Jay Rodriguez: Saints have lost a 'great manager' in Pochettino

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Saints forward Jay Rodriguez admits the club have lost a "great manager" in Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino left St Mary's to take the vacant post at Tottenham, where he was handed a five-year-contract at the end of May.

The Argentine guided Saints to a club-record equalling eighth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League last season and Rodriguez was full of praise for his former boss.

"Mauricio is a great manager and a great guy and was well-respected by the lads," Rodriguez said.

"He worked us really hard and we got the good results and finished eighth which we were happy with.

"Football moves on though so it's one of those things."

Saints face a battle to hang on to their key players this summer with the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and now Dejan Lovren wanting away.

Striker Rickie Lambert followed Pochettino out the exit door to join Liverpool earlier this month and there are fears more players could do the same.

"You don't want to see players going and the team being taken apart," said Rodriguez.

"You can sometimes never stop it, it is one of those things, so I'm trying not to think about it and hopefully we will have everyone at pre-season."

Jay Rodriguez talks about England's chances at the World Cup

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12:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

florida saint says...

yea good manager, but great club...u t s
yea good manager, but great club...u t s florida saint
  • Score: 23

12:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

THE12THMAN says...

You not truly a great manager unless you have won a major trophy, in my opinion saints lost a good manager who has won nothing YET.
You not truly a great manager unless you have won a major trophy, in my opinion saints lost a good manager who has won nothing YET. THE12THMAN
  • Score: 30

12:39pm Thu 12 Jun 14

markodarko29 says...

Poch was a good manager but was a bit of a one trick pony tactically ,if things went wrong they stayed wrong ,the game at wets spam a prime example 70% of possession and lose 3-1 ,he seemed to hate wingers ,the selling of puncheon in my eyes was a big mistake ,I think a lot of teams sussed us out towards the end of the season
Poch was a good manager but was a bit of a one trick pony tactically ,if things went wrong they stayed wrong ,the game at wets spam a prime example 70% of possession and lose 3-1 ,he seemed to hate wingers ,the selling of puncheon in my eyes was a big mistake ,I think a lot of teams sussed us out towards the end of the season markodarko29
  • Score: 51

12:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dorssaints says...

Jay Rod seems happy with the way things are going, yes a great manager has gone, and players want to leave, but he hopes everyone will be at pre-season.
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Same here. I would have thought Koeman would be ideal for hungary young players such as Jay Rod. I am looking forward to him being one of two main strikers, the other one being a new player. No more sticking of Jay Rod on the wing.
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I don't get all this doom and gloom. Rediculous prices for our players will allow us to build a strong squad to win things on all 3 fronts.
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The future is bright, the future is red and white (at keast I hope the kit will be !!)
Jay Rod seems happy with the way things are going, yes a great manager has gone, and players want to leave, but he hopes everyone will be at pre-season. . Same here. I would have thought Koeman would be ideal for hungary young players such as Jay Rod. I am looking forward to him being one of two main strikers, the other one being a new player. No more sticking of Jay Rod on the wing. . I don't get all this doom and gloom. Rediculous prices for our players will allow us to build a strong squad to win things on all 3 fronts. . The future is bright, the future is red and white (at keast I hope the kit will be !!) Dorssaints
  • Score: 31

12:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Doesn't sound like J Rod has thoughts of going anywhere else and is hoping others agree with him.

Wishing him a complete recovery - don't want him rushed into anything career threatening.
Doesn't sound like J Rod has thoughts of going anywhere else and is hoping others agree with him. Wishing him a complete recovery - don't want him rushed into anything career threatening. jls217
  • Score: 36

12:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

montecristosaint says...

I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.
I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really. montecristosaint
  • Score: -29

12:46pm Thu 12 Jun 14

7saint7 says...

J-rod said he's great manager and a great guy and was well-respected by the lads.
And thats true team played well under him and they where happy.
But he sold himself out.
Can't wait for are new manager who will be Greater & more loyal than mopo ever was .
Coyr.
J-rod said he's great manager and a great guy and was well-respected by the lads. And thats true team played well under him and they where happy. But he sold himself out. Can't wait for are new manager who will be Greater & more loyal than mopo ever was . Coyr. 7saint7
  • Score: 21

12:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

JohnItaly says...

The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo.
The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo. JohnItaly
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Confucious says...

When we get some good news the Echo will have to draft in some journalists with experience at handling that kind of thing.
When we get some good news the Echo will have to draft in some journalists with experience at handling that kind of thing. Confucious
  • Score: 48

1:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Sainty saint saint says...

montecristosaint wrote:
I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.
I think most fans realised quite early on (with the exception of you perhaps?) that the board wouldn't name a new manager until the World Cup was underway.

That way they don't need to discuss the future of their 'star' players until the manager has had a week or so to familiarise himself with the team and sort out who he wants to keep hold of and who he's happy to let go.

They've been buying time to give the club the best opportunity to keep the vultures away.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.[/p][/quote]I think most fans realised quite early on (with the exception of you perhaps?) that the board wouldn't name a new manager until the World Cup was underway. That way they don't need to discuss the future of their 'star' players until the manager has had a week or so to familiarise himself with the team and sort out who he wants to keep hold of and who he's happy to let go. They've been buying time to give the club the best opportunity to keep the vultures away. Sainty saint saint
  • Score: 30

1:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

hedge end bob says...

Maybe the board are going to turned down all offers for players and that is the reason no manager appointment as of yet. I did say maybe but i do hope our club WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND BY CLUBS WANTING OUR PLAYERS. We need a show of strength from them and the manager in NOW.
Maybe the board are going to turned down all offers for players and that is the reason no manager appointment as of yet. I did say maybe but i do hope our club WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND BY CLUBS WANTING OUR PLAYERS. We need a show of strength from them and the manager in NOW. hedge end bob
  • Score: 14

1:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Matt Le God says...

Dear Board

whoever and whenever, but..... NO.... I said NO..... to Steve Bruce please

Thanks
40 year loyal fan
Dear Board whoever and whenever, but..... NO.... I said NO..... to Steve Bruce please Thanks 40 year loyal fan Matt Le God
  • Score: 19

1:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Malcombe says...

I wouldn't call Potchettino a great Manager, he's a novice and proved to be a good Manager and had good Staff, together they created the bonding of the Players and they loved him for it, he introduced a style of Football that had admirers all over the world but from January he wasn't focussed on Southampton FC or the Players he could of been experimenting a plan for his next move, his focus was to Manage the Team with his plan until the end of the last season then walk out, I hope the Players realise that he was insincere, dishonest and Managed under false pretences but perhaps they didn't care and ignored it because they were becoming better Players he hoodwinked everyone, perhaps something happened from September/October 2013 connected to Cortese and Potchettino that annoyed and affected the Staff and Players that we do not know and perhaps never will, the Players are doing a job and all want to improve in there work to earn more money whether it's with there Club or another they are not working and earning Peanuts, Jay is a world class player and was close to it when he came to Southampton, he's a natural Athlete and proving to be a natural goal scorer so we all hope he'll be Saint for many years to come.
I wouldn't call Potchettino a great Manager, he's a novice and proved to be a good Manager and had good Staff, together they created the bonding of the Players and they loved him for it, he introduced a style of Football that had admirers all over the world but from January he wasn't focussed on Southampton FC or the Players he could of been experimenting a plan for his next move, his focus was to Manage the Team with his plan until the end of the last season then walk out, I hope the Players realise that he was insincere, dishonest and Managed under false pretences but perhaps they didn't care and ignored it because they were becoming better Players he hoodwinked everyone, perhaps something happened from September/October 2013 connected to Cortese and Potchettino that annoyed and affected the Staff and Players that we do not know and perhaps never will, the Players are doing a job and all want to improve in there work to earn more money whether it's with there Club or another they are not working and earning Peanuts, Jay is a world class player and was close to it when he came to Southampton, he's a natural Athlete and proving to be a natural goal scorer so we all hope he'll be Saint for many years to come. Malcombe
  • Score: 14

1:50pm Thu 12 Jun 14

smuggins says...

Poch. First class Manager second class human being sums it up. Only interested in his career.We can do better without him. Tika Taka is ok but with no plan B we end up thrashing teams like Cardiff 0-1.
Poch. First class Manager second class human being sums it up. Only interested in his career.We can do better without him. Tika Taka is ok but with no plan B we end up thrashing teams like Cardiff 0-1. smuggins
  • Score: 16

1:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jls217 says...

montecristosaint wrote:
I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.
Well maybe you can draw up a plan to speed things up if it should happen again.
I'm sure the whole management team would be hanging on every word of your advice to them on how they could have stopped Pinchatinny from walking away and how they could have got the ideal candidate in situ in 48 hours flat.

Wouldn't mind hearing how you would have done that myself actually.

The plans you must have drawn up to avoid half the team being linked with every club in Europe would've been extremely helpful - put em on the internet - might make you a fortune.

Maybe Katarina would take you on as her personal advisor and jet you round the world acting on her behalf.
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.[/p][/quote]Well maybe you can draw up a plan to speed things up if it should happen again. I'm sure the whole management team would be hanging on every word of your advice to them on how they could have stopped Pinchatinny from walking away and how they could have got the ideal candidate in situ in 48 hours flat. Wouldn't mind hearing how you would have done that myself actually. The plans you must have drawn up to avoid half the team being linked with every club in Europe would've been extremely helpful - put em on the internet - might make you a fortune. Maybe Katarina would take you on as her personal advisor and jet you round the world acting on her behalf. jls217
  • Score: 11

1:54pm Thu 12 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

CHEER UP JROD.

The New Manager will also work you hard - get the Team Spirit going and get some GREAT RESULTS.

You scored some great goals last Season - BUT this Season the Fans cannot wait your FANTASTIC CONTRIBUTION once again - getting lots of goals - with another TOP STRIKER SIGNING to work with.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRMY
CHEER UP JROD. The New Manager will also work you hard - get the Team Spirit going and get some GREAT RESULTS. You scored some great goals last Season - BUT this Season the Fans cannot wait your FANTASTIC CONTRIBUTION once again - getting lots of goals - with another TOP STRIKER SIGNING to work with. RED ARRRRRRRRRRMY The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 10

2:01pm Thu 12 Jun 14

justaSaintsfan says...

Mauricio Pochettino is obviously a good manager, who got on well with the players during his short period at Southampton FC. He decided to move to a "bigger" club, so we shall never know if he would have become a great Southampton manager. Let us get things in perspective. Mauricio managed Saints for only sixteen months, then left the club, proving that he had no loyalty for the club or the players he managed. A great manager would stick around a lot longer than a mere sixteen months and at least prove some loyalty towards his admiring players.

Loyalty has always been a very precious thing in football. Saying that Ted Bates was loyal is an understatement. Lawrie left Saints after many years, lured only by the prospect of managing Sunderland in the North East of England, having been born in Gateshead. Sir Alex Ferguson has stayed loyal to Manchester United. Loyalty is, of course, a two way thing. The great thing about loyalty is that it so often leads to success. I have learned in life that the grass is not always greener elsewhere. Players and managers who move elsewhere so often do not experience success. Players and managers who are already being paid millions often do not need all the extra millions a so called big move might bring them. They can only spend so much after all and would still be earning millions without changing clubs. Even run of the mill Premier League footballers and managers are paid millions these days. Their careers might be fairly short, but they are paid for one week what it would take most of us a whole year to earn. What price loyalty? Our Matt Le Tissier stayed with Saints for his whole football career and is revered for it and for his great playing skill. Matt has something that money cannot buy. He is appreciated, as is club president, Terry Paine, another great Saint. In comparison to them, Mauricio Pochettino is yet another guy who didn't stick around long enough to earn anything more than sixteen months of wages!

Our Jay is possibly aware that there is a statue of a great Saints manager outside St. Marys, someone called Ted Bates. Ted managed Saints for many years, with little money to spend on players. After Ted came Lawrie McMenemy, who built on the solid foundations Ted Bates had laid during many previous years as manager. Lawrie continued Ted's great work, managing our 1976 FA Cup winning team and our team that finished second in the League. Mauricio Pochettino managed Saints for only sixteen months and showed no loyalty to the club or its players.

Saints managers come and go. Saints players come and go. The exceptional ones, the really great ones, are the ones who stick around.
Mauricio Pochettino is obviously a good manager, who got on well with the players during his short period at Southampton FC. He decided to move to a "bigger" club, so we shall never know if he would have become a great Southampton manager. Let us get things in perspective. Mauricio managed Saints for only sixteen months, then left the club, proving that he had no loyalty for the club or the players he managed. A great manager would stick around a lot longer than a mere sixteen months and at least prove some loyalty towards his admiring players. Loyalty has always been a very precious thing in football. Saying that Ted Bates was loyal is an understatement. Lawrie left Saints after many years, lured only by the prospect of managing Sunderland in the North East of England, having been born in Gateshead. Sir Alex Ferguson has stayed loyal to Manchester United. Loyalty is, of course, a two way thing. The great thing about loyalty is that it so often leads to success. I have learned in life that the grass is not always greener elsewhere. Players and managers who move elsewhere so often do not experience success. Players and managers who are already being paid millions often do not need all the extra millions a so called big move might bring them. They can only spend so much after all and would still be earning millions without changing clubs. Even run of the mill Premier League footballers and managers are paid millions these days. Their careers might be fairly short, but they are paid for one week what it would take most of us a whole year to earn. What price loyalty? Our Matt Le Tissier stayed with Saints for his whole football career and is revered for it and for his great playing skill. Matt has something that money cannot buy. He is appreciated, as is club president, Terry Paine, another great Saint. In comparison to them, Mauricio Pochettino is yet another guy who didn't stick around long enough to earn anything more than sixteen months of wages! Our Jay is possibly aware that there is a statue of a great Saints manager outside St. Marys, someone called Ted Bates. Ted managed Saints for many years, with little money to spend on players. After Ted came Lawrie McMenemy, who built on the solid foundations Ted Bates had laid during many previous years as manager. Lawrie continued Ted's great work, managing our 1976 FA Cup winning team and our team that finished second in the League. Mauricio Pochettino managed Saints for only sixteen months and showed no loyalty to the club or its players. Saints managers come and go. Saints players come and go. The exceptional ones, the really great ones, are the ones who stick around. justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 21

2:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Rising_Son says...

montecristosaint wrote:
I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.
"Poor show." Haven't you been saying that kind of thing about Saints for the last five years our so?
[quote][p][bold]montecristosaint[/bold] wrote: I still think this has taken far too long they were caught unprepared I reckon and we may be a week away from an announcement.. Poor show really.[/p][/quote]"Poor show." Haven't you been saying that kind of thing about Saints for the last five years our so? Rising_Son
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Thu 12 Jun 14

right back in the bar says...

Poch got out whilst the going was good; I believe he'll be found out at Spurs. Fact, is, 8th place or not, he underachieved with the exceptional players he had - failing to close out games and convert possession/territori
al dominance into goals. And we missed a chance to appear in a Wembley final (for me, a Saints fan getting longer in the tooth, that was a massive disservice to the traditions of the football club). Looking forward to Koeman taking up the post and making Saints an attacking force with midfielders who want to get forward and score and not just content with passing it around.
Poch got out whilst the going was good; I believe he'll be found out at Spurs. Fact, is, 8th place or not, he underachieved with the exceptional players he had - failing to close out games and convert possession/territori al dominance into goals. And we missed a chance to appear in a Wembley final (for me, a Saints fan getting longer in the tooth, that was a massive disservice to the traditions of the football club). Looking forward to Koeman taking up the post and making Saints an attacking force with midfielders who want to get forward and score and not just content with passing it around. right back in the bar
  • Score: 13

2:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

MoPo was a good choice at the time but now we need a top high profile and successful new manager, not a cheap upcoming option.
A top name would make others consider us as contenders next season and convince the 'want away' players that they are better off staying together with 4 top additions and go for a Champions league spot next season.
Les & Ralph just say NO to all offers and tell the players they are staying put for at least the next season or two, simple. Then go and sell the managers job to the likes of Benitez, Ranieri, etc
MoPo was a good choice at the time but now we need a top high profile and successful new manager, not a cheap upcoming option. A top name would make others consider us as contenders next season and convince the 'want away' players that they are better off staying together with 4 top additions and go for a Champions league spot next season. Les & Ralph just say NO to all offers and tell the players they are staying put for at least the next season or two, simple. Then go and sell the managers job to the likes of Benitez, Ranieri, etc NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 11

2:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Jesus_02 says...

You don't want to see players going and the team being taken apart. You can sometimes never stop it, it is one of those things, so I'm trying not to think about it and hopefully we will have everyone at pre-season."

Dont worry Jay after the World Cup there may be a bit of a hangover, but when everyone is on the same training pitch it will be harder for want aways to let the team down.
You don't want to see players going and the team being taken apart. You can sometimes never stop it, it is one of those things, so I'm trying not to think about it and hopefully we will have everyone at pre-season." Dont worry Jay after the World Cup there may be a bit of a hangover, but when everyone is on the same training pitch it will be harder for want aways to let the team down. Jesus_02
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Thu 12 Jun 14

SaintJD says...

Nice one Jay - finally someone mentions being at pre-season with the Saints as if he's still one of us. I hope this is a good reflection of his attitude going forward.

What's slightly amusing is that the players clearly seem to love being made to work hard - be careful what you wish for.

I guess though that the caveat is that there is working hard and there is working hard with a purpose and a pay-off. Clearly Mo Po illustrated how hard work would benefit them in the games and they bought into it.

More of the same please Saints - a manager with discipline but a fair guy who immediately gets their respect. I have to say Koeman fits that mould more and more.

I'm concerned by the Mancini links. Big, big name, but his man management is severely questionable and he hardly has a record for bringing young players through. He also had a bizarre record of standing by players who didn't work hard and upset everyone else.

Interesting to see Koeman is now evens at best, while Mancini is only 2/1 himself. Looks like, unless they've kept a very good smokescreen, it is between those two.

I'm kind of hoping we don't get some obscure name from left-field at the last moment, but wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Sadly I'll never forget the day they brought in Branfoot from absolutely nowhere, or Portaloo.
Nice one Jay - finally someone mentions being at pre-season with the Saints as if he's still one of us. I hope this is a good reflection of his attitude going forward. What's slightly amusing is that the players clearly seem to love being made to work hard - be careful what you wish for. I guess though that the caveat is that there is working hard and there is working hard with a purpose and a pay-off. Clearly Mo Po illustrated how hard work would benefit them in the games and they bought into it. More of the same please Saints - a manager with discipline but a fair guy who immediately gets their respect. I have to say Koeman fits that mould more and more. I'm concerned by the Mancini links. Big, big name, but his man management is severely questionable and he hardly has a record for bringing young players through. He also had a bizarre record of standing by players who didn't work hard and upset everyone else. Interesting to see Koeman is now evens at best, while Mancini is only 2/1 himself. Looks like, unless they've kept a very good smokescreen, it is between those two. I'm kind of hoping we don't get some obscure name from left-field at the last moment, but wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Sadly I'll never forget the day they brought in Branfoot from absolutely nowhere, or Portaloo. SaintJD
  • Score: 6

2:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

I would like to say that the fickle racist Spurs fans would not accept a manager who cannot interview in English so he had to learn pretty darned fast.
Secondly, Rodriguez is a good guy - and I believe that he genuinely bought into the dream.

Some Man U guys in the pub the other day said that Southampton are being ransacked and it's not right.

You might be southerners !! (the hard underbelly of England!) they said, but most fans have got a soft spot for the Saints.
I would like to say that the fickle racist Spurs fans would not accept a manager who cannot interview in English so he had to learn pretty darned fast. Secondly, Rodriguez is a good guy - and I believe that he genuinely bought into the dream. Some Man U guys in the pub the other day said that Southampton are being ransacked and it's not right. You might be southerners !! (the hard underbelly of England!) they said, but most fans have got a soft spot for the Saints. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 11

2:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jls217 says...

We did not LOSE a great manager.

We had one with great potential WALK OUT on us before his contract was finished - there is a great deal of difference between the two.
We did not LOSE a great manager. We had one with great potential WALK OUT on us before his contract was finished - there is a great deal of difference between the two. jls217
  • Score: 15

3:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Whatever happened to that mentalist who used to bang on about Solent Interiors all the time? He was good. I think we could all use his words of wisdom right now...
Whatever happened to that mentalist who used to bang on about Solent Interiors all the time? He was good. I think we could all use his words of wisdom right now... Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Thu 12 Jun 14

chapellady says...

After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.
After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him. chapellady
  • Score: 14

4:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

We did'nt lose him as he was never committed to Saints IMO, this is another case of using us as a shop window, still, we know how fickle the spuds are and will want his head after 4 or 5 games, these are, don't forget, the same fans/idiots who thought Bale was rubbish
We did'nt lose him as he was never committed to Saints IMO, this is another case of using us as a shop window, still, we know how fickle the spuds are and will want his head after 4 or 5 games, these are, don't forget, the same fans/idiots who thought Bale was rubbish Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 7

4:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

hasan tariq says...

well if im supposed to believe the new board a top manager is taking his place so i am supposed to have nothing to worry about
well if im supposed to believe the new board a top manager is taking his place so i am supposed to have nothing to worry about hasan tariq
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Bazultra says...

Poch wasnt great at all and good riddence. If he was that great he would of stuck around and nurtured the youth we have and seen the potential of our club. Only thing he is great at is being a money grabber like some of our players seem to be now! I hope they all end up regretting it just like so many others who have left thinking the grass would be greener. I doubt it though as they will still get paid and its obvious thats all they are interested in!
Poch wasnt great at all and good riddence. If he was that great he would of stuck around and nurtured the youth we have and seen the potential of our club. Only thing he is great at is being a money grabber like some of our players seem to be now! I hope they all end up regretting it just like so many others who have left thinking the grass would be greener. I doubt it though as they will still get paid and its obvious thats all they are interested in! Bazultra
  • Score: 5

4:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

durhamsaint87 says...

chapellady wrote:
After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.
I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone.
[quote][p][bold]chapellady[/bold] wrote: After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.[/p][/quote]I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone. durhamsaint87
  • Score: 10

5:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

LEE FROM THE LANE says...

Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice
Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice LEE FROM THE LANE
  • Score: -18

5:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

The bloke chose to take 5yrs money for 1yrs work, can you blame him
The bloke chose to take 5yrs money for 1yrs work, can you blame him Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 2

5:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Hope He sends the wrong team out when we play the Spuds!
Hope He sends the wrong team out when we play the Spuds! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

LEE FROM THE LANE says...

LEE FROM THE LANE wrote:
Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice
You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit.
[quote][p][bold]LEE FROM THE LANE[/bold] wrote: Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice[/p][/quote]You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit. LEE FROM THE LANE
  • Score: -15

6:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

SnapperSaint says...

Ah well, there'll be another even better manager along very shortly, so no need to worry...
In any case, we didn't lose him, we know where he is if we want to find him, he's just been put on the history shelf!
COYS!
Ah well, there'll be another even better manager along very shortly, so no need to worry... In any case, we didn't lose him, we know where he is if we want to find him, he's just been put on the history shelf! COYS! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

LEE FROM THE LANE wrote:
LEE FROM THE LANE wrote:
Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice
You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit.
We'd take you seriously if you'd actually ever been to the lane but we all know your a pants sniffer who still lives with mummy.
[quote][p][bold]LEE FROM THE LANE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LEE FROM THE LANE[/bold] wrote: Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice[/p][/quote]You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit.[/p][/quote]We'd take you seriously if you'd actually ever been to the lane but we all know your a pants sniffer who still lives with mummy. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jennifer hobbs says...

I agree Pochettino did a very good job at Southampton.It was exciting football and extremely enjoyable to be watching it. I still can,t help feeling that he has used Southampton FC as a stepping stone to get himself into our `premiere league to just up and leave. After alls said and done he never spoke to us the fans in English (very rude in my opinion) and when he came to England very few of us even knew who the hell he was. A user if ever there was one .There is very little loyalty in the great game now.I will not be wishing him luck in his new job.Feel very let down again.
I agree Pochettino did a very good job at Southampton.It was exciting football and extremely enjoyable to be watching it. I still can,t help feeling that he has used Southampton FC as a stepping stone to get himself into our `premiere league to just up and leave. After alls said and done he never spoke to us the fans in English (very rude in my opinion) and when he came to England very few of us even knew who the hell he was. A user if ever there was one .There is very little loyalty in the great game now.I will not be wishing him luck in his new job.Feel very let down again. jennifer hobbs
  • Score: 7

7:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Malcombe says...

LEE FROM THE LANE or is it LEE FROM THE ARMCHAIR OF THE LOUNGE? You could be right or humiliated and very wrong but who cares? Bog off and take my advice from a wise man throw your precious energy to the Club you supposedly love and cherish because you comments are boring, pathetic and not meant for the civilised Supporters of Southampton FC the Saints
LEE FROM THE LANE or is it LEE FROM THE ARMCHAIR OF THE LOUNGE? You could be right or humiliated and very wrong but who cares? Bog off and take my advice from a wise man throw your precious energy to the Club you supposedly love and cherish because you comments are boring, pathetic and not meant for the civilised Supporters of Southampton FC the Saints Malcombe
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

I wonder why this site attracts idiots from Spuds and Diverpool. They obviously are pretty starved of things to do, or just like stirring it. Best ignore and they will crawl back in their caves
I wonder why this site attracts idiots from Spuds and Diverpool. They obviously are pretty starved of things to do, or just like stirring it. Best ignore and they will crawl back in their caves Chapperall
  • Score: 2

7:39pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Confucious says...

Maybe things aren't going too well at Spuds. Mrs Wilson told me that Mrs Burgess (the Spuds switchboard lady) told her this morning that Daniel Levy now thinks MoPo is a "f@rt smeller".
Maybe things aren't going too well at Spuds. Mrs Wilson told me that Mrs Burgess (the Spuds switchboard lady) told her this morning that Daniel Levy now thinks MoPo is a "f@rt smeller". Confucious
  • Score: 2

7:42pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Confucious says...

Confucious wrote:
Maybe things aren't going too well at Spuds. Mrs Wilson told me that Mrs Burgess (the Spuds switchboard lady) told her this morning that Daniel Levy now thinks MoPo is a "f@rt smeller".
Come to think of it, I wonder if Mrs Burgess misheard "smart feller"?

I'll check with Mrs Wilson in the morning. She reckons the new manager will be announced tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Maybe things aren't going too well at Spuds. Mrs Wilson told me that Mrs Burgess (the Spuds switchboard lady) told her this morning that Daniel Levy now thinks MoPo is a "f@rt smeller".[/p][/quote]Come to think of it, I wonder if Mrs Burgess misheard "smart feller"? I'll check with Mrs Wilson in the morning. She reckons the new manager will be announced tomorrow. Confucious
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

LEE FROM THE LANE wrote:
LEE FROM THE LANE wrote:
Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice
You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit.
ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh
hhhhhh
INNIT (because Londoners actually type that! and mockneys from the nottarf lane would never do it!) ha ha
sssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh
h!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]LEE FROM THE LANE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LEE FROM THE LANE[/bold] wrote: Dont u worry Jay play your cards right son & you could soon be a Spur.your club aint going to stop us,truth is we could probably get you for under £5mill innit.nice[/p][/quote]You can live the dream son,Just like cinders innit.you won't be lonely,we already took Pochettino,and Lovren will be ours soon.give the gaffer time and we'll take the rest,it'll be like old times son only in a city and not a town innit.[/p][/quote]ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhh INNIT (because Londoners actually type that! and mockneys from the nottarf lane would never do it!) ha ha sssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh h!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Thu 12 Jun 14

deepheat says...

Lest we forget MoPo inherited a very good team, built upon from English managers Pardew and Adkins. Pardew got us a trophy and Adkins got us back to back promotion. Southampton's first opening game back in the Premier League away to champions Man City when we went 2-1 up and unlucky not to get at least a draw just showed what a good team we had. We knew it was going to be a tough season and to be fair to the Saint fans they stood by NA who was just getting it together and I believe we would have survived if Nigel had stayed anyway. It was claimed that MoPo had been watching DVD's of Southampton under NA for months before NC appointed him. MoPo is an ambitious manager and he will have no hesitation in dumping Spuds if a bigger club comes in. Lets see what he is like when he has to build his own team.
Lest we forget MoPo inherited a very good team, built upon from English managers Pardew and Adkins. Pardew got us a trophy and Adkins got us back to back promotion. Southampton's first opening game back in the Premier League away to champions Man City when we went 2-1 up and unlucky not to get at least a draw just showed what a good team we had. We knew it was going to be a tough season and to be fair to the Saint fans they stood by NA who was just getting it together and I believe we would have survived if Nigel had stayed anyway. It was claimed that MoPo had been watching DVD's of Southampton under NA for months before NC appointed him. MoPo is an ambitious manager and he will have no hesitation in dumping Spuds if a bigger club comes in. Lets see what he is like when he has to build his own team. deepheat
  • Score: 5

7:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

The Rumour is that 4 Managers are being interviewed for the vacant Managers Job at SAINTS.

ALL FANS will want the best possible Manager that we can secure.

With GOOD Judgement and Decision Making - we won't end up with Steve Bruce.
The Rumour is that 4 Managers are being interviewed for the vacant Managers Job at SAINTS. ALL FANS will want the best possible Manager that we can secure. With GOOD Judgement and Decision Making - we won't end up with Steve Bruce. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 1

8:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

dadofmy3sons says...

This is the attitude we want from our board.

http://www1.skysport
s.com/football/news/
11095/9346915/transf
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chief-louis-nicollin
-slams-newcastle-bid
-for-remy-cabella
This is the attitude we want from our board. http://www1.skysport s.com/football/news/ 11095/9346915/transf er-news-montpellier- chief-louis-nicollin -slams-newcastle-bid -for-remy-cabella dadofmy3sons
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Clever Dick says...

deepheat wrote:
Lest we forget MoPo inherited a very good team, built upon from English managers Pardew and Adkins. Pardew got us a trophy and Adkins got us back to back promotion. Southampton's first opening game back in the Premier League away to champions Man City when we went 2-1 up and unlucky not to get at least a draw just showed what a good team we had. We knew it was going to be a tough season and to be fair to the Saint fans they stood by NA who was just getting it together and I believe we would have survived if Nigel had stayed anyway. It was claimed that MoPo had been watching DVD's of Southampton under NA for months before NC appointed him. MoPo is an ambitious manager and he will have no hesitation in dumping Spuds if a bigger club comes in. Lets see what he is like when he has to build his own team.
Yes and if we'd stuck with NA we'd currently have a decent honest manager with a bit of loyalty and integrity. I think MoPo is better of with the wannabe big-time Spuds. He and Levy deserve each other.
[quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: Lest we forget MoPo inherited a very good team, built upon from English managers Pardew and Adkins. Pardew got us a trophy and Adkins got us back to back promotion. Southampton's first opening game back in the Premier League away to champions Man City when we went 2-1 up and unlucky not to get at least a draw just showed what a good team we had. We knew it was going to be a tough season and to be fair to the Saint fans they stood by NA who was just getting it together and I believe we would have survived if Nigel had stayed anyway. It was claimed that MoPo had been watching DVD's of Southampton under NA for months before NC appointed him. MoPo is an ambitious manager and he will have no hesitation in dumping Spuds if a bigger club comes in. Lets see what he is like when he has to build his own team.[/p][/quote]Yes and if we'd stuck with NA we'd currently have a decent honest manager with a bit of loyalty and integrity. I think MoPo is better of with the wannabe big-time Spuds. He and Levy deserve each other. Clever Dick
  • Score: 5

8:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

up saints says...

saints do nothing quick should have someone in i hope by next season
saints do nothing quick should have someone in i hope by next season up saints
  • Score: -3

8:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Dejan gets a start for Croatia against Brazil in tonight`s opening game of the world cup.

go on dejan show the world what you have been showing us all season!
Dejan gets a start for Croatia against Brazil in tonight`s opening game of the world cup. go on dejan show the world what you have been showing us all season! el caballo santos101
  • Score: -6

8:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

north wales saint 2 says...

The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.
The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon. north wales saint 2
  • Score: 2

9:29pm Thu 12 Jun 14

steekeemcglue says...

Jay ,,, he was a "good" manager.... we need better....
Jay ,,, he was a "good" manager.... we need better.... steekeemcglue
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

north wales saint 2 wrote:
The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.
As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know.
[quote][p][bold]north wales saint 2[/bold] wrote: The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.[/p][/quote]As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

9:53pm Thu 12 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Dejan gets a start for Croatia against Brazil in tonight`s opening game of the world cup.

go on dejan show the world what you have been showing us all season!
well done Dejan good first half showing the quality we know you have.

for those who thumbs downed my original post, do you really want dejan to have a poor world cup? is that because you believe the words of ashton at the daily fail over the players own words? even if he has handed in a transfer request, which I doubt, you would surely want him to have a great tournament so his value increases!
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Dejan gets a start for Croatia against Brazil in tonight`s opening game of the world cup. go on dejan show the world what you have been showing us all season![/p][/quote]well done Dejan good first half showing the quality we know you have. for those who thumbs downed my original post, do you really want dejan to have a poor world cup? is that because you believe the words of ashton at the daily fail over the players own words? even if he has handed in a transfer request, which I doubt, you would surely want him to have a great tournament so his value increases! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

10:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

north wales saint 2 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
north wales saint 2 wrote:
The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.
As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know.
You are seemingly missing my point and that is that players that were happy to sign extended contracts 12 or so months ago now want out.Managers come and go.Something does not seem quite right to me.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north wales saint 2[/bold] wrote: The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.[/p][/quote]As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know.[/p][/quote]You are seemingly missing my point and that is that players that were happy to sign extended contracts 12 or so months ago now want out.Managers come and go.Something does not seem quite right to me. north wales saint 2
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Thu 12 Jun 14

F Fan says...

JohnItaly wrote:
The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo.
Wrong on both counts. They said end of this week or next week. And there is no evidence whatsoever that "they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving". On the contrary, the little evidence available is that they were desperately trying to keep him.
[quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo.[/p][/quote]Wrong on both counts. They said end of this week or next week. And there is no evidence whatsoever that "they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving". On the contrary, the little evidence available is that they were desperately trying to keep him. F Fan
  • Score: 3

10:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

el caballo santos101 says...

I can see the echo headline now "want away lovren concedes penalty as brazil defeat/draw with Croatia in world cup opener"

wow if that's a penalty and yellow card then the divers really have taken over and ruined football!
I can see the echo headline now "want away lovren concedes penalty as brazil defeat/draw with Croatia in world cup opener" wow if that's a penalty and yellow card then the divers really have taken over and ruined football! el caballo santos101
  • Score: -1

10:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

redsnapper says...

Harsh on Lovren who had a pretty good game so let's hope Ralph or Les add another 10 million to his price tag
Harsh on Lovren who had a pretty good game so let's hope Ralph or Les add another 10 million to his price tag redsnapper
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

redsnapper says...

Harsh on Lovren who had a pretty good game so let's hope Ralph or Les add another 10 million to his price tag
Harsh on Lovren who had a pretty good game so let's hope Ralph or Les add another 10 million to his price tag redsnapper
  • Score: 3

10:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

If we ask nicely do you think Guly and Fox might come back?
If we ask nicely do you think Guly and Fox might come back? Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 3

2:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Steve Bruce is our new manager and will be unveiled on Monday or Tuesday next week.
Steve Bruce is our new manager and will be unveiled on Monday or Tuesday next week. Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -8

6:20am Fri 13 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

I will say it again....it's Steve bruce
I will say it again....it's Steve bruce Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -6

7:28am Fri 13 Jun 14

BarnetSaint says...

Can't see it sammy
That would have leaked out from hull and the press, not to mention the bookies.
As for J Rod, get yourself fit fella, bang in more goals for us and turn down Pooch when he comes calling.
Coyr
Can't see it sammy That would have leaked out from hull and the press, not to mention the bookies. As for J Rod, get yourself fit fella, bang in more goals for us and turn down Pooch when he comes calling. Coyr BarnetSaint
  • Score: 1

7:28am Fri 13 Jun 14

richard903 says...

Morning fellow saints, I see Potty chino has been getting a mawling over night on here! Personaly I think he is a wonderful manager and spuds will be in for a good season. I blame Ralph for letting him go. Nicola sold him and the players on a dream, football is about dreams. Old tafford is called "the theater of dreams" when asked about the future of Potty Chino Ralph said there is no sexy answer??? WELL INVENT ONE . I am hoping history will repeat itself, when twadle left for spuds, we got the ginger winger (still my fav manager) and he caused twadle to be sacked after we thrashed them again at white **** toilet. But in reality I think he will get them champions league and get them to the semis then leave for Real Madrid, two years max at spuds, then listen to them bleat!! Again it will be the same when Suarez leaves Skiverpool in the summer, and they dropped down to 9th in the league and get knocked out of CL at first attempt. Onwards and upwards for the saints
Morning fellow saints, I see Potty chino has been getting a mawling over night on here! Personaly I think he is a wonderful manager and spuds will be in for a good season. I blame Ralph for letting him go. Nicola sold him and the players on a dream, football is about dreams. Old tafford is called "the theater of dreams" when asked about the future of Potty Chino Ralph said there is no sexy answer??? WELL INVENT ONE . I am hoping history will repeat itself, when twadle left for spuds, we got the ginger winger (still my fav manager) and he caused twadle to be sacked after we thrashed them again at white **** toilet. But in reality I think he will get them champions league and get them to the semis then leave for Real Madrid, two years max at spuds, then listen to them bleat!! Again it will be the same when Suarez leaves Skiverpool in the summer, and they dropped down to 9th in the league and get knocked out of CL at first attempt. Onwards and upwards for the saints richard903
  • Score: 0

8:06am Fri 13 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

It's steve bruce
It's steve bruce Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -9

8:54am Fri 13 Jun 14

spratt says...

I think the situation re MoPo is becoming increasingly clear. As soon as Cortese left he had no intention whatsoever to stay - only to further his own interests pending his chance to get way. He used our talented squad, especially the younger stars to focus future club managers on him. Now the final insult he can suddenly speak English! It was convenient before not to do so as he did not want to be asked any awkward questions. Before he set foot at St Marys was he known as a great manager - I don't think so!
I think the situation re MoPo is becoming increasingly clear. As soon as Cortese left he had no intention whatsoever to stay - only to further his own interests pending his chance to get way. He used our talented squad, especially the younger stars to focus future club managers on him. Now the final insult he can suddenly speak English! It was convenient before not to do so as he did not want to be asked any awkward questions. Before he set foot at St Marys was he known as a great manager - I don't think so! spratt
  • Score: 2

8:56am Fri 13 Jun 14

Malcombe says...

Sammy2sheds
You are 100% sure it's Bruce are you? you definitely know without any doubt, will you be happy with him? come on then tell us who has told you and why you are so very sure, my vote is Ronald Koeman I believe he has the credentials to get Saints to the top and the delay is he's on his holiday until Sunday and not able to be presented at a specially arranged press conference, I really do hope I'm right
Sammy2sheds You are 100% sure it's Bruce are you? you definitely know without any doubt, will you be happy with him? come on then tell us who has told you and why you are so very sure, my vote is Ronald Koeman I believe he has the credentials to get Saints to the top and the delay is he's on his holiday until Sunday and not able to be presented at a specially arranged press conference, I really do hope I'm right Malcombe
  • Score: 2

9:53am Fri 13 Jun 14

jls217 says...

F Fan wrote:
JohnItaly wrote:
The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo.
Wrong on both counts. They said end of this week or next week. And there is no evidence whatsoever that "they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving". On the contrary, the little evidence available is that they were desperately trying to keep him.
They tried to keep him but he decided to renege on his contract and walk away to what he clearly sees as a better offer. Good luck to him and any of the others on contract who decide theirs lies elsewhere also.

They must first request a transfer, fees must be agreed (and anyone wanting them must be forced to pay top whack) and then they go to greener pastures or they stay here - The club's decision not the players.

Who really knows when Pinchatinny was lured away and now who cares - he's gone. The board now has to bring the man they think will best look after their money and that manager must try to do a damage limitation exercise and then start rebuilding the squad in his vision.

It's likely that vision will see us drop from 8th place at the end of the season but this first year will be setting the foundations for the future five year plan and we should progress eventually to higher than 8th with maybe a cup run or two along the way.

Keep your expectations realistic Gents - we are not going to win the league, we might scrape a final, we might even get into Europe but it's unlikely in the short term.

Saints has been damaged by our success not by the failure of the board or players but by the fact we brought ourselves to the attention of the big boys who now want our sweets. That's life.
[quote][p][bold]F Fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnItaly[/bold] wrote: The more I think about the situation the Club finds itself in the more I become a little surprised and disappointed in the Board. What I'm finding difficult to accept is the fact that it appears to the outside world they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving (I strongly suspect he made that decision when NC resigned). The delay in "discussing his future" was a good clue albeit in hindsight, which I know is 20/20 vision. However his apparent reluctance to look beyond the end of the season must have been discussed amongst the players at all levels within the Club and therefore consciously, or sub-consciously, individually they analysed their own position if, and when, MoPo left. If my synopsis is anywhere near being accurate this must have created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the dressing room. If this is indeed the case and this "uncertainty" went undetected by the Board then it tells me they lack senior management ability. At that level they should be able to detect what is actually happening and differentiate from what appears to be happening. The public euphoria, brought to almost boiling point by the media, with regard to MoPo's abilities as a Coach / Manager only added fuel to the fire that was beginning to rage around St Marys. I know only Lambert has gone but who would bet against another 2 / 3 leaving. I seem to remember being told last week that a new Manager would be appointed by the end of this week, now we are being told it is next week. I hope for all our sakes by this time next week Saints have a new Manager installed and for the Board's credibility it is someone universally acclaimed as good as, if not better, than MoPo.[/p][/quote]Wrong on both counts. They said end of this week or next week. And there is no evidence whatsoever that "they had absolutely no inkling that MoPo was considering leaving". On the contrary, the little evidence available is that they were desperately trying to keep him.[/p][/quote]They tried to keep him but he decided to renege on his contract and walk away to what he clearly sees as a better offer. Good luck to him and any of the others on contract who decide theirs lies elsewhere also. They must first request a transfer, fees must be agreed (and anyone wanting them must be forced to pay top whack) and then they go to greener pastures or they stay here - The club's decision not the players. Who really knows when Pinchatinny was lured away and now who cares - he's gone. The board now has to bring the man they think will best look after their money and that manager must try to do a damage limitation exercise and then start rebuilding the squad in his vision. It's likely that vision will see us drop from 8th place at the end of the season but this first year will be setting the foundations for the future five year plan and we should progress eventually to higher than 8th with maybe a cup run or two along the way. Keep your expectations realistic Gents - we are not going to win the league, we might scrape a final, we might even get into Europe but it's unlikely in the short term. Saints has been damaged by our success not by the failure of the board or players but by the fact we brought ourselves to the attention of the big boys who now want our sweets. That's life. jls217
  • Score: 2

9:57am Fri 13 Jun 14

jls217 says...

north wales saint 2 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
north wales saint 2 wrote:
The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.
As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know.
You are seemingly missing my point and that is that players that were happy to sign extended contracts 12 or so months ago now want out.Managers come and go.Something does not seem quite right to me.
One thing which may not seem quite right is that our players who signed their contracts so willingly have since then been tapped up and been listening to agents and their fellow internationals who are on better deals and in with a chance of CL football - not rocket science mate.
[quote][p][bold]north wales saint 2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]north wales saint 2[/bold] wrote: The only thing that bothers me is all our best players seemingly want to leave if the press is to be believed.So are the board dithering too much or are things worse than we are lead to believe.Did the players have that much respect for Mo Po or did he leave for the same reason the players want out.We should hopefully find out very soon.[/p][/quote]As our old deceased friend Patrick Moore said, what it realy is, we just don't know.[/p][/quote]You are seemingly missing my point and that is that players that were happy to sign extended contracts 12 or so months ago now want out.Managers come and go.Something does not seem quite right to me.[/p][/quote]One thing which may not seem quite right is that our players who signed their contracts so willingly have since then been tapped up and been listening to agents and their fellow internationals who are on better deals and in with a chance of CL football - not rocket science mate. jls217
  • Score: 0

10:19am Fri 13 Jun 14

Beer Monster says...

durhamsaint87 wrote:
chapellady wrote:
After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.
I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone.
That was one of those truly bizarre days - Sunderland were awful and there for the taking, how we didn't even force a reply I'll never know. Then there was the bloody engineering works - that just rubbed salt into the wound for me...

Personally, I'd love to have Sir Nige back at the helm, but unfortunately that's not very likely at all.
[quote][p][bold]durhamsaint87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chapellady[/bold] wrote: After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.[/p][/quote]I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone.[/p][/quote]That was one of those truly bizarre days - Sunderland were awful and there for the taking, how we didn't even force a reply I'll never know. Then there was the bloody engineering works - that just rubbed salt into the wound for me... Personally, I'd love to have Sir Nige back at the helm, but unfortunately that's not very likely at all. Beer Monster
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Wembley76 says...

'Great Manager'....we need a little perspective here. A manager with fantastic potential to become really good if and when he delivers sustainable consistent results over the long term....the jury is out....how many times have we seen 'great managers' only to then be disappointed.... (Keegan, McClaren, Curbishley, Hoddle, Ince, Keane etc etc).....and he is not anywhere near the greats of Shankly, Paisely, Clough, Dalglish, Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho, Guardiola or even our own Lawrie Mac...etc etc. No I wish him all the best, and for sure he has real potential, but let's seem him 'deliver' before we call him great....and let's face it, his timing with the likes of Lallana, Shaw, Chambers, Ward Prowse, J Rod etc was a 'gift' from heaven for him....I think Spurs, as it was for Glen Hoddle will be a completely different challenge, not least with the pressue of expectations so high...
'Great Manager'....we need a little perspective here. A manager with fantastic potential to become really good if and when he delivers sustainable consistent results over the long term....the jury is out....how many times have we seen 'great managers' only to then be disappointed.... (Keegan, McClaren, Curbishley, Hoddle, Ince, Keane etc etc).....and he is not anywhere near the greats of Shankly, Paisely, Clough, Dalglish, Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho, Guardiola or even our own Lawrie Mac...etc etc. No I wish him all the best, and for sure he has real potential, but let's seem him 'deliver' before we call him great....and let's face it, his timing with the likes of Lallana, Shaw, Chambers, Ward Prowse, J Rod etc was a 'gift' from heaven for him....I think Spurs, as it was for Glen Hoddle will be a completely different challenge, not least with the pressue of expectations so high... Wembley76
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lowe esteem says...

durhamsaint87 wrote:
chapellady wrote:
After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.
I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone.
I believe we were in NINTH position when we SACKED a good manager too?
[quote][p][bold]durhamsaint87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chapellady[/bold] wrote: After I spent 14 hours travelling to Sunderland and back to watch our B team get kicked out the cup I wouldn't describe MoPo as a great Manager. He quit Saints to go to a club that are in the Europa league and we could have been there too had we played our A team and made it to Wembley. He knew then he was going to walk and he threw that match as it would have messed up his plans. I don't think he has any integrity he just used us for his own gain. Compare him to Nigel Adkins and the pride and emotion he showed when we beat Coventry to get promoted. Hopefully the next Manager will be a big name who will have the skills to take us further but with the humilty of NA that will show SFC actually means something to him.[/p][/quote]I only live a few miles from Sunderland and that night even those few miles where a few miles to long. We would be in Europe now had we put out a full strength team, that's for both cup runs. We need someone with passion not someone who just used Saints as a stepping stone.[/p][/quote]I believe we were in NINTH position when we SACKED a good manager too? lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

11:59pm Fri 13 Jun 14

weall8leedscum says...

Ronald has signed
Ronald has signed weall8leedscum
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