Saints striker Rickie Lambert to head to Merseyside for medical with Liverpool

Lambert£4 million deal to Liverpool could be sealed this weekend

Lambert£4 million deal to Liverpool could be sealed this weekend

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SAINTS striker Rickie Lambert could complete his shock move to Liverpool as early as this weekend.

It has been reported that the Southampton frontman will be allowed be allowed to travel to Merseyside tomorrow for a medical ahead of England's trip to Miami the following day.

Saints fans were tonight coming to terms with the shock news that star striker Rickie Lambert is closing in on a dream move to Liverpool.

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert is loving life at Southampton

The Reds are understood to be confident of finalising a deal for the 32-year-old, having offered about £4m up front, plus add-ons.

Horror week for Saints fans - read Echo comment here

Liverpool are already chasing Saints captain Adam Lallana, having lodged a £20m bid for the midfielder, while they are also plotting a move for centre-half Dejan Lovren this summer.

For Lambert, born in Kirkby, Merseyside, the move would be a dream one.

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert was on target from the spot for Southampton to follow up his international heroics from midweek

The forward is a huge Liverpool fan and has a Liver bird tattooed on his shoulder.

He was once let go by the club as a schoolboy, but now his career looks set to go full circle.

His departure will be met with great sadness by Saints supporters, though, with Lambert having become a hero on the south coast.

He has been an enormously influential figure over the past five years, since joining the club for £1m from Bristol Rovers in 2009.

His scoring record is sensational, having netted 117 times in 235 appearances for Saints.

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert

He has also converted a perfect 34 out of 34 penalties.

Lambert played a pivotal role in dragging the club up from League One and eventually to the top half of the Premier League.

He was the joint-top English scorer in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season - his first at that level - with his 15 goals that term being followed by another 13 in the top-flight this time around.

That form earned him a first call-up for England last summer, with Lambert experiencing a dream debut, scoring the winner in a 3-2 victory against Scotland at Wembley, coming off the bench to net with his first touch.

He ultimately earned a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for this summer's World Cup, although there are now doubts over whether he will be heading to Brazil as a Saints player or a Liverpool one.

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert

There was no confirmation from St Mary's about a deal for Lambert, who is under contract until 2016, and nothing is thought to have been agreed as yet.

But it is clear that talks have been taking place and that Liverpool are confident of tying up the transfer.

Bristol Rovers, Lambert's former club, are also said to possess a sell-on clause, meaning a proportion of any fee will have to go to them.

The news comes as a blow to Saints chairman Ralph Krueger, who insisted this week that all dealings were on hold until a new manager was appointed, following Mauricio Pochettino's departure for Spurs.

While the club may yet delay the move until a replacement for the Argentine is installed, the fact this has come out does not reflect well on them.

Horror week for Saints fans - read Echo comment here

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7:53am Fri 30 May 14

shirley-bill says...

SKY SPORTS THIS MORNING NOW SAYING 9M.
STILL SAD TO SEE HIM GO BUT IT IS 9M .
GOOD LUCK SRL
SKY SPORTS THIS MORNING NOW SAYING 9M. STILL SAD TO SEE HIM GO BUT IT IS 9M . GOOD LUCK SRL shirley-bill
  • Score: 8

7:56am Fri 30 May 14

search for the truth says...

Quote from Liverpool Echo last night ....................
.........


Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert is on the brink of a dream move to Anfield after Liverpool FC launched a surprise bid for the Southampton striker.
The Reds have tabled an offer of £4million plus add-ons for the Kirkby-born boyhood Kopite and are confident of securing his services.
The ECHO understands the 32-year-old England international will be offered a two-year contract and club officials hope the transfer will be completed in the next 48 hours.
Lambert, who began his career in Liverpool's youth ranks before being released at the age of 15, is desperate to make the switch to Anfield and is prepared to push through the transfer.
He is part of England’s World Cup squad and is currently preparing for Friday night’s friendly with Peru at Wembley.
Liverpool want him to undergo a medical and sign a contract before he flies off to Miami with Roy Hodgson's men on Sunday to continue their preparations for Brazil.
Ricky Lambert in action at Anfield
Lambert would be the Reds' first signing of the summer and more are likely to follow swiftly.
Liverpool have tabled a £16million bid for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno and are willing to offer Spanish youngster Suso as a makeweight in the deal.
The ECHO revealed earlier this month that Spain international Moreno is Brendan Rodgers' prime left-back target.
Rodgers is also chasing Lambert's Southampton clubmates Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
The Reds' £20million offer for midfielder Lallana was rejected by Saints, while they have yet to make a formal approach for Croatian centre-back Lovren.
If Liverpool don't make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Lallana then they will turn their attentions to Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri.
They have also pursued Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and are willing to meet the £10million release clause in his contract. However, they have so far been unable to agree personal terms with the Germany Under-21s international and could walk away from that deal.
The move for Lambert, who has a tattoo of the Liver Bird on his shoulder, has come out of the blue.
The 6ft 2ins frontman worked his way up through the lower leagues after being released by Liverpool as a teenager.
He had spells with Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before signing for Southampton in 2009.
Lambert, who is under contract until the summer of 2016, helped them clinch back to back promotion en route to the top flight and is a fans' favourite on the South Coast.
He has scored 117 goals in 235 games for Saints, including 13 strikes in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
Rodgers is keen to have four frontline strikers in order for the Reds to be able to cope with the added demands of Champions League football next season and believes Lambert fits the bill.
With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for company, plus Fabio Borini back from his loan spell at Sunderland, he is unlikely to be a regular starter but he will provide a different attacking option.
Lambert's arrival would also accelerate the departure of Spanish striker Iago Aspas, who has no future at Anfield after a disappointing first season at the club following his £8million switch from Celta Vigo.
Lambert's age and aerial prowess makes him a surprise addition to Rodgers' squad.
However, before the Reds faced Saints at Anfield last September the Northern Irishman paid a warm tribute to the striker, who had recently scored on his England debut against Scotland.
“I think Rickie is a terrific player,” said Rodgers.
“I sent him a fax when he made his England debut as I know he is a big Red. I sent it on behalf of the club and all Kopites.
“He is a Kirkby boy and I was just wishing him well, saying we were all proud of him playing for England.
“He’s probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is. He is probably seen as a traditional big number nine, a typical British striker, but he’s one of the most accomplished footballers I’ve seen.
“Look at his touch and the different types of goals he scores, he is a terrific player.
“'People look back now and say it was a mistake (by Liverpool to let Lambert go), but there may have been something at the time that was a factor.
“He just might not have been ready for what Liverpool was at that time, but there is absolutely no doubt within development it cannot just be about what the player is now. With young talent you always have to look at what they could be.
“You see so many young British players who are thrown to the garbage because maybe they are not strong or they are not quick when they are going through growth spurts. The emphasis at younger ages should be technique. But I have been a big admirer of Rickie.”
Quote from Liverpool Echo last night .................... ......... Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert Rickie Lambert is on the brink of a dream move to Anfield after Liverpool FC launched a surprise bid for the Southampton striker. The Reds have tabled an offer of £4million plus add-ons for the Kirkby-born boyhood Kopite and are confident of securing his services. The ECHO understands the 32-year-old England international will be offered a two-year contract and club officials hope the transfer will be completed in the next 48 hours. Lambert, who began his career in Liverpool's youth ranks before being released at the age of 15, is desperate to make the switch to Anfield and is prepared to push through the transfer. He is part of England’s World Cup squad and is currently preparing for Friday night’s friendly with Peru at Wembley. Liverpool want him to undergo a medical and sign a contract before he flies off to Miami with Roy Hodgson's men on Sunday to continue their preparations for Brazil. Ricky Lambert in action at Anfield Lambert would be the Reds' first signing of the summer and more are likely to follow swiftly. Liverpool have tabled a £16million bid for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno and are willing to offer Spanish youngster Suso as a makeweight in the deal. The ECHO revealed earlier this month that Spain international Moreno is Brendan Rodgers' prime left-back target. Rodgers is also chasing Lambert's Southampton clubmates Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. The Reds' £20million offer for midfielder Lallana was rejected by Saints, while they have yet to make a formal approach for Croatian centre-back Lovren. If Liverpool don't make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Lallana then they will turn their attentions to Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri. They have also pursued Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and are willing to meet the £10million release clause in his contract. However, they have so far been unable to agree personal terms with the Germany Under-21s international and could walk away from that deal. The move for Lambert, who has a tattoo of the Liver Bird on his shoulder, has come out of the blue. The 6ft 2ins frontman worked his way up through the lower leagues after being released by Liverpool as a teenager. He had spells with Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before signing for Southampton in 2009. Lambert, who is under contract until the summer of 2016, helped them clinch back to back promotion en route to the top flight and is a fans' favourite on the South Coast. He has scored 117 goals in 235 games for Saints, including 13 strikes in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. Rodgers is keen to have four frontline strikers in order for the Reds to be able to cope with the added demands of Champions League football next season and believes Lambert fits the bill. With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for company, plus Fabio Borini back from his loan spell at Sunderland, he is unlikely to be a regular starter but he will provide a different attacking option. Lambert's arrival would also accelerate the departure of Spanish striker Iago Aspas, who has no future at Anfield after a disappointing first season at the club following his £8million switch from Celta Vigo. Lambert's age and aerial prowess makes him a surprise addition to Rodgers' squad. However, before the Reds faced Saints at Anfield last September the Northern Irishman paid a warm tribute to the striker, who had recently scored on his England debut against Scotland. “I think Rickie is a terrific player,” said Rodgers. “I sent him a fax when he made his England debut as I know he is a big Red. I sent it on behalf of the club and all Kopites. “He is a Kirkby boy and I was just wishing him well, saying we were all proud of him playing for England. “He’s probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is. He is probably seen as a traditional big number nine, a typical British striker, but he’s one of the most accomplished footballers I’ve seen. “Look at his touch and the different types of goals he scores, he is a terrific player. “'People look back now and say it was a mistake (by Liverpool to let Lambert go), but there may have been something at the time that was a factor. “He just might not have been ready for what Liverpool was at that time, but there is absolutely no doubt within development it cannot just be about what the player is now. With young talent you always have to look at what they could be. “You see so many young British players who are thrown to the garbage because maybe they are not strong or they are not quick when they are going through growth spurts. The emphasis at younger ages should be technique. But I have been a big admirer of Rickie.” search for the truth
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8:01am Fri 30 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

I believe that they have taken advantage of the euphoria that Lambert feels about being in the WC squad. I m sure people will agree that he has always come across as somewhat naive and overawed. Liverpool and Gerrard no doubt have caught him while he is in cloud-cuckoo land.
This Board is weak!
I believe that they have taken advantage of the euphoria that Lambert feels about being in the WC squad. I m sure people will agree that he has always come across as somewhat naive and overawed. Liverpool and Gerrard no doubt have caught him while he is in cloud-cuckoo land. This Board is weak! Saint Jinx
  • Score: -12

8:02am Fri 30 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

I am beginning to wonder whether someone from Pompey has infiltrated the Board!!
I am beginning to wonder whether someone from Pompey has infiltrated the Board!! Saint Jinx
  • Score: 6

8:04am Fri 30 May 14

SnapperSaint says...

Rickie must be pinching himself every day at the moment, off to Brazil to play in the world cup and going to his dream club...what a magical time he must be having! Well deserved too can't begrudge him it, but still gutted to see him go.
But back to how we Saints continue our magical story, can we start reversing the direction of coaching and playing staff please Mr Krueger so we can start to dream of success next season!
Rickie must be pinching himself every day at the moment, off to Brazil to play in the world cup and going to his dream club...what a magical time he must be having! Well deserved too can't begrudge him it, but still gutted to see him go. But back to how we Saints continue our magical story, can we start reversing the direction of coaching and playing staff please Mr Krueger so we can start to dream of success next season! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 22

8:05am Fri 30 May 14

RNsaint says...

for Christ sake. who else wants to go. I have seen reports ranging from 3million to 9 million. The question is do I need to renew my season ticket or just turn up with my boots because at this rate I could get a game most weeks as we are apparently selling bloody everyone. The kit man has been touted
and the tea lady for making a nice brew over the last 6 months
for Christ sake. who else wants to go. I have seen reports ranging from 3million to 9 million. The question is do I need to renew my season ticket or just turn up with my boots because at this rate I could get a game most weeks as we are apparently selling bloody everyone. The kit man has been touted and the tea lady for making a nice brew over the last 6 months RNsaint
  • Score: 28

8:07am Fri 30 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.
And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 5

8:07am Fri 30 May 14

2getheras1 says...

Happy for SRL. A little worried for saints.

Ricky is the cement that bonds the team. He holds the ball well, makes so many chances and scores. An inspiration to others in the team and gives us confidence.

Thanks for everything Ricky. You will always be a Saints legend.
Happy for SRL. A little worried for saints. Ricky is the cement that bonds the team. He holds the ball well, makes so many chances and scores. An inspiration to others in the team and gives us confidence. Thanks for everything Ricky. You will always be a Saints legend. 2getheras1
  • Score: 24

8:09am Fri 30 May 14

redandy10 says...

Why are we agreeing to such a RIDICULOUS fee? He is going to Brazil which on its own bumps up his price.

But why are we selling him in the first place? This is an area that we are lacking in. Will we be able to replace him, like for like for the same price? NO!!!

I know it's the club that Rickie supports, but we are in a really tough spot at the moment and him leaving, and for peanuts is the last thing we need!!!
Why are we agreeing to such a RIDICULOUS fee? He is going to Brazil which on its own bumps up his price. But why are we selling him in the first place? This is an area that we are lacking in. Will we be able to replace him, like for like for the same price? NO!!! I know it's the club that Rickie supports, but we are in a really tough spot at the moment and him leaving, and for peanuts is the last thing we need!!! redandy10
  • Score: 22

8:13am Fri 30 May 14

Buddy SFC says...

Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream !

What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ???? Buddy SFC
  • Score: 9

8:13am Fri 30 May 14

saint phil says...

Its gone from a bad dream to a very dark place .It would be better to get a manager first befor shipping players out.
Its gone from a bad dream to a very dark place .It would be better to get a manager first befor shipping players out. saint phil
  • Score: 5

8:17am Fri 30 May 14

Rising_Son says...

Saint Jinx wrote:
And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.
The rumours were that Cortese was going to sell him to West Ham.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Jinx[/bold] wrote: And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.[/p][/quote]The rumours were that Cortese was going to sell him to West Ham. Rising_Son
  • Score: 15

8:17am Fri 30 May 14

chapelsaint says...

At this rate (assuming all these threads come to fruition), we might just as well turn St Mary's into a greyhound racing stadium as it appears that the club is going to the dogs!
At this rate (assuming all these threads come to fruition), we might just as well turn St Mary's into a greyhound racing stadium as it appears that the club is going to the dogs! chapelsaint
  • Score: 8

8:20am Fri 30 May 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

I had accepted that I might watch a World Cup in which Adam and Luke were not there as Saints but it never even entered my head that Rickie wouldn't be.

The whole journey from Div1 admin days was about a team coming through adversity together and becoming ever more close. You could see the commerardarie and it was very much part of the magic of it all. The team progressed to eighth in the Premier League. It did not need major surgery but the addition of a striker, centre half and keeper to push to the next level.

Those saying trust the board, have faith. I say to you wake up before it is too late. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the weakness and naivety of Ralph Kreuger is going to destroy our club. Rickie and Adam are not just massive players for us they are the soul of the club. Sell your soul and you have nothing.
I had accepted that I might watch a World Cup in which Adam and Luke were not there as Saints but it never even entered my head that Rickie wouldn't be. The whole journey from Div1 admin days was about a team coming through adversity together and becoming ever more close. You could see the commerardarie and it was very much part of the magic of it all. The team progressed to eighth in the Premier League. It did not need major surgery but the addition of a striker, centre half and keeper to push to the next level. Those saying trust the board, have faith. I say to you wake up before it is too late. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the weakness and naivety of Ralph Kreuger is going to destroy our club. Rickie and Adam are not just massive players for us they are the soul of the club. Sell your soul and you have nothing. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 21

8:23am Fri 30 May 14

Dan Howard says...

I understand from sources close to the club that Felinfoel AFC have put in a £750 bid for Jim Brobat, the SFC Cleaning Supervisor and that that he's going to take his entire cleaning team with him in what will be a clean sweep for the Carmarthenshire Division 1 side. Doris and Amy from the SFC tea trolly will be taking first team training..........al
l three of them.
I understand from sources close to the club that Felinfoel AFC have put in a £750 bid for Jim Brobat, the SFC Cleaning Supervisor and that that he's going to take his entire cleaning team with him in what will be a clean sweep for the Carmarthenshire Division 1 side. Doris and Amy from the SFC tea trolly will be taking first team training..........al l three of them. Dan Howard
  • Score: 9

8:26am Fri 30 May 14

SnapperSaint says...

chapelsaint wrote:
At this rate (assuming all these threads come to fruition), we might just as well turn St Mary's into a greyhound racing stadium as it appears that the club is going to the dogs!
I have to believe that it is all part of a grand plan which the board is implementing and has been in place since April...
However, it needs to start moving on to the build phase soon before they lose all the fans respect and their own credibility!
[quote][p][bold]chapelsaint[/bold] wrote: At this rate (assuming all these threads come to fruition), we might just as well turn St Mary's into a greyhound racing stadium as it appears that the club is going to the dogs![/p][/quote]I have to believe that it is all part of a grand plan which the board is implementing and has been in place since April... However, it needs to start moving on to the build phase soon before they lose all the fans respect and their own credibility! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 1

8:27am Fri 30 May 14

saint christopher says...

Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet.

If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried.

On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking).

But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last.

At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend.
Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet. If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried. On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking). But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last. At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend. saint christopher
  • Score: 5

8:30am Fri 30 May 14

elvisimo says...

Good bit of business but only if the y pull their finger out and get the manager situation sorted quickly and then start spending. All well and good stating they have all these scouts looking for new players but this needs to be done in conjunction with the new managers aims and style of play. Please not McLaren - massive step back.
Good bit of business but only if the y pull their finger out and get the manager situation sorted quickly and then start spending. All well and good stating they have all these scouts looking for new players but this needs to be done in conjunction with the new managers aims and style of play. Please not McLaren - massive step back. elvisimo
  • Score: 6

8:30am Fri 30 May 14

saint usa says...

just in breaking news what's left of the team seen heading up north to the new st marys formerly known as anfield.
just in breaking news what's left of the team seen heading up north to the new st marys formerly known as anfield. saint usa
  • Score: 7

8:30am Fri 30 May 14

itsnotjustice says...

sad to see him go.. but atleast we can get a few quid for him now rather than have him retire in a year or so... and its his home club so it works out well for everyone...
sad to see him go.. but atleast we can get a few quid for him now rather than have him retire in a year or so... and its his home club so it works out well for everyone... itsnotjustice
  • Score: 1

8:31am Fri 30 May 14

JohnItaly says...

I sincerely hope the Board have a few aces up their collective sleeves to pleasantly surprise us fans. If not there will be a number (and a large number at that) of very disillusioned fans. Unfortunately I doubt they have.
I sincerely hope the Board have a few aces up their collective sleeves to pleasantly surprise us fans. If not there will be a number (and a large number at that) of very disillusioned fans. Unfortunately I doubt they have. JohnItaly
  • Score: 4

8:39am Fri 30 May 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

saint christopher wrote:
Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet.

If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried.

On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking).

But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last.

At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend.
Exactly.

Note the headline and the use of the model verb 'could'; definition: used to indicate possibility.

So much that doesn't add up and so much speculation, most of which can't be proved one way or the other by any of us right now.
[quote][p][bold]saint christopher[/bold] wrote: Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet. If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried. On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking). But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last. At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Note the headline and the use of the model verb 'could'; definition: used to indicate possibility. So much that doesn't add up and so much speculation, most of which can't be proved one way or the other by any of us right now. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

8:39am Fri 30 May 14

Alicesdad says...

Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?
Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg? Alicesdad
  • Score: 11

8:40am Fri 30 May 14

willygetaway says...

Wake up people, this stinks of an asset strip Love the Saints
HATE THIS BOARD something needs to be done now ??????
Wake up people, this stinks of an asset strip Love the Saints HATE THIS BOARD something needs to be done now ?????? willygetaway
  • Score: 5

8:43am Fri 30 May 14

Rooflas says...

Can't deny srl his dream move, it wouldn't look so bad if mopo was still in charge. Still puzzled by mopo's stupidity, he won't last long at the lane.
Our board need to react quick, looks like a re building job for whoever takes over, next season maybe a struggle.
Coyr's
Can't deny srl his dream move, it wouldn't look so bad if mopo was still in charge. Still puzzled by mopo's stupidity, he won't last long at the lane. Our board need to react quick, looks like a re building job for whoever takes over, next season maybe a struggle. Coyr's Rooflas
  • Score: 5

8:44am Fri 30 May 14

BigBugBuzzz says...

Look everyone, I can't believe people think the quoted price is good!

A) Lambert is pivotal now, so the talk about his age does not make sense. I think Lambert could be a real star at the World Cup. And afterwards, well, just think of Teddy Sherringham at Manchester United...
B) Even if we get a higher price, what good do fans think it will do them?
C) Lambert is central to our team socially. Losing him is detrimental for our ability to build on what we have achieved.

I think the Board needs to toughen up. I know the theoretical reasons for selling when price > fair value, but I don't think they realize the damage being done, if they did, they would factor it into the fair value and no trades would be possible...
Look everyone, I can't believe people think the quoted price is good! A) Lambert is pivotal now, so the talk about his age does not make sense. I think Lambert could be a real star at the World Cup. And afterwards, well, just think of Teddy Sherringham at Manchester United... B) Even if we get a higher price, what good do fans think it will do them? C) Lambert is central to our team socially. Losing him is detrimental for our ability to build on what we have achieved. I think the Board needs to toughen up. I know the theoretical reasons for selling when price > fair value, but I don't think they realize the damage being done, if they did, they would factor it into the fair value and no trades would be possible... BigBugBuzzz
  • Score: 7

8:45am Fri 30 May 14

sm170368 says...

It was inevitable that once MP left the so called bigger clubs would see this as a weakness and an ideal time to poach our prized assets. No doubt this will be the first of a series of bids trying to exploit the perception of unrest at the club or test Saints resolve. A lot of this frenzy has and is being fuelled by the media. Does not make sense that Saints would want to sell anyone until a new manager has been appointed. That is what Mr Krueger has said so that is what we all now expect. Anything else will destroy any credibility he has.
It was inevitable that once MP left the so called bigger clubs would see this as a weakness and an ideal time to poach our prized assets. No doubt this will be the first of a series of bids trying to exploit the perception of unrest at the club or test Saints resolve. A lot of this frenzy has and is being fuelled by the media. Does not make sense that Saints would want to sell anyone until a new manager has been appointed. That is what Mr Krueger has said so that is what we all now expect. Anything else will destroy any credibility he has. sm170368
  • Score: 4

8:48am Fri 30 May 14

JohnItaly says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?
Unfortunately I understand our "Captain" is related to the Master of the Costa Concordia and hitting the rocks runs in the family!
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately I understand our "Captain" is related to the Master of the Costa Concordia and hitting the rocks runs in the family! JohnItaly
  • Score: 1

8:50am Fri 30 May 14

skiptonsaint says...

Mentioned before but got a horrible feeling this is all to do
With bringing Osvaldo back to lead line

If the board don't spend the money we are going
To be getting for all these players or we spend it
Badly it could be a bad year

But spend it well ie to keep jrod, lovern and strengthen
Squad we could still finish between 10th and 8th for me
Mentioned before but got a horrible feeling this is all to do With bringing Osvaldo back to lead line If the board don't spend the money we are going To be getting for all these players or we spend it Badly it could be a bad year But spend it well ie to keep jrod, lovern and strengthen Squad we could still finish between 10th and 8th for me skiptonsaint
  • Score: 3

8:52am Fri 30 May 14

Saintjock says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
I've said it before but yes the DE sports journos are Pompey fans and have been for many years. I played for the DE versus Pompey News at Cams Alders Fareham in the late 80s (DE were desparate) and it was a running joke that all the DE journos were Pompey fans. Their job is to troll and get people on the site to up the clicks, so you could say they were just plying their trade, legitimately. But be under no illusion - they are sniggering in their blue shell-suits and chavvy earings and willing us to fail as they write.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????[/p][/quote]I've said it before but yes the DE sports journos are Pompey fans and have been for many years. I played for the DE versus Pompey News at Cams Alders Fareham in the late 80s (DE were desparate) and it was a running joke that all the DE journos were Pompey fans. Their job is to troll and get people on the site to up the clicks, so you could say they were just plying their trade, legitimately. But be under no illusion - they are sniggering in their blue shell-suits and chavvy earings and willing us to fail as they write. Saintjock
  • Score: 5

8:55am Fri 30 May 14

Clever Dick says...

Is this the 5 minute panic or the full half hour. Or maybe the end of the panic after MoPo left or the beginning of the panic following RK's statement. Or is this a completely new panic over the SRL story. I think we Saints fans should show some unity and agree to only panic about one thing at a time. Count me out though. I remain fully confident that everything will work out just fine.
Is this the 5 minute panic or the full half hour. Or maybe the end of the panic after MoPo left or the beginning of the panic following RK's statement. Or is this a completely new panic over the SRL story. I think we Saints fans should show some unity and agree to only panic about one thing at a time. Count me out though. I remain fully confident that everything will work out just fine. Clever Dick
  • Score: -1

8:56am Fri 30 May 14

GHamilton says...

Thanks for 5 wonderfull years Rickie...you deserve all the success that comes your way..... hope you have great world cup.

Some on here think we should get new manager in before any more players go.....would n't it be better to lose what we are going to lose first , and then get a new manager in; at least then he knows where he's at. The calibre of the new manager the board brings in, will tell us how much they know about this business and exactly how ambitious they are. Serious money will need to be invested, just to stay at our current level, never mind trying for Europe.....
Thanks for 5 wonderfull years Rickie...you deserve all the success that comes your way..... hope you have great world cup. Some on here think we should get new manager in before any more players go.....would n't it be better to lose what we are going to lose first , and then get a new manager in; at least then he knows where he's at. The calibre of the new manager the board brings in, will tell us how much they know about this business and exactly how ambitious they are. Serious money will need to be invested, just to stay at our current level, never mind trying for Europe..... GHamilton
  • Score: 3

9:00am Fri 30 May 14

hedge end bob says...

LIARS.....but i am not quite sure yet!!!
LIARS.....but i am not quite sure yet!!! hedge end bob
  • Score: 5

9:00am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream !

What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
Because it probably is £4 million. Add ons are no good to us in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????[/p][/quote]Because it probably is £4 million. Add ons are no good to us in my opinion. SaintJD
  • Score: 6

9:03am Fri 30 May 14

NewForestStu says...

Well I think I will hold fire until we see what we are starting the season with however, I can see some serious unrest coming from the stands this year if things are not sorted and quickly.

Surely even if Liverpool have made a 4, 8 or even a 20million pound bid we should have a manager in place to decide if the player goes or not?

People can say I am one of the neg heads if they wish but I am seriously starting to question the level of expertise at our board level.

Having renewed mt ST yesterday I am still hopefull that we start the season having lost only say two key players but must admit I am concerned that this could turn out to be a conservative estimate.

Give it time but the omens for me are not good.
Well I think I will hold fire until we see what we are starting the season with however, I can see some serious unrest coming from the stands this year if things are not sorted and quickly. Surely even if Liverpool have made a 4, 8 or even a 20million pound bid we should have a manager in place to decide if the player goes or not? People can say I am one of the neg heads if they wish but I am seriously starting to question the level of expertise at our board level. Having renewed mt ST yesterday I am still hopefull that we start the season having lost only say two key players but must admit I am concerned that this could turn out to be a conservative estimate. Give it time but the omens for me are not good. NewForestStu
  • Score: 6

9:03am Fri 30 May 14

hedge end bob says...

Red don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick, nothing t all to do wth you or your post the past is the past lreve it there.
Red don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick, nothing t all to do wth you or your post the past is the past lreve it there. hedge end bob
  • Score: 6

9:07am Fri 30 May 14

Muttdogg says...

Is this so that someone can translate for Lallana once he moves up to scouse land? I'm more gutted by this news than any other rumour / story that has emerged since the end of the season. If the figure is £9M then it may well be good business, but it would cost far more than that to replace SRL, every other team wants a new striker...without a manager we are going to be last in the queue for potential replacements. Good luck Ricky but really hoped you would play out your career at St Marys, have loved watching you over the last few years. If rumours are to be believed it looks as though Steve Davis is the only man staying with us - glad I renewed my season ticket for the inevitable relegation battle ahead.
Is this so that someone can translate for Lallana once he moves up to scouse land? I'm more gutted by this news than any other rumour / story that has emerged since the end of the season. If the figure is £9M then it may well be good business, but it would cost far more than that to replace SRL, every other team wants a new striker...without a manager we are going to be last in the queue for potential replacements. Good luck Ricky but really hoped you would play out your career at St Marys, have loved watching you over the last few years. If rumours are to be believed it looks as though Steve Davis is the only man staying with us - glad I renewed my season ticket for the inevitable relegation battle ahead. Muttdogg
  • Score: 4

9:08am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave.

If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players.

I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves.

We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off.

I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for.

Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.
Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave. If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players. I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves. We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off. I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for. Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right. SaintJD
  • Score: 7

9:13am Fri 30 May 14

redandy10 says...

hedge end bob wrote:
Red don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick, nothing t all to do wth you or your post the past is the past lreve it there.
Agreed Bob!
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: Red don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick, nothing t all to do wth you or your post the past is the past lreve it there.[/p][/quote]Agreed Bob! redandy10
  • Score: 6

9:13am Fri 30 May 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....
Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad..... Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 4

9:15am Fri 30 May 14

andoru says...

Of all the transfer stories so far, this one seems the most spiteful, so to speak. While I understand fully why Lambert would want to go to Liverpool, I can't think of any reason why Liverpool would want him. He's got a season or two left at most and they already have one of the best strike partnerships in the league. He hardly fits in with their preference for youth either. The only reason for Liverpool to take Lambert is to weaken us as far as I can see. I really wonder who we're going to have playing for us next season.
Of all the transfer stories so far, this one seems the most spiteful, so to speak. While I understand fully why Lambert would want to go to Liverpool, I can't think of any reason why Liverpool would want him. He's got a season or two left at most and they already have one of the best strike partnerships in the league. He hardly fits in with their preference for youth either. The only reason for Liverpool to take Lambert is to weaken us as far as I can see. I really wonder who we're going to have playing for us next season. andoru
  • Score: 5

9:16am Fri 30 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Saint Jinx wrote:
And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.
The rumours were that Cortese was going to sell him to West Ham.
That's true - but not when he is ABOUT to feature in WC matches, when he could enhance both his value and our club's profile
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saint Jinx[/bold] wrote: And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.[/p][/quote]The rumours were that Cortese was going to sell him to West Ham.[/p][/quote]That's true - but not when he is ABOUT to feature in WC matches, when he could enhance both his value and our club's profile Saint Jinx
  • Score: 1

9:17am Fri 30 May 14

killared says...

People on here might hate me after my statement but to be fair 9 million for a 32 years old It's good money not long ago West Ham bid 3 million for SRL remember . I know he's a legend here but with all the players we have in the house he's the one who deserve and earn is right to go to Liverpool in my opinion. He help us a lot and he make us smile every weekend for the last 5 years !
People on here might hate me after my statement but to be fair 9 million for a 32 years old It's good money not long ago West Ham bid 3 million for SRL remember . I know he's a legend here but with all the players we have in the house he's the one who deserve and earn is right to go to Liverpool in my opinion. He help us a lot and he make us smile every weekend for the last 5 years ! killared
  • Score: 2

9:17am Fri 30 May 14

RNsaint says...

SaintJD wrote:
Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave.

If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players.

I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves.

We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off.

I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for.

Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.
need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave. If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players. I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves. We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off. I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for. Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.[/p][/quote]need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse RNsaint
  • Score: 2

9:20am Fri 30 May 14

Confucious says...

Whilst from a football point of view this is probably the least worst of all the prospective departures, it's easily the one which hurts the most.
Whilst from a football point of view this is probably the least worst of all the prospective departures, it's easily the one which hurts the most. Confucious
  • Score: 3

9:22am Fri 30 May 14

andy newbury says...

good luck srl, sadly with ref to the club management I don,t know what to say about you or to you, I feel a little let down at present and if I hadn,t already bought my season tickets I would be thinking twice about renewing them I am sad to say. please prove all my doubts wrong . Once again GOOD LUCK RICKIE you have been a roll model for the club in my mind and an inspiration to us fans.
good luck srl, sadly with ref to the club management I don,t know what to say about you or to you, I feel a little let down at present and if I hadn,t already bought my season tickets I would be thinking twice about renewing them I am sad to say. please prove all my doubts wrong . Once again GOOD LUCK RICKIE you have been a roll model for the club in my mind and an inspiration to us fans. andy newbury
  • Score: 1

9:22am Fri 30 May 14

SodburySaint93 says...

andoru wrote:
Of all the transfer stories so far, this one seems the most spiteful, so to speak. While I understand fully why Lambert would want to go to Liverpool, I can't think of any reason why Liverpool would want him. He's got a season or two left at most and they already have one of the best strike partnerships in the league. He hardly fits in with their preference for youth either. The only reason for Liverpool to take Lambert is to weaken us as far as I can see. I really wonder who we're going to have playing for us next season.
I think we frightened a lot of teams last year with our play and with how our squad improved - we were the best of the rest - and the top 5/6 clubs did'nt like it.
Patience is key at the moment but I feel just as frustrated as most on here.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: Of all the transfer stories so far, this one seems the most spiteful, so to speak. While I understand fully why Lambert would want to go to Liverpool, I can't think of any reason why Liverpool would want him. He's got a season or two left at most and they already have one of the best strike partnerships in the league. He hardly fits in with their preference for youth either. The only reason for Liverpool to take Lambert is to weaken us as far as I can see. I really wonder who we're going to have playing for us next season.[/p][/quote]I think we frightened a lot of teams last year with our play and with how our squad improved - we were the best of the rest - and the top 5/6 clubs did'nt like it. Patience is key at the moment but I feel just as frustrated as most on here. SodburySaint93
  • Score: 3

9:22am Fri 30 May 14

NewForestStu says...

RNsaint wrote:
SaintJD wrote:
Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave.

If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players.

I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves.

We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off.

I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for.

Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.
need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse
Technically we have not lost a single player yet though....apart from those STR (Surplus To Requirements) aka DoPrado etc
[quote][p][bold]RNsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave. If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players. I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves. We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off. I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for. Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.[/p][/quote]need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse[/p][/quote]Technically we have not lost a single player yet though....apart from those STR (Surplus To Requirements) aka DoPrado etc NewForestStu
  • Score: 3

9:24am Fri 30 May 14

only1chopper says...

ok, if we take all the rumours to be true, this could be our starting 11 next season
Boruc

cork hoover yoshida taggart

reed davis

rowe ward prowse gaston

big sam


with this starting line up, we are in serious trouble. I anyone is reading this from the southampton board, which i seriously doubt, then please can we have:
2 new youth coaches
A manager
Back room staff
2 new strikers
a winger
2 new centre backs
a right back
a left back
and a keeper.

I am pleased for SRL, but not for saints, he was our leader, a big influence on sam Gallagher, he was in the lambert mould and needed a couple more seasons with him to get to where he and we know he could be.
Right now, i am worried, we need stability, togetherness and to have an understanding of what is going on at our beloved club. Does anyone have a clue about what they are doing? right now it does not seem so. But what goes on behind closed doors, could be something really special. Some how i doubt it.
ok, if we take all the rumours to be true, this could be our starting 11 next season Boruc cork hoover yoshida taggart reed davis rowe ward prowse gaston big sam with this starting line up, we are in serious trouble. I anyone is reading this from the southampton board, which i seriously doubt, then please can we have: 2 new youth coaches A manager Back room staff 2 new strikers a winger 2 new centre backs a right back a left back and a keeper. I am pleased for SRL, but not for saints, he was our leader, a big influence on sam Gallagher, he was in the lambert mould and needed a couple more seasons with him to get to where he and we know he could be. Right now, i am worried, we need stability, togetherness and to have an understanding of what is going on at our beloved club. Does anyone have a clue about what they are doing? right now it does not seem so. But what goes on behind closed doors, could be something really special. Some how i doubt it. only1chopper
  • Score: 4

9:25am Fri 30 May 14

Outside of the Box says...

Heard this morning that Dave the Steward in the Itchen North has be called to office at SMS, he's been offered a new contract at centre forward.
Heard this morning that Dave the Steward in the Itchen North has be called to office at SMS, he's been offered a new contract at centre forward. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 3

9:31am Fri 30 May 14

Blackknight says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?
The Titanics rudder wasn't big enough, whereas Saints don't appear to have one.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?[/p][/quote]The Titanics rudder wasn't big enough, whereas Saints don't appear to have one. Blackknight
  • Score: 2

9:33am Fri 30 May 14

search for the truth says...

From Liverpool Echo this morning.

Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale

• May 30, 2014 08:19
• By James Pearce

Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale
Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career.
The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop.
At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding.
Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet.
Rochdale's Rickie Lambert holds off Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence -
He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro.
Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton.
Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed.
Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland
Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high.
* Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert
From Liverpool Echo this morning. Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale • May 30, 2014 08:19 • By James Pearce Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career. The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop. At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding. Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet. Rochdale's Rickie Lambert holds off Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence - He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro. Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton. Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed. Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high. * Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert search for the truth
  • Score: 1

9:34am Fri 30 May 14

Littleton-Saint says...

I have been trying to support the Board, but if this story is true, then I think that RK should resign for lying to us.

Our Board is looking incompetent. There was a high chance that Mopo would leave and yet with twenty staff on the case, not even a short-list was in place.

KL needs to speak today and let us know her true intentions for Saints.
I have been trying to support the Board, but if this story is true, then I think that RK should resign for lying to us. Our Board is looking incompetent. There was a high chance that Mopo would leave and yet with twenty staff on the case, not even a short-list was in place. KL needs to speak today and let us know her true intentions for Saints. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 5

9:35am Fri 30 May 14

george chivers says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?
Should I stop playing my violin or should I carry on as per normal. Please advise. I'm worried about the second cello and the third trombone I think they may try to jump ship.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Has anyone told the Captain that we have hit an icerberg?[/p][/quote]Should I stop playing my violin or should I carry on as per normal. Please advise. I'm worried about the second cello and the third trombone I think they may try to jump ship. george chivers
  • Score: -2

9:35am Fri 30 May 14

search for the truth says...

Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale
• May 30, 2014 08:19
• By James Pearce
• 0 Comments
Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale
Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career.
The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop.
At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding.
Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet.

He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro.
Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton.
Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed.
Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland
Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high.
* Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale • May 30, 2014 08:19 • By James Pearce • 0 Comments Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career. The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop. At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding. Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet. He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro. Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton. Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed. Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high. * Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert search for the truth
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9:36am Fri 30 May 14

PTID1898 says...

Harold K Steptoe wrote:
Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....
Did you not know that they do not give finance to people who claim benefits
[quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....[/p][/quote]Did you not know that they do not give finance to people who claim benefits PTID1898
  • Score: -5

9:38am Fri 30 May 14

Malcombe says...

I blame Steven Gerrard and Sturridge, they nailed him to Wardobe and wouldn't free him until he submitted and screamed ALL RIGHT I'LL JOIN YOU!!!
Seriously there's so much going on it's doing everyone's head in, a Player gives 100% in every game scores an average 1 goal a game, he's then our hero and it all fizzles out it's horrible.
We must all be patient and refrain from blaming the Board because we do not know what has been arranged or said and how much the Players wanted to move possibly for financial reason, I did in my work with offers of a bit more with another firm, we do not know what Players will come in but I'm sure with respect it won't be from the Hampshire League, we do not know if the Players knew after Cortese left that MoPo told them I'm hear until the end of the season and as we all know unless a Player is very discontented and cries like a baby the Players do not talk about any of the happenings at the Club it's all a secret.

I'm not one for undermining those who have an important job at the Club or how the Club operates it's a massive business, I do not doubt for one minute the Club never stops operations after the final game and they all take a holiday until August kick off it's must be active almost 24/7, decision will be made whether popular or unpopular because some decisions that are made particularly by a unhappy Player or Players are out of the Boards control if it's a personal decision by a Player, I do not believe there is an unhappy Player at the Club it's probably temptation for a massive increase in Salary and the Player will naturally ask there Employer if the can proceed with inquiries, if the Salary ie £50K a week and the Player's on 1/3rd less and the Club won't equal to keep the Player then who can blame the Player if he leaves there' no
sentiment he must look after number 1.

I'm sure all will be forgiven when news filters out and us loyal Supporters know who the Manager is and the Players that have departed have been replaced with equal or even better, the relief has subsided now MoPo has gone and we are all prepared to know if the other rumours will materialise hopefully not but we must be prepared for bad news, I cannot predict what will happen in the next 11 weeks I wish I could because I'd reveal it on here so long live Southampton Football club we love you until we die, COYR
I blame Steven Gerrard and Sturridge, they nailed him to Wardobe and wouldn't free him until he submitted and screamed ALL RIGHT I'LL JOIN YOU!!! Seriously there's so much going on it's doing everyone's head in, a Player gives 100% in every game scores an average 1 goal a game, he's then our hero and it all fizzles out it's horrible. We must all be patient and refrain from blaming the Board because we do not know what has been arranged or said and how much the Players wanted to move possibly for financial reason, I did in my work with offers of a bit more with another firm, we do not know what Players will come in but I'm sure with respect it won't be from the Hampshire League, we do not know if the Players knew after Cortese left that MoPo told them I'm hear until the end of the season and as we all know unless a Player is very discontented and cries like a baby the Players do not talk about any of the happenings at the Club it's all a secret. I'm not one for undermining those who have an important job at the Club or how the Club operates it's a massive business, I do not doubt for one minute the Club never stops operations after the final game and they all take a holiday until August kick off it's must be active almost 24/7, decision will be made whether popular or unpopular because some decisions that are made particularly by a unhappy Player or Players are out of the Boards control if it's a personal decision by a Player, I do not believe there is an unhappy Player at the Club it's probably temptation for a massive increase in Salary and the Player will naturally ask there Employer if the can proceed with inquiries, if the Salary ie £50K a week and the Player's on 1/3rd less and the Club won't equal to keep the Player then who can blame the Player if he leaves there' no sentiment he must look after number 1. I'm sure all will be forgiven when news filters out and us loyal Supporters know who the Manager is and the Players that have departed have been replaced with equal or even better, the relief has subsided now MoPo has gone and we are all prepared to know if the other rumours will materialise hopefully not but we must be prepared for bad news, I cannot predict what will happen in the next 11 weeks I wish I could because I'd reveal it on here so long live Southampton Football club we love you until we die, COYR Malcombe
  • Score: 0

9:38am Fri 30 May 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Does anyone think the weather's going to be alright for a BBQ tonight? I''m in two minds about it. I mean, it would be great to get the guys over for a few beers and burgers and then retire to the front room to watch the match, but if it's going to be cold then I think we might be better off just going to the pub.

I need to know fairly soon because my butcher (Neil in the Arndale) has usually sold out of burgers by lunchtime.

Cheers.
Does anyone think the weather's going to be alright for a BBQ tonight? I''m in two minds about it. I mean, it would be great to get the guys over for a few beers and burgers and then retire to the front room to watch the match, but if it's going to be cold then I think we might be better off just going to the pub. I need to know fairly soon because my butcher (Neil in the Arndale) has usually sold out of burgers by lunchtime. Cheers. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 0

9:39am Fri 30 May 14

PTID1898 says...

Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing PTID1898
  • Score: -8

9:41am Fri 30 May 14

Clever Dick says...

Harold K Steptoe wrote:
Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....
Can't you sell the horse?
[quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....[/p][/quote]Can't you sell the horse? Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

9:42am Fri 30 May 14

costa gaz says...

Even the most ardent happy clappers are beginning to realise that myself and Redandy were right.
Instead of lapping up everything that comes out of our boardroom it's now time to start questioning what they are doing to our club.
Some of you actually believed all the bull about no players being sold, naive of the board to make such statements and naive of some on here to believe any of it.
Someone suggested last night that I am wishing the impending meltdown just to proved right ... far from it, but with so many on here in denial of what is occuring .. the board will just carry on without any resistance.
They have the majority of Saints fans backing on here.
Time to get your heads out of the sand and let this board know how you feel.

Thumb down all you like, call me negative.... but before you do just have a think.
Even the most ardent happy clappers are beginning to realise that myself and Redandy were right. Instead of lapping up everything that comes out of our boardroom it's now time to start questioning what they are doing to our club. Some of you actually believed all the bull about no players being sold, naive of the board to make such statements and naive of some on here to believe any of it. Someone suggested last night that I am wishing the impending meltdown just to proved right ... far from it, but with so many on here in denial of what is occuring .. the board will just carry on without any resistance. They have the majority of Saints fans backing on here. Time to get your heads out of the sand and let this board know how you feel. Thumb down all you like, call me negative.... but before you do just have a think. costa gaz
  • Score: 2

9:42am Fri 30 May 14

St Forlife says...

If this happens I will be a little sad but also I think it is a terrific football story.

SRL has been probably one of the most imprortant signings Saints ever made and if he finishes his carrer with his hometown club where it all began for him then well done to him. If he goes he will be missed but he is such a genuinely nice guy with absolutely no ego like so many footballers. He is humble and appears humble everytime he puts a pair of boots on and gets a chance to play. I can imagine he will always have a soft spot for Saints and the 3 managers here he worked under which has helped him change and sustain his fitness - not easy for a guy built like that.

In fairness, we can get a new striker and SG looks a little inexperienced at the moment but is showing all the signs of developing into a top class centre forward. He has similar power and runs off the ball well. I am sure the striker department is an area we need to strengthen so lets hope we buy players not egos like Osvaldo.

I am getting a bit fed up with all the talk of exits and if the board do take the opportunity to cash in on 5 years of hard work then many will vote with their feet as they did under Rupert Lowe. We'll see. As someone said on here a few weeks ago, never has there been a better time to push on. If instead we let it all go then from a sporting perspective the thrill has gone and if I wake up every morning thinking - hey I hope we draw today or hey I hope we don't let in too many and hey I hope we finish in the top 17 then really what is £730 a year really for.

Blimey - after re reading that I want to hang myself - come on let's have some good news
If this happens I will be a little sad but also I think it is a terrific football story. SRL has been probably one of the most imprortant signings Saints ever made and if he finishes his carrer with his hometown club where it all began for him then well done to him. If he goes he will be missed but he is such a genuinely nice guy with absolutely no ego like so many footballers. He is humble and appears humble everytime he puts a pair of boots on and gets a chance to play. I can imagine he will always have a soft spot for Saints and the 3 managers here he worked under which has helped him change and sustain his fitness - not easy for a guy built like that. In fairness, we can get a new striker and SG looks a little inexperienced at the moment but is showing all the signs of developing into a top class centre forward. He has similar power and runs off the ball well. I am sure the striker department is an area we need to strengthen so lets hope we buy players not egos like Osvaldo. I am getting a bit fed up with all the talk of exits and if the board do take the opportunity to cash in on 5 years of hard work then many will vote with their feet as they did under Rupert Lowe. We'll see. As someone said on here a few weeks ago, never has there been a better time to push on. If instead we let it all go then from a sporting perspective the thrill has gone and if I wake up every morning thinking - hey I hope we draw today or hey I hope we don't let in too many and hey I hope we finish in the top 17 then really what is £730 a year really for. Blimey - after re reading that I want to hang myself - come on let's have some good news St Forlife
  • Score: 2

9:43am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

NewForestStu wrote:
RNsaint wrote:
SaintJD wrote:
Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave.

If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players.

I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves.

We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off.

I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for.

Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.
need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse
Technically we have not lost a single player yet though....apart from those STR (Surplus To Requirements) aka DoPrado etc
Yes, that was my line too. But then we lost Mo Po, without putting up any kind of obvious fight. There was nothing to stop us issuing a hands off warning like Derby or Sunderland have in recent days. Of course he may still have gone, but at least show a bit of strength.

Mo Po was always going to be the key because the players clearly love the guy but I have to admit I didn't expect the players to start forming a queue at the door.

You have to wonder if Mo Po and Cortese weren't in contact a lot during the past few months - the timing of Nicola's recent statement suggests he was more aware of what was going to happen than the board.

Having said that, considering Ralph's end of season message was 'we'll be starting conversations about player deals from Monday morning', it seems they couldn't wait to get the 'for sale' signs up on the forecourt.
[quote][p][bold]NewForestStu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RNsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Good luck Rickie by the way, but this is a disaster for Saints unless they come out and say Lallana will not be allowed to leave. If we don't need to sell, which is what we are constantly being told, then make a bold statement saying we will NOT listen to offers on certain players. I know some will say, well if we get a certain price, but NO. Adam should not be sold for any price because if he leaves, or even if Luke leaves, the other players will demand moves. We cannot be replacing five or six players this summer - don't know how it works in ice hockey, but you can't just slot in perfect replacements and carry on where you left off. I wonder if the board is under the illusion that this squad is pretty normal - not something we've waited two decades for. Well time to wake up - Mo Po was exceptional, Rickie is exceptional, and Adam and Luke are exceptional too, plus a few others. But they are arguably our three best players and talismans. Lose them all and we start from scratch. Feck it, I thought Rickie was the most likely to stay so looks like the doom mongers were right.[/p][/quote]need the board and players to make a bold statement. cannot afford to lose this amount of players. need a high quality manager now. or else we are doomed to failure. and I have to work in Portsmuff to make matters worse[/p][/quote]Technically we have not lost a single player yet though....apart from those STR (Surplus To Requirements) aka DoPrado etc[/p][/quote]Yes, that was my line too. But then we lost Mo Po, without putting up any kind of obvious fight. There was nothing to stop us issuing a hands off warning like Derby or Sunderland have in recent days. Of course he may still have gone, but at least show a bit of strength. Mo Po was always going to be the key because the players clearly love the guy but I have to admit I didn't expect the players to start forming a queue at the door. You have to wonder if Mo Po and Cortese weren't in contact a lot during the past few months - the timing of Nicola's recent statement suggests he was more aware of what was going to happen than the board. Having said that, considering Ralph's end of season message was 'we'll be starting conversations about player deals from Monday morning', it seems they couldn't wait to get the 'for sale' signs up on the forecourt. SaintJD
  • Score: 2

9:47am Fri 30 May 14

JohnItaly says...

I'm beginning to hope Lambert, Lallana & Shaw all have disastrous World Cups. Migh take the pressure off!!
I'm beginning to hope Lambert, Lallana & Shaw all have disastrous World Cups. Migh take the pressure off!! JohnItaly
  • Score: 1

9:47am Fri 30 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

It makes what Hansen said on his last MotD even more suspicious.
I don't begrudge Rickie his move (if it happens),he deserves it,just wish it would happen after the World Cup,if it has to at all.
Although its similar in many ways to Ron Davies move to Man Utd,knowing Rickie,I think it will turn out more successful than that move did for Ron.
What we need now,is the sound of a bugle in the distance,and the sound of galloping hooves,and the sight of General Nicola, charging down Lances hill,sabre in hand,to rescue the day,before the club is massacred by marauders.
It makes what Hansen said on his last MotD even more suspicious. I don't begrudge Rickie his move (if it happens),he deserves it,just wish it would happen after the World Cup,if it has to at all. Although its similar in many ways to Ron Davies move to Man Utd,knowing Rickie,I think it will turn out more successful than that move did for Ron. What we need now,is the sound of a bugle in the distance,and the sound of galloping hooves,and the sight of General Nicola, charging down Lances hill,sabre in hand,to rescue the day,before the club is massacred by marauders. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 2

9:49am Fri 30 May 14

St Forlife says...

PTID1898 wrote:
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!!

We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints.

I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years

More please
[quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!! We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints. I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years More please St Forlife
  • Score: 2

9:50am Fri 30 May 14

RalphM says...

To be honest I could see this coming when NC went as he had the vision for the Southampton way! For the players who are going to leave us I want this to happen now as quickly as possible as we need STABILITY with a new manager. If I controlled the club I would tell the players who want to leave and clubs who want to buy our players that there is a cut off date. After that date no one is for sale so either pay up or shut up.
To be honest I could see this coming when NC went as he had the vision for the Southampton way! For the players who are going to leave us I want this to happen now as quickly as possible as we need STABILITY with a new manager. If I controlled the club I would tell the players who want to leave and clubs who want to buy our players that there is a cut off date. After that date no one is for sale so either pay up or shut up. RalphM
  • Score: 1

9:51am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

I have an ingenious plan for the Saints board. It's a tough ask, but might solve all their problems.

TURN YOUR PHONES OFF, GO ON HOLIDAY.

Problem solved. That way you don't need to make any statements. Ignore the agents, media and interested clubs, let them fume as much as they like, but by the time you get back they'll be looking elsewhere.

Unhappy players, maybe, but our best players are on four and five year deals.

As Katharina was so clear to ask Nicola Cortese - who exactly is in charge here?

Or come out, be honest, and say we are a selling club and can't wait to see the money.
I have an ingenious plan for the Saints board. It's a tough ask, but might solve all their problems. TURN YOUR PHONES OFF, GO ON HOLIDAY. Problem solved. That way you don't need to make any statements. Ignore the agents, media and interested clubs, let them fume as much as they like, but by the time you get back they'll be looking elsewhere. Unhappy players, maybe, but our best players are on four and five year deals. As Katharina was so clear to ask Nicola Cortese - who exactly is in charge here? Or come out, be honest, and say we are a selling club and can't wait to see the money. SaintJD
  • Score: 7

9:53am Fri 30 May 14

milton road says...

This is exactly the same as offers for Shaw and Lallana, they were going to sign within days and they didn't. This story seems to have been fuelled by the echo and picked up by others. Whether it is true or not who knows.
The logic is why would Liverpool wnat him and he would spend most his time on the bench. One has to understand the more hits that papers get on their website the more their advertising pays. So to create drama is in the close season to get hits is a worthwhile exercise. To be honest the Echo has no real love for Saints.
Same as Poch is being touted as wanting Lallana Lovren and Rodriguez, that is 70 millon plus in players when he has a reported 30 million transfer chest. Even Liverpool have to be careful becasue they come under FP rules in both competitions. They are already in for two or three other players. You notice that the Echo only mentioned sources close to Lambert, which could mean anything and nothing.
I do not know if Ricki will go, if there is any truth in the story
No one has an endless budget and transfer kitty..
Its like with Jay clubs are being touted as wanting him, yet he is said to be out till October, he sustained a serious injury, no one knows for sure how that will work out. I think it unlikely anyone will come after him until he is back and fighting fit and up to standard. That is logic, but then football is not logical.
This is exactly the same as offers for Shaw and Lallana, they were going to sign within days and they didn't. This story seems to have been fuelled by the echo and picked up by others. Whether it is true or not who knows. The logic is why would Liverpool wnat him and he would spend most his time on the bench. One has to understand the more hits that papers get on their website the more their advertising pays. So to create drama is in the close season to get hits is a worthwhile exercise. To be honest the Echo has no real love for Saints. Same as Poch is being touted as wanting Lallana Lovren and Rodriguez, that is 70 millon plus in players when he has a reported 30 million transfer chest. Even Liverpool have to be careful becasue they come under FP rules in both competitions. They are already in for two or three other players. You notice that the Echo only mentioned sources close to Lambert, which could mean anything and nothing. I do not know if Ricki will go, if there is any truth in the story No one has an endless budget and transfer kitty.. Its like with Jay clubs are being touted as wanting him, yet he is said to be out till October, he sustained a serious injury, no one knows for sure how that will work out. I think it unlikely anyone will come after him until he is back and fighting fit and up to standard. That is logic, but then football is not logical. milton road
  • Score: 3

9:56am Fri 30 May 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Harold K Steptoe wrote:
Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....
Can't you sell the horse?
I would if you weren't married to her, n0b head....
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....[/p][/quote]Can't you sell the horse?[/p][/quote]I would if you weren't married to her, n0b head.... Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 2

9:56am Fri 30 May 14

saxontrue1 says...

RICKIE DESERVES THIS BIG TIME :-)

He has certainly done his bit for us and now I wish him the very best as this is his dream coming true.

Gutted but very happy for him.
RICKIE DESERVES THIS BIG TIME :-) He has certainly done his bit for us and now I wish him the very best as this is his dream coming true. Gutted but very happy for him. saxontrue1
  • Score: 3

9:56am Fri 30 May 14

Dickosfc says...

According to many journalists on Twitter its Les Reed that's the problem.

Adam Blackmore: " #saintsfc board coming under enormous pressure now & none more than Les Reed. Chairman & Pochettino have both repeatedly passed buck to him and Reed is the one who a number of payers have mentioned to me recently as being an issue for them - hope he comes through but he's under the pump. And whilst I didn't like the way Poch behaved of late , I know that the players loyalty was with him & not Reed & board"
According to many journalists on Twitter its Les Reed that's the problem. Adam Blackmore: " #saintsfc board coming under enormous pressure now & none more than Les Reed. Chairman & Pochettino have both repeatedly passed buck to him and Reed is the one who a number of payers have mentioned to me recently as being an issue for them - hope he comes through but he's under the pump. And whilst I didn't like the way Poch behaved of late , I know that the players loyalty was with him & not Reed & board" Dickosfc
  • Score: 3

9:57am Fri 30 May 14

dockboy says...

Between 4 / 9 million quoted for a 32 yer old striker, let him have his dream move, he has been good for Saints but now it's time to cash in and begin the new era.
Between 4 / 9 million quoted for a 32 yer old striker, let him have his dream move, he has been good for Saints but now it's time to cash in and begin the new era. dockboy
  • Score: 2

9:57am Fri 30 May 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

PTID1898 wrote:
Harold K Steptoe wrote:
Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....
Did you not know that they do not give finance to people who claim benefits
Pr1ck
[quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harold K Steptoe[/bold] wrote: Being refused finance for the first time for my season tickets is starting to not seem so bad.....[/p][/quote]Did you not know that they do not give finance to people who claim benefits[/p][/quote]Pr1ck Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 1

9:59am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

search for the truth wrote:
Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale
• May 30, 2014 08:19
• By James Pearce
• 0 Comments
Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale
Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career.
The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop.
At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding.
Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet.

He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro.
Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton.
Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed.
Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland
Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high.
* Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert
Well I suppose Rickie has a better chance of playing at the World Cup with a place in the Liverpool squad confirmed.

It is a wonderful story and I'm kind of happy for him. Wouldn't be at all surprised if he scores to win them the League Cup final next season.

I can't see him playing very much, but I love what Rodgers is doing there - it's a bit of sentimentality mixed with the sincere belief that Rickie is fully deserving of a squad role at his boyhood club.

Beautiful story and will be cheering you on at the World Cup and next season Rickie because we all know you genuinely love our club as well. You've never failed to name check us - especially when you played for England - and that won't be forgotten.
[quote][p][bold]search for the truth[/bold] wrote: Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale • May 30, 2014 08:19 • By James Pearce • 0 Comments Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career. The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop. At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding. Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet. He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro. Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton. Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed. Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high. * Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert[/p][/quote]Well I suppose Rickie has a better chance of playing at the World Cup with a place in the Liverpool squad confirmed. It is a wonderful story and I'm kind of happy for him. Wouldn't be at all surprised if he scores to win them the League Cup final next season. I can't see him playing very much, but I love what Rodgers is doing there - it's a bit of sentimentality mixed with the sincere belief that Rickie is fully deserving of a squad role at his boyhood club. Beautiful story and will be cheering you on at the World Cup and next season Rickie because we all know you genuinely love our club as well. You've never failed to name check us - especially when you played for England - and that won't be forgotten. SaintJD
  • Score: 5

10:01am Fri 30 May 14

deepheat says...

Making it worse? How could it be worse? Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah!
Making it worse? How could it be worse? Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah! deepheat
  • Score: 0

10:02am Fri 30 May 14

dockboy says...

PTID1898 wrote:
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
Pot / Kettle
[quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]Pot / Kettle dockboy
  • Score: 2

10:02am Fri 30 May 14

Dan Howard says...

PTID1898 wrote:
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
I take it PTID stands for Pompey Town is Dead?
And mayhap, 1898 is the date to which your club has regressed?
We may or may not be gutted but he fact you are pitted says something about out relative sizes, although filleted would be nearer the point.

We have roughly 80,000,000 reasons for optimism, which is the size of our turnover plus a fighting fund of about £50m should those that want to go, now go.

How’s League 2 working out for you? Don’t run into any ice cubes sailing round to Morecombe, Hartlepool or Southend next season.

We don’t want you sinking while there’s still the last laugh to be had.
[quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]I take it PTID stands for Pompey Town is Dead? And mayhap, 1898 is the date to which your club has regressed? We may or may not be gutted but he fact you are pitted says something about out relative sizes, although filleted would be nearer the point. We have roughly 80,000,000 reasons for optimism, which is the size of our turnover plus a fighting fund of about £50m should those that want to go, now go. How’s League 2 working out for you? Don’t run into any ice cubes sailing round to Morecombe, Hartlepool or Southend next season. We don’t want you sinking while there’s still the last laugh to be had. Dan Howard
  • Score: 2

10:05am Fri 30 May 14

redsnapper says...

Ralph K is a Corporate Animal, the club is being asset stripped for sale.

Either this or they have been completely naïve in letting this fire sale situation develop.

I'd be interested to hear how season ticket sales are going because until I see a high calibre appointment and not some lower league muppet my hard earned cash is on hold.
Ralph K is a Corporate Animal, the club is being asset stripped for sale. Either this or they have been completely naïve in letting this fire sale situation develop. I'd be interested to hear how season ticket sales are going because until I see a high calibre appointment and not some lower league muppet my hard earned cash is on hold. redsnapper
  • Score: 0

10:12am Fri 30 May 14

knuckle dragger says...

Saint Jinx wrote:
And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.
Cortese was trying to sell Lambert to West ham.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Jinx[/bold] wrote: And if Cortese had been here they (Liverpool) wouldn't even have dared to try.[/p][/quote]Cortese was trying to sell Lambert to West ham. knuckle dragger
  • Score: 2

10:13am Fri 30 May 14

Skating on thin ice says...

Cheer up everyone! It's May 31 tomorrow, which is the day that Juventus send Osvaldo back to you. Obviously Krueger is impressed by the fact that Osvaldo is the ONLY Saints player to win a league championship winners' medal - not just from your current squad, but EVER. It's Osvaldo who'll be leading your "offensive roster" next season
Cheer up everyone! It's May 31 tomorrow, which is the day that Juventus send Osvaldo back to you. Obviously Krueger is impressed by the fact that Osvaldo is the ONLY Saints player to win a league championship winners' medal - not just from your current squad, but EVER. It's Osvaldo who'll be leading your "offensive roster" next season Skating on thin ice
  • Score: -1

10:14am Fri 30 May 14

deepheat says...

A lot of players would have left us high and dry come the January transfer window. Better to sort things out now.

New Board - January 2014

New Manager - June 2014

New Team - August 2014
A lot of players would have left us high and dry come the January transfer window. Better to sort things out now. New Board - January 2014 New Manager - June 2014 New Team - August 2014 deepheat
  • Score: 1

10:16am Fri 30 May 14

Andover Saint says...

Fee agreed medical tomoz... Gd luck sir Rickie
Fee agreed medical tomoz... Gd luck sir Rickie Andover Saint
  • Score: 0

10:18am Fri 30 May 14

Readeano says...

Lambert Gone- BBC has just reported he has Medical at Anfield tomorrow and the press association confirm this also :

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/live/26438249


although i am happy fr him as he totally deserves it, Kruger has lied out of his backside by saying we will not sell anyone untill manager is in place
Lambert Gone- BBC has just reported he has Medical at Anfield tomorrow and the press association confirm this also : http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/live/26438249 although i am happy fr him as he totally deserves it, Kruger has lied out of his backside by saying we will not sell anyone untill manager is in place Readeano
  • Score: 0

10:19am Fri 30 May 14

thesotonsaint says...

So Rickie is undergoing the medical tomorrow, according to the press association. Time to stop burying heads in the sand and abusing the press, and face up to the reality. Why would Liverpool want a 32 year old for that money? Maybe as an enticer for Adam to move.... With Shaw going soon, i'll be surprised if we keep Lovren and then we have a lot of rebuilding to do. So, rather than keeping on at the press, maybe the effort should be directed at KL, RK and LR to understand what exactly their plan is to prove this is not an asset strip
So Rickie is undergoing the medical tomorrow, according to the press association. Time to stop burying heads in the sand and abusing the press, and face up to the reality. Why would Liverpool want a 32 year old for that money? Maybe as an enticer for Adam to move.... With Shaw going soon, i'll be surprised if we keep Lovren and then we have a lot of rebuilding to do. So, rather than keeping on at the press, maybe the effort should be directed at KL, RK and LR to understand what exactly their plan is to prove this is not an asset strip thesotonsaint
  • Score: 0

10:22am Fri 30 May 14

Tony Robertson says...

Confucious said...
Whilst from a football point of view this is probably the least worst of all the prospective departures, it's easily the one which hurts the most.

Heartily agree. It's been a great pleasure watch this fine player develop here, and I think he still has much to give.

(Perhaps L'pool would take Les Reed on a free; this would save the Saints over a million pounds a year!).


Tony Robertson, Stranraer
Confucious said... Whilst from a football point of view this is probably the least worst of all the prospective departures, it's easily the one which hurts the most. Heartily agree. It's been a great pleasure watch this fine player develop here, and I think he still has much to give. (Perhaps L'pool would take Les Reed on a free; this would save the Saints over a million pounds a year!). Tony Robertson, Stranraer Tony Robertson
  • Score: 3

10:29am Fri 30 May 14

BracknellSaint says...

St Forlife wrote:
PTID1898 wrote:
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!!

We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints.

I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years

More please
Can you remind our little neighbours which team has been the hgher placed, and spent more time in the big league, during yo 45 years? Never get bored of facts like those!
[quote][p][bold]St Forlife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!! We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints. I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years More please[/p][/quote]Can you remind our little neighbours which team has been the hgher placed, and spent more time in the big league, during yo 45 years? Never get bored of facts like those! BracknellSaint
  • Score: 0

10:30am Fri 30 May 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

You only have a medical once a transfer fee has been agreed between the clubs together will all the terms and conditions and personal terms have been agreed with the player together with all the terms and conditions. IF it's true there is a medical tomorrow then Ralph is a lying kunt and we all need to wake up.
You only have a medical once a transfer fee has been agreed between the clubs together will all the terms and conditions and personal terms have been agreed with the player together with all the terms and conditions. IF it's true there is a medical tomorrow then Ralph is a lying kunt and we all need to wake up. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 3

10:31am Fri 30 May 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
A Replacement or two

Need an out and out striker with JRod and Adam linking up - and will miss SRL assists - dead ball free kicks like vs CHELSEA last Season - holding up the ball - penalties and most of all double figure goals.

Once NC left - sitting quietly in his seat - Poch truly sewed the seeds of discontent IMO.

MP did have a good AWAY RECORD - but I believe credit is due to the players and our SUPERB fans.

Anger - dismay - This is going to be an eventful summer.,

Let's get the Board more focussed and motivated and get a TOP Manager in and start sourcing Targets. There is even more to do now to stay Top 10 and aim for Europe.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????[/p][/quote]A Replacement or two Need an out and out striker with JRod and Adam linking up - and will miss SRL assists - dead ball free kicks like vs CHELSEA last Season - holding up the ball - penalties and most of all double figure goals. Once NC left - sitting quietly in his seat - Poch truly sewed the seeds of discontent IMO. MP did have a good AWAY RECORD - but I believe credit is due to the players and our SUPERB fans. Anger - dismay - This is going to be an eventful summer., Let's get the Board more focussed and motivated and get a TOP Manager in and start sourcing Targets. There is even more to do now to stay Top 10 and aim for Europe. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 3

10:33am Fri 30 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

BracknellSaint wrote:
St Forlife wrote:
PTID1898 wrote:
Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!!

We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints.

I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years

More please
Can you remind our little neighbours which team has been the hgher placed, and spent more time in the big league, during yo 45 years? Never get bored of facts like those!
Southampton-the sort of place you want to bring up your kids.
Portsmuff-the sort of place you want to bring up your dinner.
[quote][p][bold]BracknellSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Forlife[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]Chuckle - such nice people so well brought up down there!! We do like this stuff - more please it just keeps reminding us what a tin pot sardine tinned third rate (sorry fourth rate) football club really looks like and how lucky I was to be brought up supporting Saints. I am quite glad they didn't go under for the 4th administration really - the long slow death that gets drawn out is so pleasing to the eye and every time a post from them comes on this sight it does make me so much more proud to be a sains fan these last 45 years More please[/p][/quote]Can you remind our little neighbours which team has been the hgher placed, and spent more time in the big league, during yo 45 years? Never get bored of facts like those![/p][/quote]Southampton-the sort of place you want to bring up your kids. Portsmuff-the sort of place you want to bring up your dinner. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 3

10:36am Fri 30 May 14

shesaint says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream !

What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
Well said.

I feel sorry for DE reporters. They are damned if they do report and damned if they don't. However, all the complainers are still on here reading the free edition.

I'd love to know how good they are at their own jobs.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????[/p][/quote]Well said. I feel sorry for DE reporters. They are damned if they do report and damned if they don't. However, all the complainers are still on here reading the free edition. I'd love to know how good they are at their own jobs. shesaint
  • Score: 0

10:36am Fri 30 May 14

BracknellSaint says...

Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted..
Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us?
Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'..
Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted.. Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us? Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'.. BracknellSaint
  • Score: 2

10:38am Fri 30 May 14

NewForestStu says...

Just been confirmed on SSN fee of 4M plus ad dons. Personal terms agreed and medical tomorrow. Ralphie boy, do you communicate with Les Reed? You are starting to convince me that you do in fact lie through your teeth.

Who's next?

Please Cortese, tell us there is a plan?
Just been confirmed on SSN fee of 4M plus ad dons. Personal terms agreed and medical tomorrow. Ralphie boy, do you communicate with Les Reed? You are starting to convince me that you do in fact lie through your teeth. Who's next? Please Cortese, tell us there is a plan? NewForestStu
  • Score: 0

10:38am Fri 30 May 14

SaintJD says...

Dickosfc wrote:
According to many journalists on Twitter its Les Reed that's the problem.

Adam Blackmore: " #saintsfc board coming under enormous pressure now & none more than Les Reed. Chairman & Pochettino have both repeatedly passed buck to him and Reed is the one who a number of payers have mentioned to me recently as being an issue for them - hope he comes through but he's under the pump. And whilst I didn't like the way Poch behaved of late , I know that the players loyalty was with him & not Reed & board"
Yeah, he makes a brilliant scapegoat. Been set up that way to deflect attention. At the end of the day Les Reed is an employee of the club. Make no mistake, if he screws up, the buck stops with his employers.

But as far as I'm concerned it's Ralph Krueger who's encouraging clubs to buy our players and it's Ralph Krueger who came out and said he wasn't disappointed our manager had left.

I got told off for saying that yesterday, but I just felt that was a clueless statement. Basically you might as well just come out and say we don't care about any of you if the price is right.

Cortese may have felt exactly the same, but at least he portrayed the right message. Bizarrely, though the financial situation and league aspirations may have been EXACTLY the same this summer under Cortese, I bet he would have dressed it up and sold it to the manager and players as a vision that they would buy into.

I guess it's all about how you sell something and how convincing you are and, sadly, I don't think the current people seem to have demanded much faith, loyalty or respect.
[quote][p][bold]Dickosfc[/bold] wrote: According to many journalists on Twitter its Les Reed that's the problem. Adam Blackmore: " #saintsfc board coming under enormous pressure now & none more than Les Reed. Chairman & Pochettino have both repeatedly passed buck to him and Reed is the one who a number of payers have mentioned to me recently as being an issue for them - hope he comes through but he's under the pump. And whilst I didn't like the way Poch behaved of late , I know that the players loyalty was with him & not Reed & board"[/p][/quote]Yeah, he makes a brilliant scapegoat. Been set up that way to deflect attention. At the end of the day Les Reed is an employee of the club. Make no mistake, if he screws up, the buck stops with his employers. But as far as I'm concerned it's Ralph Krueger who's encouraging clubs to buy our players and it's Ralph Krueger who came out and said he wasn't disappointed our manager had left. I got told off for saying that yesterday, but I just felt that was a clueless statement. Basically you might as well just come out and say we don't care about any of you if the price is right. Cortese may have felt exactly the same, but at least he portrayed the right message. Bizarrely, though the financial situation and league aspirations may have been EXACTLY the same this summer under Cortese, I bet he would have dressed it up and sold it to the manager and players as a vision that they would buy into. I guess it's all about how you sell something and how convincing you are and, sadly, I don't think the current people seem to have demanded much faith, loyalty or respect. SaintJD
  • Score: 0

10:40am Fri 30 May 14

Rising_Son says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
You only have a medical once a transfer fee has been agreed between the clubs together will all the terms and conditions and personal terms have been agreed with the player together with all the terms and conditions. IF it's true there is a medical tomorrow then Ralph is a lying kunt and we all need to wake up.
I think the most difficult thing to believe, and the the most worrying if you believe it, is that someone would say something patently false that would be found out with a couple of days. I mean, could he really be that daft?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: You only have a medical once a transfer fee has been agreed between the clubs together will all the terms and conditions and personal terms have been agreed with the player together with all the terms and conditions. IF it's true there is a medical tomorrow then Ralph is a lying kunt and we all need to wake up.[/p][/quote]I think the most difficult thing to believe, and the the most worrying if you believe it, is that someone would say something patently false that would be found out with a couple of days. I mean, could he really be that daft? Rising_Son
  • Score: 1

10:45am Fri 30 May 14

sfcsuperfan says...

What a disaster, ripping the heart out of the team ! We have been too successful too quickly. Why can't the Board be strong enough to resist all moves, especially as most are on decent length contracts and certainly wait until a new manager is present to see which players figure in his plans. We could afford to lose 1of our top players for big money , especially if the funds were made available for additions to the squad. But 3 or 4 or more would be suicidal . Our youth policy has been masterful , but it only works if you can bring them to play alongside top international players , s we must do everything in our power to keep them. I felt physically sick last night when I heard about Ricky leaving - he has been our Talisman and the brains behind most of our attacks these past few years and is almost irreplaceable . How I hope the Board can calm the fears of us all and come out with some positive news as to who is staying but I fear the worst. Last day to renew my ST - what a dilemma
What a disaster, ripping the heart out of the team ! We have been too successful too quickly. Why can't the Board be strong enough to resist all moves, especially as most are on decent length contracts and certainly wait until a new manager is present to see which players figure in his plans. We could afford to lose 1of our top players for big money , especially if the funds were made available for additions to the squad. But 3 or 4 or more would be suicidal . Our youth policy has been masterful , but it only works if you can bring them to play alongside top international players , s we must do everything in our power to keep them. I felt physically sick last night when I heard about Ricky leaving - he has been our Talisman and the brains behind most of our attacks these past few years and is almost irreplaceable . [I even had a dream last night where I met him and persuaded him to stay......how sad is that ] How I hope the Board can calm the fears of us all and come out with some positive news as to who is staying but I fear the worst. Last day to renew my ST - what a dilemma sfcsuperfan
  • Score: 3

10:47am Fri 30 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

BracknellSaint wrote:
Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted..
Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us?
Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'..
Totally agree Bracknell.Deflated and humiliated are the best words used to describe the way I'm feeling at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]BracknellSaint[/bold] wrote: Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted.. Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us? Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'..[/p][/quote]Totally agree Bracknell.Deflated and humiliated are the best words used to describe the way I'm feeling at the moment. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 4

11:16am Fri 30 May 14

boilerman says...

Why 4 million plus add on's? the guy is 32.
Just give us the 9 million up front and let us decide how we spend it.
I do get a feeling that every player we go for is now going to have an inflated price.
I have never known one club be singled out by the media regarding transfer moves as Saints, anyone would think we were having to sell to stay afloat.
Come on Kruger come out and make a strong statement that nobody under contract is going anywhere.
Why 4 million plus add on's? the guy is 32. Just give us the 9 million up front and let us decide how we spend it. I do get a feeling that every player we go for is now going to have an inflated price. I have never known one club be singled out by the media regarding transfer moves as Saints, anyone would think we were having to sell to stay afloat. Come on Kruger come out and make a strong statement that nobody under contract is going anywhere. boilerman
  • Score: 1

11:18am Fri 30 May 14

HAZZAAR says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream !

What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????
Echo was right, sky sports now say £4m.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Get a grip £9 million for a 32 year old .......... Doesn't this show the ambition of the club as they will buy a replacement . Good luck Sir Rickie an absolute hero, now able to for fill his boyhood dream ! What this does prove is that the SE is a closet Pompey Paper , please explain on 8 media sites it's £8-10 million yet the Echo insists its only £4 million trying to whip up the fans ????[/p][/quote]Echo was right, sky sports now say £4m. HAZZAAR
  • Score: 2

11:30am Fri 30 May 14

HAZZAAR says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Heard this morning that Dave the Steward in the Itchen North has be called to office at SMS, he's been offered a new contract at centre forward.
But only if he turns down the managers job.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Heard this morning that Dave the Steward in the Itchen North has be called to office at SMS, he's been offered a new contract at centre forward.[/p][/quote]But only if he turns down the managers job. HAZZAAR
  • Score: 1

11:34am Fri 30 May 14

HAZZAAR says...

search for the truth wrote:
From Liverpool Echo this morning.

Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale

• May 30, 2014 08:19
• By James Pearce

Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale
Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career.
The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop.
At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding.
Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet.
Rochdale's Rickie Lambert holds off Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence -
He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro.
Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton.
Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed.
Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland
Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high.
* Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert
Scousers are so up themselves.
[quote][p][bold]search for the truth[/bold] wrote: From Liverpool Echo this morning. Rickie Lambert's long and winding road to Anfield is a football fairytale • May 30, 2014 08:19 • By James Pearce Striker's dreams were crushed when Reds released him as a youngster - now his career is set for incredible finale Rickie Lambert's impending move to Anfield represents a fairytale finale to the experienced striker’s remarkable career. The Kirkby -born 32-year-old is from a family of Reds and grew up watching boyhood hero Kenny Dalglish from the Kop. At the age of 15 his dreams were crushed when he was released by Liverpool after five years in the club’s youth ranks. The road back to Anfield has been long and winding. Lambert has never been giving anything on a plate. In 2001, after being released by Blackpool, he was a free agent and worked in a beetroot factory in order to make ends meet. Rochdale's Rickie Lambert holds off Wrexham's Dennis Lawrence - He accepted £20 per day in travel expenses when he joined Macclesfield – desperate simply to prove he could make it as a pro. Lambert is a grafter and slowly he climbed the leagues with Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton. Handed an England debut against Scotland last August, he scored with his first touch at Wembley and a ticket to this summer’s World Cup finals followed. Rickie Lambert scores on his international debut against Scotland Now Lambert is on the brink of representing his boyhood club. His incredible rise is about to reach a new high. * Reds close in on deal for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert[/p][/quote]Scousers are so up themselves. HAZZAAR
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11:41am Fri 30 May 14

boilerman says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
BracknellSaint wrote:
Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted..
Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us?
Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'..
Totally agree Bracknell.Deflated and humiliated are the best words used to describe the way I'm feeling at the moment.
I thought the same regarding the top sides being threatened by another team gate crashing their party.
Why do Spurs feel they are a big club? their stadium is not much bigger than ours they haven't won the league for 50 years yet they regard themselves as a top club.
Did you hear Mabbutt the other day talking about Pochietteno doing his press conferences through an interpreter, he said a club of Tottenham's stature with their world wide following will expect him to do them in English.
What stature?
Anyway as I write this it looks like Rickie is off, but it does amaze me how the England manager is allowing players to pop off to have medicals when we are supposed to be preparing for the world cup.
How many Saints players will be involved in the world cup when it starts?
I have a feeling it will be none unless the board put their feet down.

Who else gets the feeling that Kruger is out of his depth and knows F all about Soccer, sorry i meant football ?
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BracknellSaint[/bold] wrote: Being made into a laughing stock...Disgusted.. Still hoping most of these rumours are no more than that, but even then, why are the press being able to run this campaign against us? Big 4 must be really unhappy that we threatened to challenge them, and our boys taking the national team spots they think their own players ' deserve'..[/p][/quote]Totally agree Bracknell.Deflated and humiliated are the best words used to describe the way I'm feeling at the moment.[/p][/quote]I thought the same regarding the top sides being threatened by another team gate crashing their party. Why do Spurs feel they are a big club? their stadium is not much bigger than ours they haven't won the league for 50 years yet they regard themselves as a top club. Did you hear Mabbutt the other day talking about Pochietteno doing his press conferences through an interpreter, he said a club of Tottenham's stature with their world wide following will expect him to do them in English. What stature? Anyway as I write this it looks like Rickie is off, but it does amaze me how the England manager is allowing players to pop off to have medicals when we are supposed to be preparing for the world cup. How many Saints players will be involved in the world cup when it starts? I have a feeling it will be none unless the board put their feet down. Who else gets the feeling that Kruger is out of his depth and knows F all about Soccer, sorry i meant football ? boilerman
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11:49am Fri 30 May 14

WinchesterBond says...

Dan Howard wrote:
PTID1898 wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing
I take it PTID stands for Pompey Town is Dead? And mayhap, 1898 is the date to which your club has regressed? We may or may not be gutted but he fact you are pitted says something about out relative sizes, although filleted would be nearer the point. We have roughly 80,000,000 reasons for optimism, which is the size of our turnover plus a fighting fund of about £50m should those that want to go, now go. How’s League 2 working out for you? Don’t run into any ice cubes sailing round to Morecombe, Hartlepool or Southend next season. We don’t want you sinking while there’s still the last laugh to be had.
Dan, you might be right but given the way they played most of last season I thought it was Pub Team In Denial. But Ladbrokes won't be repeating the mistake of making them 5-1 favourites for winning the 2014-15 League Two title.
[quote][p][bold]Dan Howard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PTID1898[/bold] wrote: Your club is sinking quicker than the titanic, still your slum of a city should be used to things sinking first the titanic then your club but it is amusing[/p][/quote]I take it PTID stands for Pompey Town is Dead? And mayhap, 1898 is the date to which your club has regressed? We may or may not be gutted but he fact you are pitted says something about out relative sizes, although filleted would be nearer the point. We have roughly 80,000,000 reasons for optimism, which is the size of our turnover plus a fighting fund of about £50m should those that want to go, now go. How’s League 2 working out for you? Don’t run into any ice cubes sailing round to Morecombe, Hartlepool or Southend next season. We don’t want you sinking while there’s still the last laugh to be had.[/p][/quote]Dan, you might be right but given the way they played most of last season I thought it was Pub Team In Denial. But Ladbrokes won't be repeating the mistake of making them 5-1 favourites for winning the 2014-15 League Two title. WinchesterBond
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11:52am Fri 30 May 14

mickey01 says...

saint christopher wrote:
Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet.

If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried.

On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking).

But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last.

At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend.
silly quote !! its obvious he is going these things don't happen overnight it would have been sorted a while ago
[quote][p][bold]saint christopher[/bold] wrote: Sorry, a lot of smoke but still not convinced there's any fire yet. If negotiations were at an advanced stage at the time of Krueger's recent statement about no one in or out until a new manager had his say then he was at best being economical with the truth (or being loaded on from a great height by Les Reed) and either way Saints fans should be very worried. On the other hand we may have been in advanced talks with the new manager for some weeks as many of us believe we should have been, and it is his input that has led to this sale (and Dodd's sacking). But alternatively it could be the DE once again joining in the media frenzy over Saints and not being able to contain themselves in printing anything negative or destabilizing given half a chance. If so, that interview with Krueger was probably your last. At the moment we just don't know, and I'm happy to wait for real facts before jumping to hysterical conclusions. Suggest we all do that or we'll only end up overloading our local A & E's this weekend.[/p][/quote]silly quote !! its obvious he is going these things don't happen overnight it would have been sorted a while ago mickey01
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