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The Southampton Model ?
at 21:48 5 Jun 2017

Being reading all the threads of the Van Dijk saga with a lot of interest and it's becoming clearer to me what a fantastic opportunity this could be for a foward thinking club.
Firstly and unfortunately, am very much of the belief that we are not going to breaking into any top 6 anytime soon given the ownership, global fan base and club history.
I am under no illusions that we will continue to lose our best players and aim to replace or bring through talent at a lower cost fitting into the wage structure.
As a fan and season ticket holder I accept that is the reality but shouldnt there be a trade off here?
By this logic we are surely buying into a business model here rather than purely buying a season ticket to be entertained (or not) for 19 games a season.
The numbers back this up, I would have thought the season ticket revenue would be about £8m to the club, a paltry 6.5% of annual turnover. Next year that will be less than 5%. And that is before any player sales.
So how about this, when renewing your season ticket you also receive a new share in the club (lasting 1 year) in which you can receive a share of the financial performance, like a dividend.
This dividend will be set by the board on an annual basis and the amount discounted on your renewed season ticket. If we are really selling VVD for £70m, the club will be running a huge profit next year. (TV money, gate receipts and merchandise will easily cover the operating costs as per the financial report). Why not return some of that to supporters ?
Why would they do this?
Well they clearly don't need season ticket revenue to run the business but they do need fans
A) to fill the stadium and make it look attractive for TV and global audiences
B) it's generally accepted that more fans = better atmosphere = better performance on the pitch
So by returning say £4m to supporters or 50% of your next season ticket, it's a drop in the ocean to the SFC business and who the hell wouldn't sign up for half price ?

So here it is Saints CEO, either keep VVD and the rest of the good players until their contracts run out so we can watch some world class football or let the supporters get some pay back when watching inferior replacements.
Strikers for 2017/18
at 09:38 18 May 2017

My idea of who is staying and who is going is literally changing match by match. Given that Gabby stays, at least one of the trio of Long, JRod and Austin should be leaving to hopefully accommodate a new striker who is a genuine step up in class.
Doesn't seem like Puel rates or trusts Long to start however he does offer the tenacity that the others don't. Not sure where Long was last night, but to have JRod rather than Austin on after just 60 minutes could indicate the current pecking order.
Also given our current formation, do we actually need 4 strikers vying for a single place next season??
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