A job on the south coast near where he lives would be right up his alley. I don't think his heart was ever in the Birmingham job, I'd say Southampton could be different if given the chance. He'd keep them up I reckon. And that is all they're bothered about short term.
Why are you comparing Puel with Pellegrino? You would have been midtable all season with Puel in charge. I know he's boring but he gets points on the table. Pellegrino is, well I'm sure he's done something right in his career otherwise Southampton wouldn't have enrolled him. Surely the board can't be that stupid?
About the Hughes comments I don't see the harm in that. Hughes did a solid job at Stoke for a few years. He got the boot when he lost the dressing room. Shimples.
It's the stress of this relegation battle. We haven't had a relegation since 2003, not used to this!
Hughes doesn't seem like the kind of manager that will motivate a team and bring them together, but not sure what else they could've done tbf. The whole club does seem to have taken a big step backwards this season after years of progression.
I wouldn't say it's just this season we took a big step backwards. Last season was the beginning. I know we got 8th and a cup final but we ended up finishing like 20 points behind our 2015/16 total and were absolutely abysmal at home.
That summer we replaced Koeman, Mane, Pelle and Wanyama with cheap options despite being in the Europa League. The club was the most attractive it's ever been, we needed to show ambition but instead we signed shite like Nathan Redmond and appointed Puel.
Stoke might now feel extra motivated to help relegate their old boss.
Hughes might be able to motivate his new club to help relegate his old club.
Or of course both could drop together!
That West Ham game is obviously huge. I don't think Saints have actually been in the relegation zone all season? With the Cup this weekend, depending on results (Huddersfield/Palace and Stoke/Everton) Saints could drop in all be it with the game in hand. I've always thought that makes a physiological difference, actually being below the red line.
Our game against Southampton is so huge. Thing is, with a new manager coming in the team usually step up their performance. Already so nervous for that game and its still two weeks off. We have two-on paper- winnable home games coming up- Southampton and Stoke. If we get less than 4 points in those we could be gone as we've still got to play Chelsea, Arsenal, City and United.