The board are showing a lot of faith in new manager Terry Moore as they invest another £2,500,000 into his philosophies this time by increasing the standard of the facilities at the Staplewood training ground which has produced some of England’s most exciting talent including Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse.
Southampton FC have created an affiliation with Spartak Moscow. In practice this affiliation will allow Southampton to have the first chance to purchase any players from the Spartak Moscow setup. A senior Southampton director has told us the reason behind the decision “Well at first there was a number of teams that we were going to choose out of with Dinamo Moscow being one of them. But as soon as we saw their incredible youth facilities and the way they brought their youth players on just like us at Southampton we had no other choice than to affiliate with them. Mark my words they will bring through some top quality players in the next 10 years”.
Southampton have managed to scoop up Charlie Austin from relegated QPR for £13.5 million. Austin’s 18 goals last term put him 4th in the premier league scoring chart behind only Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa. Southampton have got him at a bargain because Costa and Aguero cost £32 million and £35 million to their respective clubs. He also costs under half their wages at just £53,000 per week on a 5 year deal. It will be interesting to see whether he can still hit the heights he did last season but if he can he might not be to far away from an England cap but at the minute all his energy will be put into getting settled in at his new club for the start of the new season.
After a week of negotiations there are now confirmed reports coming out of Southampton that West Brom’s defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob has signed a five year deal with the club on £48,500 per week. This is the first time we have seen Terry Moore dip his hand into the transfer market as he looks to grow his very young and exciting squad. Yacob did cost a hefty fee however with Southampton paying £9.75 million upfront but that could grow to £10.75 million depending on performances.
Terry Moore had this to say about the former West Brom and Racing Club man “He already has shown he can play at this level and at 27 he still has his best years ahead of him”. Fans waiting outside of the ground shared their view on the transfer “If he gives us the same level of commitment as he did at his last club I think he can make the step up into European football”. Hopefully for Southampton this is the first of many transfers this season as Terry Moore tries to make a squad he is happy with.
Well as you can see I have been left with a fairly decent premier league squad with a lot of attacking talent. But the squad is very short at the back with a lack of quality in center-back which I will be looking to strengthen and also getting some depth at full-back and defensive midfield. The board have trusted me with £39 million in my first season in charge which should be enough for me to at least challenge for the champions league places. I will also be looking to bring through a few of my youth players by giving them a chance in the FA cup, Capital One cup and Europa league if they impress maybe even a start in the Premier League.
The worlds media gathered inside St Mary’s stadium this afternoon to witness one of the biggest shocks in world football. As youth coach Terry Moore took on the biggest job of his life as the new manager of the Southampton first team. Having been promoted from within the Southampton setup he will be looking to bring on some of his previous under 18 players. But his first job will be keeping the players that served Ronald Koeman so well last season before he was forced to resign because of his fall out with the chairman.