Premier League Seasons Past
The Gao Years
Premier League 2018-19
Well, that was a fairly traumatic season. If we thought the 2017/18 season was rough, then it wasn't a patch on what we went through this season.
Saints started with Mark Hughes as manager, who then managed to compile statistics that saw him achieve the unenviable record of being the worst of our managers since the formation of the Premier League.
In November the changes started, when Mr Gao sacked both Vice Chairman and de facto DoF, Les Reed and Technical Director, Martin Hunter. Then, at the beginning of December, Mr. Gao sacked Manager, Mark Hughes, First Team Manager, Mark Bowen and First Team Coach, Eddie Niedzwiecki. Pretty much a clean sweep.
Just three days after Hughes and his team left, Ralph Hasenhüttl was appointed manager. He had one heck of a task to motivate and encourage a completely demoralised and demotivated playing staff, but he did. Saints were mathematically safe with games to spare this time, but there remains an awful lot to do, after the downhill slide of the last three seasons. A lot of money was wasted on poor players and some pretty bad business decisions were made. The final break with this dismal period was when the Canadian Chairman, Ralph Krueger left in April.
Click on the button below, have look through the seasons matches and look at the players signed in the Summer of 2018 (Not a single player was signed in the January window!). There were some bright spots, including the occasional victory over a top six side.
Premier League 2017-18
The first year of Mr. Gao's ownership and not a good one to be honest. One that featured the fewest games won at St.Mary's that I can remember. Having said that, we still had an FACup Semi-Final at Wembley in February. Chelsea made short work of us, no real surprise there then.
Click on the button below to read about Saints car crash of a season and their amazing escape.