Tuesday, April 22, 2014


......and he wasn`t wrong!!   This Easter weekend saw stark contrasts in the fortunes of Manchester United and Southampton.   The Saints went away to Villa Park - never an easy place to go to - and came away with a point following an end of season 0-0 draw against Aston Villa, who also seemed content with a point to ease themselves a little further away from relegation worries.  That result, along with Newcastle losing yet again, seems to have cemented eighth place in the Premier League for the Saints.

Manchester United suffered yet another defeat, this time a 2-0 reverse at Everton, but they remain in seventh place in the League, with an eight point advantage over Southampton that would seem to make it difficult for the Saints to catch them with only three games to go.

As a result of being in seventh place, the world has collapsed around United - deep gloom, share price affected on the New York Stock Exchange, outraged sick-as-a-parrot supporters and this morning the dismissal of their Manager David Moyes along with his faithful retainers, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden.   

Meanwhile, back down in the beautiful south, as a result of being one place below United in eighth place, us Saints fans are over the moon - it`s as if all our Christmases have come at once and we are enjoying the ride and hoping that our own Manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will stay for a long time.   Our expectations, you see, are realistic and so most of the time we are able to ignore the heartache.  As the old saying goes, for us Saints fans "It`s the hope that kills you," whereas the Bard`s message should strike a chord with devotees of the damned United. 

3 comments:

Ray Turner said...

If I remember correctly, and that's questionable at the moment, eighth place would be an improvement on last season, for the Saints...?

Snopper said...

Indeed it would, Ray. 14th last season hence moon jumping this. Problem is, we may have hit the glass ceiling?

Ray Turner said...

Who knows Snopper. A few years ago, we thought 8th in the Premiership was impossible.

Frankly I'm content (for the moment) that the Saints are no longer involved in relegation struggles every year...