Priority number 1 for Poch?

Basingstoke Gazette: Poch needs a new striker Poch needs a new striker

OK, so Saints have nothing really left to play for this season apart from the £700,000 or so difference between finishing eighth or ninth.

Cardiff City, in contrast, have their Premier League futures on the line. And while the Welsh club
battled for their lives at St Mary’s at the weekend, it was still Saints who enjoyed more than the lion’s share of the possession.

They had just under 70 percent of the ball, yet still couldn’t score against the club who rocked up in Southampton with the worst away record in the top four divisions.

It echoed the early December game against Aston Villa at St Mary’s, where Saints enjoyed more than 70 per cent of the ball – and still lost again, this time 3-2.

Without the injured Jay Rodriguez, Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side lacked a cutting edge. In the two hours of football since Rodriguez suffered his horror knee injury, Saints’ only goal has come from the penalty spot.

Pochettino is right to admit that Saints’ squad is “too short”. Certainly, Rodriguez’s injury has highlighted the lack of decent options that exist up front. Saints currently have four strikers out on loan, and there are large question marks over whether any of them will play for their parent club again.

That means Pochettino’s priority No 1 in this summer’s transfer market – providing the manager
himself stays, of course – is to recruit a new forward.

The most high profile of the four Saints out on loan is Dani Osvaldo, who has yet to score for Juventus in the league since joining the Serie A leaders back in January on loan.

With the manner of his departure still fresh in the mind, it remains unlikely whether he will ever come back to Saints.

If he doesn’t, though, the club might have to take a hit on the £15m fee they signed him for.

Elsewhere, who remembers Emmanuel Mayuka? He was loaned out to French club Sochaux last August and has bagged just four goals in 18 Ligue 1 outings. 

His form was so grim he was dropped to the bench for a handful of matches last month, and in fact has not scored in his last 10 league games. Billy Sharp and Lee Barnard are on loan at Doncaster and Southend respectively, but there appears more chance of Artur Boruc being deployed up front by Pochettino than any of those two.

With Sam Gallagher still very much a promising teenager, and in any way more of a replacement for Rickie Lambert than Rodriguez, Poch’s cupboard is fairly bare.

Morgan Schneiderlin piled some pressure on chairman Ralph Krueger and his board last week by saying the players would be delighted to see some new signings this summer.

I’m sure they are not alone in that. There has been much talk about Saints wanting to challenge for the top five, but realism needs to take hold here.

At present, the club are 18 points ahead of the relegation zone and the same amount adrift of fourth-placed Everton (who have a game in hand). 

Saints are 16 points adrift of the fifth placed team and 12 behind sixth placed Tottenham. Those are fairly chunky gaps to try and close, and to do so money will need to be splashed. That really goes without saying.

Don’t let anyone fool you by saying Saints had ‘nothing’ to play for against Cardiff. 

You could argue the same was true of the recent home games against Norwich and Newcastle – Saints’ league position was almost identical to that of the weekend – and in both those games they belted four goals.

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2:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way.

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!!
Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way. Worry not!!! Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 22

2:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

InCortesewetrust says...

I'd say priority number one is a new number one or a someone to push boruc as super kelv is on the waiting list for his pension,and we've got gazza, who is rawer than a blue stake, with more holes in his goalkeeping skills than a Swiss cheese.
I'd say priority number one is a new number one or a someone to push boruc as super kelv is on the waiting list for his pension,and we've got gazza, who is rawer than a blue stake, with more holes in his goalkeeping skills than a Swiss cheese. InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 16

2:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Shrewdsaint says...

justaSaintsfan wrote:
Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way.

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!!
Agreed. Priority is keeping what we have, manager and youngster, Second is signing a goal scorer, centre back and number 2 goalie. Strikers are expensive, anyone from outside England is a big gamble, I can't see past Danny Ings, I know its all been said. I saw him play for England U21s and was impressed. I would also try for Eric Dier and then Marshall if Cardiff go down.
[quote][p][bold]justaSaintsfan[/bold] wrote: Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way. Worry not!!! Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!![/p][/quote]Agreed. Priority is keeping what we have, manager and youngster, Second is signing a goal scorer, centre back and number 2 goalie. Strikers are expensive, anyone from outside England is a big gamble, I can't see past Danny Ings, I know its all been said. I saw him play for England U21s and was impressed. I would also try for Eric Dier and then Marshall if Cardiff go down. Shrewdsaint
  • Score: 24

2:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Positively4thStreet says...

It would be patently obvious to a recently arrived Martian,what needs to be done,and has been for half the season.
It would be patently obvious to a recently arrived Martian,what needs to be done,and has been for half the season. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: -2

2:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

motorizer says...

Some would say Saints fans would have had the cup final to look forward to had it not been for a bizarre team selection for the Sunderland game with nothing more then a top 6/8 spot to aim for.... NOT having a pop, just saying.
Some would say Saints fans would have had the cup final to look forward to had it not been for a bizarre team selection for the Sunderland game with nothing more then a top 6/8 spot to aim for.... NOT having a pop, just saying. motorizer
  • Score: 17

2:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

singapore saint84 says...

Lets try to keep poch n the boys for next season first..assure the fans key players will be around for next season...den after the world cup we can start shopping..coys!!! Loud and proud!!!
Lets try to keep poch n the boys for next season first..assure the fans key players will be around for next season...den after the world cup we can start shopping..coys!!! Loud and proud!!! singapore saint84
  • Score: 19

2:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract? Costa Baz
  • Score: 25

2:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 19

3:26pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty.
I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -8

3:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Saintsayer II says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition Saintsayer II
  • Score: 2

3:41pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
I think he left because his monopoly on decisions was being removed, we now have the problem of a Committee decision on all transfers, that can tend to get a bit messy and seldom includes the best persons to make the decisions.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]I think he left because his monopoly on decisions was being removed, we now have the problem of a Committee decision on all transfers, that can tend to get a bit messy and seldom includes the best persons to make the decisions. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

3:47pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty.
Agreed Osprey - the FA Cup has wound me up on so many levels this season.

The fact that we didn't take it seriously was only a minor aggravation to me given my current situation, but was still a wasted trip to a God forsaken sh1thole (I said after last season that I'd never go there again!). Those who made the trip from the south coast quite rightly have a good reason to feel peeved.

Many Saints fans were much more riled by the lack of passion shown by manager and players alike. The topic failed to disappear from these very pages, which was quite frustrating for those of us who had drawn a line under the affair.

And now we're told that half the tickets are being given to corporate muppets, rather than fans who've spent hundreds or thousands of hard earned cash on following their team.

THIS is why football is f&#%ed, we're becoming more and more commercialised every year and as a football fan, it really p1sses me off.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty.[/p][/quote]Agreed Osprey - the FA Cup has wound me up on so many levels this season. The fact that we didn't take it seriously was only a minor aggravation to me given my current situation, but was still a wasted trip to a God forsaken sh1thole (I said after last season that I'd never go there again!). Those who made the trip from the south coast quite rightly have a good reason to feel peeved. Many Saints fans were much more riled by the lack of passion shown by manager and players alike. The topic failed to disappear from these very pages, which was quite frustrating for those of us who had drawn a line under the affair. And now we're told that half the tickets are being given to corporate muppets, rather than fans who've spent hundreds or thousands of hard earned cash on following their team. THIS is why football is f&#%ed, we're becoming more and more commercialised every year and as a football fan, it really p1sses me off. Beer Monster
  • Score: 26

3:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
I think he left because his monopoly on decisions was being removed, we now have the problem of a Committee decision on all transfers, that can tend to get a bit messy and seldom includes the best persons to make the decisions.
Yes democracy is lovely until you actually want to get something done.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]I think he left because his monopoly on decisions was being removed, we now have the problem of a Committee decision on all transfers, that can tend to get a bit messy and seldom includes the best persons to make the decisions.[/p][/quote]Yes democracy is lovely until you actually want to get something done. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 10

4:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

justaSaintsfan wrote:
Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way.

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!!
Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players.
My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ??
[quote][p][bold]justaSaintsfan[/bold] wrote: Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way. Worry not!!! Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!![/p][/quote]Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players. My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ?? RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: -1

4:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

justaSaintsfan wrote:
Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way.

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!!
Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players.
My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ??
[quote][p][bold]justaSaintsfan[/bold] wrote: Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way. Worry not!!! Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!![/p][/quote]Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players. My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ?? RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: -8

4:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

settheSTandard says...

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE wrote:
justaSaintsfan wrote:
Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way.

Worry not!!!

Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!!
Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players.
My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ??
Please tell me you do not seriously believe the club do not know how to negotiate a football contract?
[quote][p][bold]RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justaSaintsfan[/bold] wrote: Priority number one for Mauricio is preparing for next season, which includes deciding which players are kept and which players the club buys. Those preparations are obviously already under way. Worry not!!! Onward and upward the Southampton Way to an even better next season than this one!!![/p][/quote]Priority should be MoPo to sign with us for 4 yrs and get us in Europe or we will lose players. My biggest concern is the new board we have do they know even how to negotiate footballers contracts ? and how the world of football is run, do they have 'advisers' that will help to guarantee the signatures we need ??[/p][/quote]Please tell me you do not seriously believe the club do not know how to negotiate a football contract? settheSTandard
  • Score: 20

5:06pm Mon 14 Apr 14

miltonarcher says...

"Pochettino is right to admit that Saints’ squad is “too short” Right! But back in Jan Poch said he was happy with the squad! Get a grip MoPo, to me it was glaringly obvious we needed more pace in attack AND cover for injuries.

Now the danger is our season will splutter to an end. It could have been so much better, look at Hull!!!!!

Plan for next season, top six. COYR!
"Pochettino is right to admit that Saints’ squad is “too short” Right! But back in Jan Poch said he was happy with the squad! Get a grip MoPo, to me it was glaringly obvious we needed more pace in attack AND cover for injuries. Now the danger is our season will splutter to an end. It could have been so much better, look at Hull!!!!! Plan for next season, top six. COYR! miltonarcher
  • Score: 9

5:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Beer Monster wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty.
Agreed Osprey - the FA Cup has wound me up on so many levels this season.

The fact that we didn't take it seriously was only a minor aggravation to me given my current situation, but was still a wasted trip to a God forsaken sh1thole (I said after last season that I'd never go there again!). Those who made the trip from the south coast quite rightly have a good reason to feel peeved.

Many Saints fans were much more riled by the lack of passion shown by manager and players alike. The topic failed to disappear from these very pages, which was quite frustrating for those of us who had drawn a line under the affair.

And now we're told that half the tickets are being given to corporate muppets, rather than fans who've spent hundreds or thousands of hard earned cash on following their team.

THIS is why football is f&#%ed, we're becoming more and more commercialised every year and as a football fan, it really p1sses me off.
That's a rant I can relate to.

As for the No. 1 priority, I agree with most of the above, get commitment (extended contracts etc.) from the key people - players and MP's team.

Second, build the squad with 2 or 3 of key signings. Which ones? I'll leave that for MP and the Board to figure out.
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: I have just seen another reason why I am now glad we are not in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Arsenal have been allocated only 25,000 seats, now if we had got there we would have had 75,000 clamouring for spaces, it could have got extemely nasty.[/p][/quote]Agreed Osprey - the FA Cup has wound me up on so many levels this season. The fact that we didn't take it seriously was only a minor aggravation to me given my current situation, but was still a wasted trip to a God forsaken sh1thole (I said after last season that I'd never go there again!). Those who made the trip from the south coast quite rightly have a good reason to feel peeved. Many Saints fans were much more riled by the lack of passion shown by manager and players alike. The topic failed to disappear from these very pages, which was quite frustrating for those of us who had drawn a line under the affair. And now we're told that half the tickets are being given to corporate muppets, rather than fans who've spent hundreds or thousands of hard earned cash on following their team. THIS is why football is f&#%ed, we're becoming more and more commercialised every year and as a football fan, it really p1sses me off.[/p][/quote]That's a rant I can relate to. As for the No. 1 priority, I agree with most of the above, get commitment (extended contracts etc.) from the key people - players and MP's team. Second, build the squad with 2 or 3 of key signings. Which ones? I'll leave that for MP and the Board to figure out. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 10

5:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Katharina has appointed some high profile directors who I believe have come to take the club forward and therefore will understand that to do so will require the addition of four or five players to the squad with out loosing any of our current ones.
I expect to see Kelvin retire; Osvaldo go back out on loan as no-one will buy him unless we take a substantial drop; Jos, Guly plus other fringe and on-loan players leave. Hopefully that is it.
Essential is an experienced goalkeeper (like Ruddy or Marshall if they are relegated); a good center-back (I thought Steven Caulker at only 22 looked good on Saturday); a pacy winger with a good cross (Zara ?) and possibly two pacy strikers (like Bony &/or Benteke !?!) Should only cost circa £60m (only £50m if we could sell Osvaldo) !?! Probably less than the other top seven clubs will spend.
That will test the new regime, so they will need to improve revenue from new ideas. Unless we do make this level of improvement some of our star will get itchy feet.
Try a few of the younger players in the last four games to see what they have got & give Gallagher a good run for the experience.
It would be good to get players in before the World Cup because the market will be intense after it.
Katharina has appointed some high profile directors who I believe have come to take the club forward and therefore will understand that to do so will require the addition of four or five players to the squad with out loosing any of our current ones. I expect to see Kelvin retire; Osvaldo go back out on loan as no-one will buy him unless we take a substantial drop; Jos, Guly plus other fringe and on-loan players leave. Hopefully that is it. Essential is an experienced goalkeeper (like Ruddy or Marshall if they are relegated); a good center-back (I thought Steven Caulker at only 22 looked good on Saturday); a pacy winger with a good cross (Zara ?) and possibly two pacy strikers (like Bony &/or Benteke !?!) Should only cost circa £60m (only £50m if we could sell Osvaldo) !?! Probably less than the other top seven clubs will spend. That will test the new regime, so they will need to improve revenue from new ideas. Unless we do make this level of improvement some of our star will get itchy feet. Try a few of the younger players in the last four games to see what they have got & give Gallagher a good run for the experience. It would be good to get players in before the World Cup because the market will be intense after it. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 11

5:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay.

Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"?
Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay. Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"? Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy. Costa Baz
  • Score: 11

6:23pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Costa Baz wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay.

Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"?
Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.
I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy!

Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay. Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"? Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.[/p][/quote]I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy! Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 9

6:52pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Baddesley Bill says...

I actually sense that we (the fans) are being slightly "buttered up" (for want of a better phrase) for a period of financial consolidation. Not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the ultimate goal is in tune with the vision we all now have for our Club.

The stripes will return...we will all love that for sure...but, we won't have a feel for the ambition of the board until we kick off for the first game of the 2014/15 season.
I actually sense that we (the fans) are being slightly "buttered up" (for want of a better phrase) for a period of financial consolidation. Not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the ultimate goal is in tune with the vision we all now have for our Club. The stripes will return...we will all love that for sure...but, we won't have a feel for the ambition of the board until we kick off for the first game of the 2014/15 season. Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 8

7:00pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

The difference between finishing 8th or 9th is not £700k. It is nearer to £2.5 million as the TV payments for top ten clubs increases by around £1.5million per position as well as receiving a final position payment. That amount of money would cover the wages of a top player.
The difference between finishing 8th or 9th is not £700k. It is nearer to £2.5 million as the TV payments for top ten clubs increases by around £1.5million per position as well as receiving a final position payment. That amount of money would cover the wages of a top player. Clever Dick
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay. Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"? Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.
I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy! Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again.
I don't disagree with you.

Further investment is needed, not just to move us forward, but to ensure we don't slip backwards, which is why I think we need 5 players, minimum, in the next window.
I don't think the academy is ready to consistently fill the positions, where we are in most need of competition, as early as next season, although I would love to be proved wrong.
If I was MP, I would be asking questions about future investment.
We don't know what has been said to him, behind closed doors, but I am hoping that Krueger's statement, about not having to sell any player he doesn't want to, doesn't come with strings attached. As in, he has to sell to generate funds to buy with.

I've seen a comment, from someone who is "supposed to be in the know", claiming the war chest will be £35m. I don't know him from Adam, but he has apparently had good success at predicting transfers, in the past, so who knows?
As long as that money isn't generated, by selling the Crown Jewels, I'd say that was a decent wedge to pick up 3 or 4 decent players, that can develop as did JRod and Lovren.

With Barca, out of the Champions League, and 3rd in La Liga, maybe MP has one eye on that job?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay. Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"? Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.[/p][/quote]I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy! Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again.[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with you. Further investment is needed, not just to move us forward, but to ensure we don't slip backwards, which is why I think we need 5 players, minimum, in the next window. I don't think the academy is ready to consistently fill the positions, where we are in most need of competition, as early as next season, although I would love to be proved wrong. If I was MP, I would be asking questions about future investment. We don't know what has been said to him, behind closed doors, but I am hoping that Krueger's statement, about not having to sell any player he doesn't want to, doesn't come with strings attached. As in, he has to sell to generate funds to buy with. I've seen a comment, from someone who is "supposed to be in the know", claiming the war chest will be £35m. I don't know him from Adam, but he has apparently had good success at predicting transfers, in the past, so who knows? As long as that money isn't generated, by selling the Crown Jewels, I'd say that was a decent wedge to pick up 3 or 4 decent players, that can develop as did JRod and Lovren. With Barca, out of the Champions League, and 3rd in La Liga, maybe MP has one eye on that job? Costa Baz
  • Score: -2

8:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

DisplacedFan says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay.

Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"?
Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.
I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy!

Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again.
As I have stated before, the Academy is a great asset, but it alone will not keep us up nor promote us forward. It is a great cost saving measure. A homegrown Messi allows us to spend more on established players. We need a balance as this is a stronger, long-term approach to our success.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, we are all guessing as to why Cortese walked, and whether or not MP will stay. Didn't someone, close to the club, recently put on Twitter that the NC/MP relationship was "hard love"? Might indicate that their friendship wasn't quite so cosy.[/p][/quote]I imagine Cortese's relationship with his wife and kids isn't that cosy! Cortese's gone and won't be back, my point remains that I am sure that MoPo will want to know what the clubs ambitions are before he puts pen to paper. We all want to see the academy come through and establish themselves as they have done so well in recent years - but if the academy does not produce in each and every position we need to buy quality. We have an opportunity, as many have posted, that doesn't come but once or twice a life time and we mustn't squander it. Again.[/p][/quote]As I have stated before, the Academy is a great asset, but it alone will not keep us up nor promote us forward. It is a great cost saving measure. A homegrown Messi allows us to spend more on established players. We need a balance as this is a stronger, long-term approach to our success. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Mon 14 Apr 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Quite a few Saints connections at the Reading game tonight,
Wayne Bridge Dean Hammond Nigel Pearson Nigel Adkins
Good game as well
Quite a few Saints connections at the Reading game tonight, Wayne Bridge Dean Hammond Nigel Pearson Nigel Adkins Good game as well worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 3

9:01pm Mon 14 Apr 14

circa 66 saint says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
I actually sense that we (the fans) are being slightly "buttered up" (for want of a better phrase) for a period of financial consolidation. Not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the ultimate goal is in tune with the vision we all now have for our Club.

The stripes will return...we will all love that for sure...but, we won't have a feel for the ambition of the board until we kick off for the first game of the 2014/15 season.
I also hope the stripes will return, but unfortunately the shirt given to for my birthday in 1979 might not fit.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: I actually sense that we (the fans) are being slightly "buttered up" (for want of a better phrase) for a period of financial consolidation. Not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the ultimate goal is in tune with the vision we all now have for our Club. The stripes will return...we will all love that for sure...but, we won't have a feel for the ambition of the board until we kick off for the first game of the 2014/15 season.[/p][/quote]I also hope the stripes will return, but unfortunately the shirt given to for my birthday in 1979 might not fit. circa 66 saint
  • Score: 2

9:54pm Mon 14 Apr 14

oldsaintsfan says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
I understand your concern and we live in hope, but speaking as one who has been supporting saints since the 60's and seen my fair share of relegation battles I would respectfully suggest that (unfortunately) we (as supporters) have little say in the matter of who comes and who goes (managers and players) – the fate of the supporter is to follow and support the team through thick and thin! The last few years have been great but I must confess I have always been sceptical of the “saints as a champions league regular” talk – hopefully I will be proved wrong but either way I will continue to follow the team. I would like the stripes back though……..
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]I understand your concern and we live in hope, but speaking as one who has been supporting saints since the 60's and seen my fair share of relegation battles I would respectfully suggest that (unfortunately) we (as supporters) have little say in the matter of who comes and who goes (managers and players) – the fate of the supporter is to follow and support the team through thick and thin! The last few years have been great but I must confess I have always been sceptical of the “saints as a champions league regular” talk – hopefully I will be proved wrong but either way I will continue to follow the team. I would like the stripes back though…….. oldsaintsfan
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
Quite a few Saints connections at the Reading game tonight,
Wayne Bridge Dean Hammond Nigel Pearson Nigel Adkins
Good game as well
Finished 1 1, but either they had the effects microphone on mute or there was a lack of any real atmosphere.
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: Quite a few Saints connections at the Reading game tonight, Wayne Bridge Dean Hammond Nigel Pearson Nigel Adkins Good game as well[/p][/quote]Finished 1 1, but either they had the effects microphone on mute or there was a lack of any real atmosphere. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -3

10:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Saintsayer II says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it Saintsayer II
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 9

10:56pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
I agree, but we have to turn 68% possession into 100% victory! There is a very thin line between success and failure these days, a little bit of luck and some favourable decisions would help a great deal, we are overdrawn at the Bank of Bad Luck, it's time we were paid back with Interest.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.[/p][/quote]I agree, but we have to turn 68% possession into 100% victory! There is a very thin line between success and failure these days, a little bit of luck and some favourable decisions would help a great deal, we are overdrawn at the Bank of Bad Luck, it's time we were paid back with Interest. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.[/p][/quote]Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: -2

11:43pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.
Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.[/p][/quote]Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.[/p][/quote]Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 2

12:14am Tue 15 Apr 14

el caballo santos101 says...

right the player of the season award is open for voting on the OS. I`ve gone for dejan, I know the forwards get all the glory but being a former defender I enjoy watching a great tackle just as much as a great goal. dejan has scored great goals and has commanded the back line this season and I genuinely believe he is one of our best ever buys, and a real snip at £8mill.
I was going to vote for Osvaldo, not really but I thought it might teach them for putting that idiots name in the list for voting!
right the player of the season award is open for voting on the OS. I`ve gone for dejan, I know the forwards get all the glory but being a former defender I enjoy watching a great tackle just as much as a great goal. dejan has scored great goals and has commanded the back line this season and I genuinely believe he is one of our best ever buys, and a real snip at £8mill. I was going to vote for Osvaldo, not really but I thought it might teach them for putting that idiots name in the list for voting! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

5:55am Tue 15 Apr 14

aldermoorboy says...

Every game in this league is magic
Every game in this league is magic aldermoorboy
  • Score: 2

7:19am Tue 15 Apr 14

Saintsteve7 says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.
Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order.
Also a very difficult position, I imagine Utd thought they were getting a world class keeper when they signed De Gea?! He was awful for over a season!
I happen to think Gazziniga has all the attributes to be a top keeper it just needs to click into place. Will he be given the time? Probably not but my point is spending big won't always guarantee you the best straight away. Even saints so called 'best keepers' had slight issues, Niemi was awesome but couldn't catch for toffee and Arturs distribution is terrible!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.[/p][/quote]Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.[/p][/quote]Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order.[/p][/quote]Also a very difficult position, I imagine Utd thought they were getting a world class keeper when they signed De Gea?! He was awful for over a season! I happen to think Gazziniga has all the attributes to be a top keeper it just needs to click into place. Will he be given the time? Probably not but my point is spending big won't always guarantee you the best straight away. Even saints so called 'best keepers' had slight issues, Niemi was awesome but couldn't catch for toffee and Arturs distribution is terrible! Saintsteve7
  • Score: 3

10:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

Tongdii says...

Saintsteve7 wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.
Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.
Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order.
Also a very difficult position, I imagine Utd thought they were getting a world class keeper when they signed De Gea?! He was awful for over a season!
I happen to think Gazziniga has all the attributes to be a top keeper it just needs to click into place. Will he be given the time? Probably not but my point is spending big won't always guarantee you the best straight away. Even saints so called 'best keepers' had slight issues, Niemi was awesome but couldn't catch for toffee and Arturs distribution is terrible!
I love watching the Saints, but unfortunately possession does not win games, scoring goals does.

As I said to my staff in a previous life its not enough to be efficient you have to be effective
[quote][p][bold]Saintsteve7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]I think he has done a great job. We dominate teams that have spent hundreds of millions. With a bit more quality up top we can turn that dominance into more victories.[/p][/quote]Back of the net Seed,and maybe actually spending some big money on a quality keeper too,which hasn't been done for far too long.With Artur as back up,it would keep that position strong as well.[/p][/quote]Yep massive position and we've had some great keepers - Shilton, Niemi and Flowers the best I've seen in that order.[/p][/quote]Also a very difficult position, I imagine Utd thought they were getting a world class keeper when they signed De Gea?! He was awful for over a season! I happen to think Gazziniga has all the attributes to be a top keeper it just needs to click into place. Will he be given the time? Probably not but my point is spending big won't always guarantee you the best straight away. Even saints so called 'best keepers' had slight issues, Niemi was awesome but couldn't catch for toffee and Arturs distribution is terrible![/p][/quote]I love watching the Saints, but unfortunately possession does not win games, scoring goals does. As I said to my staff in a previous life its not enough to be efficient you have to be effective Tongdii
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

SiamSaint says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down?
Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options.
Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet.
Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana.
Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch.
Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc.
Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP.
Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?
My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.
Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level
if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ?
Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition
You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him.

Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that!
Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him
I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job
My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it
Not a great job? From relegation certs to 8th in the Prem? Really?
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: Priority number one is for the manager to commit his future to the club. If he doesn't would the board give him transfer funds this summer, in the knowledge he is just running his contract down? Next priority is to sort out the attacking/goal scoring options. Lambert needs competition, someone to share the workload, who can lead the line, with a bit more pace. Not sure if Sam is ready, yet. Next priority is to bring in two more players to compete with Gaston and Lallana. Next a quicker CB, to help defend the breakaways, when our full backs are at the other end of the pitch. Finally, we need proper competition for Boruc. Oh, one last comment. Several players have stated that we must keep MP. Are they trying to convince the board, to sort it out, or are they trying to convince MP to extend his contract?[/p][/quote]My guess is that Cortese left because the club pulled back on investing in the project. He will have shared his thoughts with MoPo as the two were quite close. I'm sure MoPo is seeking assurances on whether the club has ambition still before committing himself to the next few years of his career. And who can blame him? He came here with a plan and needs to know that a change of CEO hasn't altered the vision.[/p][/quote]Cortese was a hard nosed business man who got MoPo in to take us to the next level if he were still here would he give him another season or would he have the axed again ? Movements in and out will show us the short term intention but I would like another 5 year plan I don't want to go back to supporting a team where staying up is the height of our ambition[/p][/quote]You're the only one who doesn't think MoPo has done a good or even great job. NC would have already extended his contract - as he did indeed with Nigel before he fell out with him. Yes no one wants to go back to the days of hoping to hang on in there, done enough of that![/p][/quote]Seed i know I am in a minority and may be the only one who posts opposition to MoPo but I can assure you that many fans are more than a bit anti him I have never said that he hasn't done a good job but it certainly hasn't been a great job My main concern is that with his one dimensional style of play he has taken us as far as he is able He would finish in the same place with Spurs if he gets that job That's his level but I caught the Cortese bug and want to go higher If that means Europa league for a couple of years before we get CL then so be it[/p][/quote]Not a great job? From relegation certs to 8th in the Prem? Really? SiamSaint
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