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Will Southampton still be marching next season?

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As many of you might have gathered, there are a lot of changes going on down at St Mary's this summer and not positive ones.

After a sublime season for the men in red, it looks like they are - not so gradually - crumbling apart.

Southampton narrowly missed out on Europe this season though that could well be a blessing in disguise as they have waved goodbye to a couple of personnel so far while not welcoming any in.

The first to leave was gaffer Mauricio Pochettino who was recruited by Tottenham as Tim Sherwood's replacement. The man could not (and still can't) speak barely a word of English although that did not cause a problem as Southampton had their best ever season - maybe it was the translator who supplied the tactics?

Personally, I do not rate him too highly yet as he has only managed for one season in the Premier League where he performed well but I feel it was perhaps his players that provided the magic. Having said that, he did get the best out of them.

He's gone now though and Southampton need to find a replacement and quickly. Could David Moyes make a return?

Rickie Lambert has departed having agreed a deal with Liverpool for £4 million plus add-ons. Why Liverpool want him still puzzles me but he has been the Saints' most valuable forward in terms of his importance.

The full price will probably be around £6 million which is pretty good considering he was old and they should be able to find a replacement with that.

Adam Lallana is another player that could be heading to Anfield soon, with a £20 million bid having been rejected. It looks likely that a £25 million bid would be accepted and Liverpool will be willing to pay that price.

The English midfielder was Southampton's best player this season and they will be weakened by his departure. Again, they should be able to replace him but the new guy may not have the same work attitude and love for Southampton.

The third player that looks almost certain to leave is wonderkid Luke Shaw. At 17-years-old he would be a fantastic left back for any team to mould and he could be there for 15-20 years.

However, this comes at a price; Shaw's is £30 million which could increase if he performs well at the World Cup in Brazil. Man United and Chelsea are two of the teams chasing Shaw with a £25 million bid from Old Trafford being rejected.

It looks like his departure is imminent but if the money is invested wisely then they could bring in some top class players!

Dejan Lovren and Morgan Schneiderlin are the final players that could be tempted away this summer with Arsenal keen on Schneiderlin. A few teams, including Liverpool and Man United, are looking at Lovren for cover at the back.

So, it looks like Southampton will have a very different team in the 2014/15 season but we'll have to wait to see if it's improved or weakened. What do you think it'll be?

Update: Southampton have told the media that they don't plan for any more players to leave before the new manager is brought in


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