The situation the club finds themselves in now is a far cry from that turmoil, a genuinely talented squad with an intriguing blend of home-grown players such as captain Adam Lallana, loyal bedrocks like Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert and exciting flair players the likes of Osvaldo and Gaston Ramirez is a mouth-watering prospect. When you weigh this up with the fact current manager Mauricio Pochettino has at his disposal arguably the best and most prolific academy in Britain that has produced a veritable who’s who of talent including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana; it certainly seems the situation is very rosy indeed. The emergence of James Ward-Prowse and the brilliant Luke Shaw merely strengthens this opinion.
Under the stewardship of Cortese, there have been controversies; namely the sacking of Adkins last season, but football fans looking on can only see a club led by him that is having real investment pumped into it both on and off the pitch. It is a club with a very clear vision and is developing an exciting brand of football that looks set to continue reaping rewards with its philosophy of mixing talented academy products and exciting established stars. Will that reward be mixing it with names on the continent one day soon? One thing is crystal clear, Southampton fans have never had it so good and the club has everything in place to emerge as a serious contender.