Premier League

Should Southampton Really Be In Search Of A New Manager?

Southampton have had a difficult start to the season. They seem confident in their goal scoring abilities, with Ricky Lambert unfazed by another move into a higher tier of English football and continuing to find the back of the net. Defensively however they are in a bad place. Their goal difference stands at -12 and have not kept a clean sheet in so far this season.

You could make an argument that they were a little unlucky against both Manchester clubs, unable to hold onto their lead in both games. This still proves however that they lack the sturdy defensive solidity required if they want to survive in England’s Premier division.

Southampton have won only 1 in their last 6 games in the Premier League and lost 3-0 to Leeds midweek in the Capital One Cup. Southampton are struggling. It may be too early for a change of manager. The players will still be adjusting to the league and have had some very difficult fixtures in the first couple of months against the holders Man City, Man United, Tottenham and Everton.

However this does not stop the paper talk and it is reported that Alan Shearer may in line to replace Nigel Adkins if he cannot turn around the fortunes of the club in the next few weeks.

Shearer began his career in top flight football at Southampton and would surely be welcomed by the fans. However he has very little managerial experience, (only 8 games in charge of Newcastle, in which time they were relegated). As a former striker, Shearer, with such little experience, would not be the first person on any teams contact list to fix such a defensive issue as the one that they have at Southampton.

If they were to change management, Southampton would be much more likely to look for someone with years of solid premier league experience. Someone with quality backroom staff that can help plug a hole in their flooding hull before it plummets to the bottom of the ocean and/or Championship.

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