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    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    tinas wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    Sunny Saint wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    Sunny Saint wrote: I think that we will get our arses handed back to us by Everton this evening. I just hope that it’s not a cricket score that will cause the team to lose their momentum. As much as I want the Saints to win, I believe a loss tonight may be the kind of grounding that the new man will need. It’s just a shame that NC doesn’t get some much needed grounding (Preferably with a couple of thousand volts). COYR's - UTS :-)
    Does your name come from your naturally sunny disposition? It's GREAT to have you on board.
    I live in Israel, part of the 'Israeli Saints Fans group'. The sun is nearly always shining here. Still not sure why NC is constantly credited with saving the Saints, when that was clearly Markus. NC was merely appointed by Markus as the guardian of his legacy. His appointment, like that of the managers is in no way permanent or set-in-stone. Managers and coaches come and go, we all expect it, as we also expect sudden and sometimes drastic changes. However, it is also generally expected that such occurrences are conducted with a little more decorum and with as negative an impact as possible. Believe me when I tell you, that even out here it knocked every (not just football) sporting story off of the headlines and was slammed by all sections. Nigel, was rocketed from relative obscurity to National (now global) recognition when he joined the Saints. He will have also been rewarded with a very nice settlement package, that will sit nicely under his mattress when he is quickly appointed by another club. We are still here and have a voice, and we can also lobby very effectively with our feet if needed. Thus, it is important that NC is very aware of our displeasure, whilst at the same time letting the new Manager know that our united voice is his 12 man on the pitch, our colours do not run and the when we bleed, we bleed Red & White. Shalom
    There seems to be quite a widespread perception that Markus would have been dismayed by Nicola's actions since the former's untimely death. I don't think that at all. Markus was seen as this kindly, avuncular figure who wouldn't have harmed a fly. And maybe to a certain extent this was true. But equally, this was precisely why he had such a close relationship with Nicola and why he trusted him so much - because he needed Nicola to 'get stuff done' on his behalf and enforce tough decisions when they were in his interest. Markus knew exactly the kind of person Nicola was and I think he had a huge admiration for the fact he'd make himself unpopular in order to get results.
    Do tell where you got your inside information on Markus Liebherr's thought processes? Like many posters on here it seems to me that what you're doing is whistling in the dark. Cortese is an arrogant, incompetent idiot. This is clear to most football fans and pundits around the country, if not to those Saints fans who mistake loyalty to the club they love with blind loyalty to the chairman who is leading it to disaster.
    Call him what you like but you can't call him incompetent. He's taken us from the brink of extinction on minus 10 in league 1 to the Premier League in three years. That's not incompetence - that's excellent management, albeit management done in a way that may have ruffled feathers. Markus had an enormous amount of affection for Nicola and theirs was a relationship that went beyond business. The way it's talked about with all the gold watches Markus bestowed on Nicola it seems absolutely inescapable that Nicola did something pretty amazing for Markus, and Markus could have been in no doubt about the range of Nicola's business talents (shrewdness, efficiency, ruthlessness) which he possessed in order to achieve it. I think Markus must have felt he owed him big time, because he effectively bought SFC for him as a reward.
    There are a lot of very good points being made, sadly there are some who won't listen, they cannot comprehend the points being made because of the lack of real facts which has led to a lot of innuendo, conspiracy theories and not a little opportunity for a good wind up. True fans have to be seen to stand up and be counted, tonight is a good opportunity, that is just the first skirmish, there are going to be many more, it could be good, it could be bad, we just don't know yet. My opinion remains firmly in the pending tray.
    Markus looked a jolly fellow didn’t he at the JPT Final!

    People seem to like the idea of a very gentle but wealthy man being looked after by a ruthless businessman. Our relationship with the owners was so much younger and idealistic then.

    The fact is they where both successful businessmen for a reason. They saved Saints to make a successful business of it and in that respect they have.

    I don’t like what Cortese has done to NA. It could be seen as sentimental, but I personally think that we had something special at Saints, part of which we have now lost.

    However, I am not a successful businessman and maybe the moment you start believing what you have is in someway special is the moment that you stop trying to make it special and lose it.

    Maybe the last statement is perhaps more for Confucius, but my point is that I would trust Cortese's judgement over my own.

    Onwards and upwards

    COYRs"
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Pep's backing for new Saints boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News
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by Joseph Sexton

Mauricio Pochettino’s remarkable work with the Espanyol youth academy helped win him a dream job with Saints – and the backing of ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola!

The 40-year-old Argentinian was sacked by the La Liga club towards the end of last November with Espanyol bottom of the table.

In his last 20 league games with the club, stretching back to the end of last season, the new Saints boss won just three and lost 13.

During his 145 games in the Spanish top flight with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino’s win ratio was 34 per cent with 44 per cent of games lost.

But it was his work with Espanyol’s academy that mainly attracted him to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.

Pochettino is held in high regard in Spain, and Bayern Munich boss in waiting Guardiola has said: “I admire him for his ideals, his character. The foundations of his principles are always the same.”

Saints’ academy has produced gems in recent years such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and now Luke Shaw.

But Espanyol’s record is even more impressive, and Pochettino takes a lot of credit for that.

They have produced a remarkable 15 Spanish internationals across all age levels since the turn of the Millennium.

Around forty players currently appearing in Spain’s top two divisions have come from Espanyol.

Cortese has said he wants to build a Barcelona-type model at Saints. Seven of the Barca side that started the 2009 Champions League final were home-grown, and Cortese believes he can oversee such a system at St Mary’s.

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