Two opportunities with the Prince’s Trust for young people in the New Year

Are you aged 16-25, living in Southampton or the surrounding areas and interested in Football or Retail but out of work?  There are two courses coming up to help you achieve your goals. Both are free with travel costs reimbursed.

Football programme in partnership with Saints Foundation

Monday 28 January 2019 to Friday 8 February 2019

  • Course runs at Goals, Millbrook
  • Learn coaching skills from professional coaches
  • FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football, FA First Aid, and FA Safe Guarding
  • Meet new people, build confidence, and improve your communication and teamwork skills
  • Get three months support after the programme
  • Lunch provided
  • Taster day on Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • text “Football Saints to 079 4351 1218

Retail programme in partnership with Marks and Spencers

Monday 11 February 2019 to 9 March 2019

  • Learn about Customer Service and the various roles at Marks & Spencer as well as receive on-the-job training
  • Get regular feedback and guidance via a dedicated buddy
  • get the chance to secure guaranteed interviews for positions at M&S
  • Improve your teamwork and communication skills as well boost your confidence, interview skills and your C.V.
  • Up to 6 months support after the programme
  • Info day on either Tuesday 29 or Wednesday 30 January and taster day on 4 February
  • txt ‘Retail”’ to 07943511218

Interested? Call 0800 842 842 or email joseph.harket-burgess@princes-trust.org.uk

**Please be aware that due to the success and popularity of these courses the last time they had to close recruitment early because all spaces were taken up quickly**

Jurgen Klopp Released From Hospital

Jürgen Klopp has been released and attended a hospital appointment today as a precautionary measure, after feeling ill.The boss is back doing boss things after the precautionary visit.

Of all the people at the club we expected to end up in the hospital during international break, Jurgen Klopp was fairly low on that list. However, the Liverpool boss had to leave training and admitted himself to the hospital after falling ill to an as-of-yet unknown malady.

Whatever the medical issue, Klopp is out of the hospital, and presumably preparing along with the rest of the coaching staff for Saturday’s return to Premier League action against Southampton. Although he has been released, he is expected to make follow-up appointments in the coming days.

statement released by the club in response to news that Klopp had been hospitalised says:

“Jürgen Klopp has attended a hospital appointment today as a precautionary measure, after feeling ill. He is being assessed by doctors and will be absent from training on Wednesday as a result.”

“There are currently no plans for Jürgen to remain in hospital beyond his appointment and he will therefore return home this evening; however, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.”

It seems unlikely at this point that the German manager will be forced to miss the upcoming match, but if he did it would not be the first time this has happened as the Liverpool manger. He missed last year’s 2-2 draw to Sunderland after coming down with appendicitis and needed surgery.

Hopefully the illness was not too serious, and the boss will be back on top form.

 

 

Choose your Ultimate Saints XI

From The Dell to St Mary’s, there have been many greats to have worn the red and white stripes – but who would be in your Ultimate Saints XI?

That’s the question Southampton fans are being asked, ahead of a major exhibition about the club that will open at SeaCity Museum next year.

An independent panel of supporters and club historians have created a short-list of Saints legends for fans to choose from, with the vote now open.

To qualify, players need to have represented the club after 1945 and have made 150 or more appearances, unless they are deemed to have made a particularly special contribution or significant impact during their time with Saints. Current players are not included in the vote.

The supporters’ all-time XI and manager will be revealed as part of the special exhibition at SeaCity Museum, which is due to open on 29th March 2018.

To submit your Fans’ Ultimate XI, simply select your choices here.

Everyone who enters will be in with a chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets to the VIP exhibition launch on 28th March 2018.

Please note that voting closes at 8pm on Sunday 5th November.

Southampton FC cares for football fan

One of the exciting things for football fans is choosing your favourite player’s name to get on the back of a replica shirt.  So spare a thought for Twitter user @JBridle2, whose heart must have sank when news broke that Southampton had elected to send loanee Saphir Taider back to Inter after he failed to settle at the club.

Bridle had chosen to get Taider’s name on the back of his shirt after he signed on a season-long loan deal earlier in the window – an almost fool proof way to ensure that his shirt remained ‘in date’ for the coming season.

Exasperated, the Saints fan tweeted a picture of his misfortune to the club’s official Twitter account, as can be seen below.

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Credit to Southampton, though, not only did they acknowledge the tweet but they also promised the fan that they would replace the offending kit.

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In today’s climate where fans seems to be ignored by the club they support this is a great act by Southampton.

Rodgers: Suarez sent message of support

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers revealed how he received a text message from Luis Suarez on Sunday morning wishing his former club all the best for their first game of the new season against Southampton.

 Ahead of Liverpool’s 2-1 opening-weekend victory over the Saints, the Uruguayan, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer after three and a half years at Anfield, sent his support to his ex-colleagues.

Rodgers explained the gesture to reporters in his post-match press conference following the clash, during which he also reiterated his desire to add another striker to the Reds ranks before the close of the transfer window.

When asked how he felt Liverpool would fare without Suarez this season, the boss said:

“Our ambitions here at Liverpool, they have to be bigger than one player – I’ve said that repeatedly. Big clubs will lose players. Our ambition is bigger than Luis.  He sent us a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and that [he hopes] we start strong. It was a great gesture.  He’s a friend of Liverpool now. But we look forward. We’re bigger than any one single player.  I do still think we want another striker. It’s something we’ll look at, but it’ll depend on the availability of one. We’ll search for that through until the end of the window.  But you see the players and the quality we have. The fluency will come and today was about the win – and we got the win.”

Asked if he responded to the text message from Suarez, Rodgers replied:

“I did, yes. He’s a good boy, but he’s gone. His heart is with Liverpool and he’ll always be Liverpool. It was a lovely touch.”