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A couple of theories regarding what's happening 18:17 - Jul 28 with 2110 viewschasaint80

I don't believe the club can be so powerless to stop some of these exits and surely should have been able to stop some of them, so makes me wonder why ? The most likely I can think of is

1. Cortese put clauses in all the players contracts, meaning if he left the players could do so too. Leaving the club powerless and just having to get the best price they can.

Or

2. The club are actually keen to get rid of all the Cortese allies and start a fresh with their own team.
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 18:21 - Jul 28 with 2097 viewsBITTERNEBOY

To complicated

Players just want to earn more money and to get into the CL and England Team for the English players

Just one of those things but it does show our recruitment stategy is pretty good overall
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 18:26 - Jul 28 with 2078 viewschasaint80

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 18:21 - Jul 28 by BITTERNEBOY

To complicated

Players just want to earn more money and to get into the CL and England Team for the English players

Just one of those things but it does show our recruitment stategy is pretty good overall


I'm sure you're right but I'm just struggling to see how so many on long contracts can have this much power, 1 or 2 maybe but it looks like it's going to be 7. Which is why I'm thinking something bigger we're not aware of is afoot
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 18:31 - Jul 28 with 2052 viewsClickInsect

It's happening because Cortese wanted capital investment and Kat wanted the club to wash it's own face. The expectation of the players was something totally different to what the new administration is delivering after being sold on the previous vision, plus the new administration have never bothered to tell the players and staff what the ambitions of the club under the new board were.

All of that is a statement of fact, as far as we are likely to ever know. It was has consistently been coming out of the journos who are closest to the club, for months. What is opinion, is who is to blame for it all. I find it hard to accept that all of the stakeholders involved are not culpable. They've all played a part in a complete fook up.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 20:58 - Jul 28 with 1889 viewschefmarcus

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 18:31 - Jul 28 by ClickInsect

It's happening because Cortese wanted capital investment and Kat wanted the club to wash it's own face. The expectation of the players was something totally different to what the new administration is delivering after being sold on the previous vision, plus the new administration have never bothered to tell the players and staff what the ambitions of the club under the new board were.

All of that is a statement of fact, as far as we are likely to ever know. It was has consistently been coming out of the journos who are closest to the club, for months. What is opinion, is who is to blame for it all. I find it hard to accept that all of the stakeholders involved are not culpable. They've all played a part in a complete fook up.


A wise man once said have faith + belief that you are doing the right thing well are they?
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:03 - Jul 28 with 1780 viewschefmarcus

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 20:58 - Jul 28 by chefmarcus

A wise man once said have faith + belief that you are doing the right thing well are they?


Katharina Liebherr’s dealings at Wifag tell you everything you need to know. The company and jobs saved by her father have suffered major redundancies since she received her inheritance. In addition she has been accused of failing to set a new direction for that company so what hope for us?
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:04 - Jul 28 with 1768 viewsdune

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:03 - Jul 28 by chefmarcus

Katharina Liebherr’s dealings at Wifag tell you everything you need to know. The company and jobs saved by her father have suffered major redundancies since she received her inheritance. In addition she has been accused of failing to set a new direction for that company so what hope for us?


That's a very old, and isolated story.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:13 - Jul 28 with 1750 views1885_SFC

The players aren't going to Stoke, Aston Villa or West Brom. They're going to Manchester United, Liverpool & Arsenal. No matter who you are or what club you're currently at, no player is going to say "no" when one of those come calling for your services... which they all duly did.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:21 - Jul 28 with 1728 viewsBoris_

Wait until the Financial Statement from June 13 - June 14 is released. Normally due out in around March, wouldn't surprise me if they released an interim one very soon, which will probably paint the picture.

Most of the players that left signed or signed new deals in the last 18 months, which wouldn't have shown up in the last accounts. I wonder what wages they were on? The word on the street is the Clotese was throwing money around left, right and centre. Unrealistic and unfeasible wages, possibly heavily incentifised by bonus's.... if that's the case, bonus can be removed from contracts with 28 days notice, that in itself would be enough to cause an exodus.

Of course there is the tens of millions of pounds that Clotese wasted on ego trips and the massive and unwarranted overspend on the training ground... even £750,000 on a team bus FFS!

The players under Clotese were treated like kings, never wanted for anything. However, during all that time, he was hiding the balance books from Kat and borrowing money from overseas banks to try and fund the lavish spending on himself and the players.

Once Kat got hold of the books and saw the sh!t state we were in, she gave Clotese the boot, promoted the CFO, believing him to be the best person to steady the ship financially. She wants back some of the money that Clotese squandered, so will bank roughly half of the incoming revenue, the rest will be spent on quality players from the likes of Holland, who will fit in with a reasonable and sustainable wage structure.

I'd imagine we'll now cut our losses on Osvaldo and Gaston and let them leave on the cheap too.

Let's see if Boris_ was right from day 1.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:22 - Jul 28 with 1728 viewsdirk_doone

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:04 - Jul 28 by dune

That's a very old, and isolated story.


I thought that she'd liquidated or sold every business she inherited from her father, which were all part of the MALI group, and that Southampton Football Club was the only one she has left to dispose of.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10937549.Cortese_on_the_brink/?action=complain&
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:25 - Jul 28 with 1716 viewsClickInsect

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:13 - Jul 28 by 1885_SFC

The players aren't going to Stoke, Aston Villa or West Brom. They're going to Manchester United, Liverpool & Arsenal. No matter who you are or what club you're currently at, no player is going to say "no" when one of those come calling for your services... which they all duly did.


You don't have to sell a player just because a larger club is bidding. We have seven players who are going. We could have sold two, told one or two that they could leave for a certain fee come January, offered contracts to the others with increased wages with minimal release clauses that become active from next summer.

This is what every other club in the world does. Utd didn't instantly sell to Read Madrid when they wanted Ronaldo. Liverpool didn't cave in the first window when it came to Suarez. You convince a few that they are best off staying the rest you let go. But at your pace, you don't flush the entire first team out of the club three weeks before the start of the season. Let me repeat all of the players were on long term contracts, none could have denied the club either 5 months to a year of service. The club has cashed in on those players because they wanted to, for whatever reason. It wasn't the only option on the table for us, to suggest otherwise is just plain wrong.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:32 - Jul 28 with 1706 viewsBlockRed

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 23:21 - Jul 28 by Boris_

Wait until the Financial Statement from June 13 - June 14 is released. Normally due out in around March, wouldn't surprise me if they released an interim one very soon, which will probably paint the picture.

Most of the players that left signed or signed new deals in the last 18 months, which wouldn't have shown up in the last accounts. I wonder what wages they were on? The word on the street is the Clotese was throwing money around left, right and centre. Unrealistic and unfeasible wages, possibly heavily incentifised by bonus's.... if that's the case, bonus can be removed from contracts with 28 days notice, that in itself would be enough to cause an exodus.

Of course there is the tens of millions of pounds that Clotese wasted on ego trips and the massive and unwarranted overspend on the training ground... even £750,000 on a team bus FFS!

The players under Clotese were treated like kings, never wanted for anything. However, during all that time, he was hiding the balance books from Kat and borrowing money from overseas banks to try and fund the lavish spending on himself and the players.

Once Kat got hold of the books and saw the sh!t state we were in, she gave Clotese the boot, promoted the CFO, believing him to be the best person to steady the ship financially. She wants back some of the money that Clotese squandered, so will bank roughly half of the incoming revenue, the rest will be spent on quality players from the likes of Holland, who will fit in with a reasonable and sustainable wage structure.

I'd imagine we'll now cut our losses on Osvaldo and Gaston and let them leave on the cheap too.

Let's see if Boris_ was right from day 1.


From outside looking in at this present time, I would say that all sounds about bang on Boris. I do have doubts that all these transfer fees will be reinvested on new players. We will find out in the coming days. LR does appear to be taking the brunt of our abuse, but maybe he is only being instucted to cash in? KL does appear to be at least recouping all the funds her family have put in. Probably not to sell the club, but make it more self sustaining?
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 00:21 - Jul 29 with 1668 viewsdirk_doone

There is a much more plausible and comprehensive explanation doing the rounds on the other message boards from someone with inside knowledge of what is really going on at the club:

"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."
[Post edited 29 Jul 2014 0:22]

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 00:51 - Jul 29 with 1642 viewsNumber_58

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 00:21 - Jul 29 by dirk_doone

There is a much more plausible and comprehensive explanation doing the rounds on the other message boards from someone with inside knowledge of what is really going on at the club:

"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."
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So who was going to be paying for the 'project'? Cortese was chasing a fantasy with someone else's money. His reign was always going to end badly at some point - I'd always assumed it would end in financial armageddon like Leeds. At least our players are leaving because they want to, not because they have to.
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 01:05 - Jul 29 with 1628 viewsdirk_doone

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 00:51 - Jul 29 by Number_58

So who was going to be paying for the 'project'? Cortese was chasing a fantasy with someone else's money. His reign was always going to end badly at some point - I'd always assumed it would end in financial armageddon like Leeds. At least our players are leaving because they want to, not because they have to.


Markus Liebherr, who asked Cortese to find a football club for him to invest in. Cortese was head of sports finance at Credit Suisse and an executive at Banque Heritage. He recommended Southampton. Basically, the football club was to be Markus's hobby, which he was entitled to after making his billions through a lifetime of hard work. Unfortunately Markus died. It was never Cortese's 'fantasy' but it was Markus Liebherr's pet project and he managed to persuade Cortese to leave his Swiss banking career in order to supervise it.

From Jack Walker at Blackburn through Roman Abramovich at Chelsea to Sheikh Mansour at Man City, successful Premier League football clubs have always been rich men's playthings, never self-sustaining businesses.
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 07:24 - Jul 29 with 1502 viewsBoris_

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 01:05 - Jul 29 by dirk_doone

Markus Liebherr, who asked Cortese to find a football club for him to invest in. Cortese was head of sports finance at Credit Suisse and an executive at Banque Heritage. He recommended Southampton. Basically, the football club was to be Markus's hobby, which he was entitled to after making his billions through a lifetime of hard work. Unfortunately Markus died. It was never Cortese's 'fantasy' but it was Markus Liebherr's pet project and he managed to persuade Cortese to leave his Swiss banking career in order to supervise it.

From Jack Walker at Blackburn through Roman Abramovich at Chelsea to Sheikh Mansour at Man City, successful Premier League football clubs have always been rich men's playthings, never self-sustaining businesses.
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Really? Funny that in every interview with Clotese when Markus was alive, he reminded the fans:

1) We would never borrow money.
2) We would never buy players on installments, it would be cash sales only.
3) We would never run in the red.
4) We would save money for when times were no good.

Not a mention of any of the above after Markus's passing. Just p!ssing money away left, right and centre. Clotese was hiding the books from Kat and dressing up the financial statements to paint a different picture to what was actually happening.

Wait for the next financial statement to come out.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 07:58 - Jul 29 with 1467 viewsVeloSaint

Dirk, worth reading Steve Grants response to that post. Frankly too much ITK bollocks floating about at present with snippets of info being patched together.
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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 08:22 - Jul 29 with 1431 viewsArthurHucksake

You're being asset stripped and sold and that's not a theory.
Seems everyone can see it bar you lot.

I know for sure you are he. No question about it. You are rude, agressive and angry just like doc was. You fool no one lambkins.

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A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 08:55 - Jul 29 with 1368 viewsSaintNick

A couple of theories regarding what's happening on 07:24 - Jul 29 by Boris_

Really? Funny that in every interview with Clotese when Markus was alive, he reminded the fans:

1) We would never borrow money.
2) We would never buy players on installments, it would be cash sales only.
3) We would never run in the red.
4) We would save money for when times were no good.

Not a mention of any of the above after Markus's passing. Just p!ssing money away left, right and centre. Clotese was hiding the books from Kat and dressing up the financial statements to paint a different picture to what was actually happening.

Wait for the next financial statement to come out.


Much is spoken of the "ambition" of the club under Cortese, the truth there is was it was never the "Clubs" ambition, nor "Markus's" ambition but the ambition of one man who seemingly was happy to entice players to the club under false pretences.

Lovren arrived last summer just after Cortese had nearly left, presumably back then NC & KL had ironed out the way forward and it wasnt to spend multi millions chasing Champions League football, therefore Lovren can perhaps feel he was lied to

As for the rest of the players they knew the score here and were happy to sign new deals, did Adam lallana truly believe wht Cortese was saying that a side who had just spent a season battling relegation and finished 14th were about to metamorphisise into a top four side overnight, no he signed because he knew that there were no better clubs coming in for him and he was offered very good money, if liverpool had offered him the same deal last year he would have been gone.

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