Opposition View: “The Saints have got every chance of staying in the Premier League”

We catch up with Southampton supporter Sam Brown before our big six-pointer

Currently in the bottom three, where has it all gone wrong for Southampton this season?

This season has been way below standard as it is but it really went downhill when we appointed Nathan Jones, a manager with no experience in the top flight.

Do you think the Saints will get relegated this season?

We have had the backing from the board and if we get everything right on the pitch, we’ve got every chance of staying up. All the games we have left to play are vital to us and our hope of staying up this season.  

Rubén Sellés has stepped in as manager for the time being. Do you reckon he can keep you up?

I reckon he can. The players love him, as do the fans. He’s a very positive guy. I want to see that positivity pay off though. He does show us fans that he wants to be our manager and I hope we can start performing to get some points on the board for him.  

Who would you like to see as your next manager?

I wouldn’t mind Ruben as manager if he keeps us up. If so, he’s got every right to show what he can do next season but starting fresh on the table, getting the boys fit and playing throughout pre pre-season. If not, then hopefully the next manager that comes along has the same positive attitude Ruben has had.  

Ralph Hasenhütt and Nathan Jones; The correct decision to part ways with both? Did Jones just need more time?

I think it was the correct decision for them both to leave. I felt after the Brentford game it was time for Jones to go because he started to throw the fans and players under the bus for his poor management. We always will love Ralph here but sadly you have to part ways with managers.  

As for James Ward-Prowse, where’s he going in summer?

I think that Ward-Prowse will stay if we can stay in the Premier Leagu this season. Don’t like to think about it too much, but if we go down the “Top Six” will be rubbing their hands together to get him to their club.  

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