Matt Le Tissier hopes Southampton's next manager has a similar philosophy to Mauricio Pochettino

Basingstoke Gazette: Le Tissier hopes for continuity Le Tissier hopes for continuity

Saints legend Matt Le Tissier would like to see the club appoint a new manager who has a similar philosophy to Mauricio Pochettino.

The search for a replacement for the popular boss has begun, following his departure to Spurs, and Le Tissier hopes the next man will have a comparable outlook.

“I think the most important thing is a bit of continuity in the philosophy, and the way the team has been playing,” he said.

“That way there shouldn’t be too much upheaval for the players in adapting to a different style.

“It’s a good job to take.

“It’s a club that’s financially stable, has got a good squad of players in place, and which produces a lot of very talented young players.”

While the loss of Pochettino has caused widespread disappointment, Le Tissier said fans should not to be too low.

“We have had managers leave us before, and very good players leave us, and the club still finished eighth in the Premier League last season, so let’s not get too downhearted,” he said.

“It’s a chance for a new manager to come in, stamp his authority and, if we do lose one or two players, hopefully have a large amount of money to invest.”

Le Tissier, who spent his entire career at Saints, continued: “Obviously, it wasn’t a massive surprise in the end.

“It was a shame he didn’t feel any kind of loyalty to the club.”

He added: “We can look back now and see he was stalling and keeping his options open, but that’s his prerogative.

“He clearly had a game plan that he had set out, worked it to the best of his ability, and got a new job and a pay rise to boot, so good luck to him – as long as he doesn’t start whinging in a year’s time if he’s finished outside the top four and been sacked.”

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8:36pm Tue 27 May 14

VancouverSaint says...

Well said Tiss. We are far more likely to attract a great manager now given our league position and the recognition our World Cup players have given us. In twelve months from now we should be looking back and thanking Poch for going.
Well said Tiss. We are far more likely to attract a great manager now given our league position and the recognition our World Cup players have given us. In twelve months from now we should be looking back and thanking Poch for going. VancouverSaint
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8:38pm Tue 27 May 14

2getheras1 says...

Not a bad thing he's gone. The goals started to dry up. Same thing happened at Espanyol too apparently. All that 1 dimensional pressing got too predictable and too many clubs started to counter our game plan before the first kick.
Not a bad thing he's gone. The goals started to dry up. Same thing happened at Espanyol too apparently. All that 1 dimensional pressing got too predictable and too many clubs started to counter our game plan before the first kick. 2getheras1
  • Score: 19

10:49pm Tue 27 May 14

Les Miserables says...

I sincerely wis MoPo the same success enjoyed by the las Saints manager who dumped uin favour of Spurs !!
I sincerely wis MoPo the same success enjoyed by the las Saints manager who dumped uin favour of Spurs !! Les Miserables
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10:50pm Tue 27 May 14

Les Miserables says...

I sincerely wish MoPo the same success enjoyed by the last Saints manager who dumped us in favour of Spurs !!
**** typos!!!
I sincerely wish MoPo the same success enjoyed by the last Saints manager who dumped us in favour of Spurs !! **** typos!!! Les Miserables
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Tue 27 May 14

TEqH 83 says...

I'm gutted to lose him but Spurs have the stadium capacity, worldwide branding and big bucks that we don't have yet. Shame we couldn't get them to compensate us for signing Osvaldo as part of the negotiations!

We've come a hell of a long way in a short space of time and to make our current status sustainable is going to take more time and a stadium expansion that could take a while. It pains me to say it but realistically I reckon that we'll lose a couple of players who've benefitted from Poch's influence over the summer. He's given them all the belief that they're as good as anyone in the league. Luke and Adam's value will skyrocket after the World Cup regardless of how England do.

Hopefully we've got more youngsters waiting in the wings and we'll get somebody to steer the ship who continues to take us forward - I'd like to see Michael Laudrup as we could keep our attacking style that's been so entertaining.

Cortese's ambition was exciting but it was never his money to gamble with. Maybe it's boring but I'd rather continue to build slowly and surely than go for broke and burn out. I'm staying optimistic of climbing the ranks and our academy will continue to produce the talent. Dreaming of the day when we can keep them all for ourselves.

COYR
I'm gutted to lose him but Spurs have the stadium capacity, worldwide branding and big bucks that we don't have yet. Shame we couldn't get them to compensate us for signing Osvaldo as part of the negotiations! We've come a hell of a long way in a short space of time and to make our current status sustainable is going to take more time and a stadium expansion that could take a while. It pains me to say it but realistically I reckon that we'll lose a couple of players who've benefitted from Poch's influence over the summer. He's given them all the belief that they're as good as anyone in the league. Luke and Adam's value will skyrocket after the World Cup regardless of how England do. Hopefully we've got more youngsters waiting in the wings and we'll get somebody to steer the ship who continues to take us forward - I'd like to see Michael Laudrup as we could keep our attacking style that's been so entertaining. Cortese's ambition was exciting but it was never his money to gamble with. Maybe it's boring but I'd rather continue to build slowly and surely than go for broke and burn out. I'm staying optimistic of climbing the ranks and our academy will continue to produce the talent. Dreaming of the day when we can keep them all for ourselves. COYR TEqH 83
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12:14am Wed 28 May 14

Malcombe says...

How uncanny that I posted on Ralph Kruegers statement to emphasis the disloyalty and false statements from MoPo and how he's betrayed everyone then I got on here to read Matt's opinion and it's as if has stolen my comments, I am joking of course, all of us are disappointed but SFC will move on, who will be the next Manager? I do not know about the foreign Managers so if I was a betting man I'd go for the Swiss ex Player what is his name
How uncanny that I posted on Ralph Kruegers statement to emphasis the disloyalty and false statements from MoPo and how he's betrayed everyone then I got on here to read Matt's opinion and it's as if has stolen my comments, I am joking of course, all of us are disappointed but SFC will move on, who will be the next Manager? I do not know about the foreign Managers so if I was a betting man I'd go for the Swiss ex Player what is his name Malcombe
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