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    Yeah I read that before, I really like Jay Rod :cool: I seen on twitter before that Schniederlin posted '6 amazing years at Soton, DESTROYED IN 1 HOUR' :confused: So I take it that is his way of saying after 6 years at the club they have pissed him off in 1 hour by not letting him leave?

    If we pay around 12mil I could see us getting PEA, but not on loan. Hey, every ST we buy turns into a god for atleast 6 months, see Carroll, Demba Ba, Cisse, Remy

    Does this even remotely look like he wants to leave? At this rate he deserves the captaincy. Brilliant guy and if he stays I think he'll easily have the same level of backing from the fans as Lallana had. Yeah, that was what I was talking about. He's definitely pissed at not being able to go to Tottenham to join Potch but quite frankly, no-one cares. He can keep doing his little strop and get subbed for the season or he can play. I could not care less.

    But would he really go to a team with little Champions League/Europa prospect? It's extremely unlikely.
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    At this rate he deserves the captaincy. Brilliant guy and if he stays I think he'll easily have the same level of backing from the fans as Lallana had. Yeah, that was what I was talking about. He's definitely pissed at not being able to go to Tottenham to join Potch but quite frankly, no-one cares. He can keep doing his little strop and get subbed for the season or he can play. I could not care less.

    But would he really go to a team with little Champions League/Europa prospect? It's extremely unlikely.
    Yeah, Jay Rod all so has time on his side as he is still relatively young.

    Yeah, when I read the tweet I thought the same, he is just throwing his toys out of the pram to try and get a move or atleast some attention in the media. I would let him rot in the reserves if he is gonna act like a ****. No player is ever bigger than the club.

    Remy Cabella just left a Montpelier side who were in the CL the season before last, Siem De jong played CL football with Ajax last season, and Riviere played Europa with Monaco I believe? So the European football isn't always the deciding factor, although I agree that we have no aspirations to get into Europe and stay there. Pardew used the Europa league as an excuse 2 season ago when he nearly got our best squad for 10 years relegated.
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    Yeah, Jay Rod all so has time on his side as he is still relatively young.

    Yeah, when I read the tweet I thought the same, he is just throwing his toys out of the pram to try and get a move or atleast some attention in the media. I would let him rot in the reserves if he is gonna act like a ****. No player is ever bigger than the club.

    Remy Cabella just left a Montpelier side who were in the CL the season before last, Siem De jong played CL football with Ajax last season, and Riviere played Europa with Monaco I believe? So the European football isn't always the deciding factor, although I agree that we have no aspirations to get into Europe and stay there. Pardew used the Europa league as an excuse 2 season ago when he nearly got our best squad for 10 years relegated.
    Indeed. Suarez tried that last year, didn't work. He did at least however score more goals when he was reintroduced.

    Gotta say it's very impressive to see Cabella and De Jong signing for Newcastle. But then again this is BVB we're talking about... :emo: Fantastic pressing play and probably the best manager in the Bundesliga, perhaps bar Guardiola. They should have players like Gundogan coming back as well which is likely to make their campaign significantly stronger than last season's which would probably keep him there. I believe Kagawa's going back to BVB as well so it certainly seems like they'll be challenging significantly for titles in Germany.


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    Indeed. Suarez tried that last year, didn't work. He did at least however score more goals when he was reintroduced.

    Gotta say it's very impressive to see Cabella and De Jong signing for Newcastle. But then again this is BVB we're talking about... :emo: Fantastic pressing play and probably the best manager in the Bundesliga, perhaps bar Guardiola. They should have players like Gundogan coming back as well which is likely to make their campaign significantly stronger than last season's which would probably keep him there. I believe Kagawa's going back to BVB as well so it certainly seems like they'll be challenging significantly for titles in Germany.




    Is this a Blake Lively appreciation thread now?
    Well it's not the football discussion thread but you do that anyway :rolleyes:. Blake is omgfusexy! :awesome:

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    Indeed. Suarez tried that last year, didn't work. He did at least however score more goals when he was reintroduced.

    Gotta say it's very impressive to see Cabella and De Jong signing for Newcastle. But then again this is BVB we're talking about... :emo: Fantastic pressing play and probably the best manager in the Bundesliga, perhaps bar Guardiola. They should have players like Gundogan coming back as well which is likely to make their campaign significantly stronger than last season's which would probably keep him there. I believe Kagawa's going back to BVB as well so it certainly seems like they'll be challenging significantly for titles in Germany.
    Just read this from a Soton forum... Brace...

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    I've taken a lot of stick on here for my viewpoint over the past few months... That's fine, I can accept that but now can any of you finally see what's happening here? I've PM'd some people on here with some of the stuff that I have been told already and there's plenty more to come. I'm part tempted to blab it all out now as, just as I was typing a PM to someone today the JR and MS story broke... and that was what was the content of my PM - the future of those two. Oh well, lost some ITK credibility there. Seriously though, I haven't enjoyed any of this happening and I can safely say that those worried have a damn good reason to worry.

    So, onto the juicy stuff... I'll try do this in sections and keep updating it as I go...

    Cortese Leaving/Direction Of Club

    Anyway, you may not like to hear this but yes, everything went to complete sh1t when Cortese left. It was never "business as usual". The figurehead who sold the club to Lovren, Osvaldo, Wanyama and the other ambitious members of our existing squad took all the drive and ambition with him. Like him or not, he wanted to push us further and the players believed in that vision, that's what motivated them to join or in some cases, stay when they could have moved on a lot sooner.

    The official line is that KL wanted NC to have more accountability to his actions - that's fair enough. After all, it's technically her club and her money. The relationship between the two had been fraught for a while with NC wanted to go in one direction and KL, maintaining a small interest in football matters but a larger one in financial matters wanting to go another. Evidently, this would only lead with a parting of ways and one winner whilst ourselves and Cortese are left as the losers in this whole sorry saga. Oh, and Les Reed is doing alright, too - then again, he was never going to rock the boat with the cushy number he had. "Yes Kat, no Kat, three bags full Kat".

    The appointment of Krueger has spectacularly backfired - he was meant to be the figurehead who "talked the talk" whilst quietly, behind the scenes, things were being scaled down and the goalposts shifting. As soon as NC left, it was never our intention to "walk the walk" too - only to allude to it whilst slowly dampening and managing fans expectations. As Guan said, he was reeled back in and Reed was wheeled back out. To be honest though, it doesn't matter who releases statements now as it's been proven - it's all bullsh1t.

    Finances

    I need to underline something else... there is nothing wrong with the club financially. The term that Hofstetter used was to discredit NC and NC hasn't released anything into the media about players leaving or tried to unsettle them. They did have a lot of respect for him and wholly supported the direction of the club under his tenure. NC did that interview after he left because he knew what was coming.

    We are one of the healthiest clubs in the Premier League and even more so now to the detriment of our playing squad. We won't hugely over budget with the training ground and yes, NC was carefree with the cash during his time here but despite this, we were in healthy, normal position. It's not a Pompey or Leeds situation and the wage budget sits well within the structure. We've not been overstretching nor were careless with managing them. We were absolutely fine and in a position to add to our squad after an equal best-placed finish under Pochettino last year.

    Possible Sale Of Club

    I don't know for sure but it's rumoured that KL wants to make up the difference in her valuation with player sales... whether that's the case, I'm not sure but no-one was willing to pay the asking price over the last few months so a reduced price might see a few interested parties come to the table. Once she's stripped the club bare and reinvested the bare minimum, that is, to keep us whatever is viewed as "competitive".

    Adam Lallana

    Adam, as club captain, asked numerous times on behalf of himself and the players about the plans for this season from Feb/March onwards. Everyone wanted to know for sure that the "project" was still alive. At first he was told "everything will carry on as normal" as if Cortese was still there. Quietly, the scenery was shifting and Adam and the players recognised this. In addition to this, the situation surrounding the managers future also compounded matters and it wasn't before long that the squad began to wonder what was going on and what direction the club was going in.

    Adam did try but like everyone else, failed to get a conclusive answer to his questions. Towards the end of last season, he'd already been lined up to join United but with Moyes being sacked that deal fell through. Later, Liverpool's interest surface and despite AL's attempts to deal with the situation maturely he was messed around and he left on a very sour note. That was never his intention, likewise it was never the intention of Lovren, too. In fact, none of the players were particularly itching for a move until Cortese, then Pochettino left and the whole continuation of the "project" was left clouded in mystery.

    Players (ex and soon to be ex-players)

    There are no clauses in any of the players contracts. They requested to leave - why though?

    In January, the club were well aware of the Shaw interest and were already in discussions with potential suitors. This was to be the ONLY planned sale under Cortese and preparation for the new season was already being discussed between NC, MP and other staff.

    With the plummeting depth in morale due to a lack of communication from the top about the directions and ambitions of the club, the players obviously talked amongst themselves and saw no future here unless they got reassurances. Like Adam, they got lip service if they were lucky or nothing at all. You only have to look back at previous comments in the press from the players over the past few months where they're hinting that they didn't know what was going on and that they'd be happy to stay if the club focus and ambition was still the same. Instead, they got silence.

    That said, there are many factors in their decisions to leave and in some cases, intrinsically linked. The Pochettino effect, clubs direction, suitors and possibility of European football, raises in salary BUT it's worth knowing that before Cortese left, all were very settled and happy and many were contented with the progress being made. Sure, they were ambitious but that ambition simply mirrored that of their chairman and manager. To keep them, we'd have to align our ambitions with theirs and we didn't.

    Make no mistake, apart from Shaw and the sentimental sale of Lambert (who, incidentally, wanted to finish his career here otherwise), many of the sales and impending sales were avoidable. How? By matching their ambitions. By retaining their teammates. By retaining and backing the popular manager first and foremost would have given us the best possible opportunity to keep a hold of those players.

    I was just typing a PM today to someone about the J-Rod, Schneiderlin situation when the news broke but yes, they're next and won't be the last.

    The morale of the team was further damaged by the outgoings after Shaw's sale and with the lack of the communication about the direction of the club many decided they'd have enough. As mentioned before, their ambitions aligned with that of the previous chairman and without the same drive/figurehead/ambition as previous then it was only natural they'd instruct their agents to look elsewhere. The treatment some of the players received during the period where potential suitors were circling was shambolic, too. The board acted amateurishly, refusing to take calls from players and making it as difficult as possible to communicate with them about the clubs intentions. The whole trust relationship broke down unsurprisingly and that's we've had what seems like toys being thrown out the pram. It wasn't. It was the frustration seeping out of the players at the club after many months of not-knowing.

    Yes, Cortese really was the glue that kept it all together.

    Worth taking notice that despite all the hatred towards the outgoing players, how gracious have they all been since they left, including Pochettino. Most have all thanked the fans and the club for their time and memories and in the case of our home-grown players, the development of them as players. They'll remain classy as they were brought up "The Southampton Way" - the sad thing is, there is no way any more.

    Pochettino

    Mauricio and his staff were settled and more than happy to stay. Sure, he's got ambitions but he'd grown close the players and was enjoying his work. The subsequent power shift threw that all up in the air and he was talked round from resigning in January, a lot of it was out of loyalty to the players. We've seen a lot of stuff on here about him being shifty and disloyal - he wasn't. He seeked assurances about the following season and was rebutted, like Lallana and the other players. Reed and Krueger maintained they were in control but weren't. Pochettino decided after considerable time waiting to talk about the new season and the strategy for it to look elsewhere.

    By the time Spurs had shown an interest, our board then panicked and offered him a MEGA deal to stay and all the funds from the sales of any players. He told them where to go - he was willing to accept 1-2 departures but he got no guarantees that there wasn't going to be any more. He wanted to decide his playing squad and with him staying, we would have been in a much more persuasive position. Additionally to this, Pochettino had already put a lot of work in and identified players that he'd have liked to have been brought in for the following campaign but was told there was no guarantee on what budget he'd get and whether we'd pay the money for them.

    For him, the "project" was dead. No assurances were forthcoming when he asked and by the time the board realised he was in the sights of Spurs, his mind was already made up - and with that, so was many of the other players minds too.

    Irrespective, MP and his family continue to live in Southampton and are due to move into a new place in OV.


    Koeman

    RoKo was aware of the Lambert, Lallana and Shaw sales but had no intention of losing any more players. He was promised a significant amount of money to rebuild the team in his style but did not sign up for a mass exodus. It'll be interesting to see how he reacts. So far, he's kept a dignified silence but I wouldn't be too surprised if the rumours of his grumbles behind the scenes are true.

    RoKo was identified as the correct choice after his work with a young team on a shoestring budget a Feyenoord and seemed a perfect fit. That said, he didn't sign up for this. At the moment, he's likely receiving a lot of fluff talk from the powers that be about reinvestment. He should be very, very suspicious right now.

    Irrespective of this, the Prem's a good place for him to be "seen" and I'm sure he'll make the most of his opportunity if given a fair crack of the whip. He didn't sign up for this though, that's for sure.

    Cork & Fonte

    In May, there were new contracts on the table for both players (still Pochettino in charge). However, these offers were withdrawn after the rumoured instruction that all the players were for sale.

    Training Ground

    We were always going to continue with the finishing of the training ground; the work there was never going to be halted. It's seen as an asset in any potential future sale and with the sales of Chambers, Shaw and Lallana from the very place those players were developed could be viewed as prestigious and potentially noteworthy to anyone interested in buying the club.

    Summary

    So where does that leave us after all this? With a threadbare squad of kids, unwanted players and established pro's with just 2 weeks or so until the Premier League season starts. I did mention a few months back of a domino effect and if you trawl my posts, you'll see that I had often spoke of this (albeit cryptically, much to many of you's annoyance).

    Expect one possibly two players in this week in attempt to placate the well-placed hysteria surrounding the club but also expect more to follow too. We're pinning our hopes on some new acquisitions, a quick-gelling period and untested and quite frankly, ill-prepared and clearly not-ready youth team players who will be hastily thrown into Premier League football before they're even ready.

    The problem is, with the clear lack of ambition with the sales has put a lot of players off and with the obviously huge intake of cash, it's also driven up the price of a lot of our targets as well. We've got bids in for a lot of players but we're nowhere near the valuation of many of the players because other clubs know we've got cash to burn. It's left us in a very difficult situation and it'll be quite remarkable if we finish mid-table this year, let alone anywhere higher. There's a lot of p1ssed off people right now, many of them staff and players who share YOUR frustrations. The stripes, the fan-friendly letters... it's all fluff. Is there a vision? Is there a strategy? No, not any more. We'd be lucky to tread water and that's what Les and co are hoping we do.

    Much of this was avoidable, there was absolutely no need for a domino effect. Sure, we were always going to be victims of our own success but if we'd played things out differently with MP, AL et al then things could have been so so different.

    That's it for now, I'll write more later...

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    It pretty **** tbh, I new Courtese was the guy behind it all, but I can't believe losing him because the daughter inheriting the club could be so damaging :eek:
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    Well it's not the football discussion thread but you do that anyway :rolleyes:. Blake is omgfusexy! :awesome:

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    Pssh It was a natural discussion rather than an image out of nowhere. She ain't bad.
    Nah, we were discussing her earlier. "Ain't bad"? :rolleyes: she's a goddes :yes:

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    Nah, we were discussing her earlier. "Ain't bad"? :rolleyes: she's a goddes :yes:

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    See, I told you, she alright.

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    Asinz :rolleyes::rofl:
    What?

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    Is it like that now?

    Up to generalising a whole continent?

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    Is it like that now?

    Up to generalising a whole continent?

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    Thought you didn't understand what I said. I'm racist, sue me :getmecoat::ahee:

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    No I got it.

    Wanted to hear it properly though.

    I will sue you :ahee:

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    No I got it.

    Wanted to hear it properly though.

    I will sue you :ahee:

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