Hasenhüttl’s house of horror

WHAT CAN you really say after a 9-0 drubbing except sorry? You had to feel some sympathy for pale-faced Ralph Hasenhüttl, facing the TV cameras after a seismic home defeat that extended Southampton’s current run to one point from five league games. Southampton have said they have no interest in sacking Hasenhüttl, but look at the fixture list and see what’s on the horizon – … Continue reading Hasenhüttl’s house of horror

Through the turnstiles: Southampton v Sunderland

EAVESDROPPING on trains is something you cannot avoid, so for my entire journey from London to Southampton I was able to listen  to a young wannabee trying to impress a couple of Sunderland supporters about his exploits as a “journalist” – a “youtuber” with an obsession for “selfies” of the animated kind. Oh well, if it makes him happy. “I am living the dream,” he … Continue reading Through the turnstiles: Southampton v Sunderland

Great Partnerships: MacDougall and Boyer, brothers in boots

Making the leap from a lower division to the top is never simple, but it was arguably easier to achieve in the 1960s and 1970s. In days when a star name could exist on the periphery for some years before making the leap to a higher level, teams in Football League Divisions Two, Three and Four could keep a local hero much longer than they … Continue reading Great Partnerships: MacDougall and Boyer, brothers in boots

Ron Davies – a player who used his head

THE PLIGHT of Ron Davies, once considered to be one of the best centre forwards in Britain, sums up the difference between football in the 1970s and the current bloated state of the game. Davies, who died last week, aged 70, ended his life living in a mobile home in the US and struggled to raise the money necessary for the operations he needed to … Continue reading Ron Davies – a player who used his head

It may seem harsh, but Southampton have a plan

The unemotional side of football came to the fore in deepest Hampshire last week when Nigel Adkins was removed as manager of Southampton. A popular man, a seemingly decent one too, Adkins had taken the Saints from the depths of League One to the lower reaches of the Premier. For most clubs, that would be enough – indeed, it is usually adequate for Southampton, a … Continue reading It may seem harsh, but Southampton have a plan