COMMENT: Ice cool Koeman impresses on first media grilling

Ronald Koeman at St Mary's yesterday

Ronald Koeman at St Mary's yesterday

First published in Football Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Ronald Koeman was not to know it.

But the last time the St Mary’s press room was as packed and literally sweating under the weight of so many journalists as yesterday was for Mauricio Pochettino stating his intention to continue as Saints manager and to assure fans that players would not be sold.

How quickly things seem to have changed.

Less than six months later, some 30 or so media folk were in attendance for the debut of the Dutchman.

It was a baptism of fire for Koeman.

The press conference had been scheduled for a week previously, but was delayed at Koeman’s request.

It was quite understandable.

There are complex issues at play inside Saints at the moment.

He was going to get grilled on them and wanted time to get to grips with them himself before going public.

It paid off.

Koeman was calm, composed, articulate and hugely impressive on his first media outing as Saints boss.

If there was a desperate need for Saints fans to have something to cling onto in what has been a pretty horrible summer, then the dapper Dutchman delivered it.

We all knew about Koeman the player, a genuine great of the game, one of the best central defenders of all time.

We had heard about Koeman the manager.

What we saw firsthand was Koeman the man, and he came across brilliantly well.

It cannot have been easy for him.

To walk into a club that was teetering on crisis was a demanding ask.

Things had been allowed to drift so horribly for so long.

That the club tried to appease Pochettino for several weeks and months before the end of the season created a terrible vacuum.

So much trouble had already brewed by the time he eventually left that putting the toothpaste back in the tube was an option that had long since passed.

For all the rights and wrongs of that situation, though, Saints and Les Reed have appointed well in getting in Koeman.

And if the players cannot have respect for him after his playing career, then they will never respect anyone.

With Lambert, Lallana and Shaw all having departed, Lovren and Osvaldo causing some serious headaches – and still that nagging worry that others may pipe up and ask to leave – these are tough times indeed.

Koeman, though, seems to have as good a grip on things as he can at this early stage, and to his credit he spoke about as honestly and openly as you could have reasonably expected.

Of course, we heard the pleasantries about coming to such a wonderful league and the desire to play attractive football, but Koeman delivered more than that.

He was put under immense pressure when it came to the club’s decision to sell players, and the futures of others that are very much in the spotlight. He remained unruffled.

The afternoon kicked off with the broadcast media getting their chance.

They certainly gave Koeman a warming up for what was to come.

They were quick to ask about Lovren and Osvaldo.

But it was nothing compared to what was about to hit Koeman as the cameras were switched off and he faced the written press.

It’s always an interesting dynamic at play, as the soundbites are drilled into and picked apart.

There were a few contradictions, but in fairness to Koeman they are vagaries of football.

Mainly, they surrounded Lovren and the like.

“We are not a selling club,” insisted Koeman.

It was not an argument that stacked up well, not only over the entire history of Southampton FC, but also recently after having sold three of their best players in the past few weeks.

Saints haven’t sold anyone for ten days or so, but that probably doesn’t qualify them to be described as ‘not a selling club’.

Koeman also suggested at one point that there would be no more departures, but later had to concede that nobody was quite sure what was going to happen with Lovren.

It’s a tough situation, he is on the back foot in many ways, and it’s not his fault.

It does all prove once again what many people have been saying for so long – selling players might not be nice but if there are ones who don’t want to be here, get them gone, get the money in and let Koeman have the maximum amount of time to spend it.

What Saints fans want to hear is not about which player is the next who wants to go. They want to know who is coming in.

The one opportunity that all these problems do create is the chance for Koeman to come in and build his team straight away.

He doesn’t need to manage someone else’s squad, he can put his own stamp on things.

The way things are going, at least half the first team next season will probably be new signings anyway.

Koeman used one lovely turn of phrase about being able to smell the dressing room and what is going on with the players.

It was beautifully put.

It may have been lost on many but is a tiny insight into what Koeman brings.

That vast experience at the very top level as a player means he knows what the game is about.

As bemused as he did look that players who sign long term and lucrative contracts will do anything they need to in an attempt to get a move, he understands what happens in the world of football.

He has been a star player and other clubs have coveted him.

He has made big moves, and he knows what effect it can have on those who remain behind also.

“It’s important that the rest of the players have to keep that ambition,” he insisted.

“I spoke to some players, some experienced players like Jose Fonte, Steven Davis, because they have to keep that ambition in the dressing room.

“They are happy to be players of Southampton and I promised them and I promise the fans when we start the season we have a very good team.”

That team, he added, would have a good body of English players, and he wants to use youngsters too.

“I am a manager who likes to see my team playing good football. I think that’s important,” he said encouragingly.

“I like to play attractive. It’s one of the philosophies of Southampton Football Club and I like to bring in young players.”

They may not be the words that hit the headlines but, right now, it’s exactly what Saints fans want to hear.

Koeman stared down the barrel but rose from his seat after nearly 40 minutes looking just like he did when he sat down at the beginning.

It is a new era and the first public examination was passed with flying colours.

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10:18am Sat 12 Jul 14

sparky130a says...

He did well. In stark contrast to the absolute amateurs asking the irrelevant non saints related questions who shouldn't have been allowed as much time.

Pretty much sums up the wider presses treatment of us these last few months. T0ssers.
He did well. In stark contrast to the absolute amateurs asking the irrelevant non saints related questions who shouldn't have been allowed as much time. Pretty much sums up the wider presses treatment of us these last few months. T0ssers. sparky130a
  • Score: 31

10:18am Sat 12 Jul 14

noodlesnewman says...

In ron we trust, COYR,cant wait for liverhampton away !
In ron we trust, COYR,cant wait for liverhampton away ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 13

10:20am Sat 12 Jul 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Good artIcle, come on Sousampton!
Good artIcle, come on Sousampton! worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 26

10:21am Sat 12 Jul 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Listened to the whole thing this morning and I must say I was impressed with him. He seemed a genuine bloke. Straight down the line and I detected no BS. I think the players will like him and they will know where they stand with him. Just looking forward to 2 or three more signings.
Listened to the whole thing this morning and I must say I was impressed with him. He seemed a genuine bloke. Straight down the line and I detected no BS. I think the players will like him and they will know where they stand with him. Just looking forward to 2 or three more signings. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 16

10:25am Sat 12 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done.
Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month.
I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done. Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 8

10:26am Sat 12 Jul 14

DutchSaint says...

What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job DutchSaint
  • Score: -46

10:35am Sat 12 Jul 14

saintgibbo says...

I really don't envy that part of his job. As honest and open as you are you just know the tw@ts from the gutter press are going to twist every thing you say to sensationalise their take on things.
Well done big Ron.
I really don't envy that part of his job. As honest and open as you are you just know the tw@ts from the gutter press are going to twist every thing you say to sensationalise their take on things. Well done big Ron. saintgibbo
  • Score: 23

10:36am Sat 12 Jul 14

SouthamptonBoy65 says...

Watched TV section live online....hugely impressive and a level of engagement and control not seen in that press room for sometime. Very positive indeed!

As an aside, a positive article by the DE but no surprise in it being by Adam Leitch than Simon Carter.
Watched TV section live online....hugely impressive and a level of engagement and control not seen in that press room for sometime. Very positive indeed! As an aside, a positive article by the DE but no surprise in it being by Adam Leitch than Simon Carter. SouthamptonBoy65
  • Score: 16

10:36am Sat 12 Jul 14

andysaints007 says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done.
Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month.
PRATT
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done. Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month.[/p][/quote]PRATT andysaints007
  • Score: -7

10:39am Sat 12 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
As long as he is saying"It is nice to go to Anfield and win" in a post match interview in a few weeks time,I don't care how he says it.
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]As long as he is saying"It is nice to go to Anfield and win" in a post match interview in a few weeks time,I don't care how he says it. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 23

10:40am Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 8

10:41am Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
Koeman not Koemen!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]Koeman not Koemen! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

10:41am Sat 12 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Positively4thStreet wrote:
I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done.
Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month.
PRATT
Love you too. x
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased that Ronald appears to have read the freedom of information act,which is a sight more than Les and Ralph seem to have done. Ronko has given us more insight in one day,than Les and Ralph have,in over a month.[/p][/quote]PRATT[/p][/quote]Love you too. x Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 7

10:45am Sat 12 Jul 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
It's a dam sight better than my Dutch!
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]It's a dam sight better than my Dutch! worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 28

10:45am Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
http://audioboo.fm/b
oos/2319558-saintsfc
-manager-ronald-koem
an-speaks-to-bigadam
sport-as-he-talks-to
-the-media-for-first
-time

This may work, make sure you close up any gaps if you cut and paste it.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]http://audioboo.fm/b oos/2319558-saintsfc -manager-ronald-koem an-speaks-to-bigadam sport-as-he-talks-to -the-media-for-first -time This may work, make sure you close up any gaps if you cut and paste it. OSPREYSAINT
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10:50am Sat 12 Jul 14

StevenAus says...

I am liking what I see so far with Koeman, seems cool and in control already. His attitude about the hot heads seems to be spot on and you could tell he wasn't happy with the way they are conducting themselves and the damage to the club. Words like we and family used regularly, seems a really decent guy and I hope this is the start of something good unlike the last false dawn.
I am liking what I see so far with Koeman, seems cool and in control already. His attitude about the hot heads seems to be spot on and you could tell he wasn't happy with the way they are conducting themselves and the damage to the club. Words like we and family used regularly, seems a really decent guy and I hope this is the start of something good unlike the last false dawn. StevenAus
  • Score: 14

11:25am Sat 12 Jul 14

costa gaz says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
Koeman not Koemen!
hilarious ...you couldn't make it up.
Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!!

Nice one Osprey ;)
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]Koeman not Koemen![/p][/quote]hilarious ...you couldn't make it up. Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!! Nice one Osprey ;) costa gaz
  • Score: 11

11:28am Sat 12 Jul 14

costa gaz says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
I did not hear ant resemblance of any Shilly Dutch Ashent whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]I did not hear ant resemblance of any Shilly Dutch Ashent whatsoever. costa gaz
  • Score: 2

11:30am Sat 12 Jul 14

saintbobby says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
With your sign-in name, do we assume your Dutch is faultless?

Most of us could not speak a word of Dutch. Generally, most of us Brits cannot speak any foreign language and I would not criticise anyone's English if they are trying to speak to us.

A hard truth is that a lot on here cannot even write correct or intelligent ENGLISH!

So, guten Tag!
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]With your sign-in name, do we assume your Dutch is faultless? Most of us could not speak a word of Dutch. Generally, most of us Brits cannot speak any foreign language and I would not criticise anyone's English if they are trying to speak to us. A hard truth is that a lot on here cannot even write correct or intelligent ENGLISH! So, guten Tag! saintbobby
  • Score: 14

11:47am Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

costa gaz wrote:
DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
I did not hear ant resemblance of any Shilly Dutch Ashent whatsoever.
I should correct you for saying ant when you meant any, but that's going too far! Come on Soushampton!
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]I did not hear ant resemblance of any Shilly Dutch Ashent whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I should correct you for saying ant when you meant any, but that's going too far! Come on Soushampton! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sat 12 Jul 14

Norwegian Saint says...

A very good interview and regarding the comment by Dutch Saint and his English... it's a lot better than listening to that interpreter for MoPoo!

Also happy we don't have to listen to MoPoos little sidekick Jesus... I could have flown over a knocked the little wasp chewing dic* when he said the "boys are not disappointed" after the cup exit at Sunderland... reminded me of that Iraqi commander who said they would win against the infidels... while American tanks ran behind him!

Anyway.... Apart from the Lovren/Dani decisions I am really looking forward to the season. Would love to finish above Spuds, win a cup and see Liverhampton win nothing... hmmmm... might be worth a little flutter on that!
A very good interview and regarding the comment by Dutch Saint and his English... it's a lot better than listening to that interpreter for MoPoo! Also happy we don't have to listen to MoPoos little sidekick Jesus... I could have flown over a knocked the little wasp chewing dic* when he said the "boys are not disappointed" after the cup exit at Sunderland... reminded me of that Iraqi commander who said they would win against the infidels... while American tanks ran behind him! Anyway.... Apart from the Lovren/Dani decisions I am really looking forward to the season. Would love to finish above Spuds, win a cup and see Liverhampton win nothing... hmmmm... might be worth a little flutter on that! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 10

11:53am Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
Have you never heard Jos talk?
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]Have you never heard Jos talk? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

12:16pm Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Twitter going ballistic about Pelle signing, but nowt on the OS?
Twitter going ballistic about Pelle signing, but nowt on the OS? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Sat 12 Jul 14

richard903 says...

Do run ron a doo run ron. Rons red army, get the ginger wigs out again
Do run ron a doo run ron. Rons red army, get the ginger wigs out again richard903
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Sat 12 Jul 14

FindAndDestroy says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
I don't even know a word in Dutch, let alone the accent...
At least he is not using a translator....

We are the SAINTS NOT sinners....we care about people who love this club...
no matter where they are from......or how they speak...

so if you are true SAINTS support him, don't focus on his accent.....because he is the man who wants this club to move forward...

we must be patient with him as he rebuilds the squad and implement his philosophy....
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]I don't even know a word in Dutch, let alone the accent... At least he is not using a translator.... We are the SAINTS NOT sinners....we care about people who love this club... no matter where they are from......or how they speak... so if you are true SAINTS support him, don't focus on his accent.....because he is the man who wants this club to move forward... we must be patient with him as he rebuilds the squad and implement his philosophy.... FindAndDestroy
  • Score: 5

12:50pm Sat 12 Jul 14

saints4eva12 says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
iits better than what we had last season long live KING RON
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]iits better than what we had last season long live KING RON saints4eva12
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Sat 12 Jul 14

swisssaint86 says...

DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions.
[quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions. swisssaint86
  • Score: 4

2:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

swisssaint86 wrote:
DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions.
It is annoying that SSN are only using the references to Barcelona from the interview, nothing about us?
[quote][p][bold]swisssaint86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions.[/p][/quote]It is annoying that SSN are only using the references to Barcelona from the interview, nothing about us? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

swisssaint86 wrote:
DutchSaint wrote:
What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words.
Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job
Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions.
I was talking to a couple on an airport shuttle bus at Schipol once,and assumed they were English.When we finished our conversation, they resumed talking to each other.. In Dutch!
Never heard such perfect English accents from anyone not from England,in my life.The Dutch actually do English very well.
[quote][p][bold]swisssaint86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DutchSaint[/bold] wrote: What do you guys think of his english? Im a bit annoyed how he pronounces some words. Im a big fan of him as a coach and im sure he will do an amazing job[/p][/quote]Don't be ridiculous! Our previous manager did not even speak english so I am not going to criticise RK for something as silly as his pronunciation. I thought RK bossed it yesterday, it was the media that shamed themselves with irrelevant questions.[/p][/quote]I was talking to a couple on an airport shuttle bus at Schipol once,and assumed they were English.When we finished our conversation, they resumed talking to each other.. In Dutch! Never heard such perfect English accents from anyone not from England,in my life.The Dutch actually do English very well. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 4

2:41pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Mush On The Beach says...

costa gaz wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
Koeman not Koemen!
hilarious ...you couldn't make it up.
Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!!

Nice one Osprey ;)
Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]Koeman not Koemen![/p][/quote]hilarious ...you couldn't make it up. Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!! Nice one Osprey ;)[/p][/quote]Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 6

3:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

jezza says...

I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand.

However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes.

I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted.

Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it.

COYR STID
I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand. However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes. I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted. Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it. COYR STID jezza
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Saintsayer II says...

jezza wrote:
I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand.

However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes.

I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted.

Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it.

COYR STID
You just made me feel a whole lot better and realise that what we have is still pretty fantastic
[quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand. However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes. I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted. Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it. COYR STID[/p][/quote]You just made me feel a whole lot better and realise that what we have is still pretty fantastic Saintsayer II
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Sat 12 Jul 14

nottinghamsaint 1 says...

Hope we can keep him ,with his good English as well
Hope we can keep him ,with his good English as well nottinghamsaint 1
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
Koeman not Koemen!
hilarious ...you couldn't make it up.
Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!!

Nice one Osprey ;)
Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder.
Thereby is the problem, you think, you never seem to actually know?
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]Koeman not Koemen![/p][/quote]hilarious ...you couldn't make it up. Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!! Nice one Osprey ;)[/p][/quote]Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder.[/p][/quote]Thereby is the problem, you think, you never seem to actually know? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Sat 12 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

IMPRESSED WITH ICE-MAN KING KOEMAN.

He has the polish and presence of a TOP EUROPEAN MANAGER.
COYR+WS
IMPRESSED WITH ICE-MAN KING KOEMAN. He has the polish and presence of a TOP EUROPEAN MANAGER. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 3

8:33pm Sat 12 Jul 14

eeyoresowl says...

"in what has been a pretty horrible summer" ?????

We sold a few players and have signed two so far with more signings to come I'm sure ... this was by no means a "horrible summer" ... the summer of 2009? NOW THAT was a horrible summer ... administration and the very real threat of non-existence as a team ... puts it in perspective, i think!
"in what has been a pretty horrible summer" ????? We sold a few players and have signed two so far with more signings to come I'm sure ... this was by no means a "horrible summer" ... the summer of 2009? NOW THAT was a horrible summer ... administration and the very real threat of non-existence as a team ... puts it in perspective, i think! eeyoresowl
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

jezza wrote:
I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand.

However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes.

I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted.

Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it.

COYR STID
Good post Jezza, I must admit that I've been one of those in the pro Cortese camp,but put that way,what you say makes a lot of sense,and like a few others have being saying recently,I have an increasingly "good feeling" about all of this now.
[quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand. However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes. I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted. Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it. COYR STID[/p][/quote]Good post Jezza, I must admit that I've been one of those in the pro Cortese camp,but put that way,what you say makes a lot of sense,and like a few others have being saying recently,I have an increasingly "good feeling" about all of this now. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

9:43am Sun 13 Jul 14

Beer Monster says...

jezza wrote:
I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand.

However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes.

I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted.

Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it.

COYR STID
You've mirrored my sentiments exactly there, particularly regarding Sir Nige. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]jezza[/bold] wrote: I know some on here remain unhappy that we don't still have the cold clinical ruthless ambition that NC and MoPo provided, (which in fairness brought us a meteoric rise that none of us could realistically have expected). That I can understand. However, for all us fans who have supported the Saints for 40 years or more, I think we have finally got our old club back. Run by a family for reasons of sentiment, but nevertheless a family with a worldwide reputation for business acumen, managed by a man who brings in his brother and speaks of the club as a "family", and back to wearing stripes. I enjoyed the successes (obviously), but they were never enough to completely erase the heartless and merciless manner in which MP and NC got rid of Nigel Adkins after all he had done for us. It was success, but it somehow felt tainted. Now, I feel like I've got my real club back - and any success we have will be deserved and more enjoyable because of it. COYR STID[/p][/quote]You've mirrored my sentiments exactly there, particularly regarding Sir Nige. Well done. Beer Monster
  • Score: 0

10:02am Sun 13 Jul 14

Alicesdad says...

I like him, even before I met him I liked him. You hate him compared to how much I like him.
I like him, even before I met him I liked him. You hate him compared to how much I like him. Alicesdad
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Alicesdad wrote:
I like him, even before I met him I liked him. You hate him compared to how much I like him.
I like him,and I've never met him,and I like him even more now after I haven't met him,than i did before I hadn't met him.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: I like him, even before I met him I liked him. You hate him compared to how much I like him.[/p][/quote]I like him,and I've never met him,and I like him even more now after I haven't met him,than i did before I hadn't met him. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Mush On The Beach says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.
Koeman not Koemen!
hilarious ...you couldn't make it up.
Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!!

Nice one Osprey ;)
Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder.
Thereby is the problem, you think, you never seem to actually know?
Cogito ergo sum.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you Google "Radio Solent Ronald Koemen" you will find an Audioboo interview that has more detail in it.[/p][/quote]Koeman not Koemen![/p][/quote]hilarious ...you couldn't make it up. Osprey corrects his own spelling !!!!!!! Nice one Osprey ;)[/p][/quote]Quality. I think Ospers may struggle with a little OCD .... Osprey Compulsive Disorder.[/p][/quote]Thereby is the problem, you think, you never seem to actually know?[/p][/quote]Cogito ergo sum. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 0

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