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      05.01.2014 18:19
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      The Premier Leagues model team

      Yep, chairmen like to sack struggling football managers this time of the year, if just to shield their egos from baying crowds, 12 of the current 92 having been in the job for less than one month. 53 have been employed less than 12 months at their respective clubs and only three Premier League managers still in the job after two years, one of those the somewhat precarious Sam Alladyce, amazingly the world's 13th best paid manager. Amazing still is that a Newcastle United manager is the second longest serving Prem manager behind the seemingly invincible Arsen Wenger. Anyone who can guess the second longest serving manger in the 92 clubs can have 5 E rates! At Southampton, of course, Pochettino is closing in on just one year in the job, what 59% of league managers have failed to do. This astonishing churn of managers is seeing these guys getting more compensation than a BBC Executive, which takes some doing, unemployed ex Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish still the 5th highest paid manager in the United Kingdom, pulling in £9.5m compensation alone in the season 2011-2012.

      So who is Pochettino? Well he is the same 'Argie' defender that hacked at Michael Owen in that World cup match to give the penalty away. After a modest but worthy career in Argentina it was on to Europe's top leagues as a reward where he played most of his football with Espanyol and Paris St-Germain. His first managerial job would be Espanyol (2009) and then suddenly propelled into the big time with the Southampton job. He lost twice as many as he won from those 161 games in Spain and so a bit of a surprise when he usurped successful Southampton manager Nigel Atkins, who had gloriously secured back-to-back promotions to reach the Premiership. Pochettino arrival was an odd one, that's for sure, but seemed to work. Southampton Owner Markus Liebher had died in 2010 and Executive Chairman and Italian banker Nicola Cortese appears to be the man running things now, transfer funds coming from the dead owner's bank account by posthumous consent by all-accounts. It appears it was Cortese who undermined Adkins, and Pardew previously, to get his man from Argentina. Pochettino's win ratio is currently 33% on the South Coast, as it was at Espanyol.

      Like most serious Premier League teams The Saints have a modern stadium, St Mary's, a 32,000 capacity. Tickets are fairly cheap and affordable if you are working full time. Adults start at £30 and kids can get in for £10. They get that kids are the future adult fans. Those prices rise for the glamour Premier League matches. The stadium has good parking and easy to get to by trains, planes and automobiles. Some away fans fly into the local municipal airport to avoid long car and train journeys. That stadium made the news in 2007 when a statue of favorite son Ted Bates was unveiled outside the ground. Sadly it was out of proportion and simply made home fans crack up with amusement. It was later taken down and replaced by a more dignified one by the artist commissioned to do it.



      ===The Team===

      How the club is run, aside, they are playing some bloody good football, mainly because they have some fabulous young English players, Southampton having a great reputation for producing internationals the way West Ham did. The South Coast is a great catchment area, which includes the Channel Islands, Le Tessier and LeSaux to name but two. These guys really ping the ball around and have great touch players. If they had a top class striker then the Europa League would be on.


      Younger players they couldn't hold on to were Gareth Bale, Oxley-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Wayne Bridge, sold on for good money. Club legends include England World Cup winner Alan Ball and record club goal scorer Mick Shannon (228 goals in all competitions). England's Terry Paine is the club appearance record holder at 815 caps, 212 less than Southampton old boy Peter Shilton, who has over 1000 caps accrued from around the country. Thrown in fellow England greats Alan Shearer, Mick Mills and Kevin Keegan and the list just goes on and on.

      The current England born potential stars are Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, David Ward Prowse and the exciting Luke Shaw and the older Lambert. I expect Shaw to be England's right back one day soon and Lallana to be the next David Beckham. Luke Chambers and young Nathanial Clyne also look impressive for their age group. Clearly Southampton's youth policy concentrates on bringing on young British lads and not interested in simply using academies to bring in hoards of aspiring young Black Africans and then discard 90% of them that are not good enough and flog the rest. That's what the big clubs do. Southampton are so good at harvesting talent they have 44 pro players in their squad and only four out on loan although you do wonder how that works and how they keep the fringe guys keen. Of those 44, 27 are British. 8 of the 11 that took the filed in the last Premier League last match were English. I'm noticing that the middle tear teams in the Premier League are increasingly home grown. Bringing in bespoke foreign players for less wages and transfer fees may well be on the way out and we would all drink to that.



      ===Most League Goals for Southampton===


      * 185 Mick Channon 1966-1977 & 1979-1982
      * 161 Matthew Le Tissier 1986-2002
      * 160 Terry Paine 1956-1974
      * 156 Bill Rawlings 1920-1927
      * 154 George O'Brien 1959-1966
      * 145 Derek Reeves 1954-1963
      * 145 Eric Day 1945-1957
      * 134 Ron Davies 1966-1973
      * 99 Rickie Lambert 2009-Present
      * 97 Martin Chivers 1962-1968




      ===The Players===


      1 England GK Kelvin Davis (Club Captain)
      2 England DF Nathaniel Clyne
      3 Japan DF Maya Yoshida
      4 France MF Morgan Schneiderlin
      5 Croatia DF Dejan Lovren
      6 Portugal DF José Fonte
      7 England FW Rickie Lambert (vice-captain)
      8 N.Ireland MF Steven Davis
      9 England FW Jay Rodriguez
      10 Uruguay MF Gastón Ramírez
      12 Kenya MF Victor Wanyama
      13 Scotland DF Danny Fox
      16 England MF James Ward-Prowse
      17 Italy FW Dani Osvaldo
      18 England MF Jack Cork
      19 Japan FW Tadanari Lee
      20 England MF Adam Lallana (captain)
      21 Brazil FW Guly do Prado
      22 England DF Calum Chambers
      23 England DF Luke Shaw
      25 Argentina GK Paulo Gazzaniga
      26 Netherlands DF Jos Hooiveld
      27 Wales MF Lloyd Isgrove
      31 Poland GK Artur Boruc
      32 England DF Jason McCarthy
      33 England DF Matt Targett
      35 England DF Jack Stephens
      36 England DF Jordan Turnbull
      37 England MF Omar Rowe
      38 England MF Harrison Reed
      39 England FW Jake Sinclair
      40 Scotland FW Sam Gallagher
      41 United States GK Cody Cropper
      43 England GK Will Britt
      44 Northern Ireland GK Chris Johns


      ===Honors===



      My first memory of Southampton was beating Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup Final, in the days when the FA Cup Final was something special. Bobby Stokes scored the winner late on, Southampton finishing sixth in League two and unfancied in 76, United third in the First Division then. From the confidence of that Cup win Southampton would be promoted as champions in 1977-78, triggering a 27 years stint in the top league, and a League Cup Final in 1979 from that new found confidence, beaten by Brian Clough's mighty Forest side 1-0. In 2003 they would reach their fourth FA Cup Final with defeat to Arsenal.




      Football League Division One - Runners-up: 1983-84

      Football League Division Two / Football League Championship
      Runners-up: 1965-66, 1977-78, 2011-12

      Football League Division Three / Football League One
      Champions: 1959-60
      Runners-up: 2010-11

      Football League Third Division South
      Champions: 1921-22

      Southern League
      Champions: 1896-97, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1900-01, 1902-03, 1903-04

      -FA Cup-
      Winners: 1976

      Finalists: 1900, 1902, 2003

      -League Cup-
      Finalists: 1979

      FA Community Shield
      Finalists: 1976

      Football League Trophy
      Winners: 2010

      Zenith Data Systems Cup
      Finalists: 1992

      Anglo-Italian League Cup
      Finalists: 1976

      Texaco Cup
      Finalists: 1975

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        15.09.2009 10:36
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        It's going to be a long season!

        Saints were on the brink of oblivion, left for dead by the evil Rupert Lowe, relegated to League One, stuck in administration and only days away from being wound up for good. Things were looking bleak until Markus Liebherr stepped up and saved the club. Within days he sacked Mark Wotte, signed club captain Kelvin Davies to a long term deal and appointed Alan Pardew as the next manager. Pardew managed to flog a bit of deadwood and sign a few of big names (for League One) in Dan Harding and Graeme Murty along with League One top scorer Ricky Lambert. Things were looking good despite the prospect of starting the season with -10 points. Saints could dream again. And how we were brought back down to reality!

        The opening day of the season saw Saints put in a spirited display against Millwall, having taken the lead Saints sat back, invited pressure and conceded the equaliser. The following Tuesday saw Saints get trounced 3-1 away to Huddersfield despite new signing Lambert getting off the mark with a goal on his debut. A 1-0 defeat at Swindin followed as Saints struggled to adapt to life in League One. The home form was barely any better as Saints managed to only muster a 1-1 draw against Brentford. An improved peformance away to Stockport was ruined by the referee who gave the home side a last minute penalty leaving the Saints the points to share. Ten man Colchester held Saints to a 0-0 draw at St Marys and the Saints trip to the Valley to league leaders Charlton resulted in a fourth consecutive draw.

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          28.01.2009 14:10
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          O dear o dear when did it all go wrong, maybe it was because we have 3 different managers every season or every play we have which is good leaves, now we find ourselves second from bottom in the championship and from what i can see well be in League 2 next season.

          from being in the premiership for 25+ years and now within a couple of season being in risk of League 2 status someones got to stand up and take control by bringing in new players and getting a decent manager who knows what hes doing and wants to stay.

          Back in the early days we were a good contender for europe with the likes of matt le tissier who scored some incredible goals and defensive leaders claus lundekvam and jason dodd we had a shot but never took it, since our best players have either left or retired we seemed to struggle every season from relegation from barely escaping to just gettin luckly but it didnt last for long and to much of portsmouth fans delight we were relagted as thye got promoted.

          Hopefully things will be sorted before it gets worse because im sure if we go down this season half of our team wont go with us.

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            03.09.2003 16:28
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            Southampton FC Est.: 1885 Division: Premiership Chairman: Rupert Lowe Manager: Gordon Strachan Club Captain: Jason Dodd The new season is underway and it’s time for an op on a team that I don’t so much as support, but if you’ve got to have a Premiership team then this would be mine. Being about an hour out of Southampton, it seemed almost inevitable that I’d go to a few games at Saints. Now I had the choice Saints or Chelsea being the nearest Premiership teams, however the cost of match day tickets swung it towards Saints, and now I am a member down there. Of course other reasons influenced the decision to go to Saints but as I am a bit of a Football nut anyway, I’ll pretty much go to any games. The first factor in the Saints membership though is that I actually know one of the players, whom I’ll mention in a bit. The other well I got tickets to see Saints v Arsenal last November and after watching a decent game of football I decided to join up. Recent History ************ One of the founder members of the Premiership back in the early 90’s, Saints have managed to stay there for over 10 years now. Following a few seasons struggling they soon became a middle of the table side, that no-one really expected much of each season. Mid table was the way to go. Glenn Hoddle’s spell at the club almost brought about European qualification before he up and left to join Spurs, taking star defender Dean Richards with him. Then Stuart Gray almost brought relegation to the South Coast before Gordon Strachan took over following his dismissal from Coventry. The relegation struggles were expected to start all over again after Strachan took over. However relegation struggles haven’t materialised and Saints actually qualified for the Uefa cup last season, following a trip to Cardiff for the FA Cup final against Arsenal, so Strachan’s first full seaso
            n worked out pretty well. A move in 2001 from the Dell, to the new St Mary’s stadium has also helped Saints, providing a large support a bigger ground to visit. Of course along with having relegation worries for years the Saints have produced some of England’s finest players through the youth system. The most notable, Alan Shearer, the former England Captain started life on the South Coast before moving on to Blackburn. Matt Le Tissier, Mr Southampton himself spent his entire career with the Saints, just a shame he never seemed to get the International chance. And finally, the future England left back and recently departed Wayne Bridge who joined Chelsea for 7 million. Stadium. ******* After over 100 years at the Dell, Southampton finally moved in 2001, to a brand new ground in the centre of town. The Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium doubled the capacity for home games from about 15000 to around the 32500 mark. This of course was great news for the fans as there 17000 season ticket holders and 30000 members, means a lot more people get the chance of tickets. The ground like the Madjeski stadium is in the bowl shape again with no views being obscured at all. The away support is always a set percentage of the gate occupying one end of the ground. The concourse areas though are where I feel Saints have succeeded and the Royals failed. The size of the concourse area is much bigger at St Mary’s, which helps with the flow of people to and from snack bars to their seats. Inside the concourse, there are plenty of food and drinks areas and also a bookies in case you want to put a bet on the game. Parking around the ground is pretty limited, I personally park in the town somewhere and walk to the ground and it’s a pretty easy walk from the centre of the town to the ground. The parking near the ground uses up any little area they can find, including school playgrounds and the cement works. I̵
            7;d imagine it’s around about a fiver to use the car park. Again from the Station, like the town it is an easy walk but you do get a free bus pass with your ticket from the station to the ground. Bars **** Now Again like the Car Parking, I never go into the bars around the Ground but as the St Mary’s area of Southampton is pretty rough it’s normally advisable if you want a pint or two before the game head into the town centre. Here you will find all the high street pubs such as Yatses, Weatherspoon’s and the like and all are pretty welcoming places. Club Shop ******** Like all clubs, Saints of course have the club shop where you can buy a replica Kit for £39.99 and all your other little bits and pieces you might want to purchase. Of course Saints have a lot of personalised merchandise, including a football management game dedicated to the club, designed by one of the fans. Programme ********* Like all football clubs Southampton FC produce a match day programme containing team sheets, info. On the away team, managers, Chairman and Captains notes and match reviews from recent games. The programme costs £3 to buy, which isn’t an awful lot, Manager ******* I’m of the school of thought that Strachan is actually a brilliant manager, I know a lot of people at Coventry don’t like him, but what he managed to do on a budget there was unbelievable. Now since coming to Southampton he has been able to show what he can do with a bit of financial backing. Making some rillaint signings in his short time as the Saints boss. The doubts of course were there when he took over, but Saints fans must be glad now that the former Man Utd and Leeds star is at the helm. Following Stuart Gray’s departure, Strachan had a lot of work to do and so far he seems to have done a good job, despite falling out with a few people along the way. Players
            ****** The Saints Keeper is Finish international Antti Niemi signed from Hearts he seems to have been a bargain signing. Formerly the Rangers No. 2 his profile has grown since his move to the south coast, with a superb performance at home to Arsenal last season, which seen him linked with a move to either the Gunners or Old Trafford, however he hasn’t gone and Saints will do well with him in goal. Defensively last season Saints were solid with Matthias Svensson and Claus Lundekvam, forming a solid partnership in the middle, although Lundekvam does look a little shaky on occasions. But all in all I think the Key to Southamptons continuing success will be to keep these 2 together. On the right Paul Telfer had a good season last year after following Strachan from Coventry, he provides the defensive cover for Fernandes well. On the left the signing of Graham Le Saux from Chelsea as Bridge went the other way has also been a good signing by Strachan. Le Saux is a solid defender who can even chip in with the odd goal. Along with them they also have talented right back Chris Baird and also Danny Higginbotham who was signed from Derby will prove to be another brilliant buy by Strachan. The Midfield is probably becoming one of the better ones in the league, behind the top 5 clubs at least. The key 5 players who can play in the centre of midfield are key to saints success, Matt Oakley is a solid midfielder who along with Chris Marsden provide a solid middle. David Prutton, signed from Nottingham Forest is a superb young player who will become a full England international in the near future after impressing in the Under 21’s. The other two central midfielders, Anders Svensson and Rory Delap, provide the attacking edge in the midfield. Svensson is a talented player who seems to spend a lot of time on the bench, but when he comes on he can really shake a game up. Much in a similar way to Delap who joined Saints from
            Derby County and whose Dad is a friend of my dad’s, can play in almost any position and is a great versatile player to be able to bring in. Of course no team would be complete in midfield without having a couple of wingers and Saints now have a pair of proper get out wide and run at people midfielders. Fabrice Fernandes on the right, is a classical winger, the Frenchman is brilliant going forward but a little suspect in defence but with Telfer covering him it takes the pressure off. On the left where Marsden played a lot of last season Neil McCann has been brought in from Rangers and from the games I’ve sen him play for the Scottish Champions he will be a quality purchase. So onto the forwards and of course the main man is one of the best in the country at the moment, James Beattie. Starting at Blackburn he moved as part of Kevin Davis’s move to Blackburn. Having been the first to 10 and 20 goals last season, he has started this season with a goal already and hopefully a game for England tonight. Along side him you have Kevin Phillips, a bargain at just over 3 million, Phillips will prove to be a brilliant signing if he can find similar form to that of 2 seasons ago. Others waiting in the wings are Brett Ormerod a quick striker signed from Blackpool a few years ago and Marian Pahars who once fit will really give Saints a competitive edge up front as all 4 strikers will be competing for a place in the starting lineup. Conclusion ********* Well that’s Southampton FC on my tour of British football clubs. Hopefully another season of the same to come for the Saints with European Football being played at the new St Mary’s stadium the future looks bright. Hopefully they can keep hold of players like Niemi, which shouldn’t really be a problem as they are under no pressure to actually sell players. The departure of Bridge was obviously a blow but the players they have bought with the 7 mill
            ion more than makes up for him. www.saintsfc.co.uk

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              03.02.2002 22:51

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              I am an oversea student studying inthe Univesity of Southampton. So, it's natural that I hope that the Saints will do well. Unlike Liverpool and Man U, which have a large supporters base even outside of UK, Saints aren't really the first choice for them. Given the budget and players that they have, it's very amazing that how can they survive when a lot of other teams of the similar size have come and gone (Conventry, Watford, Bradford , etc.) It also prove that you can't buy success with just judging how much money you throw in a club. Overall I still think that the club has do well out of their own expectation. Who knows, they may be steadily move up the protocol to become one of the elite clubs inthe league just like other clubs in London and the North. Just may be.

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              07.10.2001 05:38
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              Southhampton have had a very bad start to the season. Not only have they only scored one premiership goal so far, they have lost to former manager Glenn Hoddle's team Spurs, and Prize defender Dean Richards now seams to be making the same move as Hoddle. All in all things can only get get better for Southampton. They are still settling in to their new all seater modern stadium, which can often take a while, and they are still on the lookout for new players to strengthen the squad. manager Stuart Gray was a bit of a risk to put in control as manager, as he is unproven at the top level. However he did before hand know each player as he was coach during Glen Hoddles rein. And they do have a few key players amoung thier squad: 1. James beattie was signed from blackburn as part of a deal which saw Kevin davies go the other way. However since then davies has returned and beattie has prived the better player. When on form Beattie is dangerous. 2.Rory delap was signed in the summer as a replacement for hassan kachoul. Deby are bound to miss him as delap is a brilliant midfielder who gets his fair share of goals. 3.Jo Tessem can play in defence and midfield but does tend to attack when possible. He does score a few stunners. 4.Wayne Bridge - due to the recent departure of dean richards wayne bridge will prove even ore valuable this season to Southampton. He plays full back, and is from the clubs youth policy and is still under 22. Southampton should pull themselves out of the way of the relegatuon zone by Christams, but the key to their success is getting to turn thier new stadium 'St Maries' into a fortress like the dell once was.

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                16.09.2001 20:32
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                I think Southampton will find it hard this season to stay in the premiership and I think that relegation is a possibility for the club. They have been in the top division for quite a long time now but this year could be the year that they are relegated. Southampton have not really got any great players, although they have got a few good ones including Dean Richards, who has been a Tottenham target for a long time now, but he will be staying with Southampton. Other good players are Pahars, Paul Jones, Rory Delap and Matthew Oakley. As you can see, Southampton have not really got a well-known good player and this is why I think they will struggle this season. They have already played 4 and lost 3 and won 1, scoring 1 and conceding 6. Southampton’s manager, Stuart Gray, is not a known manager but he is one that will want to help Southampton do well as he has been with the club for quite a few years now. He is not a manger that I think can help Southampton stay in the premiership and sign big players that would make them better. I think that Southampton will finish about 20th this season and they will be relegated to Division 1.

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                  I think Southampton will find it hard this season to stay in the premiership and I think that relegation is a possibility for the club. They have been in the top division for quite a long time now but this year could be the year that they are relegated. Southampton have not really got any great players, although they have got a few good ones including Dean Richards, who has been a Tottenham target for a long time now, but he will be staying with Southampton. Other good players are Pahars, Paul Jones, Rory Delap and Matthew Oakley. As you can see, Southampton have not really got a well-known good player and this is why I think they will struggle this season. They have already played 2 and lost both of them this season, scoring 0 and conceding 4. Southampton’s manager, Stuart Gray, is not a known manager but he is one that will want to help Southampton do well as he has been with the club for quite a few years now. He is not a manger that I think can help Southampton stay in the premiership and sign big players that would make them better. I think that Southampton will finish about 18th this season and they will be relegated to Division 1.

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                    05.04.2001 04:27
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                    This week Glenn Hoddle left Southampton Football Club in order to take up the post of manager at Tottenham Hotspur. This action proved what we knew all along, he is a selfish, self centered man. Glenn Hoddle could do well taking a look at some of the other managers in The Premiership. A lot of managers, Bobby Robson and Arsene Wenger spring to mind immediately, have been offered more lucrative contracts from clubs, but turned them down as they were still under contract. Newcastle United had to wait for Bobby Robson to fulfil his contract at Barcelona before they could employ him. Wenger has been chased by Barcelona. These two are men of honour, who stand by their word. The ultimate act of selfishness was to take John Gorman, the assistant manager with him. He has showed contempt for the fans of the club. I saw an interview with Hoddle a few weeks ago, and he said that the only way to go forward was for himself and the players to commit to the club long term. Lip service again, and I would have to think seriously about believing anything that comes from Hoddle in the future. He claims to be a born again Christian, but must forget that lying and deceiving are far from Christian. There is so much debate over the transfers of footballers, and I am of the belief that the same rules should apply to managers. Over the last few years, Southampton have been seen as one of the teams who make up the numbers in the league. As I write this opinion, the team have done well, and mathematically they are in with a fighting chance for a European place. He acted foolishly while in charge of the England team, openly criticising senior players, and keeping a diary which became public. He should have been ostricised then, but he was lucky enough to be thrown a lifeline by Southampton. Now there are rumours that the club want Kevin Keegan to take over. Why? The man has no bottle, and will run at the first sign of a fight. He has done i
                    t before, and in many ways he is as bad if not worse than Hoddle. I hope that for the fans sake, Rupert Lowe, the chairman chooses wisely and that the club reach the heights they are capable of.

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                      18.03.2001 02:33
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                      Glen Hoddle has left Southampton to go to Totenham Hotspur. As a Southampton fan I can not write down what im feeling now (Language mostly). I did really admire him but it is very arrogant of him to leave before the end of the season. Southampton are a better club and have a chance to qualify for Europe and are having a new 32,000 seater stadium for next season. I bet the main difference is because he is being offered a higher wage at Totenham nothing to do with the team. He should of waited before end of season now Southampton will not have as much heart to carry on. Southampton need a Manager that will stay with them no manager recently has lasted two seasons. There is a whole amount of names which are being said of who could be the new manager. Southampton fans are not loosing out Glen Hoddle is!

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                        I have been supporting Southampton since I was six. I have seen them just stay in the premiership by 1 point. Now Since Glenn Hoddle has taken over Saints have started to play good football. Their dfence and passing has improved they have better players and are now in the top half of the premiership. Now after the humilating defeat by Tranmere Saints were able to over come it and beat middlesborough who hadn;'t lost a game in the league under Terry Venables. I think it shows great character and skill to come back from a defeat like that and win an important match. The impact that Dan petrescu is having on the saints is great as well. Saints missed out on him at the start of the season to Bradford, but realizing the mistake he had made came to the south coast. He has already scored a goal and is playing well setting up a couple as well. Dean Richards I feel should be in the England squad. He is a great defender and has proved how good he can be whilst playing for the saints. He has scored a couple this season and defended well. I'm sure he will be called up soon! Now with only 11 gasmes left for Saints lets hope they can finish in the top half and they now are proberly safe and look forward to playing in the premiership at their new ground in August.

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                          19.02.2001 04:33

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                          When Glenn Hoddle was unceremoniously and controversially removed from his seat of power within the England camp, there were many people who doubted that he would ever return to the game. But, just a year after being ousted by the media circus, Hoddle was back in the saddle with Southampton, replacing Dave Jones as he took time off to fight criminal charges. Initially Hoddle was only supposed to stay at the Dell for a year, but few believed that Jones would return to the club. Just over a year into Hoddle's tenure on the south coast, he has rebuilt his reputation and proved he has the qualities to succeed in club management, even if he was susceptible to dirt-digging journalism in the international game. It shouldn't be a surprise that his comeback has been such a success. Hoddle started where all ex-pros should - down the divisions and working upwards. Hoddle started his managerial career with Swindon, lifting them into the Premiership in 1993 before moving onto Chelsea and then England. It has taken the 42-year-old 12 months to get Southampton both playing and working the way he would like. Some of his methods - including the use of faith healers - are unconventional but the players have been converted. His latest policy - brought from his days at Spurs as a player - is to use a sports psychologist, namely John Syer, to help bond the players together. The training regime has also been modified to successfully eradicate niggling injuries. It has the support of all involved, Jason Dodd said: 'The change in training procedures and the way the squad prepare for games has been vital for us.' Rumours have been rife for weeks if not months that Hoddle is being lined up by ENIC to take over from George Graham at Spurs at the end of the current season. It seems increasingly doubtful that Graham will be at White Hart Lane next season and he may not even last
                          the campaign. It wouldn't be a surprise to see David Pleat in a caretaker capacity in the near future. “ Hoddle and his assistant, John Gorman, have built an impressive youth system, picking up the cream of young talent from England and abroad. ” I myself thought that Hoddle would use Southampton merely as a stepping stone to bigger and better things (sorry Saints fans), but the way he has conducted himself and the club in the last year suggests otherwise. Hoddle and his assistant, John Gorman, have built an impressive youth system, picking up the cream of young talent from England and abroad. Last season Dani Rodrigues was snapped up from Farense, and since then he has added Adrian Caceres from Perth Glory and Oxford United youth player JP Mills. But perhaps his most impressive capture to date is 16-year-old forward Jay Lucas from Australian outfit Wollongong Wolves. Lucas has been dubbed as the new Harry Kewell and netted a glut of goals to help his side to win Oceania's version of the Champions League and book a place in the FIFA Club World Championship in Spain over the coming summer. Lucas could even turn out for his club against the likes of Real Madrid. Due to FA rules he cannot sign professional terms until he is 17 so will not link up with the Saints until the summer. This only emphasises that Hoddle is planning the future for Southampton and not merely for himself. Southampton move into their new 32,000 capacity St Mary's Stadium during the summer. Hoddle has put the club on a sound footing and fans must be thinking that the perennial relegation battle is a thing of the past. There is, of course, the possiblity that by moving ground Southampton will lose the edge that the Dell gave them. They wouldn't be the first club the falter in a new stadium. But that is an easy assumption to make. With Hoddle in charge there is
                          little chance of it becoming a reality. Moving to Tottenham would be a huge error at this time. Spurs are a club in crisis of identity and style. They have always been cast as a big club. They do have a huge fan base but the trophy cabinet tells a different story. The expectation of the return of the fans' favourite to the Lane would be immense. It is doubtful that anyone would be able to live up to the fans' demands in north London, especially when they continue to be in the shadow of Arsenal. Hoddle himself has insisted that his affiliation with Spurs is nowhere near as strong as it used to be. In fact he no longer looks out for their results anymore. To leave Southampton now would be to leave a job half done. He's done it in the past at Swindon and Chelsea. It would be foolish to slip up in such a way once again. What do you think? Should Glenn Hoddle stay with Southampton? Is he doing a good job? Can you see him back in international management? If Spurs make overtures should he take the plunge?

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                          10.02.2001 06:40
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                          The Saints have surprised many this season by playing some outstanding football throughout the year. They have one man to thank primarily and that is the superb psycho that is Glenn Hoddle. He has transformed the team from a relegation scrap pile up to a mid table team, although I still think they have got quite a way to go before they are definitely out of the relegation lot. The only problem is that there is so much news about Hoddle leaving Southampton and returning to Tottenham as the replacement for Graham, who many believe will be sacked when ENIC take full control of Tottenham. This could be good news for Tottenham but sad news for Saints and their fans. I think Marian Pahars and James Beattie are their best two players, but it’s a shame for Matt Le Tiss as he's an old fart now and canny get into the team. In my opinion, the Saints will definitely not be relegated and I feel they will finish around 13th/14th place. Thanks for reading!

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                          03.02.2001 18:02

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                          Southampton are one of those sides that don’t do anything year in and year out in the top league to the extent that you hardly notice them. With the Le, tissier years dying like Princess of Wales memories to middle England house wives you have to say that they will creep closer and closer to the drop each year with out a reason to be. The excellent Hoddle brain is wasted here on his soccer rehabilitation after being stitched up by our moronic Redtops and I can see him replacing Graham before the years out. Sooner the better for Spurs fans me thinks. Their home fans are keeping them up along with Beatties class but they need to get the excellent Pahars up and scoring before the final run in.I also like Dean Richards at the bacK,apparantly they never lose when he plays at the back.If I was Hoddle I would stop buying Moroccans as they only put in when the sun is down. Dan Petrescu was a smart signing as hes one of those players that gets forward and back just as quick and gives one hundred percent, great shot on him two. Tessum and Oakley also have that ability giving the middle of the team a lot of flex and pace. Should be safe in the hands of the Lord.Halleluya. 42-45 points. Safe in the hands of a god coach.(Freudian slip).New ground to come then maybe theres hope.

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                          25.01.2001 19:13

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                          I must admit that Southampton are so unpredicatable. One week they will beat Manchester United and the next they lose to Derby. I do beleieve though that they will not go down this season or next come to that. Southampton are one of those teams that will not actually ever win anything but always have the fight in them to avoid the relegation even though the last few seasons have been a bit of a struggle. Players like Le Tissier have served them well in the past but the players like James Beatie who really are playing well this season. It's just a shame that they are not more consistent but then again, I can say that about a lot of teams.

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                        Southampton Football Club (originally St Mary's YMA) are an English football team, nicknamed The Saints. Based in the city of Southampton in Hampshire, the team was formed in November 1885. In 1898 the team moved into The Dell, the ground which was to be their home for over 100 years. However, as a result of a limited stadium capacity, the team moved to St Mary's Stadium in 2001. The current stadium is more than double the size of its predecessor, and has staged England internationals. The club's parent company is Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC. Their finest hour was their FA Cup win in 1976, when they beat Manchester United 1-0. They also were the runners-up in 2003 against Arsenal and runners-up in the 1979 League Cup final against Nottingham Forest. Southampton also finished runners-up in the Football League Championship to Liverpool in 1983/84.