After losing Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 after just one season in charge, Southampton fans could have been forgiven for being bitterly disappointed.
The Argentine was a huge success at Southampton, and following his departure, questions were raised about what direction the club would go post-Pochettino.
He also managed to secure an eighth-placed finish in the league and ensured that they amassed their highest points tally ever.
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Saints fans could also have been forgiven for hoping that Pochettino’s replacement Ronald Koeman would stick around for a little longer, but having lost him recently to Everton, after just two seasons, they will be disappointed following another manager's departure.
It isn’t just great managers they have lost though.
They have seen some of their best players depart over the last few years as well. Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Luke Shaw to name but a few.
Unfortunately for the Saints, this trend looks set to continue with midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama joining Spurs, and winger Sadio Mane linking up with Liverpool.
Despite losing some of their best talent, they have always found a way to perform to their full potential and remain consistent, and here are three potential reasons behind their success.
Southampton arguably have one of the best youth setups in the country. A setup that has produced the likes of Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.
Their production line of talented young players shows no sign of slowing, and they will always have a great source of players to replace the ones who have left.
In a league where bigger clubs rely on ready-made foreign talent instead of their youth, Southampton remains a great example of how key academies can be.
A Fantastic Board
The Southampton board is arguably one of the most sensible in the league.
Having only returned to the Premier League a few years ago, they have set realistic targets and have been careful not to overreach.
Their progress has been steady, and the board have been extremely patient with the managers they have appointed.
Southampton are not where they are now through luck. Their progress has been methodical and well planned, and their success so far has been in large part due to a brilliant board and chairman.
Savvy in the Transfer Market
As a result of hiring some of the best managers, Southampton in turn, have also been able to show great poise and savvy in the transfer market, and as such, have managed to bring in players at reasonable prices, before selling them on for big profit.
Mane has joined Liverpool for £34 million, despite the Senegalese winger being purchased for a fraction of that price.
The new manager at St Mary's Stadium, whoever that may be, will have to continue Southampton's impressive record in the transfer window.
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