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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.

Saint Etienne

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

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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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13 Sep 2018 17:21:39
For Monday's match against Brighton I'd probably go with this line up (assuming they aren't injured or suspended)

Vestergaard Hoedt Bertrand
Cedric Romeu Lemina Targett
Redmond Mohammed
Subs on: Ward Prowse, Armstrong, Austin.

For this one I'd play Bertrand in the back 3, just so Matt Targett can get a start. We've got plenty of room for rotation and utility among our players. Romeu would be playing if this was a more physical game or one against the bigger boys.

Anyone fancy counter arguing the line up?

Saint Etienne

1.) 15 Sep 2018 04:00:50
I don't think MH is the one to tinker too often especially on the back of a victory so I think he'll stick to his 4-4-2 so far

Cedric--Stephens/ Hoedt--Vest--Bertie
Elyou/ JWP--Lemina--Hojbjerg--Redmond

I read that both Long and Austin had niggles and Ings had blisters after the CP match and I'd love having Gabs up front with Ings just to see what they can do together. If Long stays fit I think He would start though. Mo has started well but I'd like JWP purely for crossing ability. Hoedt/ Stephens. Meh, I'd go for the latter, but Hoedt had a good overall game last time out so I think its a bit fair to drop him.

2.) 15 Sep 2018 12:33:35
I would like to see targett get some game time, and maybe once we've got some points on the board later in the season we'll see that formation, but for now I think we need to keep the same formation and line-up for some consistency.
So 4-4-2 for me.

Moi-hojbjerg-lemina/ -romeu-redmond

I'd like to see gabbi given a start with ings. If we get those 2 firing as a partnership we could really be dangerous.



14 Mar 2018 22:49:29
How amazing and ironic it would be if on the last day of the season Southampton beat Manchester City to clinch their (insert level of optimism here) Premier League survival

Mark Hughes, Mark Hughes
There’s only one Mark Hughes
Walkin’ along
Singin’ his song
In a Sparky Wonderland.

Saint Etienne



12 Mar 2018 22:09:50
We are staying up
We are staying up
Goodbye Pelleborino
Glory glory Southampton
We are staying up
And we’ll win the Cup.

Saint Etienne



03 Feb 2018 17:07:23
Kerching! Today’s new signings “Loadsa Effort” and “Dietar Mination” made the difference against WBA

We’re now at the dizzy heights of (double checks the league table and then double checks the date isn’t April 1st. ) wow 14th place

Bournemouth are now in 9th with another win, I think we mighty Saints could and should aim for a full recovery and top 10 finish

Up The Saints!

Saint Etienne



18 Jan 2018 00:16:06
Hot gossip - Transfer rumours linked to join Southampton this January
Dean Sturridge
Richard Shaw
Titus Bramble
Paul Dalglish
Vinny Samways
Marco Gabbiadini
Jack Rodwell.

Saint Etienne

1.) 18 Jan 2018 05:41:30
Is this supposed to be funny?

2.) 18 Jan 2018 07:03:46
I’ve heard we are looking to resign Guly do Prado too.

3.) 18 Jan 2018 09:33:27
Apparently he'll be joined in his medical by Inigo Idiakez and Stern John!

4.) 18 Jan 2018 12:57:19
Not Idiakez. Can never forgive him for that pen miss in the play off v Derby!

5.) 18 Jan 2018 16:31:44
Chicken george said he's available.




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13 Sep 2018 17:15:06
Hi SaintUS - Another great topic you’ve brought up

I think we’re good enough to be just below Everton (assuming they have the season they ‘should have’) in the top 10 - between 8th and 10th (so 9th then! )

It’s a bit of a dog eat dog division though isn’t it. One moment you could be looking like a lost cause and heading down down deeper and down, the next could be one little spark to change the status quo and pick up a few wins or points and go right up the league table and be hanging around just outside the big boys. Alongside Arsenal then!

I won’t rule out relegation for the Saints But I’d also not rule out use finishing top six or seven. No idea, and that’s part of the ‘beauty’ of the Premier League. The beautiful game and all that

Keep Hughes. I like him as a man and as a manager. I liked him loads as a player too. Think he’s starting to find his best team - although it’s often at the expense of my fave players (What a goal Steven Davis scored for Northern Ireland the other day, quaaaaality player) but yeah. Backing Hughes all the way.

Three points against Brighton would confirm my enthusiasm. Defeat may just curb it.

Good stuff, good mix of comments. Up The Saints!

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15 Jul 2018 15:15:18
DIngs is from the southampton local area, supported Southampton as a boy, and probably (probably) therefore still supports Southampton now. He’ll sign.


Also, I’m pretty happy with the other signings made so far this summer - Angus Gunn (tick), Jannik Vestergaard, Stuart Armstrong, (this is will be a challenege for both predictive text and spell-check. ) Mohamed Elyounoussi - all good quality, could prove to be good value for money signings and longer term as well as there here and now. Looking good for the new season ahead. To be lucky enough to sign Danny Ings to that would really top it off. Positive

Also, finally while I’m here and talking football - I’ve got to say a big congratulations to Gareth Southgate and his England squad. National pride restored, and has actively connected us all with the Three Lions again

It’s Home

All the best everyone

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27 May 2018 16:24:21
Great gossip tip there, Vick

Gotta day, I agree. Think this one could have some truth to it. The Harrison Reed connection being a big persuasion, well, that’s assuming Harrison returns to Saints. I am a bit worried, think he’s now 23 and might not get the chance at Southampton so could move and he might even stay at Norwich. But, ever being the optimist, “The Southampton Scholes” (Harrison Reed) will return (along with Targett - great game against Villa, well played young man! ) and Gallagher and could then bring his mate Maddison with him

Ward-Prowse, Harrison and Maddison as the Saints midfield. Sounds like a law firm or estate agents! Anyway. I’m all for it

Sign Maddison now, before Liverpool/ Spurs/ WHam do

I’d love to get Jack Butland (him over Hart, but happily settle for either) just don’t think we’d allow our budget to pay for him

I’d also take a slight risk and get Promes

Oh, one last thing, I’d prefer not to sign Shakira (sic) but wouldn’t dislike it if we did sign the Stoke playmaker

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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)

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12 Mar 2018 22:02:39
Goodbye and thank you for your efforts Mr Pellegrino. Well thank you for trying. Well thank you for being manager of my football club

Right, now that useless sack of nothingness has come and gone, can I say it’s not unlikely to see Sparky in our dug out asap

It’s between him and Silva. Surely Hughes would be the one to pull the players up, give them bite and bark and get them back to scoring ways and winning ways

Then in the summer, consider all options

I’d give it to Hughes (open to suggestions. How about a new name - Jamie Carragher wouldn’t spit at the chance! )

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23 Sep 2018 10:52:00
Also, we have too many midfielders to pick from. I’m struggling to decide which combination is best and how to fit Davis and JWP intonthe line up

Don’t suppose the rules of football will change and will allow maybe 13-a-side eh?!

Actually, 15 a-side and my dilemma is solved.

I really should step out of my FIFA/ FootballManager computer game and into the real world 😁

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone
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23 Sep 2018 10:45:35
Great conversations again in here from everyone, with plenty of diversity of opinions. I’ll reply to Figo’s questin above:

I’m a Hughes fan (as previously stated many times) I was very delighted when he was appointed (we were going nowhere fast under the guy who I can only assume the board thought was the former Manchester City Manager. ) and relegation was a serious threat. To be frank, we would have got relegated had we not brought in a new manager. Mark Hughes was the right choice. A strong candidate and one of a handful of options I’d have felt confident in and been enthusiastic to have representing the club I support.

I’m still backing him. All the way. There are other managers who are better, far better than him. Better attach minded managers, better defensive managers. Better organisers of a defensive unit. Managers will more charisma and love-in with the fans and media alike. Many of them. But, some of these are not available and a lot would possibly be out of our price range or slightly higher ambitions than what we’re currently punching at. We were lucky to have an amazing hat-trick run of three amazing managers in Adkins, Pochettino and Koeman. Mark Hughes is good enough.

If he did leave (which I currently definitely don’t want to happen) I’d try and bring in someone like: Allardyce, Moyes, Strachan, Klinsmann, when he’s had enough to Mike Ashley -Rafa Benitez, Wenger! Eddie Howe would make sense. Absolutely Eddie.

I know that list will take one hell of a battering from opposing opinions. Which leads to the conclusion, stick with Sparky

As for the Liverpool game. 3-0 ain’t too bad. I did worry we’d get a heavy thrashing. Liverpool will win the Premier League this season. (Quote me on that! )

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13 Sep 2018 17:05:42
Hi SaintUS - Great topic starter. I like that and respect for having the balls to ask.

Good question and as an optimistic fantasist type of fan, it’s one I’d say a big fat ‘yes! ’ to

We’d be right up there with Spurs. Chelsea, United, Liverpool and City too! We’d ‘do a Leicester’ and do it again and again and again

I’m inspired now to play some FIFA on the Playstayion. Come on you Saints!

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27 May 2018 16:32:27
A “perfect” summer for me would be Saints signing Messi, Toby A, Kane and Bale (what a goal! Well done Gareth, bloody well done, as a Saints player of the past I’m very proud of you and your ‘sub eh? ’ heroics - wanted the British side Liverpool to win though. Great goal! )
And England to win the World Cup

But ok, realistic perfect summer from a Saints perspective, I’d like to sign as many of the following as possible (we have money available to compete, surely? )
Butland/ Hart/ Buffon
He said he wanted more playing time - Gareth Bale!

And I’d not mind if we offloaded: Carrillo, Forster, Boufal
Sell if a good offer: Redmond, Bertrand (I love him but Targett is ready ready ready now) and maybe one other
I’d hope we keep the likes of Romeu, Ward Prowse, Davis and Long.

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25 May 2018 22:45:57
Mark Hughes has just put pen to paper, and signed a three year contract to remain as manager of Southampton Football Club. Get in!

Saint Etienne