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05 Jul 2020 21:31:34
What a great result today, fantastic performance and full marks to every player probably the best effort for years and hopefully the we can't win at home is now behind us great to see Adams get his goal which should now free him up to score many more for the saints. l hav previously been critical of walker peters but obviously Ralph knows a player when he sees one so maybe a deal can be done with spurs. looking forward now to next season and hopefully we can have a season pushing towards the European places rather than the battle at the wrong end of the table.

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05 Jul 2020 20:06:24
Half Time: Saints 1-0 Man City

We have got our game plan exactly right so far. With a bit of luck, soak up the pressure, and use City's lax defence to pounce on any mistakes or counter with pace and try and catch the back four out.

McCarthy has been fantastic - positioning exactly right, some good stops but none he shouldn't be saving, good for his confidence after Arsenal.

Walker-Peters has been superb offensively, and has done well to tie up Sterling, though a few dodgy clearances when City have been pressing.

Bednarek superb in putting his body on the line. Stephens and Bertrand I haven't seen much from but that means they're doing their job.

Romeu has been solid albeit on a yellow, I fear he may be off unless subbed before the hour.

Armstrong, Redmond, Ings and Ward-Prowse have even dynamic, quick, and eager to pounce at the back, as shown by Armstrong on Zinchenko for the goal.

And Che, awesome. Having not score in 15 months to try that and to pull it off - the team looked so happy for him and a shame there were no fans there to see it.

9 Brits and an U23 international in the starting XI - great to see saints doing everything right on the pitch for once.

I still fear a sucker punch but if we can hang on for a point, considering the dismantling City handed out to Liverpool, what a great performance it would be.

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05 Jul 2020 21:06:43
Absolutely fantastic performance by the players, coaches, fake crowd, kit cleaners, everyone - awesome!

Had a bit of luck but with nothing riding on that game except mathematical safety (achieved! ) I’m so impressed with the passion and dedication of that team.

Awesome awesome awesome. To come from a 9-0 and do that later in the season.

WE MARCH ON.

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05 Jul 2020 21:15:49
In my opinion that was Stephens best defensive display ever. The whole team played well and a special mention to Che Adams. What a way to score your first Saints goal.

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05 Jul 2020 23:47:25
Stephens has certainly come a long way - didn’t think he had a place in the side earlier in the year but he was absolutely phenomenal tonight - every single shot or decisive pass he or Bednarek were there and putting their bodies on the line.

Outstanding and amazing to see when really a 0-3 reverse wouldn’t have batted many eyelids and nothing rode on it for us.

By no means is a back line of Bertrand, Stephens, Bednarek, Walker-Peters going to be watertight, but with Vokins and Klarer coming through, and Danso and Vestergaard in support we aren’t in a terrible place. I would like both Danso and KWP to be made permanent - I think Danso could be class but we haven’t seen enough of him yet.

RB, CB, CM, ATT on the Christmas list as always. Hopefully Ings and Adams can form a partnership and Ralph can utilise his 4-2-2-2 for the majority of the coming season.

Only five points off a potential European spot - were certainly looking up rather than over our shoulders now!

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29 Jun 2020 16:01:35
I am not surprised that saints don't win so many at home as we don't seem to be able to dominate teams like we use too, those older fans like myself will well remember the Dell roar which seemed to really galvanize the team, fans pay there money and have every right to criticize, although we should always remember that we are all on the same side and as long as every player is giving 100% they can do no more . we should also note that errors must be allowed for as we enjoy the mistakes that others make.

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29 Jun 2020 18:05:54
Well NS I'm not surprised either, although I suggest it is the lack of atmosphere at St Mary's, coupled with the (apparently) acceptable bad habit of some of supporters booing/ heckling our own players. I'm sure that if everyone sang, cheered and supported the lads - we'd be 5 places higher up the table!

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27 Jun 2020 09:00:44
Hi Ed - any news on where Hojbjerg may be headed or possible incomings?

{Ed002's Note - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) is wanted by Spurs and Leicester and has been proposed to Everton as a well priced midfield solution. Spurs would offer Kyle Walker-Peters as part of the deal but Southampton are in urgent need of cash.}

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22 Jun 2020 11:37:44
any ed's know what's going on with Salisu?
Heard he's stopped talks with Rennes in favour of talking to Southampton but he's unlikely to get a UK work permit.

{Ed002's Note - Mohammed Salisu (CB) Norwich were very keen on taking the Valladolid centre back in January but will face opposition from Wolves, Southampton and Everton. Manchester United and Valencia have been credited with scouting the player by his club, but they have also said the are in talks with Atletico Madrid. Rennes agreed a fee with Valladolid for Salisu but his agent rejected a move to France in favour of a move to the Premier League. He will see what options are available.}

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19 Jun 2020 23:24:18
Great performance tonight can't remember the last time I ended up disappointed that we only won 3-0.first five minutes it was all Norwich but once we got started we were different class. thr team made so many chances and great to see the goals shared around, would love to push on for a top ten finish to the season.

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20 Jun 2020 09:12:04
Great result by taking 3 points from Norwich City FC. Perhaps we could do the double by taking their exciting and impressive young right back ( who can also play at left back ) in the transfer market to fill one. of our weakest positions. Max Aaron’s is a proven Premiership Player.

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21 Jun 2020 21:50:26
got no chance of getting Aarons, probably going to end up at a london club for £30 mil.

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22 Jun 2020 08:08:35
Saints Saint Saint. Note your negative comments re the possible purchase of Aaron’s as NO CHANCE.1.Spurs apparently have no cash.2.Chelsea defence appears ok. 3.WHU league position looks precarious.4Crystal Palace not as attractive destination as SFC for player.5. Arsenal maybe? if they are in need. That equates to about a 50% chance for SFC (providing we could get LEVY to bid for us at around 12-15 million. ) I’m sure the player himself will not cherish the possibility of Champioship League next season!

{Ed001's Note - don't Saints have to sell to raise money?}

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22 Jun 2020 11:36:31
afaik spurs have already put in a 30 million bid with arsenal sniffing around too - if that turns to a bidding war, the already very slim chance of signing him would be zero.

Considering the 3 players we've had significant links to lately (Salisu, Disasi and Zeefuik) would cost us less than £30million combined I can't see us smashing our transfer record to land him

Depending on what spurs offer for Hojbjerg we may not even spend £15 million this transfer window.

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22 Jun 2020 13:46:37
I’m not suggesting paying anything like 30 mill. for 1 player (that was your quote) . Perhaps with the possibility of potential sales of Hojbjerg; Vestergaard Forster EllynouissiCarrilo Lemina Hoedt income for at least 2 decent incoming quality players plus a chunk of. last seasons account shortfall paid off. Eds001 Have you ever heard of a negotiated conditional offer. on a property or land subject to the sale of their own property (within a time limit)? Maybe this Business is conducted in similar fashion and expect several negotiations to be underway at the present time.

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14 Jun 2020 14:24:44
Saints are playing at Norwich on Friday and 1 Norwich player has just tested positive for the virus. I'm still wondering if it's too early to restart football. Any thoughts people?

{Ed002's Note - I think it is a very good question.}

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14 Jun 2020 17:07:08
Agree that it is too early to restart, sadly money talks. It may well be a good morale boost to the nation for the time being as there don’t seem to have been any adverse effects in Germany/ Italy/ Spain as yet.

I don’t think France were right to cancel their league so early and the matches can and should be finished, but I think use July and August to do that and start the new season in September if necessary.

In the long run, I don’t think finishing the season will lead to many if any unnecessary deaths, and it may well save a few clubs further down the leagues if the money is used correctly - which of course it won’t - and Liverpool will deservedly win their crown.

It will hopefully just accelerate the demise of the money grabbing element when people start to turn their backs seeing £80m spent on footballers in a couple of months’ time when that could be spent on saving however many thousands of people with proper PPE and funding. But we’ll see.

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14 Jun 2020 19:17:48
I'm also thinking that all the players are going out to play on Friday knowing that someone within the Norwich squad has tested positive for the virus. Just wondering if it could mess with a few heads.

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15 Jun 2020 23:31:01
For the first time ever on this site, I can bring my Applied Physics and over 20 years of statistical analysis (but no geek! ) . i have been shouted at, insulted, laughed at and mocked . but I think with my head and not with drama. I won't lecture you, i will leave two facts that are FACTS . under 65 deaths . ONE PER MILLION.
under 16 deaths . TWO IN 15 MILLION both sadly gravelly ill.

COME ON YOU REDS!

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17 Jun 2020 03:35:21
think the only people worrying about a virus that has killed .065% of the population in the worst hit country and is dropping off pretty much of as quickly as came (much like the original sars from 2003) are the people falling for the lamestream media's okie doke

even the WHO (not that I'd actually trust them) say you need to be within a metre of someone who has it for more than 15 mins in an enclosed area.
It's incredibly unlikely any football player will catch it from another during a game.

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03 May 2020 15:20:50
Any news in if any of the transfer targets or buyers of the club are genuine Ed's.

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what you are talking about. I am not aware or any offers to buy the club. Sorry.}

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03 May 2020 21:09:08
Fake news about Gao trying to sell his stake in the club for half his original asking price.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of that.}

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02 Apr 2020 18:10:40
It now looks as if the season will not be completed due to the crisis, my view is that there should be no relegation and that Leeds and WBA should be promoted and saints first team otherwise known as Liverpool should be awarded the title, the league could then be readjustrd with four teams relagated for the next two seasons.

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02 Apr 2020 22:13:00
The premier League has to be completed to get the TV rights. It's part of the obligation.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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17 Apr 2020 19:34:28
Ed's could you please give your insight on the situation, there's a lot of changing stories about whether it will or will not be completed. A more insightful explanation would be greatly appreciated on TV rights, finishing of the the season, and what is likely to happen please.

{Ed002's Note - Right now the Premier League want to find a way to complete the season and they are aware of options available if they can't. There are also aware of a further potential major issue which is why they are reluctant to make any statement or allow the matter to be discussed at this time.

There is no suggestion to simply void the season on the table. And I think it unlikely that anyone will look to go down that route.

Spain (RFEF) have decided that they will end the season, if the games cannot all be completed (whether they restart or not), by drawing a line across now, not awarding the title, and settling European places based on current positions (with the exception of the Copa del Rey place which if played will go to the winners else to Athletic Bilbao if it can't). The critical point is that if the season restarts but cannot be completed, the results revert to the standings at the start of the suspension - and the results of the games played after the restart would be voided - this is controversial as far as La Liga are concerned and they have a counter proposal that says if the games restart and then stop, those positions when it stops for a second time should stand. But the decision belongs to RFEF and typically they would overrule La Liga. Whilst they want to complete the league, they too are going to draw a June 30 line across if the games cannot start on May 28 and complete by then – although they have proposed a back stop of the end of July (but nobody wants to use it and clubs don’t wish to exercise it). They have not addressed promotion and relegation completely at this time but seem open to the two up/none down principle as others are considering.

The "Bundesliga" plan if they cannot complete the season: draw a line across; no champions; European places on current standings; top two promoted down through the leagues; no relegation this season but addition one relagated next two seasons. The approach has a lot of support.

Scotland have used the threat based model - vote for what we say and we will give you money to help you stay in business.

Belgium has gone roughly down the "Bundesliga" approach but have assigned Champions (there was a lead that could not be caught but play offs were wiped out - so Club Brugge are champions and all of the other sides agreed. This was driven by the simple desire that it could not all be completed by June 30 based on advice.

The PL is aware of all of this and if needs be will need to be bold and come up with a plan. My expectation is it will follow the "Bundesliga" approach.

There is no expectation that the broadcasters will seek payment for games not played as compensation.}

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19 Apr 2020 19:41:54
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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08 Mar 2020 17:15:51
Echo reporting club up for sale £250m

And GAO won't invest anymore money

Southampton FC for sale article

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09 Mar 2020 09:19:27
From the outside looking in his investment does not look very good. It almost feels like he's seen us as a selling club, where he can make some money on the margin from our player sales. And since he's taken charge we haven't been able to make any money by selling players so now he wants out, as RH and the club have probably said they don't want to sell any players in the summer.

Investing in a football club isn't going to make you loads of money straight off the bat, it's a slow procedure that takes years to develop. It's a weird one, and now I'm reading rumours of RB wanting to buy the club.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think you understand the situation at all.}

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09 Mar 2020 20:36:18
SOLD to Red Bull GmbH
(i assume as per Ed's comment - 80%)

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10 Mar 2020 10:30:51
There was a post on Twitter from Southampton Football Club on their official site of the sale of the club to Red Bull and has now been approved by the FA? It disappeared and no mention anywhere?

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11 Mar 2020 17:05:24
Didn't that RB sale message come from a fake Southampton fc Twitter account where the team's name was misspelled?

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07 Mar 2020 13:07:06
Today will be an interesting test of Ralph's team selection. I am hoping he moves JWP back into the number 10 role and uses on of the two right backs we had on the bench last week! Without Armstrong and Smallbone both injured, will be bring back Romeu? I hope not . how about being brave and having PEH and JWP with Djenepo and Boufal outside them .
back to the 'go for the win' mentality.

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07 Mar 2020 14:49:03
Good to see Ralph reads this forum 👍
Great team selection today 😁.

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19 Feb 2020 22:31:43
Seen we might go for Rashica from Werder Bremen in the summer if they get relegated. Seems a good fit for RH and his style. Might fit behind ings or on the wing? Think we have a fair chance at signing him?

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20 Feb 2020 13:29:00
I've been reading reports that Liverpool have been looking to sign him for something like £30 Million but then again they seem to get connected to players everywhere.

{Ed002's Note - Milot Rashica (LW/RW) another possible Jadon Sancho replacement or indeed a Leroy Sane option and there is interest from both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen don't want to sell (but could be relegated). Rashica plays predominently on the left, like several of the many Sancho replacements, but is seen as versatile. Dortmund are looking at a number of possible Sancoh replacements that they have identified and others also play predominently on the left. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Werder Bremen nor any declaration of interest from his agent or lawyer but it would be interesting if their were - he would certainly provide good cover for Mane.}

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15 Feb 2020 15:30:37
What a shambles for the first goal today BV can anyone explain who Ings didn't just head it out for a corner and what on earth was maccarthys position he was way behind the line . if the goalkeepers are going to make mistakes like this we could still get dragged back into trouble, to those who criticize Redders just note how we missed him today, must win game next week.

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16 Feb 2020 01:07:22
The reason Ings didn;t head it out for a corner was that he totally misjudged his position relative to the ball trajectory . in simple terms he thought the ball was going out for a corner! As for McCarthy . now that's a more difficult one. Maybe he had been told to guard the far post as Burnley aim for the far post 9/ 10 times. To be fair, he did exactly the same against Liverpool and scored direct from a corner:)
We struggled against Burnley's tactics as have many other clubs . ! if we get it let's hoof it up the pitch and hope for the best, may not be the best football to watch, but it catches out teams that are pressing high and trying to platy real football!

We seemed disjointed and unless it was my imagination, I am sure JWP played much deeper than lately and was a lot less productive. Stephens is growing into a top player, his running with the ball is superb. While Long and Ings play well together, Long needs to concentrate on playing football rather petty fouls, being offside and arguing with the ref!
In summary . we were awful!

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16 Feb 2020 07:26:31
I believe that footballManagers’use as many smoke screens as politicians do these days. Does Ralph believe that we’ve all just got off a green bus? myself and 30000 plus Saints fans know that Vestergaard doesn’t have superior skills to Bednarek playing out of defence (even if he had the ball glued to his boots, ) My belief is that Ralph dropped Bednarek for criticising Saints attack for not being ruthless enough (especially when he himself is partly responsible for the shocking goals against record) . If this were true whilst a reprimand is justified risking 3 pts is not worth it when we don’t have adequate cover. KOM.

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18 Feb 2020 16:28:02
Vestergaard was played over Bednarek because of his height would have been an advantage against Burnley’s attack

Same reason why Yoshida would get played at right back against teams who’d lump it forward rather than play it on the ground.

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19 Feb 2020 04:21:57
I. don’t recall Ralph’s comments referring to Vestergaard’s height as the main reason for selecting him in preference to Bednarek against Burnley. KOM.

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19 Feb 2020 04:55:59
I trust we will sign a competent centre back with all the required skills in the Summer rather than a seven foot tall player who has much less ability. KOM.

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08 Feb 2020 06:13:08
Having watched the game again feel boufal is starting to put a shift in when playing ie tracking back and trying to win the ball back when losing it. If this guy gets a run of 4 or 5 starts he could get into his groove as there's no doubt he can do things no other player in the squad can.

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08 Feb 2020 14:15:37
Also, and I've watched the lad a couple of tea this year, I think we should sign Ollie Watkins of Brentford. We've been linked with him for the last couple of years and he's a player I like; quick, strong, got a goal in him from out wide. Another player I like is Clarke-salter who's quite promising I think.

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08 Feb 2020 21:22:37
Chelsea were close to recalling him from his loan spell at Birmingham just before Christmas because of lack of game time. I'm thinking that if he can't get into Birmingham city's defence then I'm not sure he's good enough for us however Chelsea gave him a new contract at the beginning of the season so someone there must have thought that he has a good chance of making it.

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10 Feb 2020 00:45:08
I like the look of him and as you say Chelsea obviously like him that's why they want him playing and gaining experience. But Watkins I believe could be an upgrade to Redmond in the long run, I like redderz but I don't see that his game has developed much in the time he has been with us well he hasn't developed into the player most of us thought he could. Redderz decision making just always seems to be the wrong one.

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11 Feb 2020 14:30:21
I agree with you, I feel that Boufal's biggest problem is that he's never had a proper run of games in the squad. If he adds more aggression to his game and is smarter with the ball then he could become such a good player. His pro's that he is probably the most direct player in the squad. His first intention is always to go towards the goal and try to make something happen. His biggest downfall is that he always tries to do too much with the ball and often loses it. He did this many times against Spurs got the ball and tried to take loads of players on and if you're a premier league team you'll know that you can press him with a few players because more often then not you have a chance to win the ball back because he won't go backwards.

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31 Jan 2020 16:10:23
Yoshida to Sampdoria coming out of Italy.

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31 Jan 2020 19:41:59
Seems like this could happen. I would rather he stayed but good luck to him if he does move.

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