…continued from Part One.
2012/13 The Championship
7th July 2012. Saints sign David McGoldrick from Nottingham Forest for £775k
9th July 2012 .David Connolly and Radhi Jaidi are released.
18th July 2012. Ryan Dickson is sold to Swindon Town for £375k
Saints open their first campaign back in the Championship with a trip to title favourites Cardiff City, they lose 1-0, but put in an impressive performance. They lineup:- Davis, Butterfield, Seaborne, Martin, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Hammond (c), Ritchie, Chaplow, Barnett, McGoldrick.
Youngsters Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse make their league débuts and suitably impress.
The team take confidence from their decent start and go on a six game unbeaten run, ending September in 6th place and prompting talk of successive promotions.
A couple of injuries to key players take their toll and Saints form dips, culminating in a dreadful run of 12 games without a win, leaving them 18th as the end of the January transfer window neared. Saints fans were hoping that the board would strengthen the squad so as to prevent a relegation battle.
21st January 2013. Luke Shaw is sold to Arsenal for £4 million.
Saints form is erratic for the rest of the season as they struggle to cope with the rigours of the Championship with a young inexperienced squad. They find themselves in the relegation zone with three games to go but rally enough to win the first two. They go into the final game of the season knowing that a point will save them, but could go down with a defeat due to their poor goal difference. They draw 2-2 with Barnsley at St. Mary’s and finish 19th.
1st June 2013. Jason Dodd is relieved of his duties as Southampton manager. Assistant Paul Williams also leaves.
18th June 2013. James Ward-Prowse is sold to newly promoted Cardiff City for £1.2 million.
20th June 2013. Kelvin Davis announces his retirement.
30th June 2013. Saints sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot on a season long loan.
14th July 2013. The Saints board make a statement saying that the past seasons have taken a toll on the club financially and it is now up for sale.
16th July 2013. Martin Hunter is promoted from U21’s coach to first team manager.
2013/14 The Championship
Saints open the season with defeat at Nottingham Forest, lining up Elliot, Chambers, Seaborne, Martin, Targett, Chaplow, Hammond (c), Ritchie, McQueen, Barnett, McGoldrick. Despite the poor feeling around the club and the coming season, Saints start well and are 9th by the start of October.
A run of defeats sees them drop to 15th and with strong rumours that the board are looking to cash in on the performances of youngsters Calum Chambers and Sam McQueen, relegation seems a very real possibility.
As the club hit January they sit in 13th and the board reiterate their stance that the club is for sale.
4th January 2014. Calum Chambers is sold to Liverpool for £2.8 million.
16th January 2014. Saints announce that the club has been sold to an American investor.
28th January 2014. Saints sign Danny Ings from Burnley as the first player under the new regime for £1.8 million.
Saints see out the remainder of the season in indifferent form that quickly turns to poor form culminating in a 10 game streak without a win, but with the goals from Ings and a unified more confident squad under the new owners, they find themselves safe from relegation with two games to play and would spend the summer preparing for a third season in the Championship.
It’s worth remembering that in reality the last four seasons have been pretty good…