30th January. St. Mary’s Stadium – Southampton v Crystal Palace Kick-off 19.45.
Saints 1,221 Days Wait Could Be Over!
Southampton host Crystal Palace this coming Wednesday hoping to end a run that stretches back 1,221 Days!
Saints Were Marching In!
On the 15th May 2016, Sadio Mané, Graziano Pellè, Ryan Bertram, and Steven Davis all scored as Southampton brushed aside Wednesday’s opponents Crystal Palace 4-1 in the final game of the 2015/16 Premier League season. For the then Ronald Koeman managed Saints, who finished 6th that season and qualified for the Europa League, that was the last time they won 3 Premier Leagues games in a row. Along with Palace they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 away and Manchester City 4-2 at home. Those were the days when the ‘Saints Were Marching In.’
Everton Snatch Koeman
Koeman left in June 2016 and a succession of managers have jumped into the hot seat. In one way or another they’ve all failed.
Frenchman Claude Puel came in for a season and, although the Saints did well-finishing 8th, his style of play didn’t please the home fans and he was out. Argentinean Mauricio Pellegrino took over for 9 months before he joined the list of Premier League managers sacked in the 2017/18 season. Next up Welshman Mark Hughes who’d been sacked by Stoke City in January 2018. He somehow kept Saints up that season but picked up his P45 in December 2018 after an appalling run of results.
On the 5th December 2018, Southampton appointed 51 year old Austrian Ralph Hasenhüttl as their manager. A move that had many Saints fans scratching their heads. Were they expecting Big Sam! Hasenhüttl, a former centre forward who scored 119 goals in 450 games in Austria and Germany, seems to have galvanised a sinking ship.
Now with back to back Barclays Premier League 2-1 wins, away at Leicester City and home to Everton, he’s on the verge of making it 3 on the bounce after just 57 days in charge…