It's easy to pity Southampton in their current situation. Their players hit an unprecedented high last season and thus have attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the country.
Luke Shaw left for Manchester United, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and now Dejan Lovren have switched St Mary's for Anfield and now youngster Calum Chambers looks set to complete a big money move to Arsenal.
Empathy or admiration?
But should we empathise Southampton during this 'predicament' of theirs, or should we be beaming in admiration of their ingenious business plan?
We've seen it in the past, when clubs have been stuck in limbo between one manager's reign and the next's. Bolton never recovered from Sam Allardyce's exit, Liverpool have only started to recover from Rafa Benitez's departure and it seems that Southampton are eager to ensure they don't suffer similar misfortunes.
When Mauricio Pochettino arrived from Espanyol back in 2012, nobody knew what to expect. It was certainly difficult to understand the club's decision to axe Nigel Adkins - who was the driving force behind their promotion push - and replace him with a certain unproven Argentinian - but it turned out to be somewhat of a masterstroke.
Southampton reached new highs last season and were unfortunate to miss out on European football. But if they want to reach those levels again, they must put the entirety of their faith in Ronald Koeman; which it appears they have.
The club have raised nearly £100 million this summer as clubs from across the country have disbanded Pochettino's academy-blooded side. Koeman has been drafted in and looks determined to imprint his managerial DNA into a new era at the club, with Dušan Tadić and Graziano Pellè already brought in from the Eredivisie.
The club have put their trust in Koeman and they believe they can reach now familiar highs and beyond under his leadership.
Saints fans out there have every right to feel aggrieved after what has happened to the club this summer, but there is no need to be afraid of change. They should be excited about what the Koeman-era has to offer.
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