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25 May 2018 22:49:39
So, I’ve read/ heard a couple of separate rumours linking Saints (among a few others) with Joe Hart.

I’d definitely be happy if we signed him. Saying that, Macca had an amazing end to the season as our ‘keeper. As they say “he’s a keeper! ”

Not sure if Hart, or similar big names are likely, I’d like us to show a bit of exciting ambition and get a few established players as well as the rough gems. We have a great bunch of young lads, might just feed them into the side more regular.

Having just heard the Hughes permanent deal announcement, maybe we would get some of his ex players.

Frankly, I have no idea


Saint Etienne

1.) 26 May 2018 03:30:04
Hart is a liability. Not the sort of player in my opinion that we want at the club. McCarthy was great for us when given the chance and I think forster is still more solid than Hart.

My opinion let's stay away from him.

2.) 26 May 2018 03:38:17
Also with links to stoke I would happily take Rutland, shawcross and shaqiri.

A lot don't like shaqiri and call him lazy but I think someone like him paired with tadic would give us plenty of chances.

We should buy alcacer from Barcelona also.

3.) 26 May 2018 06:52:24
Play tadic through the center and shaqiri just wide off him and the interplays and one-twos will be magnificent.

4.) 27 May 2018 08:36:04
Am hearing Hughes has 30m and that’s it not sure if he also gets player sales hardly going to set the world alight Promes in and a few outs.

5.) 28 May 2018 14:42:08
I’d like to think they need to invest properly for one season atleast to try to get back to where we were
Hughes will have his list of new faces as will the club hopefully between them they can get it right.



16 May 2018 15:36:02
Hey everybody, three main points:

1. I’m delighted and so relieved we pulled off the survival mission this season. Lesson to learn and don’t do it again. Next year we should be back to where we were the previous few seasons, among the top 10 mix and having a good time. Let’s hope so anyway. Come On You Saints.

2. Just give Mark Hughes the job.

3. Disappointed Gareth Southgate hasn’t picked the best English Left back in the World Cup squad. Bertrand is unlucky there, but then again didn’t have his best season. Good luck to Southgate’s Three Lions this summer. Terrible squad, but I’m right behind you. Come on you England!
And finally, agreeing with a few other posters in here, a big well done to all the Editors who work on this page. You’ve put together some good stuff this season, well done all.

Everyone else, enjoy your summer and I look forward to reading your very many inside tips on who may or may not be joining or leaving St Mary’s. Personally I think we should stick a couple of ambitious and very cheeky bids for the likes of Mo Salah, Trent Alex-Arnold and Gareth Bale. What a great Champions League final that’ll be this week. Good luck Liverpool!

Saint Etienne.

Saint Etienne

1.) 17 May 2018 05:14:04
1. I am too

2. We could do a lot worse than keeping MH

3. What? Bertrand was piss poor throughout the season! In the first 30 games didn't look interested at all, only played in last 8 games or so. But still, to me it was a right decision to leave him out. I don't think he's unlucky at all! It we could get 20m from him, I's say sell him. Very overrated player based on this season.

2.) 17 May 2018 09:50:10
I don't think Bertrand is over rated, I think he was just a bit disinterested this year. Agree that he shouldn't be at the World Cup based on those performances, but I would definitely not settle for £20m. He's still a very talented player and at a new club with fresh motivation, could justify a price tag in the 30-40m range in my opinion.

3.) 17 May 2018 21:52:11
Prior to this season I would have laughed at 20m being an acceptable fee, but form dictates and I would imagine any deal would be between 20-30m now.



04 Apr 2018 17:25:28
I’ll use this opportunity to pay my respects to a footballing great, a true gentleman of the game. Today we say goodnight to Ray Wilkins, one of the greatest players to ever grace our beautiful game. Legend, RIP ‘Butch’ go easy up there.

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1.) 04 Apr 2018 18:09:50

2.) 04 Apr 2018 18:38:18
Great player and a very nice man. A true gent.



14 Mar 2018 22:43:59
- Southampton appoint Mark Hughes
Former Wales manager Hughes will be joined by his usual backroom team including right hand man Marin Bowen as assistant

Hughes, 54, who played for Southampton between 1998 and 2000, has been out of work since leaving Stoke City in January

Good luck Mr Hughes. Make your Mark.

Saint Etienne

1.) 14 Mar 2018 22:52:13
This daft thing typed ‘Marin’ rather than ‘Mark’

Read correctly as - joined by Mark Bowen. Excuse me for the weird typo

(Not a fan of this invisible text box when typing a message here)



01 Sep 2017 17:25:22
Great to have kept hold of Virgil Van Dijk. That really is a coup. Yes, "£70m" would have been nice in the bank account, but the player is top quality and, with five years contract still to run, the high transfer fee will still come if/ when Saints sell him. Inflated market though, might be frustrating when the prices come back down. Never mind, I'm very happy to have Van Dijk at the club and hope he plays and plays brilliantly. It's like a new signing! Maybe he transfers next window or the summer, but still.

Shame we didn't grab anyone in as a late signing, it looks obvious we need a forward of sorts. Still, optimistic

Jordy Clasie's loan move to Club Brugge is a bit of a thinker though. Do we gain from it? Does JC gain from it? Do Brugge gain from it? Would have made more sense to send him to a British club. I think this about many a loan deal. Isn't a better way to loan out a player for the player become better in the league his parent club are in, surely? Modern day football decisions baffle me.

Also, good luck to Jay Rod at WBA, hope it works out great, you score loads of goals, stay clear of injuries and you can get back into the England set up.

Saint Etienne

1.) 02 Sep 2017 03:01:45
With regards to clause, I think maybe long term they want to keep him as a replacement for Davis as he gets older/ retired. But he's low down on the list at the moment so best to loan him out, get the game time. then we can either keep him or sell him at a later date. I think, as with a few of our players, if he was given a solid run of games and starts he'd excel like yoshida has done. but he struggles to just come in and hit the ground running.

2.) 02 Sep 2017 09:36:40
Hi Folks

First of all this is just my opinion, as I have no idea what the sky tv money is now or what monies the club get for there finishing position in the premier league. I have been a season ticket holder for many seasons. I don't understand what this board is trying to achieve as it is obvious to me and probably many saints supporters that this club are in desperate need of a schemer/ goal scorer, yes we have Boufal who needs to beat his opponent 2/ 3 times before he actually lays the ball off or is dispossesed, Redmond who works hard but with usually no end result.
Then there is Tadic who for reasons beyond me the loyal rauncus crowd behind the goal sing his name every time he touches the ball When are the board going to buy someone who actually produces an end result, why keep buying defensive midfielders or work horses. Anyway i'm glad they didn't let the scoucers get VVD.

3.) 02 Sep 2017 10:18:12
Go on. get Lambert. He can still be signed as a free agent. Motivational, great in the dressing room and could still do a job even if its very much part time. Even if its just to train the rest of the guys how to take a penalty!

4.) 02 Sep 2017 11:33:09
I came here this morning having just read on sky sports app their "Free Transfer XI", a group of decent/ above average and even in some cases greatest of all time (arise Sir Richard Lambert formerly of the beetroot factory) and anyway, back to my point, Rickie Lambert was on their list and of course this means we could sign him (or any club could sign any of these free players, of course) at any time. We have three "proper" first team forwards (by "proper" I mean strikers not attacking midfielders such as Redmond, Tadic, Boufal etc) in Gabbiadini, Chaustin and Long, a fourth, even just for a year, would go down very nicely thank you very much yes please, etc

So, we have a situation:
A) sign Lambert on what would be a good deal for all concerned, his wages would be lower than most and he's a safe pair of boots (quote me on that! ) and a club legend. Need I say more, number 9 shirt needs a name on it.
B) we stick with what we got, and do what Manchester United did a little while back by throwing a kid off the radar into the team (ladies and gentleman, here's England hot shot Marcus Rashford) when we're short of strikers for a game or two
C) wait until January and buy a new striker then, or get a disgruntled top six striker on loan.
D) wait until next season, make do with what we've got, get a good top 10 finish this season and give Sam Gallagher the number 9 shirt and watch us fly up the table with him scoring 30 goals like Harry Kane did for Tottenham!

I'd go with this: sign Rickie Lambert today. Right now, get him signed. He can be our back-up striker, wear the number 9 shirt, play for a season, then next season perhaps retire from playing and take up a coaching role at the club, where he can mentor the future star Sam Gallagher to fulfil his every potential

So, in a line; I hope we're getting Rickie Lambert on a free transfer!

5.) 02 Sep 2017 17:38:26
I agree with a lot you have said but not quite sure on what basis you reckon Sam Gallagher is a star of the future. He has been loaned out to poor clubs in a lower division and not exactly set the world alight . He is not a youngster any more as in nearly 22 and if we thought he was that good why when we are crying out for a goal scorer did we lend him out to scumbag Redknapp? I did think it was for more experience and that a striker was coming in before the window closed but that did not happen. Just maybe the club don't rate him as highly as a lot of posters on here.

6.) 03 Sep 2017 08:18:05
I've said it for a year now olufelo on loan at yeah ok is the future movement pace strength hits the target think we should of given him time from the bench this year. Wouldn't mind ings as a back up if he is now surplus at Liverpool or Sturbridge at the right price. We go on about the kids but it seems to Of stalled with them all going on loan instead of playing 22 plus you should be in the team not out in loan.

7.) 03 Sep 2017 23:49:11
Not if you're not good enough to be in the team you shouldn't. The ones that are get a shot, as we have shown over the last 5 years. Otherwise, why not go on loan and get some experience.

8.) 07 Sep 2017 07:40:55
We have strikers, what we need is a creative playmaker that can be an assist king, like another post said Bouffal, Tadic and Redmond have lots of huff and puff but then it fizzles out - I'd sell all three for a decent PM that can get forward and feed the strikers - we all know that Gabbs and Austin can score but they don't want to have to run from their own box to do it.

9.) 07 Sep 2017 09:25:09
I think selling all 3 is a bit drastic. and you need more than one player for each position anyway. tadic boufal and redmond are our most attacking players bar the strikers! Lol
Personally, I would have looked to sell tadic for a profit and get a creative CAM in.

10.) 07 Sep 2017 11:54:54
Fair point Milky, got a bit carried away and saw pound signs! Bouffal needs a proper run out (especially seeing how much we paid for him) and I agree that Tadic would be the best to sell on.

11.) 08 Sep 2017 22:27:18
We paid a lot for Gaston Ramirez and I see similarities to Boufal, loads and loads of skill but just not sure the PL is their kind of football. They need time on he ball but you don't get that here. They struggle with the the pace of the game in this country.

12.) 09 Sep 2017 22:44:20
Jules t maybe you were right after all. 3 of our front 4 look pony and gabbiadini is getting nothing, which means it won't be long before he offers nothing.

I'm not a fan of 442 as a formation, but we need to start working defenders and I think having a partnership up top is the way to do it. Despite trying to be positive early on about our attacking options, we look dire and have done for some time.




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25 Dec 2018 13:32:09
When the January transfer window opens I’d like us to get a proven centre back of Premier League level. Hearing news that Gary Cahill could be offloaded to the Arsenal made me think surely we’d do with a fella like that

I’d happily take Chris Smalling, but he’s just signed a new contract at United. So maybe his team mate Jonesy instead then

If we’re going to grab someone else’s star man, then I’d love to get a bit of Lascelles from Newcastle

Over to everyone else.

Saint Etienne

1.) 25 Dec 2018 23:28:26
I would love to see Lascelles but it's not going to happen. Benitez has been promised money to buy in Jan so I can't see him moving on and if he does I think he'll go to a bigger team. Personally I don't think we'll bring in anyone although I do agree that we could do with a leader at the back. Hopefully Ralph has something up his sleeve.



25 Dec 2018 13:29:10
Merry Christmas everybody

Saints fans all around the world
Football fans all around the world
Everyone. Have a great one, have a ball
And have a safe and peaceful 2019.

Saint Etienne

1.) 25 Dec 2018 20:40:30
And to you and yours Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.



03 Dec 2018 21:06:48
Mark Hughes’ Next Managerial Job:

So, having been shown the door (and, considering he has 2 and a half year’s on his contract, probably quite a substantial exit payment) only a few hours ago, my mind is already thinking of where Sparky will go next

I’d not rule out him applying for the Manchester United job if/ when Jose Mourinho goes, but I’d fancy a punt at someone like:
Cardiff (obviously Warnock is safe but could decide to move on by/ after the season ends)
Wigan (if/ when Paul Cook gets poached by a bigger club)
Salford Utd (the club owned by the class of ‘92)
Newcastle (when Rafa walks away from it)
Burnley (when Dyche finally moves on)
Wales (When Giggsy replaces Jose at United! )

Most likely it’ll be a Championship club. Not really sure if he’ll ever get his reputation back (following sacked by Stoke and Saints in space of a year)

I hope he does well again though, wish him all the very best and hope he returns to management sooner rather than later at a good/ nice club

Over to you!

Saint Etienne

1.) 03 Dec 2018 22:25:41
Wednesday seem keen - Luhukay is helping them drop like a stone (not unlike MH with us) and they have a decent squad - can see him doing an okay job there.

2.) 04 Dec 2018 14:25:32
Probably mid table championship side. Doesn't look good for him but maybe he'll adapt and change his tactics which are, for the most part, outdated.



27 Oct 2018 21:44:20
After today's thrilling 0-0 draw (aka precursor to Halloween) with the mighty Magpies, it made me think two things

1 if Alan Shearer was playing for either of his previous clubs this afternoon, would he have had to wear a blindfold and have the laces on each boot tied together to not score?

2 How many bus/ coach travel companies I could think of.

Joking aside;
1 Who'll finish this season as our top scorer? (Would any bookie give me odds for Shane Long? )
2 Are the Soccer Saturday pundits (think it was Merson specifically) right in saying Southampton have become the "we'll aim for 17th place" team?

Both teams (Saints and Newcastle) are lucky that (currently) all three of Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham are looking relegated.

Come on you Saints.

Saint Etienne

1.) 28 Oct 2018 17:23:48
I see where you're coming from but both Cardiff and Fulham are only 2 points behind us so a win for each of them puts us into the bottom three. We cannot afford to only be taking 1 point at home to the teams around us. We have to start scoring goals and getting some points on the board.

2.) 30 Oct 2018 06:47:18
I agree that we look like a team that deserves to go down, but won't because I think there are three worse teams. Huddersfield and Cardiff seem to really lack the quality to stay up. That leaves us, Fulham, Newcastle and any surprise relegation candidates. I like our chances to beat those teams when it's all said and done, but still, we shouldn't be in this scrap again.

So I do agree with Merson, everything you hear out of Hughes is defeatist. Tactics and results aside, the man is deluded. You can hear as much in his interviews. Constant excuses and a defeatist attitude. Normally I'd be saying give the gaffer time to work, but I think we just need to move on from a man now that we should never have hired in the first place.



27 Oct 2018 21:33:03
Get Well Soon Glenn

I want to wish former Saints manager Glenn Hoddle all the very best and hope he makes a full recovery having heard the shocking news of him collapsing earlier today while backstage before doing work as pundit for BT Sport's football show.

Glenn, you are an absolute superstar and a football legend. One of the greatest players of your and any generation. Your coaching methods were way ahead of the time and as an England fan I'll always cherish and fondly remember your spell as Manager and how you had us all salivating by throwing in the likes of Michael Owen to give us fans such excitement in France '98.

Happy birthday and get well soon.

Come on, Glenn.

Saint Etienne

{Ed025's Note - well said mate..




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03 Dec 2018 21:19:14
I’m also very, very satisfied
I’m liking the potential of what Hazelnut could bring for us. I’m on board!

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03 Dec 2018 20:39:57
In hindsight, Hughes must have already known his fate kn saturday. Think that’s why he picked both Valery and O’bafemi (congratulations on your recent Ireland debut Michael! ) it was a shot-to-nothing against the massive force that is Man United.

One of the first things the new manager (which it appears will be RH) need to do is pick a match day captain. Either put skipper Davis back in the team, or give the armband to Hojbjerg on a permanent basis. As much as I love Berry, he ain’t no leader.

One other point - so glad the rumours of Paulo Sousa being lined-up we’re wrong.

Exciting times. Hopefully our dreams come true.

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03 Dec 2018 20:33:14
And I reckon the first few signings Hazelnut makes will be:

Naby Keita - For all his hype and heavy price tag, he’s been a total flop at Liverpool so they’ll probably want to loan him to us to get him up to the standards of Henderson, Milner and Wjinaldum.
It was Hazelnut who turned Keita into the exciting all action midfield maestro at Leipzig. A move here, maybe just a dream, would make sense

Timmy Werner - banged in the goals for Leipzig under Hazelnut and could do the same at Southampton if he wanted to join the glamour and sparkle of the Premier League. Again makes sense in my head. Just hope it’s not the bag of dross we saw disappoint at the World Cup

A top notch centre back who will form a blistering partnership with the viking. We need someone with the organisation kills of Fonte and the slickness of Van Dijk. A modern day Ronald Koeman type of player then. I’m sure there’s a few options out there, maybe many unknown to myself and many of us, but who may already be on Haselnut’s radar/ wish list

The transfer window is coming. This is perfect timing for this new manager. Again, thanks Mark hughes and his staff for doing their job, but now we can kick on with some style, excitement and hopefully goals, goals, goals (less so in our own bloody net though, eh)

Another observation. I think Freddy Kreuger just gave Hazelnut the job because they share the same first name

Ralph’s Red and White Army!
Rock n Roll Ralph-ball!
Don’t wreck-it, Ralph!
Hashtag Ralph Breaks the Internet!

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03 Dec 2018 20:23:03
So then, 8.20pm on the monday evening and it seems like we’ve got our man

There will be many who won’t have the foggiest who this guy is, and I don’t blame them at all - although I do from a distance recognise his name as a player and am fully aware of his recent glories as a manager in the German leagues. This Austrian could prove to be dynamite. He could blow the whole league apart. I’m liking, loving, the idea of a Saints Klopp, a new Pochettino, a new Koeman. Oh yes, the top six is back within our reach

Anyway, somewhere at the start of this thread I mentioned not many people knowing him. Hazelnut as I call him, affectionately. Right now around the country, many a finger are going to Google doing a search for this fella

Ironic really, considering the latest blockbuster movie at the cinema

Yes, I’m going there, Ralph breaks the Internet


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03 Dec 2018 12:34:50
A bit harsh, sacked having only drew with the almighty Manchester United

Guess it was throwing away yet another lead which nailed it. Unless of course it was already decided before the match and Hughes wanted to finish off against his old club. Anyway. Mixed feelings. We need a big boost. We have the players. Ronald Koeman please come back!

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08 Dec 2018 18:19:27
On today’s showing, any many previous appearances this season, it’s doubtful whether the Viking Vestergaard is good enough for professional football

What a terrible error. Just give them a goal. Tragic.

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08 Dec 2018 18:17:16
Any team who loses to a Cardiff City team lacking any proper Premier League experience/ talent/ level like that deserves to be in the bottom three all season

Mr Rabbit Hutch has a big job on his hands
Building a team to win promotion from the Championship next season. Onwards and upwards and all that but I fear we are going down now

Oh balls!

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03 Dec 2018 20:55:43
I’d be happy to have Monk or Flores as manager, at any point in the future (or now if Hazelnut has a change of mind) but definitely wouldn’t want Paulo Sousa anywhere near the hot seat. Not a fan of his.

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03 Dec 2018 20:46:59
Hughes’ win ratio was terrible. I like the bloke so much though so am always going to be slightly biased in my views

As I write this it is assumed RH will be appointed manager within the next 24 hours. Flores (legend, and ex Watford coach) would have made me happy. He was so likeable in his stint at Vicarage Road and has that style, and something about him which would have been easy to get excited about. We probably aren’t rubbish enough or struggling enough to need to turn to Big Sam, and I think a fresh/ cool modern name such as Hazelnut (by the way everyone, that is not a typo or predictive text, it’s what I call him) or Cheeky Sanchez Flores (sic) would be the right person to turn things around and take the club forward. To bring on the youngsters and get back to the magical exciting days we had under Pochettino and Koeman. It’s a shame they’ll just be using us as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but that’s football. I think LFC and Spurs will be drawing up the contract as we speak LOL.

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04 Nov 2018 15:28:26
I’m looking forward to the derby league match fixtures against Pompey next season!

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