During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with Saints News & Views, “Eight years ago I was going to study journalism at university, and I decided to set up the page because at the time there were very few Southampton fan orientated accounts and I wanted to change that. Ever since it’s been a pleasure to run, and I really hope people enjoy the platform and see it as a place to find up to date news on the club, and as a medium for discussion and debate for all things Southampton Football Club”
So, with that said, let’s get on with the interview:
Hi there, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me, welcome to Millsy’s View
SNAV: Thank you for having me
So, first off, I’m looking to do a season review of the 2019/20 season, can you tell me how you felt about your team’s prospects going into this season?
SNAV: Despite finishing five points clear of relegation the year previous, there was a sense of optimism going into the 19-20 season, because we had Ralph in charge. From the moment he arrived, it just felt like we were in safe hands, and he could be the one to get us looking up, not down the Premier League table.
We are now going into Ralph Hasenhuettl’s second season as manager, how do you feel with the job he’s doing for Southampton?
SNAV: For the first time since Pochettino, it feels like we have ourselves a gifted manager, who wants to be at Southampton, because he can add something to the club and move us forward. Compared to recent managerial appointments – Puel, Pellegrino and Hughes – there’s a really special bond between the manager and fans. His managerial record speaks for itself – he’s done brilliantly at every club he’s gone to. If the board backs Ralph over the next couple of summers, this could be a really special time for fans.
Credit has to be given to the board for sticking with him during the first half of the season, when you were in the relegation zone for quite a while, were you scared he might depart? Did you want it at the time?
SNAV: Going into the 2019-20 season unbeaten in all five of our friendlies, fans were quietly confident about the season ahead. However, after 13 games, we had 9 points from a possible 39 and were at rock bottom. Any optimism we had at the start of the year had vanished. And it’s not like we were unlucky, we were playing awful football, making horrendous defensive mistakes, and just gifting teams points. I’ll be honest, I did think ‘oh god, not another year of trying to stay up’.
So, that concludes the first part of the interview, thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for part two. There, we go into that 9-0 loss to Leicester City, the end of season form and Southampton F.C.’s player of the season, can you guess who it is yet? If you enjoyed reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what Saints News & Views are up to, you can visit their Twitter page here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.