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For Mark Hughes, it's not the end, but it should be
15:00 Wednesday 5th December 2018

Ah, the good old managerial merry-go-round. It was in full swing once again this week as Mark Hughes finally lost his job as Southampton manager, making it three sackings in a row and his fifth lost job in nine years. Although there…

Premier League
The spark has been extinguished at Southampton
16:40 Monday 3rd December 2018

Southampton jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Manchester United on Saturday through fine goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares. The Scot found open space on the right edge of United's box. Nathan Redmond took the ball across…

Premier League
Is Southampton destined for relegation under Mark Hughes?
12:00 Wednesday 7th November 2018

When club chairman Ralph Krueger described Mark Hughes as the “perfect fit” for Southampton in May, he didn't envisage a repeat of the club's struggles under Mauricio Pellegrino. That is exactly where the club finds itself.…

Managerial News
Is Mark Hughes' position at Southampton under pressure ?
08:00 Saturday 1st September 2018

 Mark Hughes is among the seven winless managers after three Premier League games. His Southampton side drew against Burnley to start the campaign then lost 2-1 to both Everton and Leicester. On points, only West Ham are worse, but the…

Transfers
Southampton's Guido Carrillo: Captured from Monaco to a La Liga loanee
17:00 Wednesday 11th July 2018

Long-term contracts are meant to lock a player into an affordable wage for an extended period, to provide stability for the club. Before Jean-Marc Bosman, clubs had the exclusive option to break the agreement if they felt the player…

Premier League
How poor decisions relegated Stoke City
18:30 Thursday 10th May 2018

After nine consecutive seasons in the Premier League, Stoke City was relegated on Saturday. The Potters' fate was sealed with a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.  Relegation was deserved. Stoke never showed the fire or urgency needed…

Premier League
Is Mark Hughes the long-term solution at Southampton?
19:00 Wednesday 9th May 2018

Last night, Southampton all-but secured their Premier League status for another year. The Saints secured a huge three points, thanks to a second-half strike from Manolo Gabbiadini. Mark Hughes was appointed Southampton manager less than two…

Premier League
Swansea City and Southampton set for season-defining showdown
12:00 Tuesday 8th May 2018

Swansea City host Southampton at the Liberty Stadium. The two teams are in serious relegation trouble, yet both remain confident of retaining Premier League status. Victory in tonight’s encounter would be a huge stride for either side.…

Premier League
How would Southampton fare in the Championship next season?
10:00 Sunday 22nd April 2018

Not many Premier League football fans would have expected the bottom three to comprise the current three clubs. West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, and Southampton are all staring down the barrel of Championship football. The Saints, now managed…

Managerial News
Are Premier League clubs thinking too small when hiring managers?
08:30 Thursday 5th April 2018

I wrote a piece about a month ago titled ‘Why Alan Pardew cannot save West Brom." It was clear to me Pardew was not the right man for the West Brom job. The club shouldn’t have hired him in the first place. It’s no surprise…

Premier League
Why Southampton have to be favourites for Premier League relegation
10:00 Wednesday 4th April 2018

Since their return to Premier League over five years ago now, Southampton Football Club had gone from strength-to-strength under various managers, including Nigel Adkins, Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman. This season, things have been…

Premier League
Why is West Ham's Marko Arnautovic such a divisive player?
09:30 Wednesday 4th April 2018

Despite his ability, Marko Arnautovic remains a player who divides opinion across England. Whether it's the eccentric personality that makes some uncomfortable or the frustrating inconsistencies that continue to cloud his overall…

Premier League
Three keys to success for Mark Hughes at Southampton
08:00 Wednesday 21st March 2018

Mark Hughes was announced as Southampton's new manager last week. The 54-year-old hit the ground running with a 2-0 FA Cup quarterfinal win over Wigan. The Saints are into the semi-finals for the first time since 2003. Ironically,…

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Have you seen this player? Stoke City’s Ibrahim Afellay
08:30 Tuesday 20th March 2018

It’s been 12 months since Ibrahim Afellay extended his Stoke City contract until 2019. The Netherlands midfielder has hardly featured for the Potters since. He’s been spotted in training this month, which suggests he’s not…

Premier League
Why the Britannia is no longer a fortress for Stoke
18:00 Sunday 18th March 2018

Stoke City lost 2-1 at home to Everton in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash, their seventh home defeat of the season. No other side has lost as many home games this campaign. Visiting clubs are winning more regularly than…