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    Coopster44 wrote:
    SaintChris46 wrote:
    My first ever post on here.

    We can only now hope that RK and his team get in the right manager asap. While this statement is pleasing to read, unless it is followed up with actions showing Liverpool, Utd and all the other circling vultures that we will not be railroaded into selling our entire team on the cheap, then it is all hollow words.

    Whilst many on here would like Benitez, is his style of play really suited to us? He would possibly attract some bigger names to us and his record in management is something we Saints fans can only dream about. Not sure though.
    Yakin? An unknown quantity (same as MP when he arrived). Good record in Swiss league. Can he make the big step up to the Prem?
    Koeman? Big name, but as a manager? What has he achieved that makes the board think he could take us to the next level?

    I personally don't care who is appointed, so long as they give 100%, play a similar style to that which we have become accustomed, and that they can persuade our big names to stay at least one more season. Let's face it, Lallana and Shaw can only enhance their reputations further by staying here. If they are coveted now by the big clubs, that will not change after another season.
    Ronald Koeman would actually be an excellent choice. Not only does he have the football worlds respect which is good to attract players but he did brilliantly at Feyenoord. They were 11th in the Dutch league when he took over and have since finished 2nd twice and 3rd once. He plays an attacking style of football (they scored the most goals in the league last year) but he is also excellent at working with youngsters and bringing players through from the academy.

    I spoke to a life long Feyenoord fan yesterday and he said he is loved by their fans and would be a perfect fit at saints with his style of play and use of the academy.
    If a Spuds fan had asked me about Mopo, I'd have either dropped him or said something like "You're only using him as a means to buy our classy- and under-rated Italian striker".
    Koeman, like Mopo, Nige and Pards before him, is getting mixed reviews when you dig deep. However, the essence of what he can bring to our particular table looks right:
    1) Belief in Youth promotion.
    2) So much experience for a Managerial 'nipper' at 51 years.
    3) Encourages Football in the right style.
    4) Successful elsewhere and a winner in his own right.
    5) Speaks good English

    But most telling perhaps:
    6) Wants to succeed through our Premier League."
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Southampton say they have no need to accept offers for their players

Southampton say they have no need to accept offers for their players

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

First published in Sport

Saints have issued a statement following the departure of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, addressing the issue of transfers and the search for a new manager.

Here it is in full...

"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks. This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.

"We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers.

"We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.

"It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.

"Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process.

"However, Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has reached agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Rickie Lambert.

"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie’s move to Liverpool.

"When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home.

"It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now but also for many years to come.

"Chairman Ralph Krueger commented: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Rickie. He served with distinction and helped to take Saints from League 1 to the Premier League.

“Rickie has been a shining light in Saints’ growth and will forever remain an icon in the history of the club. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Southampton and will always be welcome back at St Mary’s.”

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