Back To The Southampton Way
Tuesday, 15th Oct 2019 14:37
The departure of Head of Recruitment Ross Wilson is seen as a positive turn of events by Saints as they look to get back to the "Southampton Way"
Only time will tell whether the departure of Ross Wilson to Rangers will turn out to be a new beginning or the start of a new era, but for the moment it is seen as a step in the right direction by the club who are keen to put the last couple of years behind them and move forward with fresh impetus.
Wilson's time at St Mary's initially started well with the recruitment of Virgil Van Dijk, however how much he had to do with that signing is questionable given that the club had initially tried to sign the Celtic central defender the previous summer and had been linked with him for well over a year.
Since then it has been a mixed bag of signings, some have been successful some less so, but just who has been responsible for scouting some of the players is blurred as t whether it was Wilson, Les Reed or the incumbent manager at the time.
Certainly this has led to issues that have seen the club fall over the last two years into a relegation battle and they are now keen to avoid this season becoming the third in a row.
There are plenty of rumours going around at the moment, but these are just rumours and so far nothing substantial other than the usual mischief makers trying to turn drama's into crisis's to suit their own agenda.
Now though the club are keen to start afresh and from this perspective the departure of Wilson now leaves no one left at the club for the finger to be pointed at with Reed, Krueger and now this latest news meaning that the broom has now swept completely clean.
Now with Martin Semmens running things according to the Daily Echo:
"there is a desire to get back to the ‘Southampton Way", and to replace Wilson with the right person to drive forward a refreshed vision of the club"
"The Daily Echo understands that Saints are comfortable with the structure they have and the personnel leading the other areas of the club, but feel they need a proven expert in player trading.."
"There is clearly much work to be done to the squad to restore Saints to a team regularly battling for the top ten, starting with shifting on a large amount of deadwood while also trying to bring in enough quality within their budget to improve."
"Saints remain committed to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and are fully bought into his plans and vision for the squad and are now seeking the right person to deliver for him."
The paper is clearly being briefed on the new plans and further say
"owner Gao Gisheng is understood to be fully behind this new direction for Saints and there is a general acceptance that it will take a number of transfer windows to make the full extent of changes that are needed to have Hasenhuttl’s new look Saints look to the future with renewed optimism following some tricky times at St Mary’s."
Wilson had stepped into Les Reed's shoes after his departure and had been combining both jobs but now there seems to be a clear path to divide these jobs back into two and have one man who will deal only in player recruitment and seemingly bring in a football man to take over the football operations side of things.
This I hope is the case as after the departures there is a clear lack of people with knowledge of running a sporting operation on the board at St Mary's.
Some of the less enlightened critics of the club were swift to disparage Krueger as an ice hockey coach, but the fact was he was also an experienced business man with knowldege of running big sporting franchises in the USA, the fact that his background was ice hockey was irrelevant, the key fact was he knew what made sport and sports fans tick.
Krueger oversaw the most consistent period in the clubs history in terms of top flight finishes, but some could not see past his ice hockey background citing similarities between him and Sir Clive Woodward as evidence, when the reality that the two situations were totally different.
Now though we have cleared the decks for action, what the future holds is uncertain, but that is the case for virtually every football club except those big clubs able to buy their way out of any situation.
This being the case, we the supporters have to back the new regime to do well and more importantly give them the chance to do so, the old guard is gone and we have to stop harping on about the past and give the new one a chance to show what they can do.
As the Daily Echo points out, unless you can buy your way out of things and have unlimited money this is not going to be a quick fix, we need to be patient and give them that chance.
There are very few buyers out there for football clubs who are willing to spend unlimited cash to buy their way to the top and as Everton have found out, cash does not provide any quick fixes as four years after poaching Ronald Koeman they are in a worse position than before.
We have to stop wishing for what we haven't got and have never had, despite the rhetoric supplied by one of our former Chairmen, to survive and prosper we have to do things the Southampton Way and that is not splashing the cash !
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