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    Aubameyang is going to rip our defense to shreds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the saint in winchester View Post
    I think you should apologise, Avenue. I have no idea who TID may be, but he is definitely ITK. If he says it, I believe it.
    Yes, he's got his finger right on the pulse

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    I know most on here are sceptical, can’t say I blame them.

    Will tell you what I’ve heard - Hughes will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Got told about 4pm, only just had time to post. Board want him to work.

    Source is a close enough to 1st team to know. Just passing on what I’ve been told.

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    Depends what you accept as "soon" Greenridge.
    He wrote that on 25/11 and Hughes didn't go until 3/12. A week is a long time in politics (heck it is today!!!) and in sport, a week is an eternity.
    He has a contact inside the club. If that contact is a player, then the player wouldn't know board plans. It's likely players were under the impression MH was sticking around lest they downed tools and waited for the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the saint in winchester View Post
    Depends what you accept as "soon" Greenridge.
    He wrote that on 25/11 and Hughes didn't go until 3/12. A week is a long time in politics (heck it is today!!!) and in sport, a week is an eternity.
    He has a contact inside the club. If that contact is a player, then the player wouldn't know board plans. It's likely players were under the impression MH was sticking around lest they downed tools and waited for the exit.
    Come off it.

    "won't be going anywhere anytime soon" means he'll be around a lot longer than a week. And if the contact (exists and) is a player then, as you say, they wouldn't know anyway what Goa or Ralphy K were up to and so there is no justification for making emphatic statements of the sort quoted.

    Now, that doesn't mean he doesn't have a player contract but I'll reserve judgement for now.

    #theitkbusiness

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    Nathan Tella, Enzo Robise and Alexandre Jankewitz in the training photos.

    No sign of Bertrand, Cedric, Ings, Long, Gallagher.



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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Nathan Tella, Enzo Robise and Alexandre Jankewitz in the training photos.

    No sign of Bertrand, Cedric, Ings, Long, Gallagher.



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    Maybe Ralph Hasenhüttl is keeping his cards close to his chest, not difficult to select photos for publication is it? In any case it's only Wednesday and the match is on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFC-TID! View Post
    Yes, I have

    Personally, I think you’re the end of a bell. Don’t need to justify anything to anyone. I just pass on what I get told.

    However, am happy to tell the mods my sources if they so wish.
    What was that then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Nathan Tella, Enzo Robise and Alexandre Jankewitz in the training photos.
    Pretty cool to have 16 & 17 year old's to be training with the first team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSAINT View Post
    Pretty cool to have 16 & 17 year old's to be training with the first team.
    Absolutely.

    Even if they don't get picked, and probably won't, their enthusiasm will lift the mood of training sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboy40 View Post
    Absolutely.

    Even if they don't get picked, and probably won't, their enthusiasm will lift the mood of training sessions.
    And any other youngster at Southampton as we are opening the door for them to train with the first team squad.
    IMHO the last three managers did nothing to help our once fantastic academy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilchards View Post
    And any other youngster at Southampton as we are opening the door for them to train with the first team squad.
    IMHO the last three managers did nothing to help our once fantastic academy.
    Sorry but Puel was very interested in the youngsters. You just have to see the players he introduced:
    Hesketh Sims McQueen

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevy777_x View Post
    Sorry but Puel was very interested in the youngsters. You just have to see the players he introduced:
    Hesketh Sims McQueen
    more due to his Europa League rotation policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSAINT View Post
    Pretty cool to have 16 & 17 year old's to be training with the first team.
    Was once a stated philosophy of the club according to Les Reed (when Poch was in charge) to have the youngsters train with the first team. Another of the philosphies (like not loaning out young players) that were actually just statements of what was actually happening at the time. Didn't survive Poch's departure.

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    Well I like this Ralph Chappy already - he has bought me a drink before the game as long as I am in earlier than 30 mins before kick off to use my voucher!!
    ....................oh hang on he's trying to get me sozzled so that I don't notice that nothing has changed!!!!!

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    Have Hesketh and Sims ever really been given a chance in the team? I know there have been a couple of brief snatches of playing time, but I don't remember them actually having a clear part in the first team. McQueen seemed to get a few regular chances though, probably enough to make his claim if he was worth a regular place.

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    Long is out for a while, back in January sometime I think,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Garrett View Post
    Long is out for a while, back in January sometime I think,
    No loss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Clarke View Post
    No loss!
    Matter of opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S-Clarke View Post
    No loss!
    You reckon?

    If we've got a manager who wants to play a high-intensity, aggressive defensive strategy and likes to get the ball forward quickly in transition, and our only other fit strikers are Austin and Gabbi, I would say it's quite a big loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy Saint View Post
    Well I like this Ralph Chappy already - he has bought me a drink before the game as long as I am in earlier than 30 mins before kick off to use my voucher!!
    ....................oh hang on he's trying to get me sozzled so that I don't notice that nothing has changed!!!!!
    Yes except the free drink I got sent is for SATURDAY

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSAINT View Post
    Mustafi & Sokratis both suspended.
    They have a game tonight. Hope it doesn't count. Knowing our luck it does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    You reckon?

    If we've got a manager who wants to play a high-intensity, aggressive defensive strategy and likes to get the ball forward quickly in transition, and our only other fit strikers are Austin and Gabbi, I would say it's quite a big loss.
    i would agree, ironically the way RH wants them to play would suit Long....probably not as a goal scorer but certainly in terms of pressing and intensity

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeG View Post
    They have a game tonight. Hope it doesn't count. Knowing our luck it does!
    No - tongiht isn't domestic.

    Hopefully they get a few injuries tonight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Garrett View Post
    No - tongiht isn't domestic.

    Hopefully they get a few injuries tonight also.
    They will play zero first teamers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Nathan Tella, Enzo Robise and Alexandre Jankewitz in the training photos.

    No sign of Bertrand, Cedric, Ings, Long, Gallagher.



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    Glad we're back doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northam soul View Post
    Yes except the free drink I got sent is for SATURDAY
    Panic Ye Not!!
    Small print has it expiring on 16th December.........................if it stays chilly like now be nice if they rustled up some Gluhwein to get into the proper Austrian spirit Hic!

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    Lawro with his finger on the pulse as ever...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46555484

    "Looking at Southampton's squad, they will have to act in January if they want results to improve significantly. If they want to stay in this division, they will need to gamble.

    That could mean spending £50-60m but, after all the players they have sold in the past few years, Saints must have the cash. The question is, are they prepared to spend it?"
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    I’m going for a 4321 again in this game:
    McCarthy
    Cedric Bednarak Vestegaard Bertrand/Targett
    Romeu
    Lemina Hojbjerg
    Elyounoussi Armstrong
    Redmond

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    our only hope is complacency on Arsenal's part

    too early to expect Ralph to have got us into a team capable of beating a top 6 side ....might have to wait a few more weeks yet

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    Looking forward to going into a side against a big team and not just sitting and waiting to get beat. Hopefully we’ll take it to what is going to be a makeshift defence and play on the front foot. Appreciate this depends largely on a couple of our injured players returning, but if that’s the case then no reason we can’t take the game to them.

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    They rested pretty much all their first teamers last night so they'll be fresh.

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    I don’t know if it’s me being naive, stupid or both but I fancy us to nick something here...

    2-1 win after going 2-0 up early

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    Cedric, Ings and Long all possible for Sunday
    Bertrand out after back operation - min 2 weeks

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    Bertrand's back operation recovery takes him up to the opening of the transfer window, cynics may suggest...

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    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!
    It’s you, Ralph looks like someone who knows there’s a challenge ahead but believes he can sort it.

    I think we are going to see surprises in the line up Sunday and although we will likely lose, we will see more energy and commitment from the players. This is the first time this season I am excited for a match. COYR

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!
    I'd like to think Ralph would know that if he watched any of our matches this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!
    I doubt a man of his calibre would have walked into the pudding that Saints have become with his eyes firmly closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!
    Yeah you ya idiot. Was it an eyebrow move, or a curled lip that gave you that information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Kucho View Post
    It’s you, Ralph looks like someone who knows there’s a challenge ahead but believes he can sort it.

    I think we are going to see surprises in the line up Sunday and although we will likely lose, we will see more energy and commitment from the players. This is the first time this season I am excited for a match. COYR
    Yep, it’s nice to feel excited about going to a game for the first time in ages.

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    Is Obafemi still injured? There hasn't been an update on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Is it me or does Ralph look like he has just realised he was sold a dream by Krueger and in reality he has been dealt a very sh*t hand with the personnel we have!
    most definitely you.

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    Doesn’t sound great that Stephens has a problem with his knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    Doesn’t sound great that Stephens has a problem with his knees.
    Ralph said earlier that it was a collision of knees with another player. Hopefully he will be fit by the time Sunday comes along

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    Watching the Under 23's match at the moment, you can see the different lines drawn on the pitch that RH was talking about in his presser. Looking forward to seeing the results of a full week's training.

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    I see the Ref for Sunday is Chris Kavanagh. Don't know much about him except he Reffed us last season against WBA and we won away 1-0
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    Quote Originally Posted by whelk View Post
    Yeah you ya idiot. Was it an eyebrow move, or a curled lip that gave you that information?
    "The guys have invested a lot this week; we are talking about a style that has many new things for some of them and it is a process that doesn't change just from one day to another."

    More when he said this!

    I do admire Ralph’s optimism though- he knows he has a challenge and is truly embracing it.

    Feeling weirdly confident for this one- just wish it was a Saturday 3pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    "The guys have invested a lot this week; we are talking about a style that has many new things for some of them and it is a process that doesn't change just from one day to another."

    More when he said this!

    I do admire Ralph’s optimism though- he knows he has a challenge and is truly embracing it.

    Feeling weirdly confident for this one- just wish it was a Saturday 3pm
    So it will be 22 and a half hours till kick off?

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    Has kbilly got any clues as to what the team could be for tomorrow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    Have Hesketh and Sims ever really been given a chance in the team? I know there have been a couple of brief snatches of playing time, but I don't remember them actually having a clear part in the first team. McQueen seemed to get a few regular chances though, probably enough to make his claim if he was worth a regular place.
    Hesketh , Sims , Reed , Jomes Mc Queen all need to be sold and moved never going to make the grade in the Prem .....free up more space and wages

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