06 Nov 2018 11:33:26
News spreading around that the gaffer will get the sack if we don't get anything from the Watford too. Yeah, I got my hopes up as well, until I saw the names lined up rumoured to replace him: Big Sam and Moysey. Honestly I'd rather thry just give the reins to Martin Hunter or even Jahidi or Fleming and give them until a week before January to assess if they're good enough to last at least the end of the season. That way even if they fail to convince it would give the board enough time to identify someone and it would give him a week to assess the squad before the january window opens to do some much needed upgrading.
Also, get Jannik back in the first team ASAP.

1.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 13:46:30
I'm not sure any manager would get a result with our squad but we have to start somewhere I suppose. We could try to nick Bournemouth's scout.

2.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 14:01:06
Vestergaard started in Footy as an attacker. maybe we could stick him up front as the big target man we have been missing.

3.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 15:28:56
Long time reader, first time poster; agree wholeheartedly that Hughes needs to go, I’m less optimistic about us under him than under Pellegrino and he didn’t have a bloody clue. But I can’t for the life of me see why we haven’t been linked with Ranieri? Currently unemployed, took on a Leicester side who came out of a position similar to us the year before they did the impossible, so I guess he would be willing to give it a go? Did a job with not a great Nantes team so don’t see how, in terms of player quality, we’re a massive step down albeit playing poor currently. And even if not him whoever’s in charge next game needs to start Vestergaard, give Højbjerg the armband and drop Long and Redmond for Armstrong and Gabbi/ JWP.

4.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 17:27:22
IF Hughes does get sacked, could the Board explain the recruitment processed used when employing him.

He clearly doesn't have a cv littered with success
He clearly doesn't have a cv littered with entertaining football


5.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 18:55:38
Agree with rich, especially as Hughes has had the back end of last season and a whole pre season. That said I can only see the logic with Hughes as a short term solution and was stunned to see him offered 3years.

Would rather stick with Hughes than Sam or moyes but let’s face it, this came from an I respected newspaper source who have prob just chucked the same old names in the hat.

Big Sam would make more sense if we were cut adrift but right now, there is enough time to give someone younger and modern to take us forward. Not to be 6th or 10th necessarily but to have an identity, a brand of football to be proud of, even if we lose more than we win. Although a younger man is my preference, rainieri does have the personality to make a difference, with maybe his successor as a no2.

When I started supporting saints 4th bottom was always the aim and although not blessed with great players, the spirit was like no other. I am sure MLT helped too!

6.) 06 Nov 2018
06 Nov 2018 21:09:23
Ranieri's an interesting idea. I'd take that over Sam or Moyes for sure.

7.) 07 Nov 2018
07 Nov 2018 00:11:34
Agree with that and also suggest Roberto Martino ( previously muted I believe)

8.) 07 Nov 2018
07 Nov 2018 00:15:18

9.) 07 Nov 2018
07 Nov 2018 07:23:05
The same Martinez who got wigan relegated and did sweet FA for Everton while capitulating when the defensive base constructed by Moysey started disintegrating? The bloke seems a nice guy but I think that's the last thing the players need right now. Some really need a kick up their backside and someone who can balance man management and command respect is the one to do that. Problem is, I don't think anyone's available to fit that category bar Ranieri and possibly Jardim.

10.) 07 Nov 2018
07 Nov 2018 08:18:47
The very same Martinez who coached Belgium to the 2018 World Cup Semi- Finals ( not too shabby )! but the other two managers referred to are also very good candidates.
Keep on Marching!

11.) 08 Nov 2018
08 Nov 2018 00:32:27
He also won the fa cup at Wigan and kept them punching aboveboard their weight until the relegation. Is the belgium manager going to leave a major national side for Southampton? No.

12.) 08 Nov 2018
08 Nov 2018 07:25:16
Anybody considered Andre Villas Boas? does not have a bad win percentage, been out of football pursuing a career in motorsport so questions on how driven he might be (driven maybe the wrong word) but I was trying to think of young managers that we could consider and he came to mind. There is a bad article relating to his time at Zenit St Petersburg. Supposedly considering a return to football and currently learning German so thought to be headed there.

13.) 08 Nov 2018
08 Nov 2018 08:25:29
Those are rather rose-tinted views of Roberto Martinez. Yes he has taken Belgium to the semi-final of a world cup, but Belgium has player for player one of the very best teams in the world so that is playing to par, not over-achieving. Also, let's not forget there were many bumps in the road and close calls. They almost lost to a very ordinary Japan side. They did not have the tournament most expected and the finish flattered them a little.

He did well at Wigan and Everton for a time as he coaches his team to play attractive attacking football. The down side is that he has demonstrated an inability to organise a defence. So his positives are that he would bring an identity to the side and the football may be more attacking but the club's league position may not vastly improve as we could concede as many or more than we score. Plus, as posted above, he's unlikely to want to do both jobs and why give up coaching one of the best footballing nations in the world?

Ranieri is an interesting name but something happened at Leicester that saw an extraordinary collapse of form after winning the league. That's perhaps psychological and to be expected but form didn't pick up until Ranieri left.

14.) 08 Nov 2018
08 Nov 2018 09:29:13
Martinez has been highlighted as an option for Real Madrid, so I think he'll have set his sights a little higher than Saints.

My worry is that if we do identify a good, young, tactically astute manager who can breath life into our attack with his great motivational outlook. If he's any good we'll struggle to hold onto him. I'd love to bring in that mould of manager who is actually a Saints fan (but I struggle to think of any experienced or successful enough? )

15.) 09 Nov 2018
09 Nov 2018 01:31:55
Figo- agree with most of your comments re World Cup players (Belgium) but to bring together players ( 12 with EPL experience) majority from top 4 EPL clubs plus inter-continental players all used to various club methods and reimpose your own management style/ coaching/ training methods/ planning/ instruction/ motivation/ tactics squad/ team selection/ discipline and understanding are key requirements at this level and deserve recognition
Keep on Marching.