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    Our friends in Hampshire have sacked the organ grinder and left the monkey in place. Reed was the architect of the so-called 'Southampton Way' (so-called by them, and something they laughably attempted to monetise by offering to educate other clubs about), with the title of executive vice-chairman, really a glorified director of football.

    Basically, he assumed the academy would keep producing players to replace the ones he signed on the cheap and flogged off at a huge profit, like Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk. Unfortunately for him, the academy hasn't produced anyone any good for a while, and his newer signings have all been duds that nobody wanted. And his appointment of managers hasn't exactly been outstanding either ...
    England are still the only team to have won the World Cup wearing red shirts.

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      Our friends in Hampshire have sacked the organ grinder and left the monkey in place. Reed was the architect of the so-called 'Southampton Way' (so-called by them, and something they laughably attempted to monetise by offering to educate other clubs about), with the title of executive vice-chairman, really a glorified director of football.

      Basically, he assumed the academy would keep producing players to replace the ones he signed on the cheap and flogged off at a huge profit, like Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk. Unfortunately for him, the academy hasn't produced anyone any good for a while, and his newer signings have all been duds that nobody wanted. And his appointment of managers hasn't exactly been outstanding either ...
      They have the taste then, perhaps only a matter of time for Hughes. He talks well but his teams have not produced for a while.
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      They have the taste then, perhaps only a matter of time for Hughes. He talks well but his teams have not produced for a while.
      About a week, I presume. International break after their home game with Watford on Saturday, which is the classic time for sacking managers.
      England are still the only team to have won the World Cup wearing red shirts.
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      Unfortunately for him, the academy hasn't produced anyone any good for a while, and his newer signings have all been duds that nobody wanted. And his appointment of managers hasn't exactly been outstanding either ...
      I was at their U23 game last Friday night, and can confidently predict that this is not going to change imminently.
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      They have the taste then, perhaps only a matter of time for Hughes. He talks well but his teams have not produced for a while.
      One of the most arrogant men in football in my opinion, both as a player and a manager. Mark Hughes, not Les Reed.
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      Our friends in Hampshire have sacked the organ grinder and left the monkey in place. Reed was the architect of the so-called 'Southampton Way' (so-called by them, and something they laughably attempted to monetise by offering to educate other clubs about), with the title of executive vice-chairman, really a glorified director of football.

      Basically, he assumed the academy would keep producing players to replace the ones he signed on the cheap and flogged off at a huge profit, like Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk. Unfortunately for him, the academy hasn't produced anyone any good for a while, and his newer signings have all been duds that nobody wanted. And his appointment of managers hasn't exactly been outstanding either ...
      Other than that I assume you think quite highly of the chap.
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      Saintsweb forum poll, 97% in favour of this sacking, with the other 3% 'undecided'.

      Discussion turns to possible replacements, with at least one poster bemoaning 'should have gone for Dan Ashworth'.
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      Other than that I assume you think quite highly of the chap.
      He’s actually quite a nice guy and his appointment of Koeman when Pochettino left was a success, as were his signings of Pelle, Tadic, van Dijk and a few others. But those begin to seem just a matter of luck when you look at Hoedt, Forster, Pellegrini etc. And you can’t guarantee an endless production line from an academy. West Ham and Manchester United couldn’t.
      England are still the only team to have won the World Cup wearing red shirts.
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      And you can’t guarantee an endless production line from an academy. West Ham and Manchester United couldn’t.
      You probably can if you throw stupid amounts of money around. Chelsea seem to be doing OK with theirs - but don't they do it by signing up just about every youngster going?
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      He’s actually quite a nice guy and his appointment of Koeman when Pochettino left was a success, as were his signings of Pelle, Tadic, van Dijk and a few others. But those begin to seem just a matter of luck when you look at Hoedt, Forster, Pellegrini etc. And you can’t guarantee an endless production line from an academy. West Ham and Manchester United couldn’t.
      Was it Southampton who signed a player for ridiculous money the other summer (possibly the record transfer fee) and then he went on loan somewhere almost immediately following a fallout and then got shifted permanently somewhere without playing a game for Saints?

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