The one thing that has defined Premier League newcomers of the past few years to those from years before is the style of football they play.
Last season saw the likes of Brighton and Huddersfield take anyone on in the league, and the same can be said about Fulham and Wolves this year. Not only does this win over the fans around the country, but is slowly becoming recognised as the way that success comes.
Likewise, the teams that have been relegated in recent years are the ones that have become worn out and predictable, and rightfully are relegated. The unfortunate news for Southampton is that they are very rapidly becoming one of these clubs.
The appointment of Mark Huges as manager last season proved this further. They did not turn to a new and innovative manager, just one to keep them in the league. While that just worked last season, he may not have the same success this term. With The Saints currently sat in 16th place in the Premier League, he may be treading on thin ice at the club.
So when looking at his successor, it is folly to turn to one of the ‘old-timer’ managers to do a rescue job. They need a fresh manager that will bring fresh ideas, and that man should be Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder.
The Blades currently sit at the top of the Championship table, and that is certainly down to Wilder’s attacking identity at the club. Whilst the likes of Marcelo Bielsa have stolen the headlines in the league as the manager to watch, Wilder has quietly got on with his business and is getting results.
His stamp at Southampton would take the club from perennial strugglers, playing lethargic football, to a team that plays an attractive brand of football. This will not only bring the results in the long run at St Mary’s, but completely bring back the club’s lost identity. The Saints have prided themselves on this reputation in the past, and Wilder is the perfect man to bring it home.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!