columnist Steven Woodgate looks at the sad state of affairs at
Southampton FC and cannot understand why they appointed Mark Wotte to get them
out of this current mess.
Hurry, Hurry, everything must go. The players, the coaches,
the board, the chefs, the stewards, the car park attendants, the grounds men,
the sweepers, the kids, the balls, the kits, the training ground, the reverses,
the specialist academy, must go.
Club are in dire straits and the recent resignation of Head Coach Jan
Poortvleit has certainly helped their cause for playing League One football.
Stability is everything and continuity is pinnacle. The
Dutchman's departure came as no surprise in this trigger-happy age but that
fact he walked is bemusing. It's properly a matter of jumping before initially
He took over from Nigel Pearson in the summer, and was
introduced by idiotic chairman Rupert Lowe, as a new wave of continental
coaching that would use the excellent academy that Southampton can boost, too
fast track these youngsters to the first team.
To an extent Poortvliet did that, no big fancy or
experienced loan players were brought in, he used the youth and still managed
some notable performances. Two particular games against high flying Reading
were the high points where the Royals were completely outplayed. However, the
solitary win at home, a 2-0 win over Norwich City, is the only highlight at St
Mary's this season.
The club lie second from bottom and will have a difficult
task on their hands. Financially, they make the British economy look secure, administration
is a certainty and they are at the point of no return.
Any decent player will be sold instantly in an attempt to
balance books, the likes of Andrew Surman, Adam Lallana and David McGoldrick
will be flying out the door without a choice. Hurry, Hurry, everything must go.
Michael Wilde and Lowe will have their work cut out; they
will feel the full brunt of Saints fans as the protest is proposed to be before
the next home game against Swansea City. These fans have every right to be
disgruntled and the incompetent running can only infuriate the club.
In a silly step, they have installed Poortlviet assistant
Mark Wotte as the man to save them for the doldrums of League One.
Fair enough, cut costing
measures are in place but they need a proper manager, with a proper know how to
save them from this mess.
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