When Dutch manager Ronald Koeman was appointed Southampton manager, it looked to be the perfect appointment for both parties.
Here was a manager with a fine record of working within a budget and developing his own youngsters to come through the academy, something Southampton particularly also foster hopes of.
Things have somewhat changed since he took over though, with a host of high-profile departures leaving him with a half-empty canvas to work with but a huge budget.
Potential for failure
On one hand, Koeman can point to the sales of talisman Rickie Lambert, captain Adam Lallana, ever-improving Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers along with Dejan Lovren as pivotal if this season does not turn out as planned when he took over.
The excuse is already there for all to see. Koeman would be perfectly able to say that you cannot build a team in two months that can compete with the best in the Premier League. You might be able to build a squad, but a team spirit can take months if not more to forge.
Should Southampton find themselves in a relegation fight by Christmas, the majority of the blame will not lay at Koeman's door, but more so at the door of the clubs board members who allowed this to happen in the first place.
On the other hand, allowing Koeman to build his own squad, bring in his own type of player, those more loyal to him than any predecessor might just be a stroke of genius by Ralph Kreuger and Katharina Liebherr.
For those at the top-level of Southampton Football Club have always confirmed that they have the right intentions and players have only been sold if the deal was for the good of the club, even though the majority of the fan base disagreed.
They might actually have the last laugh if what was perceived as a fire sale by some, was actually a plan to rake in the most money it could, and allow the new manager to bring in whoever he chose.
So far that list only has three names, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand. However, with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Nathan Redmond and Fraser Forster being linked with St. Mary's, the Saints may yet come up trumps from this summer's transfer window.
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