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We Got 99 Problems...

We Got 99 Problems...
By Patrick Surlis • Issue #4 • View online
One point from a possible 24. That’s our record over the past eight Premier League games.
Pain.
On the pod there’s been lots of discussion devoted to the reasons behind our collapse.
And it’s reasons plural, there is no one single explanation behind what’s going on right now.
But we wanted to hear some different opinions to our own.
So earlier this week we threw it out to you guys on Twitter to get your thoughts on just why Saints can’t buy a win at the moment…

Oh When The Saints
Going to be recording our reaction to that mess in about 1 hour.

Tell us in your opinion

- what's the No.1 reason behind our shocking form
- what would you do to fix it

#SaintsFC
Thank you to all those who responded, we got some detailed and varied answers.
And a lot of them we agreed with.
A selection of some of the reasons offered:
  • Ralph’s tactical inflexibility
  • Complete lack of organisation throughout the team
  • Bizarre substitutions
  • Absence of leadership across key positions
  • Ralph’s demanding style leaving players running on empty
  • INJURIES (obviously)
  • Bad luck (VAR mainly)
  • Lack of squad depth made worse by a lack of money and fringe players being allowed to leave on loan (more on that below)
  • Oh and our confidence being shot after the 9-0
Many of those fall on Ralph.
And when he said after the game on Tuesday that the players ‘gave up’, I’m sure that sent alarm bells ringing at St Mary’s.
For a manager to admit the players stopped trying is an admission the manager is struggling. Badly.
Now by all accounts Martin Semmens and Ralph have an excellent relationship.
Saints have invested in Ralph personally. They have given him complete freedom over our football operations (hence The Playbook).
That doesn’t mean he cannot be sacked if results don’t improve, but it does mean that he has an extremely long leash.
We’re now at the stage of the season where we don’t care really if performances improve (and you hope they can only get better after that horror show at Elland Road).
We need wins. Points.
At one stage this season we were 18 points clear of Fulham. It’s now 8, and could reduce further when they play Crystal Palace on Sunday before we travel to Goodison Park.
Everton on Monday is an extremely tough game for us. Sheffield United after that is must-win if we want to maintain breathing space to 18th.
But, as I said on the pod after Leeds, our season will now be defined by this run of four fixtures in March/April…
  • Southampton v Brighton, March 14th
  • Southampton v Burnley, April 3rd
  • West Brom v Southampton, April 10th
  • Southampton v Crystal Palace, April 17th
Get results there and Ralph’s smile will be back. We’ll finish 10-15 points clear of relegation. Happy days.
But stumble, and maybe then I could imagine the club giving thought to making a change. We’d be in a right scrap over our final five matches, with Leicester at home and Liverpool away in there.
I feel dirty just typing those words and I don’t think it will come to that.
Still very much In Ralph We Trust.
Up The Saints.
Why don't you come back from Birmingham, Valery?
When KWP doesn’t play, we are a bad football team.
We’ve tried Djenepo there. We’ve tried Bednarek. We’ve tried Stephens. We’re tried Ramsey. And all four have been massively exposed through little fault of their own.
If only we had a back-up waiting in the wings. You know, an actual right-back?
Oh yeah, we do! Yan Valery. Out gaining some valuable experience on Birmingham City’s bench.
Cheers.
Game's Gone
Premier League team news is being leaked through a Fantasy Football bot.
Yes, you did read that correctly. And yes, we can confirm that the game we all know and love has fucked off once again.
This is the tweet that caused all of the chaos.
Amazing.
FPL Insider
⚠️🔻 [AVL] Multiple insiders transferred OUT Grealish!

○ [02-19] Matt Targett
○ [02-19] Conor Hourihane
○ [02-19] Neil Taylor
○ [02-19] Scott (1st Team Performance Analyst)
○ [02-18] Rob (Physio)

#FPL #GW25
On a brighter note, this is class
Ralph leading the lads down the tunnel at Goodison Park wearing capes? You might think, ‘Game’s Gone’.
You’d be wrong. Very much on board with this.
Win Sports Tv 💪🏠
¡Hey amix @FortalezaCEIF, la rompieron con esa presentación del nuevo uniforme! 👔🕶😅

#ELTORNEOxWIN https://t.co/RkSpG6eMca
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