Southampton unveil new Manager
After days of speculation of who the new manager would be, Josh Laird has been given the position until the end of the season. Laird who led England under 19’s to Euro success, relishes the challenge, and believes he can take the Saints forward. This is what he said:
“First of all I would like to thank Nicola who has been fantastic. As academy manager I know the club well, therefore I will dismiss any rumours now that I am not experienced for the job. At the age of 35 I am still young compared to other managers. When asked if his age would have an impact McDermott said: “ Not at all, when you look at Roberto Martinez, Eddie Howe and Malky Mackay they are all young managers who have done very good jobs with the clubs.
When BBC’s Dan Roan asked Laird on transfers the new boss replied:
“I had a meeting with Nicola and I have a very very good budget to work under. That doesn’t mean because we have money we have to spend. If we do spend it will be because I feel the player will be an asset to the club. As academy director I had the responsibility of developing young players which Is want in intend to keep on doing. I will defiantly be looking for potential players.
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New assistant brought in
Shortly after Laird's arrival, he wasted no time in brining in a man to assist him. Colin cooper who was formerly on the coaching staff at Middlesborough has been handed the position.
Laird Said: I am delighted Colin has chosen to come here. He has valuable experience as a player and as a coach, which we belie will help get this club back.
Cooper also commented: For me this is a fantastic club. I am looking forward to working with Josh, and i feel honoured that such a big club has chosen me.
Southampton unveil new signings
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Pre Season overview
" Overall i am delighted with the pre-season results. The wins vs Doncaster and Motherwell we justified by the performences. Alex Chamberlain and Lee Barnard were impressive during pre-season and i hope they can continue into the season. Chamberlain has signed a new contract til 2014 and is in the under 19's squad. "
Laird wants promotion
Speaking to sky sports earlier today, Josh Laird conceded that promotion is the minimum target for this season he said:
Yes, of course we want to get promotion, this is a fantastic club, with expectational facilites, and a club with potential to get back to the top. We have great players and staff here, now we just need to perform on the pitch. Our target is automatic promotion, then we will go on for there.