Tag: Southampton

Video of the Day: Southampton vs Everton, March 1985

This morning’s Video of the Day deposits us at the end of March 1985. Things are wide open at the top of the First Division of the Football League. Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are tied on points at the top of the table, though Everton, who are fighting on three fronts – the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup are also at this point still very much in their sights – have a game in hand on the team from North London. On the last Saturday of the month, however, Spurs are surprisingly beaten at home by...

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Southampton & The Sexism Of – Some Of – The Football Press

As the supporters of several different football clubs will most willingly attest, the concentration of too much in one set of hands can have unwanted side-effects. Over the last couple of years, the reputation of the now former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese had risen from being the man who steadied the club’s ship after its flirtation with insolvency several years ago to something approaching a miracle worker. Under his chairmanship, the club rose from League One to the Premier League in successive season, stayed up and has now pushed on to become a comfortably placed mid-table club. Cortese never seemed afraid to take unpopular decisions, either. His decision to sack previous manager Nigel Adkins was highly criticised – including on these very pages – and extremely unpopular at the time, but the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino has turned into one of the Premier League’s most notable success stories of the last twelve months. Happiness at a football club, however, can be a transient experience and the events of the last couple of days allowed the press the luxury of casting the Saints as a “crisis club” for the first time this season. “Southampton were a club coming apart at the seams on Wednesday night after the executive chairman, Nicola Cortese, quit and left the owner desperately trying to convince the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, not to follow suit” sais the...

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The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: Southampton

If you believe Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese, it was a rough decision that had to be made and it paid off. When Nigel Adkins was unceremoniously sacked in January, Southampton had recovered from a disastrous start to the season and sat in fifteenth place in the Premier League. Hardly setting the division alight, but at the same time a reasonable performance considering that two years earlier the club had been plying its trade amongst the flotsam and jetsam of League One. The possibility of protest hung in the air, but Adkins’ replacement, Mauricio Pochettino, continued to steady the ship and the Saints finished last season fourteenth place in the table, a solid performance from a newly promoted club. With the end of this challenge, however, comes the start of another and, whilst last season’s performance might have inflated the hopes and dreams of the club’s support, we might well expect Premier League survival to again be at the top of the club’s list of priorities for the coming season. This is That Difficult Second Season, and plenty who have survived their first season at this level have found to their cost that problems can arise when the adrenaline shot that comes with promotion starts to fade to but a mere memory. Still, though, there is little to suggest that Southampton will get sucked into anything like a relegation battle...

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Southampton FC Adds Fuel To The Fire Of Football’s Growing Winter Of Discontent

Between September 1955 and July 1995, Southampton Football Club had five managers – Ted Bates, Lawrie McMenemy, Ian Branfoot , Chris Nicholl and Alan Ball. During this period, the club rose from Division Three South of the Football League to the First Division for the first time in its history and – barring four seasons during the mid-1970s, when any disappointment on the part of the supporters was ameliorated somewhat by beating Manchester United to win the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Upon returning to the First Division in 1978, Lawrie McMenemy built what was probably the best team in the club’s history, finishing as runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division in 1984 and holding onto that top division place in spite of odds which increasing acted against the club. In the seventeen and a half years since then, Southampton have had twenty managers, including two joint managers and caretakers. In that time, the club has won nothing, and in the second half of the last decade it was relegated twice amongst a flurry of bouncing cheques and unpaid invoices. There’s a lot to be said for loyalty and continuity. Nigel Adkins wasn’t necessarily a universally popular manager of the club, but he did at least lift the club out of the fug that it had been in over the last few seasons....

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: Southampton

Once again, this seasons Premier League kicks off with a club that was involved the lower divisions of the Football League just two years ago, with Southampton having repeated the feat that Norwich managed at the end of the 2010/11 season by getting promoted from the Championship at the end of their first season back in the division. Of all of the achievements that can be managed in English football these days, it often feels as if this is the one that doesn’t quite receive the recognition that it deserves. Any club that gets promoted into a new division these days would ordinarily be happy enough to enjoy a season of consolidation and getting used to its new surroundings, but for Norwich and Southampton this turned out not to be enough and, in a competitive division and with one of the English games prizes on offer, Southampton tore from the pack last season and to a second successive promotion. A lot has changed since the club was last in the Premier League in 2005. Crippled by the financial burdens of the cost of building St Marys Stadium and with boardroom politics hopelessly out of control, a twenty-seven year stay in the Premier League had been ended by the decisions and actions of those at the time in charge of the custodianship, but the hangover was a lengthy one and...

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