us prem in five and did it in three. They hardly not going to be aware of what the club is entering into and what is need to not stay in the prem, but succeed in the prem! Enjoy the ride Saints fans!
I could not agree more with this post....the most sensible post ive read in ages
[quote][p][bold]Saint.[/bold] wrote: Oh get really Saints fans (including Benali)! As much as it would be nice to see signings by now, look around and nearly every other club is in the very same boat due to Euros and Olympics! Only two days ago Mancini was moaning about the lack of signings, the richest club! This week will see signings as something will give that will trigger off the market into action. It's not unique to Saints, just a little closer to home. Don't question what NC can do or not, as not one can not say he has not delivered on every front in so many ways already. It makes me laugh when some question if his way of dealing is the problem. Just look at the players brought who talk with real passion of where the club are going! Regards possible signings, Saints have not confirmed or denied them, which either says they could still materialise, who just may be NC is not letting the club be held to ransom, ie Butner third party. The club are clearly getting the right sort of team player in, who wants to play for the shirt. So stop stirring it DE as you are clearly frustrated with the lack of real knowledge of what actually the club are doing! Lastly Franny and others are looking at fourth from bottom as an success for Saints, which is negative. When NC and NA are loudly saying we are looking at Europe places or more, which is positive. NA has also clearly said signings will be coming for sure, and he is excited. Please all remember we are well run club with a plan, and will not pay over the odds and go down silly street. We are positive and moving forward. The owners promise us prem in five and did it in three. They hardly not going to be aware of what the club is entering into and what is need to not stay in the prem, but succeed in the prem! Enjoy the ride Saints fans![/p][/quote]I could not agree more with this post....the most sensible post ive read in ages anderoo

4:33pm Mon 13 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Benali used to always play howlers more often than not anyway,he was very fit I would give him that,but didnt have the best touch in the game,I went to school with him,spoilt brat he was.
What did he think about you?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Benali used to always play howlers more often than not anyway,he was very fit I would give him that,but didnt have the best touch in the game,I went to school with him,spoilt brat he was.[/p][/quote]What did he think about you? OSPREYSAINT

4:33pm Mon 13 Aug 12

batesieboy says...

two
two batesieboy

4:36pm Mon 13 Aug 12

mack chinnon says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it

We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe
We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL

By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league
Yes.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league[/p][/quote]Yes. mack chinnon

5:17pm Mon 13 Aug 12

lowe esteem says...

St Retford wrote:
SaintRachel wrote:
St Retford wrote:
We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them?

I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money.

Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?
Nah.
Me either. But the thought of it kind of makes Nigel and a quiet summer in the transfer market seem ok though.
Nor me. Perhaps Laffin boy would find the clown interesting.
I thought there was an unofficial window closure for the duration of the Olympics anyway, so don't panic Corporal.
More importantly, what did you christen your son, Ben or Ali or for Chrissakesgivethebal
ltomatty?
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintRachel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: We'd all like new signings but what price are we prepared to pay for them? I'll tell you a guaranteed way of getting new faces in: we get Harry Redknapp back. He's just kicking around annoying his wife, and yet he's got a bulging contacts book, an eye for a deal and a peerless gift for spending other people's money. Now THAT'S controversial. Anyone up for it?[/p][/quote]Nah.[/p][/quote]Me either. But the thought of it kind of makes Nigel and a quiet summer in the transfer market seem ok though.[/p][/quote]Nor me. Perhaps Laffin boy would find the clown interesting. I thought there was an unofficial window closure for the duration of the Olympics anyway, so don't panic Corporal. More importantly, what did you christen your son, Ben or Ali or for Chrissakesgivethebal ltomatty? lowe esteem

7:07pm Mon 13 Aug 12

st.athan saint says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it

We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe
We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL

By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league
Thank god for your post I was just about to phone the samaritans after reading some of the posts on here !! It's not the cities arsenals chelseas and uniteds - the odd point here and there will be a bonus.But the squad is good enough to be competitive against the likes of fulham swansea albion and quite a few more. It seems that work is being done as usual behind the scenes.But seriously would you really want to us pay £10 million for Matt jarvis of wolves which appears to be the asking price. Having said that always rated MP. Def need CB and LB but way too early to panic.Remember Swansea lost 4-0 there first up last season and they didn't do too bad after !
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Why are Southmpton people so pessimistic Worse case scenario .....we get relegated None of us will die from it We have a good (not top class ) squad of professionals who have received coaching from NA who happens to have the highest level coaching certificate in Europe We will easily survive the season and stay in the PL By the time next season starts probably no more than half the current squad will be here In the meantime cheer up and smile We ar in the premier league[/p][/quote]Thank god for your post I was just about to phone the samaritans after reading some of the posts on here !! It's not the cities arsenals chelseas and uniteds - the odd point here and there will be a bonus.But the squad is good enough to be competitive against the likes of fulham swansea albion and quite a few more. It seems that work is being done as usual behind the scenes.But seriously would you really want to us pay £10 million for Matt jarvis of wolves which appears to be the asking price. Having said that always rated MP. Def need CB and LB but way too early to panic.Remember Swansea lost 4-0 there first up last season and they didn't do too bad after ! st.athan saint

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