Just who is Les Reed?

Les Reed

Les Reed

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

He has become one of the most powerful men at Saints, and will be a pivotal figure in the events of this summer at the club.

But who exactly is Les Reed?

The 61-year-old has emerged as the key decision maker on sporting matters at St Mary’s since the departure of Nicola Cortese last January.

Reed has already publicly stated that contract negotiations with manager Mauricio Pochettino are his responsibility, as well as issues relating to players.

He is also thought to have been heavily involved in the controversial decision to sack under-18 coaches Jason Dodd and Paul Williams this week.

A great deal of power, therefore, lies in his hands.

But it also means a significant amount of pressure on his shoulders right now.

Ralph Krueger may hold overall responsibility in his position as chairman, but it appears it is largely up to Reed to try and keep the manager at St Mary’s and the squad intact.

Since his appointment as head of the football development and support centre in 2010, Reed’s powerbase has expanded.

He now occupies a position as an executive director on the football club’s board and is a major player behind the scenes, operating as a sort of de facto sporting director.

But what is his background?

Reed’s experience in football is certainly wide-ranging.

As a schoolboy, he trained with both West Ham and Arsenal, but, after failing to win an apprenticeship, he began playing on the non-league circuit.

Reed moved around a number of clubs at that level, before being picked up by Cambridge United and then Watford, where Graham Taylor was in charge.

He never made a first-team appearance for either club, subsequently moving to Wycombe, where he again was unable to break into the side.

However, it was there, after receiving advice from Taylor, that Reed began taking his coaching badges.

It was an important step in his career, leading to him becoming involved with the Football Association.

After some player-coach gigs in non-league, he began working in earnest for the organisation during the 1980s as regional director of coaching for London and the South East.

Along with other regional coaches, he would introduce methods to clubs and FA licensed coaching centres around the country.

Reed was also part of England’s staff for the 1990 World Cup, helping scout their opponents.

He left the FA to join Charlton as Alan Curbishley’s assistant in the mid-1990s, but was recruited back into the association soon after, when technical director Howard Wilkinson brought him on board to support his work.

Reed held responsibilities with all of the national youth teams up to under-21 level.

He was also a part of the backroom staff during Kevin Keegan’s ill-fated reign with the senior team, as well as Sven Goran-Eriksson’s spell in charge.

Reed succeeded Wilkinson when he left in 2002, and was involved in setting up a series of elite development programmes.

He also authored the Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching, and travelled round the world studying methods other countries used to help them win major tournaments.

However, he left the FA in 2004, after Trevor Brooking’s appointment as director of football development resulted in a change of direction. Reed rejoined Charlton two years later and took on an assistant role when former Saint Iain Dowie was appointed manager.

When Dowie was sacked in November 2006, Reed was promoted to the number one job.

He embarked on an infamous 41-day spell in charge, in which he won just one out of eight matches, being derided in the media with headlines and phrases such as “Santa Clueless” and “Les Misérables”, before parting company with the club on Christmas Eve.

Reed returned to football with Fulham, where he spent just over a year as technical director.

In 2005, he also founded a consultancy company called Sports Associated Solutions, which described itself as specialising in coaching, coach education, player development and talent identification.

He joined Saints in 2010, heading up the club’s football development and support centre, overseeing areas such as the academy, scouting and sports science.

He has helped shape the current set-up at Staplewood – for example, appointing former FA colleague Martin Hunter as under-21 coach – and has become an increasingly influential figure during the past four years.

There were rumours shortly before Cortese left the club earlier this year that Reed, along with Hunter, might be shown the door.

But he has since taken on even greater responsibility.

This summer may well prove to be his defining period.

Trying to persuade Pochettino to commit his future to the club, and attempting to keep the squad together in the face of significant interest from some of the country’s elite clubs, represent new and significant challenges for him.

Reed will likely need to draw on all his footballing experience if he is to successfully navigate the next few months.

He has said the intention is to keep the team together and build on it.

They are words supporters will remember.

And they will certainly hope he is able to deliver on them.

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8:18am Thu 22 May 14

noodlesnewman says...

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8:28am Thu 22 May 14

Blackknight says...

As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either.

How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters.

I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions
As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either. How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters. I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions Blackknight
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9:01am Thu 22 May 14

Rising_Son says...

Blackknight wrote:
As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either.

How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters.

I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions
I'm sure there will.
[quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either. How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters. I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions[/p][/quote]I'm sure there will. Rising_Son
  • Score: 0

9:03am Thu 22 May 14

Alicesdad says...

So the assumption is that Luke is going? Really .... all we know is he's gutted about Jason Dodd

Leaks from estate agents in Cheshire and some mischeviously timed general comments from Cortese (who can blame him though) are fuelling the fire nicely.

... and each day passes without confirmed news and the flames flicker higher and hgher...

... oh how we love to watch this rumour bonfire rage ...
So the assumption is that Luke is going? Really .... all we know is he's gutted about Jason Dodd Leaks from estate agents in Cheshire and some mischeviously timed general comments from Cortese (who can blame him though) are fuelling the fire nicely. ... and each day passes without confirmed news and the flames flicker higher and hgher... ... oh how we love to watch this rumour bonfire rage ... Alicesdad
  • Score: 6

9:11am Thu 22 May 14

Junwin says...

I fully expect Saints to kick off next season with all our current 1st team players and two or three new signings added in. And, of course, with Pochettino at the helm.
I fully expect Saints to kick off next season with all our current 1st team players and two or three new signings added in. And, of course, with Pochettino at the helm. Junwin
  • Score: 29

9:17am Thu 22 May 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Blackknight wrote:
As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either.

How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters.

I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions
I'm sure there will.
Too right. I'll give you all a pound if someone hasn't mentioned Danny Ings by 11 o'clock.

Oh, and even the fact that Palace have signed him probably won't stop a few cries for Tom Ince.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either. How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters. I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions[/p][/quote]I'm sure there will.[/p][/quote]Too right. I'll give you all a pound if someone hasn't mentioned Danny Ings by 11 o'clock. Oh, and even the fact that Palace have signed him probably won't stop a few cries for Tom Ince. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 4

9:27am Thu 22 May 14

lowe esteem says...

"Danny Ings by 11 o'clock"
"Danny Ings by 11 o'clock" lowe esteem
  • Score: 9

9:36am Thu 22 May 14

City Saint says...

How 'bout that Danny Ings fella? Looks the business.
How 'bout that Danny Ings fella? Looks the business. City Saint
  • Score: 6

9:42am Thu 22 May 14

Andover Saint says...

City Saint wrote:
How 'bout that Danny Ings fella? Looks the business.
the would be under the radar....havent heard his name yet
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: How 'bout that Danny Ings fella? Looks the business.[/p][/quote]the would be under the radar....havent heard his name yet Andover Saint
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9:50am Thu 22 May 14

Malcombe says...

I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met.

It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.
I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met. It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria. Malcombe
  • Score: 7

9:59am Thu 22 May 14

SaintJD says...

Boo hoo hoo Tom Ince, boo hoo hoo Tom Ince
Boo hoo hoo Tom Ince, boo hoo hoo Tom Ince SaintJD
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10:04am Thu 22 May 14

SaintJD says...

Malcombe wrote:
I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met.

It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.
The truth is that, no matter how much great work you do in a job, you end up getting defined by the big moment. I think it's pretty clear that Les Reed's defining moment is right about now and to be fair he's said as much himself.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met. It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.[/p][/quote]The truth is that, no matter how much great work you do in a job, you end up getting defined by the big moment. I think it's pretty clear that Les Reed's defining moment is right about now and to be fair he's said as much himself. SaintJD
  • Score: 5

10:18am Thu 22 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Malcombe wrote:
I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met.

It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.
Your a ref??????
Christ I was right, you know nothing about football and I'm surprised you can even see your keyboard to type! :-) :-D only joking!

Seriously I don't care if someone was the best player in the world, it doesn't make them the best person for the job!
Along with Big Mac, Sven wasn't a top footballer but got the national job. Keegan was a great player, didn't do well as England manager though. NC wasn't a football person but did a great job of running a club.

People have mentioned a Danny Ings, haven't heard much about him, does anyone know anything about him? Is he young and english? Where did he grow up and who does he support? These are important questions that need answers!
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met. It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.[/p][/quote]Your a ref?????? Christ I was right, you know nothing about football and I'm surprised you can even see your keyboard to type! :-) :-D only joking! Seriously I don't care if someone was the best player in the world, it doesn't make them the best person for the job! Along with Big Mac, Sven wasn't a top footballer but got the national job. Keegan was a great player, didn't do well as England manager though. NC wasn't a football person but did a great job of running a club. People have mentioned a Danny Ings, haven't heard much about him, does anyone know anything about him? Is he young and english? Where did he grow up and who does he support? These are important questions that need answers! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 22 May 14

squareapple says...

I heard we are interested in a striker who plays for a newly promoted side up north. Not sure who it might be, any ideas?
I heard we are interested in a striker who plays for a newly promoted side up north. Not sure who it might be, any ideas? squareapple
  • Score: 2

10:48am Thu 22 May 14

Costa Baz says...

He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo! Costa Baz
  • Score: 5

11:05am Thu 22 May 14

SaintJD says...

Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
I thought they said he was about to get the sack before Cortese left? That said, if you believe the rumours, it looks like Nicola was going to sack just about everyone at Christmas time.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]I thought they said he was about to get the sack before Cortese left? That said, if you believe the rumours, it looks like Nicola was going to sack just about everyone at Christmas time. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

11:32am Thu 22 May 14

Alicesdad says...

Junwin wrote:
I fully expect Saints to kick off next season with all our current 1st team players and two or three new signings added in. And, of course, with Pochettino at the helm.
So do I
[quote][p][bold]Junwin[/bold] wrote: I fully expect Saints to kick off next season with all our current 1st team players and two or three new signings added in. And, of course, with Pochettino at the helm.[/p][/quote]So do I Alicesdad
  • Score: 3

11:33am Thu 22 May 14

InCortesewetrust says...

Who is les reed? From what I've red, he Was a rubbish footballer, Evan more of a failure as a manager, now he is working in the shadow of the mighty Don, he is not worthy of polishing the dons shoe's. The true saviour of Southampton fc.
Who is les reed? From what I've red, he Was a rubbish footballer, Evan more of a failure as a manager, now he is working in the shadow of the mighty Don, he is not worthy of polishing the dons shoe's. The true saviour of Southampton fc. InCortesewetrust
  • Score: -14

12:32pm Thu 22 May 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Thank you everyone - you've saved me a fortune!
Thank you everyone - you've saved me a fortune! Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 1

12:53pm Thu 22 May 14

FindAndDestroy says...

So he was only a football player!!!!!
The kind of position he is holding now requires some one with different kind of kills....

No wonder why things are not moving fast behind the sense..

With Cortese in charge we would have got some news by now whether positive or negative.....
So he was only a football player!!!!! The kind of position he is holding now requires some one with different kind of kills.... No wonder why things are not moving fast behind the sense.. With Cortese in charge we would have got some news by now whether positive or negative..... FindAndDestroy
  • Score: -9

12:56pm Thu 22 May 14

Malcombe says...

el caballo santos101 Tu muy malo yo compra mi gaffas en Spec savers. I agree world class Footballers when they try Management do not necessarily become successful, Alan Ball was another, they have a Football brain of knowledge like an Encyclopaedia but lack Man Management skills and become failures. InCortesewetrust I suggest you research and read rather than red about Les Reed and mature at the same time also read the comments on this thread to understand how a human can lack the skills physically in a Sport but excel in the theory
el caballo santos101 Tu muy malo yo compra mi gaffas en Spec savers. I agree world class Footballers when they try Management do not necessarily become successful, Alan Ball was another, they have a Football brain of knowledge like an Encyclopaedia but lack Man Management skills and become failures. InCortesewetrust I suggest you research and read rather than red about Les Reed and mature at the same time also read the comments on this thread to understand how a human can lack the skills physically in a Sport but excel in the theory Malcombe
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Thu 22 May 14

right back in the bar says...

Looks like Murray (Muddly) Walker and on the evidence so far, no more sure of himself either. Cant believe the immediate future of the club is in Reed's hands and surprised Cortese didn't get his number. We can go on about everything else but the biggest mistake the club might have made was allowing Reed to wrestle such a significant power base.
Looks like Murray (Muddly) Walker and on the evidence so far, no more sure of himself either. Cant believe the immediate future of the club is in Reed's hands and surprised Cortese didn't get his number. We can go on about everything else but the biggest mistake the club might have made was allowing Reed to wrestle such a significant power base. right back in the bar
  • Score: -3

1:40pm Thu 22 May 14

right back in the bar says...

Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog? right back in the bar
  • Score: -2

2:16pm Thu 22 May 14

Rising_Son says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Thank you everyone - you've saved me a fortune!
And I was planning to go to Manchester this summer (although it probably won't be summer there) to collect my quid.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Thank you everyone - you've saved me a fortune![/p][/quote]And I was planning to go to Manchester this summer (although it probably won't be summer there) to collect my quid. Rising_Son
  • Score: 0

3:04pm Thu 22 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

right back in the bar wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?
Yeah,I agree,his CV certainly doesn't inspire any confidence.
When Cortese left,I was convinced it wasn't the last we'd see of him.
Walking away from something,just wasn't him,unless it was a bluff.
Like him,or loathe him,the guy hardly put a foot wrong in terms of what was promised,and what was delivered, and I still can't believe that he would walk away from what was,in his eyes,an unfinished project.
I could be wrong,its not unheard of,but I just hope I'm not,because if he doesn't reappear, or goes somewhere else,we will never see his like again.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?[/p][/quote]Yeah,I agree,his CV certainly doesn't inspire any confidence. When Cortese left,I was convinced it wasn't the last we'd see of him. Walking away from something,just wasn't him,unless it was a bluff. Like him,or loathe him,the guy hardly put a foot wrong in terms of what was promised,and what was delivered, and I still can't believe that he would walk away from what was,in his eyes,an unfinished project. I could be wrong,its not unheard of,but I just hope I'm not,because if he doesn't reappear, or goes somewhere else,we will never see his like again. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Thu 22 May 14

SaintJD says...

Just who is Gordon Simpson?

He has become one of the most powerful hacks at the Echo, and will be a pivotal figure in the writing of 'Just who is'-style speculative articles, but who exactly is Gordon Simpson?
Just who is Gordon Simpson? He has become one of the most powerful hacks at the Echo, and will be a pivotal figure in the writing of 'Just who is'-style speculative articles, but who exactly is Gordon Simpson? SaintJD
  • Score: 3

3:46pm Thu 22 May 14

SaintJD says...

right back in the bar wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?
A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here.

And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby.

If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really.

How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of.

As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before.
[quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?[/p][/quote]A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here. And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby. If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really. How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of. As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before. SaintJD
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Thu 22 May 14

Costa Baz says...

SaintJD wrote:
right back in the bar wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?
A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here.

And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby.

If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really.

How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of.

As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before.
Thank you SaintJD, saved me from pointing out the same.
Cortese obviously valued him, or Reed would have been shown the door.

And Right back in the bar, the reason I bother with this blog, as you call it, and other Saints forums, is because I care about my football team.
I still remember the days when the Echo were used to dispell rumours, that were put out in the national press. They were able to do that because they had, over the years, built a relationship, with the club, that marked them out as "trustworthy".
It saddens me that the newspaper you would most expect to look for the positives, still seem to be reporting things with a negative slant, as I thought their beef was with Cortese and NOT the club.

Maybe they have tried, to heal the wound, and have been rebuffed?
Maybe they get more income from the hits on their negative posts, so haven't tried to heal the wound, because they no longer care?

As I said above, they are missing a golden opportunity to be able to print factual stories that don't include the phrases "it is understood", "it has been reported", or "it is believed".
It's also stopping the reporters from having THEIR stories repeated in the national press.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?[/p][/quote]A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here. And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby. If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really. How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of. As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before.[/p][/quote]Thank you SaintJD, saved me from pointing out the same. Cortese obviously valued him, or Reed would have been shown the door. And Right back in the bar, the reason I bother with this blog, as you call it, and other Saints forums, is because I care about my football team. I still remember the days when the Echo were used to dispell rumours, that were put out in the national press. They were able to do that because they had, over the years, built a relationship, with the club, that marked them out as "trustworthy". It saddens me that the newspaper you would most expect to look for the positives, still seem to be reporting things with a negative slant, as I thought their beef was with Cortese and NOT the club. Maybe they have tried, to heal the wound, and have been rebuffed? Maybe they get more income from the hits on their negative posts, so haven't tried to heal the wound, because they no longer care? As I said above, they are missing a golden opportunity to be able to print factual stories that don't include the phrases "it is understood", "it has been reported", or "it is believed". It's also stopping the reporters from having THEIR stories repeated in the national press. Costa Baz
  • Score: 2

4:37pm Thu 22 May 14

saint phil says...

I hope the chairman keeps a very close eye on him.
I hope the chairman keeps a very close eye on him. saint phil
  • Score: -1

4:56pm Thu 22 May 14

Freddie Flowerpot says...

Sorry I know he's had a very long career but all I remember him for was his time as manager at Charlton, hopefully he'll be kept well away from the first team.
Sorry I know he's had a very long career but all I remember him for was his time as manager at Charlton, hopefully he'll be kept well away from the first team. Freddie Flowerpot
  • Score: -2

5:02pm Thu 22 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

You know what we all expect from you Les, so are you up to it ?
Fail and we will all be after you !!
You have been part of the rise over the last 5 years in re-building Saints with a good young squad to push on. They are a good group so don't allow it to break up. Get the Manager to sign an extended contract and tell Adam & Luke etc their are not going anywhere for at least another season. Then sign the 4 main targets asap and we push on upwards.
It is now up to to Les Reed, don't let us down.
You know what we all expect from you Les, so are you up to it ? Fail and we will all be after you !! You have been part of the rise over the last 5 years in re-building Saints with a good young squad to push on. They are a good group so don't allow it to break up. Get the Manager to sign an extended contract and tell Adam & Luke etc their are not going anywhere for at least another season. Then sign the 4 main targets asap and we push on upwards. It is now up to to Les Reed, don't let us down. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -2

5:04pm Thu 22 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Costa Baz wrote:
SaintJD wrote:
right back in the bar wrote:
Costa Baz wrote:
He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate?

Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending?

This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals.

Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them?

That could be you, Echo!
er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?
A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here.

And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby.

If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really.

How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of.

As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before.
Thank you SaintJD, saved me from pointing out the same.
Cortese obviously valued him, or Reed would have been shown the door.

And Right back in the bar, the reason I bother with this blog, as you call it, and other Saints forums, is because I care about my football team.
I still remember the days when the Echo were used to dispell rumours, that were put out in the national press. They were able to do that because they had, over the years, built a relationship, with the club, that marked them out as "trustworthy".
It saddens me that the newspaper you would most expect to look for the positives, still seem to be reporting things with a negative slant, as I thought their beef was with Cortese and NOT the club.

Maybe they have tried, to heal the wound, and have been rebuffed?
Maybe they get more income from the hits on their negative posts, so haven't tried to heal the wound, because they no longer care?

As I said above, they are missing a golden opportunity to be able to print factual stories that don't include the phrases "it is understood", "it has been reported", or "it is believed".
It's also stopping the reporters from having THEIR stories repeated in the national press.
Different reporters,different editors,different values,different philosophies,differe
nt age.
Things have changed.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]right back in the bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: He had the trust of Cortese, so why should he not be given the time and opportunity to show if he can step up to the plate? Is there not a "Building bridges" or "Mending fences" course the Echo could be researching and attending? This is the perfect time for them to gain the trust of the new board, and put themselves in a position where they are fed current and accurate information, before the rest of the media, but they choose to peddle divisive comments, designed to undermine individuals. Have they not realised that Adam Blackmore gets information from players, as a result of having a good professional relationship with them? That could be you, Echo![/p][/quote]er....., um...., because his CV is a litany of failure and yet like so many in the business he reappears in a different guise and invents a new agenda. if your issue is with the Echo why bother with this blog?[/p][/quote]A litany of failure is debatable based on the Echo's article, but let's also take into account that this article doesn't really touch that much on his time at Saints, probably because we already know what he's been part of here. And, let's face it, you can't leave his job history from 2010-present out if you want an accurate picture of his career hit rate. Once you do that, it isn't too shabby. If you put someone in charge of football development and four years later you have moved up three divisions, recorded our highest Premier League finish, seen the playing style improved year on year and overseen the transformation of players young (I won't give the full list) and old, helping bring on an already impressive academy and getting three players in the England world cup squad, that's not bad really. How much you put that down to Reed is arguable, but if you are willing to blame him when things go badly you have to equally give him credit for things that have gone well. Nicola is a pretty tough guy and Reed outlived a few very good managers, so he must be well thought of. As I say though, for the vast majority of Saints fans, Les Reed will ultimately be defined by what happens this summer. Might not be fair, but that's the harsh world of football. I think we have to give him the respect of making up our minds when events have panned out though, not before.[/p][/quote]Thank you SaintJD, saved me from pointing out the same. Cortese obviously valued him, or Reed would have been shown the door. And Right back in the bar, the reason I bother with this blog, as you call it, and other Saints forums, is because I care about my football team. I still remember the days when the Echo were used to dispell rumours, that were put out in the national press. They were able to do that because they had, over the years, built a relationship, with the club, that marked them out as "trustworthy". It saddens me that the newspaper you would most expect to look for the positives, still seem to be reporting things with a negative slant, as I thought their beef was with Cortese and NOT the club. Maybe they have tried, to heal the wound, and have been rebuffed? Maybe they get more income from the hits on their negative posts, so haven't tried to heal the wound, because they no longer care? As I said above, they are missing a golden opportunity to be able to print factual stories that don't include the phrases "it is understood", "it has been reported", or "it is believed". It's also stopping the reporters from having THEIR stories repeated in the national press.[/p][/quote]Different reporters,different editors,different values,different philosophies,differe nt age. Things have changed. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

5:59pm Thu 22 May 14

The Inbetweener says...

SaintJD wrote:
Just who is Gordon Simpson?

He has become one of the most powerful hacks at the Echo, and will be a pivotal figure in the writing of 'Just who is'-style speculative articles, but who exactly is Gordon Simpson?
SaintJD, you obviously didn't watch the last series of Strictly Come Dancing - Gordon and Melanie (also an Echo reporter) trained and performed their wedding dance on the series. Seemed like a nice guy.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Just who is Gordon Simpson? He has become one of the most powerful hacks at the Echo, and will be a pivotal figure in the writing of 'Just who is'-style speculative articles, but who exactly is Gordon Simpson?[/p][/quote]SaintJD, you obviously didn't watch the last series of Strictly Come Dancing - Gordon and Melanie (also an Echo reporter) trained and performed their wedding dance on the series. Seemed like a nice guy. The Inbetweener
  • Score: 0

8:33pm Thu 22 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Looks as though Les has not had much experience in dealing with transfers or contracts hope he is seeking advice from within the new 'board members'.

I thought we were told that members of the new board had extensive media experience, unless I am misunderstanding their tactics there is little evidence of it at present.
We must keep this group together and add to it, madness if we don't.
Looks as though Les has not had much experience in dealing with transfers or contracts hope he is seeking advice from within the new 'board members'. I thought we were told that members of the new board had extensive media experience, unless I am misunderstanding their tactics there is little evidence of it at present. We must keep this group together and add to it, madness if we don't. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Block 42 says...

Blackknight wrote:
As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either.

How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters.

I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions
are you forgetting a striker yall?we are so lightweight up top..we need a,world class striker such as david viĺła.
[quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either. How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters. I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions[/p][/quote]are you forgetting a striker yall?we are so lightweight up top..we need a,world class striker such as david viĺła. Block 42
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Simmo13 says...

Malcombe wrote:
I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met.

It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.
Pity he didn't know how to engage with the loyal supporters though cos he has told us nothing he's just a yes man and nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: I believe Les Reed's role is important to Southampton FC because of the Club being in the Premiership Club, the Club needs a person in the role to allow the Team Manager MP to concentrate solely on what is very important that is his Players and winning, any person in the role that Les has would not compromise and undermined the Team Manager.There are as we all know massive demands necessary to stay in the Premiership and Les's job can take the pressure off MP that is probably why Les is always meeting MP to ensure his requirements are met. It's irrelevant that Les Reed didn't make the grade in Football neither did Lawrie Mac and it didn't do him any harm, some people have good Man Management skills and thrive as organisers, I never played Football in my life but I became a Referee in 1990 when I was 47 in the Local Leagues and eventually County Youth and worked hard to get my Class 1, the Players never knew I'd never played but I always got total respect, I joined Southampton Referees Society and held several positions including Fun raiser because I loved to be involved and being an organiser. Les Reed must be confident and competent in his job and the Club must be very pleased with the way he conducts himself as he plays a significant role and they have total trust in him because he wouldn't of lasted 4 years if he didn't fit the criteria.[/p][/quote]Pity he didn't know how to engage with the loyal supporters though cos he has told us nothing he's just a yes man and nothing more. Simmo13
  • Score: -1

9:52pm Thu 22 May 14

montecristosaint says...

I am mystified as to why Les Reed was put in charge of transfers when he doesnt appear to have relevant skills. His calling was as head of the academy and suddenly with Corteses s departure he has been kicked upstairs is now a member of the board with all the responsability that that entails. I cant think that this was an appropriate decision. He will be judged on results.If he recommends the sale of Shaw he will overnight be deemed a traitor and a failure, and I predict real upheaval if he does not keep the promise he made to fans and fails to retain our best players.The fans want success, we are no longer a small provincial club,selling our best players to the opposition is not going to endear him to the Saints community at all.
I am mystified as to why Les Reed was put in charge of transfers when he doesnt appear to have relevant skills. His calling was as head of the academy and suddenly with Corteses s departure he has been kicked upstairs is now a member of the board with all the responsability that that entails. I cant think that this was an appropriate decision. He will be judged on results.If he recommends the sale of Shaw he will overnight be deemed a traitor and a failure, and I predict real upheaval if he does not keep the promise he made to fans and fails to retain our best players.The fans want success, we are no longer a small provincial club,selling our best players to the opposition is not going to endear him to the Saints community at all. montecristosaint
  • Score: 1

10:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Simms1 says...

Looks like he's out of his depth from his CV and appears overconfident in his manner. Not a great mix. We haven't even got Fonte and Cork extended yet which should be a relatively simple task. They need some good news out there before the rot sets in. Now is not the time for inexperienced operators.
Looks like he's out of his depth from his CV and appears overconfident in his manner. Not a great mix. We haven't even got Fonte and Cork extended yet which should be a relatively simple task. They need some good news out there before the rot sets in. Now is not the time for inexperienced operators. Simms1
  • Score: 0

10:43pm Thu 22 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

I see Les Reed is coming in for some criticism today, really don't know why. people haven't been critical of him before, even the smallest bit of research will show you that his job hast changed from when he first came here. the only thing that has changed is he is now a board member, which he basically was when NC was in charge but we never had a board.
2010 Reed was appointed Head of Football Development and Support at Southampton, overseeing four main areas: the Youth Academy, Scouting and Recruitment, Sports medicine and Science, and Kit and Equipment Management. He is now Executive Director of the Club and one of four members of the Board.
so why the criticism now? is it because he hasn't done a press conference every day to dispel all of the rumours?
its also worth remembering that whilst at the FA he authored the FA's official coaching manual, The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching.
surely if he was the failure that some are suggesting the FA would change from his manual. how many of those having a dig at him watched him talk so eloquently about the youth system and how to train the kids etc on skys footballers football show?
I see Les Reed is coming in for some criticism today, really don't know why. people haven't been critical of him before, even the smallest bit of research will show you that his job hast changed from when he first came here. the only thing that has changed is he is now a board member, which he basically was when NC was in charge but we never had a board. 2010 Reed was appointed Head of Football Development and Support at Southampton, overseeing four main areas: the Youth Academy, Scouting and Recruitment, Sports medicine and Science, and Kit and Equipment Management. He is now Executive Director of the Club and one of four members of the Board. so why the criticism now? is it because he hasn't done a press conference every day to dispel all of the rumours? its also worth remembering that whilst at the FA he authored the FA's official coaching manual, The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching. surely if he was the failure that some are suggesting the FA would change from his manual. how many of those having a dig at him watched him talk so eloquently about the youth system and how to train the kids etc on skys footballers football show? el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

1:52am Fri 23 May 14

Rising_Son says...

montecristosaint wrote:
I am mystified as to why Les Reed was put in charge of transfers when he doesnt appear to have relevant skills. His calling was as head of the academy and suddenly with Corteses s departure he has been kicked upstairs is now a member of the board with all the responsability that that entails. I cant think that this was an appropriate decision. He will be judged on results.If he recommends the sale of Shaw he will overnight be deemed a traitor and a failure, and I predict real upheaval if he does not keep the promise he made to fans and fails to retain our best players.The fans want success, we are no longer a small provincial club,selling our best players to the opposition is not going to endear him to the Saints community at all.
Given your consistently negative evaluations of nearly everyone related to Saints over the past few years, could you kindly explain who you you believe should take credit for our recent very successful rise from League 1 to 8th in the Premier League?
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: I am mystified as to why Les Reed was put in charge of transfers when he doesnt appear to have relevant skills. His calling was as head of the academy and suddenly with Corteses s departure he has been kicked upstairs is now a member of the board with all the responsability that that entails. I cant think that this was an appropriate decision. He will be judged on results.If he recommends the sale of Shaw he will overnight be deemed a traitor and a failure, and I predict real upheaval if he does not keep the promise he made to fans and fails to retain our best players.The fans want success, we are no longer a small provincial club,selling our best players to the opposition is not going to endear him to the Saints community at all.[/p][/quote]Given your consistently negative evaluations of nearly everyone related to Saints over the past few years, could you kindly explain who you you believe should take credit for our recent very successful rise from League 1 to 8th in the Premier League? Rising_Son
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11:41am Sun 25 May 14

lowe esteem says...

Block 42 wrote:
Blackknight wrote:
As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either.

How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters.

I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions
are you forgetting a striker yall?we are so lightweight up top..we need a,world class striker such as david viĺła.
AT this moment in time, we've got 3 England strikers, where've you been, what do you really want?
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: As 'the dreaded director on the football' Reed needs to get his wallet out and buy Saints with MoPo's agreement a winger, central defender, left back if Luke goes, and a midfielder if we loose Adam. A new keeper wouldn't go amiss either. How about, Tom Huddlestone from Hull and David Marshall from Cardiff as starters. I'm sure there will be many other payer suggestions[/p][/quote]are you forgetting a striker yall?we are so lightweight up top..we need a,world class striker such as david viĺła.[/p][/quote]AT this moment in time, we've got 3 England strikers, where've you been, what do you really want? lowe esteem
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