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Meh it's Sam Wallace from the telegraph. He's just one of those journalists who writes about saints all the time but it's just made up in his head and invented stories. He's a fantasist.

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Meh it's Sam Wallace from the telegraph. He's just one of those journalists who writes about saints all the time but it's just made up in his head and invented stories. He's a fantasist.

 

Yep we should remember that none of this comes from the club so wont be true.

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Yep we should remember that none of this comes from the club so wont be true.

 

and as time passes, wont happen

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I see the words “Southampton expect to agree a new contract with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl before the end of the season” and instantly can see the alternate headlines when he leaves this summer :)

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Also, Shane Long expect to remain for another season.

 

Suits our game. I’d be happy if he stays.

 

The real question is how we fund the new signings.

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Suits our game. I’d be happy if he stays.

 

The real question is how we fund the new signings.

 

How every other club that doesn’t have to make a profit from transfers manages to scrape the money together every season perhaps? I’ll give you a club, there’s 19 of them in the premier league this season

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and as time passes, wont happen

 

Yep been here before haven’t we. We’ll probably even up with Hojberg being sold, making long a really low offer and him going somewhere like Burnley, is selling Redmond or Ings as we had no choice honestly we didn’t and the clowns out on loan being loaned out again

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As a simple bumpkin I am delighted by this story. Thanks to this article, my love for Gao is now unfaltering and I will continue to worship at the home-made shrine in my spare room, even if Ralph leaves and we appoint Steve Wigley.

 

Does anyone have Gao’s PayPal address, I wish to make a personal donation?

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How every other club that doesn’t have to make a profit from transfers manages to scrape the money together every season perhaps? I’ll give you a club, there’s 19 of them in the premier league this season

 

Norwich, Palace & Burnley?

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Norwich, Palace & Burnley?

 

Norwich and Palace have both spent more than they’ve wasn’t. Norwich haven’t to be fair but they’ve had a relegation and only been back 6 months in that time

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Ralph will only sign a new contract, if he gets the help he needs ie money to sort out the team.

 

Did the article say that?

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Ralph will only sign a new contract, if he gets the help he needs ie money to sort out the team.

 

& I don’t see him getting that. So is this article the 1st step of “well, we tried”.

 

Pretty sure the club were confident Koeman would stay too.

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Yep been here before haven’t we. We’ll probably even up with Hojberg being sold, making long a really low offer and him going somewhere like Burnley, is selling Redmond or Ings as we had no choice honestly we didn’t and the clowns out on loan being loaned out again

 

oh, for the days of Les Reed overseeing the transfer policy.

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When we refuse to pay him a penny more or stitch him up with a meagre budget a statement will be released that will look something like this.....;

 

"Southampton Football Club regret to announce that first-team manager Ralph Hassenhuttl will be leaving the club at the end the current Premier League season.

 

Both the club and Ralph mutually agree that a fresh start would be in the best interests of both parties.

 

The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Ralph and his team for the past two and a half seasons and wish them all the best for the future.

 

A further statement will be made in due course.

 

We March On."

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When we refuse to pay him a penny more or stitch him up with a meagre budget a statement will be released that will look something like this.....;

 

"Southampton Football Club regret to announce that first-team manager Ralph Hassenhuttl will be leaving the club at the end the current Premier League season.

 

Both the club and Ralph mutually agree that a fresh start would be in the best interests of both parties.

 

The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Ralph and his team for the past two and a half seasons and wish them all the best for the future.

 

A further statement will be made in due course.

 

We March On."

Two and a half seasons?

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Ralph is 3 years older than Lawrie McMenemy was when he left Saints. I can't get my head round that. Laurie always seemed ancient!

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No not mentioned

 

Ralph has been at the club long enough to know how the Board operates. He doesn’t seem the sort of manager who needs a massive transfer budget to work with but I guess we will find out soon enough where his head is at.

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We said that last summer!

 

I know. I think the problem was we thought we'd sell more than we did so had to improvise a bit.

 

We can probably shift a few more this summer, but will struggle to raise big, big money needed -- So can imagine a big sale (of somebody we'd like to keep) will have to happen.

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No need to sell if we can reduce wages by getting rid of the 5 big ones out on loan and say 20 million from those 5 and that’s cheap in transfer fees is the equivalent of a 40 million cash injection which will be given to Ralph to spend along with the 30 million that was available in jan gives him a decent pot

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No need to sell if we can reduce wages by getting rid of the 5 big ones out on loan and say 20 million from those 5 and that’s cheap in transfer fees is the equivalent of a 40 million cash injection which will be given to Ralph to spend along with the 30 million that was available in jan gives him a decent pot

 

Did we really have £30m to spend in January?

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If, just what if, this is a sincere message of unanimous support for Ralph from the board...and a message to Gao saying - 'the supporters know we back him, the supporters back him...if he goes it's for other reasons...like the club can't back up the rhetoric of ambition with actual funds or action?

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If Ralph does sign a new contract (& I would say the signs are good) it would be a great statement of intent and direction from the Board. It’s been said so many times but it doesn’t seem to sink in for some people...Gao will not invest, ever, because the model for the club is self-sustainability...we may as well forget him.

 

In terms of giving Ralph a war chest...why? He has said his intention is to maintain a very slim squad where key players get to play most matches. I think Bednarek and Stephens are our choice CB’s now...Vestergaard as backup and a couple of academy players to come through. Bertrand and KWP our fullbacks with Vokins as spare. Hojberg and Romeu might stay or go, but JWP and Armstrong will remain in midfield with a youngster coming through from the academy. Redmond, Djenepo and possibly Boufal plus an academy player in midfield, Ings and Long up top with Adams and Obefemi as understudies.

 

Not much else needed arguably and the real issue is off-loading the dross on loan. I don’t think we’ll see more than one or two new players introduced to the squad in the summer...in terms of Ralph’s philosophy there’s no need.

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If Ralph does sign a new contract (& I would say the signs are good) it would be a great statement of intent and direction from the Board. It’s been said so many times but it doesn’t seem to sink in for some people...Gao will not invest, ever, because the model for the club is self-sustainability...we may as well forget him.

 

In terms of giving Ralph a war chest...why? He has said his intention is to maintain a very slim squad where key players get to play most matches. I think Bednarek and Stephens are our choice CB’s now...Vestergaard as backup and a couple of academy players to come through. Bertrand and KWP our fullbacks with Vokins as spare. Hojberg and Romeu might stay or go, but JWP and Armstrong will remain in midfield with a youngster coming through from the academy. Redmond, Djenepo and possibly Boufal plus an academy player in midfield, Ings and Long up top with Adams and Obefemi as understudies.

 

Not much else needed arguably and the real issue is off-loading the dross on loan. I don’t think we’ll see more than one or two new players introduced to the squad in the summer...in terms of Ralph’s philosophy there’s no need.

In principle I think you're right. A few on here focus on what they want as fans, ie signing loads of expensive but crap players cos other clubs do, whereas our manager appears not to want that (ie his last actual quote before the window shut was that he was OK with our defence options, albeit an injured Cedric was swapped out for KWP), so I'm not in the "poor Ralph, never gets support" camp. My guess is that he'll want a bit longer to showcase himself a bit more, and wait until a job he wants comes available. That said, I would be staggered if we ended up with a squad as threadbare as you suggest. We'd have no chance with such low numbers, and JWP and Armstrong as our main midfield pairing wouldn't be good enough. If his squad is that bare I wouldn't blame him if he walked.

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For sure. All I've ever wanted is for the club to spend loads of money on expensive but crap players because other clubs do. Behave.

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Hojberg and Romeu might stay or go, but JWP and Armstrong will remain in midfield with a youngster coming through from the academy. Redmond, Djenepo and possibly Boufal plus an academy player in midfield, Ings and Long up top with Adams and Obefemi as understudies.

 

You're putting an awful lot of faith in these vague academy players that are about to be Premier League ready fresh out of the oven.

 

I haven't seen any midfielders in the u23s who look anywhere near good enough to step up. Not even close. Harry Reed and Jake Hesketh are still miles ahead of the current batch - and they're not good enough either.

 

I wish we had more coming through, but the days of Saints' academy being the envy of clubs around the country seem (hopefully temporarily) a thing of the distant past. Perhaps with Les Reed and Martin Hunter out of the way and Matt Crocker's return we can start to raise the standards again, but it'll be a long while until the first team sees the benefits.

 

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You're putting an awful lot of faith in these vague academy players that are about to be Premier League ready fresh out of the oven.

 

I haven't seen any midfielders in the u23s who look anywhere near good enough to step up. Not even close. Harry Reed and Jake Hesketh are still miles ahead of the current batch - and they're not good enough either.

 

I wish we had more coming through, but the days of Saints' academy being the envy of clubs around the country seem (hopefully temporarily) a thing of the distant past. Perhaps with Les Reed and Martin Hunter out of the way and Matt Crocker's return we can start to raise the standards again, but it'll be a long while until the first team sees the benefits.

 

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Agree. I think with Crocker coming in things in the Academy will change for the better. It will take time but that appears to be the intention.

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Who was the last Saints manager to sign a new contract? Adkins?

 

Hughes? (an argument could be made against that though!)

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No need to sell if we can reduce wages by getting rid of the 5 big ones out on loan and say 20 million from those 5 and that’s cheap in transfer fees is the equivalent of a 40 million cash injection which will be given to Ralph to spend along with the 30 million that was available in jan gives him a decent pot

 

Where has this £30m available in January come from?

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Where has this £30m available in January come from?

 

I thought we had to shift multiple players before signing anyone? (which was a fact)

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In principle I think you're right. A few on here focus on what they want as fans, ie signing loads of expensive but crap players cos other clubs do, whereas our manager appears not to want that (ie his last actual quote before the window shut was that he was OK with our defence options, albeit an injured Cedric was swapped out for KWP), so I'm not in the "poor Ralph, never gets support" camp. My guess is that he'll want a bit longer to showcase himself a bit more, and wait until a job he wants comes available. That said, I would be staggered if we ended up with a squad as threadbare as you suggest. We'd have no chance with such low numbers, and JWP and Armstrong as our main midfield pairing wouldn't be good enough. If his squad is that bare I wouldn't blame him if he walked.

 

I’ve not seen a single person say they want us to sign loads of expensive crap players because everyone else does. What I have seen is fans rightly question why is it we have to sell to buy when no other club does.

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I’ve not seen a single person say they want us to sign loads of expensive crap players because everyone else does. What I have seen is fans rightly question why is it we have to sell to buy when no other club does.

 

Every club has to sell to buy. PL clubs are restricted to 25 players over 21 years old. You can't keep buying without selling/loaning players out.

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Every club has to sell to buy. PL clubs are restricted to 25 players over 21 years old. You can't keep buying without selling/loaning players out.

 

Obviously. But we are the only club that has to sell to fund our signings.

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Obviously. But we are the only club that has to sell to fund our signings.

 

Weren’t Everton in the same position recently?

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Weren’t Everton in the same position recently?

 

This would be the Everton that have spent £275m more than they’ve made from transfers in the same period we’ve made a profit, yes?

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