So, after 16 months at the helm, Southampton Football Club once more find themselves without a manager following Mauricio Pochettino`s resignation to try his hand at Tottenham Hotspur. And with him also go his entire backroom staff, so it`s quite an exodus. Saints fans fear that this event will hasten the departure of a number of players to other clubs, quite possibly Tottenham amongst them.
So the eternal lot of Saints fans to dwell in uncertainty, bewilderment and anxiety continues. Or does it? Seems to me that in football as in politics and most other areas of life, the world is divided between those for whom events like this signify the end of their world, those who really couldn`t care less and those in the middle whose shoulders are used to shrugging and accept that these things happen and there ain`t a hell of a lot they can do about it.
I guess it`s the case for the latter category, to whom I willingly subscribe, that when a football club chooses you to support it then that`s just what you do, especially if that club represents your spiritual home, whether it be in the upper echelons of Barcelona, Madrid, Manchester or the lower reaches of Truro, Droylesden, Bashley of even East Stirling. And clubs like Southampton, Norwich and more latterly Swansea seem to fall into the category of representing sizeable, identifiable, provincial communities without really being equipped to mount a sustained challenge to the metropolitan elite.....a bit like politics again.
And so another manager moves on and another one will emerge to take his place. The fans will still give their support knowing that another page has been turned but that life goes on. Until next time.