Senior Southampton players unhappy at departure of Maurico Pochettino for Tottenham

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Saints face a battle to prevent a summer exodus from St Mary’s as increasing unease spreads in the dressing room following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Daily Echo understands that a number of senior players are upset over Pochettino’s decision to quit Saints for Tottenham, which was confirmed last night, and are considering their own futures at the club as a result.

Furthermore, Saints will need to move swiftly and decisively if they are to try and quell the anxiety that has spread through the squad and attempt to hold it together.

Several star players had privately pinned their futures directly to that of Pochettino, making his move to Spurs even more worrying for Saints.

The club are already facing up to having to respond formally to huge bids from Manchester United and Liverpool for Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana respectively once the Pochettino situation was finally resolved.

There is also an expectation that offers may quickly come in for top scorer Jay Rodriguez, centre half Dejan Lovren and star midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as clubs try to take full advantage of the uncertainty at Saints. Several other top names such as Rickie Lambert and Jose Fonte are also being linked with moves away from the club this summer.

The unease in the dressing room has mirrored closely that of the supporters as information has been sketchy as to the exact situation and what was being done to attempt to keep Pochettino at St Mary’s.

In the final weeks of the season the squad were openly prepared to challenge the board over whether they could match their collective ambitions.

There was a general feeling amongst the players and management that the last season, as brilliant as it was, was about as far as they could go without significant investment.

With big clubs sniffing around and players and agents well aware of potential interest this summer the lack of clarity over the future and now Pochettino’s move to White Hart Lane has destabilised things further.

It results in a very tough situation for Saints to now manage as they try to make a managerial appointment but with the knowledge they face a battle to hold on to many of their star players.

A big name manager could potentially hold some of the squad together but Saints may opt to go for a younger manager and a summer of inevitable rebuilding with a very different looking team at the start of next season.

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6:36am Wed 28 May 14

hedge end bob says...

We only want players that want to play for SFC. If they don't ,ship them out but not for peanuts. If so called bigger clubs want them then make them pay big bucks. SFC 's board have got to how us fans some back bone.
We only want players that want to play for SFC. If they don't ,ship them out but not for peanuts. If so called bigger clubs want them then make them pay big bucks. SFC 's board have got to how us fans some back bone. hedge end bob
  • Score: 8

6:38am Wed 28 May 14

hedge end bob says...

should read show us some back bone
should read show us some back bone hedge end bob
  • Score: 0

6:40am Wed 28 May 14

Norwegian Saint says...

You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!!
It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on.
We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea.
I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season!
You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!! It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on. We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea. I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 15

6:41am Wed 28 May 14

olddellsaint says...

this is only my opinion; sign up MOYES to stop the rut, he is very capable to hold the team together and add more quality, and do it today.
this is only my opinion; sign up MOYES to stop the rut, he is very capable to hold the team together and add more quality, and do it today. olddellsaint
  • Score: -3

6:41am Wed 28 May 14

martin van tuyl says...

This scenario was on the cards the day Cortese left. The board seems to have buried it's head in the sand and the situation is now very serious. They knew MP might go yet there seems to be no replacement lined up. You even wonder whether they have really given it serious thought. Should there be a player exodus, it will be even harder to attract a top class manager. If the board thinks it can sell the crown jewels and rebuild under a relatively young and inexperienced manager and stay in the premiership, it is in for a shock. After the patronising Les Reed statement about there not being "a fire sale" the board urgently needs to make a statement of intent or it will be in danger of being seen as incompetent and amateurish.
This scenario was on the cards the day Cortese left. The board seems to have buried it's head in the sand and the situation is now very serious. They knew MP might go yet there seems to be no replacement lined up. You even wonder whether they have really given it serious thought. Should there be a player exodus, it will be even harder to attract a top class manager. If the board thinks it can sell the crown jewels and rebuild under a relatively young and inexperienced manager and stay in the premiership, it is in for a shock. After the patronising Les Reed statement about there not being "a fire sale" the board urgently needs to make a statement of intent or it will be in danger of being seen as incompetent and amateurish. martin van tuyl
  • Score: 8

6:42am Wed 28 May 14

White and red till dead says...

Playing for Saints made nearly all of the players big stars, and they should remember that. A bit of loyalty wouldn't go amiss.
Playing for Saints made nearly all of the players big stars, and they should remember that. A bit of loyalty wouldn't go amiss. White and red till dead
  • Score: 32

6:46am Wed 28 May 14

N Smith says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!!
It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on.
We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea.
I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season!
Their version of your song is so much better than yours.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!! It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on. We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea. I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season![/p][/quote]Their version of your song is so much better than yours. N Smith
  • Score: -29

6:47am Wed 28 May 14

petethephantom says...

So Mo Po is now the manager @ tottenham

Just wanted to say / tweet it before he got sacked
So Mo Po is now the manager @ tottenham Just wanted to say / tweet it before he got sacked petethephantom
  • Score: 9

6:53am Wed 28 May 14

hagbourneutd says...

I know the inevitable stories of players following poch have already started but would adam really want to go to spurs after all he has stated he ambition is to play in the Champions league that's not goin to happen at spurs.
I know the inevitable stories of players following poch have already started but would adam really want to go to spurs after all he has stated he ambition is to play in the Champions league that's not goin to happen at spurs. hagbourneutd
  • Score: 2

6:57am Wed 28 May 14

hedge end bob says...

olddellsaint wrote:
this is only my opinion; sign up MOYES to stop the rut, he is very capable to hold the team together and add more quality, and do it today.
With you on that one. As for players showing loyalty , thing of the past i'm afraid.. Hope tobe proved wrong of course.
[quote][p][bold]olddellsaint[/bold] wrote: this is only my opinion; sign up MOYES to stop the rut, he is very capable to hold the team together and add more quality, and do it today.[/p][/quote]With you on that one. As for players showing loyalty , thing of the past i'm afraid.. Hope tobe proved wrong of course. hedge end bob
  • Score: 0

6:59am Wed 28 May 14

Sally Hamilton Original says...

Time for the board to step up and show us fans how committed they really are for the future of OUR club.... Guess 1st July will now be interesting with the potential of losing 6 players. Let's hope the board put a clause in to accept his resignation that he can't come back for our players...but I doubt it
Time for the board to step up and show us fans how committed they really are for the future of OUR club.... Guess 1st July will now be interesting with the potential of losing 6 players. Let's hope the board put a clause in to accept his resignation that he can't come back for our players...but I doubt it Sally Hamilton Original
  • Score: 2

6:59am Wed 28 May 14

Sally Hamilton Original says...

Time for the board to step up and show us fans how committed they really are for the future of OUR club.... Guess 1st July will now be interesting with the potential of losing 6 players. Let's hope the board put a clause in to accept his resignation that he can't come back for our players...but I doubt it
Time for the board to step up and show us fans how committed they really are for the future of OUR club.... Guess 1st July will now be interesting with the potential of losing 6 players. Let's hope the board put a clause in to accept his resignation that he can't come back for our players...but I doubt it Sally Hamilton Original
  • Score: -1

7:01am Wed 28 May 14

redandy10 says...

Kat upset the apple cart when she clashed with NC and we are paying for that now. With NC & Poch running things breaking into the top 6 was within our grasp.

The first order of business for the new mob running the show was to keep Poch and the lads. They FAILED with Poch and have almost certainly FAILED with Luke & Adam.

Not a good start!
Kat upset the apple cart when she clashed with NC and we are paying for that now. With NC & Poch running things breaking into the top 6 was within our grasp. The first order of business for the new mob running the show was to keep Poch and the lads. They FAILED with Poch and have almost certainly FAILED with Luke & Adam. Not a good start! redandy10
  • Score: 8

7:15am Wed 28 May 14

SodburySaint93 says...

I think Les Reed stated a few weeks back that we would only keep the players that the manager wanted to keep.

Now we have no manager, where does that leave us or the players ?

Possible mass exodus and a free for all from other clubs to entice our talent elsewhere - in my opinion.

Laudrup for me
I think Les Reed stated a few weeks back that we would only keep the players that the manager wanted to keep. Now we have no manager, where does that leave us or the players ? Possible mass exodus and a free for all from other clubs to entice our talent elsewhere - in my opinion. Laudrup for me SodburySaint93
  • Score: 2

7:17am Wed 28 May 14

SOLENTDRIFTER says...

IT'S TIME TO COME HOME NIGEL......
IT'S TIME TO COME HOME NIGEL...... SOLENTDRIFTER
  • Score: -6

7:18am Wed 28 May 14

mack chinnon says...

Get Roy Keane in. That would stop a few transfer request's being handed in.
Get Roy Keane in. That would stop a few transfer request's being handed in. mack chinnon
  • Score: -8

7:30am Wed 28 May 14

Dorssaints says...

Like Ajax we should expect to see two players a season leave for a bigger club. I don't see the worry of players leaving for spurs. Players like Lallana and Morgan will hold out for bigger clubs with champions league prospects. Also Spurs lose players to bigger clubs regularly so they are no bigger than us! I say get Murat Yakin in ASAP give him the £50 m that Mopo was promised for transfers and we move on! Get a young keeper, centre back striker and winger and we will end up higher in the PL than Spurs !!
Like Ajax we should expect to see two players a season leave for a bigger club. I don't see the worry of players leaving for spurs. Players like Lallana and Morgan will hold out for bigger clubs with champions league prospects. Also Spurs lose players to bigger clubs regularly so they are no bigger than us! I say get Murat Yakin in ASAP give him the £50 m that Mopo was promised for transfers and we move on! Get a young keeper, centre back striker and winger and we will end up higher in the PL than Spurs !! Dorssaints
  • Score: 6

7:44am Wed 28 May 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Whenever Saints players are picked for England, they start becoming too big for their boots - if they want to go, let them.

If we want to progress in the longer term, then the managerial appointment is of greater importance. We need a proven, top international manager - this rules Moyes and Howe out!
Whenever Saints players are picked for England, they start becoming too big for their boots - if they want to go, let them. If we want to progress in the longer term, then the managerial appointment is of greater importance. We need a proven, top international manager - this rules Moyes and Howe out! Littleton-Saint
  • Score: 1

8:17am Wed 28 May 14

Saint Jinx says...

I am gutted about this. I have had a go at the board and on this occasion I think they have been weak and naive. It may have been worth a few quid to leave Pochettino doing his garden for a year with another manager in. That would show a clear message to everyone. We have literally been made to look like innocent fools.

Having said that I think David Moyes would have enough to prove and is tough enough to do well here. How ironic that would be. It was his departure that paved the way for Van Gaal who probably would have gone to Spurs, not to mention the effects of Real Madrid's last minute goal.

We have had some bad luck. He must have something though for Luke Shaw still to feel so grateful to him.
I am gutted about this. I have had a go at the board and on this occasion I think they have been weak and naive. It may have been worth a few quid to leave Pochettino doing his garden for a year with another manager in. That would show a clear message to everyone. We have literally been made to look like innocent fools. Having said that I think David Moyes would have enough to prove and is tough enough to do well here. How ironic that would be. It was his departure that paved the way for Van Gaal who probably would have gone to Spurs, not to mention the effects of Real Madrid's last minute goal. We have had some bad luck. He must have something though for Luke Shaw still to feel so grateful to him. Saint Jinx
  • Score: -1

8:25am Wed 28 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!!
It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on.
We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea.
I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season!
Swansea fans say that Laudrup is a poor man-manager, if so he is not for us.
If we are to retain our young stars then the new board need to show they can match their ambition by appointing a high profile manager like Benitez and sign some top players, quickly.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!! It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on. We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea. I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season![/p][/quote]Swansea fans say that Laudrup is a poor man-manager, if so he is not for us. If we are to retain our young stars then the new board need to show they can match their ambition by appointing a high profile manager like Benitez and sign some top players, quickly. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 0

8:28am Wed 28 May 14

search for the truth says...

Liverpool are still interested in Adam Lallana I think !
Liverpool are still interested in Adam Lallana I think ! search for the truth
  • Score: 1

8:29am Wed 28 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

What a missed opportunity this will be if we allow this current young squad to break up, just as it is ready to push on with the addition of 3 or 4 more quality players. We may never get this close again to breaking into the top six.
Only a high profile manager will show the ambition to convince our top players to stay.
What a missed opportunity this will be if we allow this current young squad to break up, just as it is ready to push on with the addition of 3 or 4 more quality players. We may never get this close again to breaking into the top six. Only a high profile manager will show the ambition to convince our top players to stay. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 1

8:37am Wed 28 May 14

Dubsaint says...

The problem I see here is the naivety of the new board. It is easy overlook the years of commitment, investment and momentum that got us to 8th in the league last season and the envy of all below us. Cashing in now is one thing but how great is that plan when we’re struggling in the relegation zone come March and looking at losing prem money square in the face. Many poorer clubs than ours would have offered Poch the sun and the moon to make him stay and continue our path.
The problem I see here is the naivety of the new board. It is easy overlook the years of commitment, investment and momentum that got us to 8th in the league last season and the envy of all below us. Cashing in now is one thing but how great is that plan when we’re struggling in the relegation zone come March and looking at losing prem money square in the face. Many poorer clubs than ours would have offered Poch the sun and the moon to make him stay and continue our path. Dubsaint
  • Score: 4

8:50am Wed 28 May 14

killared says...

SOLENTDRIFTER wrote:
IT'S TIME TO COME HOME NIGEL......
Deluded much !
[quote][p][bold]SOLENTDRIFTER[/bold] wrote: IT'S TIME TO COME HOME NIGEL......[/p][/quote]Deluded much ! killared
  • Score: 0

9:14am Wed 28 May 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

There's no way MP can take any of our star players with him, according to the national press 4 players have already signed for L-pool, 3 for Arse and 1 to utd.
There's no way MP can take any of our star players with him, according to the national press 4 players have already signed for L-pool, 3 for Arse and 1 to utd. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 2

9:14am Wed 28 May 14

willygetaway says...

NOT HAPPY THIS STINKS OF AN ASSET STRIP COME ON THE DON GET AN OFFER TOGETHER COYR
NOT HAPPY THIS STINKS OF AN ASSET STRIP COME ON THE DON GET AN OFFER TOGETHER COYR willygetaway
  • Score: 2

9:15am Wed 28 May 14

saintsmitty says...

Perhaps a bit extreme... but all our key players are tied to long contracts, so I think we should stick up a big not for sale sign, get a new manager in, tell them all they are staying and carry on as we were. The players are all young and hungry and will not want to sit in the reserves and jepordise their international chances.

This team was good before Poch and wih the right direction can get even better!
Perhaps a bit extreme... but all our key players are tied to long contracts, so I think we should stick up a big not for sale sign, get a new manager in, tell them all they are staying and carry on as we were. The players are all young and hungry and will not want to sit in the reserves and jepordise their international chances. This team was good before Poch and wih the right direction can get even better! saintsmitty
  • Score: 2

9:17am Wed 28 May 14

St Forlife says...

So is it going to be one of the normal names who sits on the usual premier league benelovent merry go round playing predictable stuff with one way and no tactical nouse other than a hoof into the box when we get the ball - or will we appoint someone that knows that when we have the ball and keep it the other team can't score and so keeping it reduces loss likelyhood and increases win likelyhood.

I for one loved the style of play MoPo and NA played - both were different but also very similar. I'd have no problem with NA coming back - better that than some sterio type cup thrower that we have seen. Time for the board to act and this appointment will tell us everything we need to know - mid table profit making dividend paying jobs for the boys - or ambitious forward thinking out of the box type always improving sports club. Sport - yes that reminds me what we all go to see - tself improvement and continual development - we'll see
So is it going to be one of the normal names who sits on the usual premier league benelovent merry go round playing predictable stuff with one way and no tactical nouse other than a hoof into the box when we get the ball - or will we appoint someone that knows that when we have the ball and keep it the other team can't score and so keeping it reduces loss likelyhood and increases win likelyhood. I for one loved the style of play MoPo and NA played - both were different but also very similar. I'd have no problem with NA coming back - better that than some sterio type cup thrower that we have seen. Time for the board to act and this appointment will tell us everything we need to know - mid table profit making dividend paying jobs for the boys - or ambitious forward thinking out of the box type always improving sports club. Sport - yes that reminds me what we all go to see - tself improvement and continual development - we'll see St Forlife
  • Score: -2

9:21am Wed 28 May 14

costa gaz says...

saintsmitty wrote:
Perhaps a bit extreme... but all our key players are tied to long contracts, so I think we should stick up a big not for sale sign, get a new manager in, tell them all they are staying and carry on as we were. The players are all young and hungry and will not want to sit in the reserves and jepordise their international chances.

This team was good before Poch and wih the right direction can get even better!
Stop being so naive.
[quote][p][bold]saintsmitty[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a bit extreme... but all our key players are tied to long contracts, so I think we should stick up a big not for sale sign, get a new manager in, tell them all they are staying and carry on as we were. The players are all young and hungry and will not want to sit in the reserves and jepordise their international chances. This team was good before Poch and wih the right direction can get even better![/p][/quote]Stop being so naive. costa gaz
  • Score: 2

9:22am Wed 28 May 14

teddrake says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!!
It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on.
We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea.
I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season!
With Spurs taking our song, our managers, coaches and ideas it was no surprise that in all of the recent chaos they have signed me and the sweet old lady who sits next to me at home games at SMS! - all of this despite the fact that we don't actually want to go... imagine if they could come up with ideas of their own - they would be World Club champions!
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: You might steal our manager but you will NEVER steal our song!!! It's sad MoPo left (for a bigger club?) but we will move on. We need to get somebody in reasonably quickly to give our players a choice. I would like to see Laudrup come in, he did a good job a Swansea. I would just love it... LOVE IT if we finished above the spuds next season![/p][/quote]With Spurs taking our song, our managers, coaches and ideas it was no surprise that in all of the recent chaos they have signed me and the sweet old lady who sits next to me at home games at SMS! - all of this despite the fact that we don't actually want to go... imagine if they could come up with ideas of their own - they would be World Club champions! teddrake
  • Score: -1

9:24am Wed 28 May 14

Steve_N says...

White and red till dead wrote:
Playing for Saints made nearly all of the players big stars, and they should remember that. A bit of loyalty wouldn't go amiss.
Nice sentiment, but not gonna happen , I'm afraid. With very few exceptions the only people who show club loyalty are the fans. Ironic really, when you consider if there were no loyal supporters none of these highly paid players would be any more than office workers, plumbers, labourers etc like the rest of us.
[quote][p][bold]White and red till dead[/bold] wrote: Playing for Saints made nearly all of the players big stars, and they should remember that. A bit of loyalty wouldn't go amiss.[/p][/quote]Nice sentiment, but not gonna happen , I'm afraid. With very few exceptions the only people who show club loyalty are the fans. Ironic really, when you consider if there were no loyal supporters none of these highly paid players would be any more than office workers, plumbers, labourers etc like the rest of us. Steve_N
  • Score: 6

10:01am Wed 28 May 14

Shareholder says...

I think this article is scare mongering of the worst sort. Of course the players are going to be disappointed to lose a manager they thought so highly of. I'm sure the same was true when Nigel Adkins was shown the exit door. Regular management change is unfortunately part of the modern game. The players will now wait and see who comes in next and they'll hope whoever it is can push them forwards and maintain a playing style they've come to believe in. One reason I don't think there'll be a mass exodus is that there is a very strong camaraderie in the dressing room. That counts for a lot. As an ex player I know that feeling good about your fellow players and having faith in them helping you to play at your best is a very strong motivating factor in deciding your future. My guess is that those strong bonds will make the dressing room stronger not weaker. As for the Board - don't be hard on them. They offered Pochettino a new deal and tried as hard as they could to keep him. He's clearly only interested in his own career. Even when his so called friend Cortese publicly told him to stay he left. As a player you ask what did he really care about me, about us? Let's remember that Cortese knew nothing about running a football club at first and he and Liebherr had to engage advisors. Apart from the new Chairman everyone else are football administrators so we're not in a bad position. There are very good managers out there who will be drooling at the prospect of working with this squad. And the players will be watching with interest and probable excitement at seeing who comes in next. I think we should all calm down. We're in a stable position as a club, have wonderful potential, some great youngsters coming through and a team many are envious of. Pochettino didn't achieve all that, the club did. He's gone, the club's still here and stronger than ever.
I think this article is scare mongering of the worst sort. Of course the players are going to be disappointed to lose a manager they thought so highly of. I'm sure the same was true when Nigel Adkins was shown the exit door. Regular management change is unfortunately part of the modern game. The players will now wait and see who comes in next and they'll hope whoever it is can push them forwards and maintain a playing style they've come to believe in. One reason I don't think there'll be a mass exodus is that there is a very strong camaraderie in the dressing room. That counts for a lot. As an ex player I know that feeling good about your fellow players and having faith in them helping you to play at your best is a very strong motivating factor in deciding your future. My guess is that those strong bonds will make the dressing room stronger not weaker. As for the Board - don't be hard on them. They offered Pochettino a new deal and tried as hard as they could to keep him. He's clearly only interested in his own career. Even when his so called friend Cortese publicly told him to stay he left. As a player you ask what did he really care about me, about us? Let's remember that Cortese knew nothing about running a football club at first and he and Liebherr had to engage advisors. Apart from the new Chairman everyone else are football administrators so we're not in a bad position. There are very good managers out there who will be drooling at the prospect of working with this squad. And the players will be watching with interest and probable excitement at seeing who comes in next. I think we should all calm down. We're in a stable position as a club, have wonderful potential, some great youngsters coming through and a team many are envious of. Pochettino didn't achieve all that, the club did. He's gone, the club's still here and stronger than ever. Shareholder
  • Score: 10

3:10pm Wed 28 May 14

fritzer says...

Now is the time for Saints to stick it up them (Any Cub) all of our players are on a cohtract.so 5O million each for Lalana and Shaw and all others 35 million and why not ? most are iinternationals if you want them and they want to go it's our call you pay.
Now is the time for Saints to stick it up them (Any Cub) all of our players are on a cohtract.so 5O million each for Lalana and Shaw and all others 35 million and why not ? most are iinternationals if you want them and they want to go it's our call you pay. fritzer
  • Score: 2

2:04am Thu 29 May 14

Jan28th1984 says...

fritzer wrote:
Now is the time for Saints to stick it up them (Any Cub) all of our players are on a cohtract.so 5O million each for Lalana and Shaw and all others 35 million and why not ? most are iinternationals if you want them and they want to go it's our call you pay.
**** right - no one goes unless it's for a grossly ridiculous and extortionate amount. Mr Reed has got it all under control, no one fcking goes anywhere until the new gaffer is in and he makes his own mind up who he does and doesn't want.
Let our star players get on with the World Cup, and the rest of the squad go and stick their heads in a sandy beach for a few weeks, the club will have everything sorted out for when they get back.
[quote][p][bold]fritzer[/bold] wrote: Now is the time for Saints to stick it up them (Any Cub) all of our players are on a cohtract.so 5O million each for Lalana and Shaw and all others 35 million and why not ? most are iinternationals if you want them and they want to go it's our call you pay.[/p][/quote]**** right - no one goes unless it's for a grossly ridiculous and extortionate amount. Mr Reed has got it all under control, no one fcking goes anywhere until the new gaffer is in and he makes his own mind up who he does and doesn't want. Let our star players get on with the World Cup, and the rest of the squad go and stick their heads in a sandy beach for a few weeks, the club will have everything sorted out for when they get back. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 0

2:07am Thu 29 May 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Shareholder wrote:
I think this article is scare mongering of the worst sort. Of course the players are going to be disappointed to lose a manager they thought so highly of. I'm sure the same was true when Nigel Adkins was shown the exit door. Regular management change is unfortunately part of the modern game. The players will now wait and see who comes in next and they'll hope whoever it is can push them forwards and maintain a playing style they've come to believe in. One reason I don't think there'll be a mass exodus is that there is a very strong camaraderie in the dressing room. That counts for a lot. As an ex player I know that feeling good about your fellow players and having faith in them helping you to play at your best is a very strong motivating factor in deciding your future. My guess is that those strong bonds will make the dressing room stronger not weaker. As for the Board - don't be hard on them. They offered Pochettino a new deal and tried as hard as they could to keep him. He's clearly only interested in his own career. Even when his so called friend Cortese publicly told him to stay he left. As a player you ask what did he really care about me, about us? Let's remember that Cortese knew nothing about running a football club at first and he and Liebherr had to engage advisors. Apart from the new Chairman everyone else are football administrators so we're not in a bad position. There are very good managers out there who will be drooling at the prospect of working with this squad. And the players will be watching with interest and probable excitement at seeing who comes in next. I think we should all calm down. We're in a stable position as a club, have wonderful potential, some great youngsters coming through and a team many are envious of. Pochettino didn't achieve all that, the club did. He's gone, the club's still here and stronger than ever.
Yea- agree with all that. Where did we finish? 8th in the toughest league in the world - and with the squad we've got? What manager wouldn't fancy a go at that, (apart from Poch - lol).
[quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: I think this article is scare mongering of the worst sort. Of course the players are going to be disappointed to lose a manager they thought so highly of. I'm sure the same was true when Nigel Adkins was shown the exit door. Regular management change is unfortunately part of the modern game. The players will now wait and see who comes in next and they'll hope whoever it is can push them forwards and maintain a playing style they've come to believe in. One reason I don't think there'll be a mass exodus is that there is a very strong camaraderie in the dressing room. That counts for a lot. As an ex player I know that feeling good about your fellow players and having faith in them helping you to play at your best is a very strong motivating factor in deciding your future. My guess is that those strong bonds will make the dressing room stronger not weaker. As for the Board - don't be hard on them. They offered Pochettino a new deal and tried as hard as they could to keep him. He's clearly only interested in his own career. Even when his so called friend Cortese publicly told him to stay he left. As a player you ask what did he really care about me, about us? Let's remember that Cortese knew nothing about running a football club at first and he and Liebherr had to engage advisors. Apart from the new Chairman everyone else are football administrators so we're not in a bad position. There are very good managers out there who will be drooling at the prospect of working with this squad. And the players will be watching with interest and probable excitement at seeing who comes in next. I think we should all calm down. We're in a stable position as a club, have wonderful potential, some great youngsters coming through and a team many are envious of. Pochettino didn't achieve all that, the club did. He's gone, the club's still here and stronger than ever.[/p][/quote]Yea- agree with all that. Where did we finish? 8th in the toughest league in the world - and with the squad we've got? What manager wouldn't fancy a go at that, (apart from Poch - lol). Jan28th1984
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