It’s the start of a new week, which gives you the chance to catch up on anything you may have missed over the last seven days with our latest Southampton Football Club Monday Briefing…
Saints provide update on response to COVID-19
In keeping with government advice, all activity at Staplewood Campus, St Mary’s Stadium and our other sites continue to be suspended except for essential activities. This situation will be reviewed at the end of April.
In addition, the board of directors, the first-team manager, his coaching staff and the first-team squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.
Furthermore, the club can confirm that it will not use the government’s Job Retention Scheme during April, May and June. Our owners, Mr. Gao and Katharina Liebherr, have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June. Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known.
Saints At Home show launches
On Thursday, the club launched its new Saints At Home online broadcast, featuring guests from different areas of the club.
Host Kenzie Benali caught up with Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu, club ambassador Matt Le Tissier, Southampton FC Women head coach Marieanne Spacey-Cale and captain Shannon Sievwright.
Offering insight on how their lives have changed over recent weeks, the show is available to watch here:
Saints claim eSports bragging rights over Man City
Saints continued to follow their scheduled Premier League fixture list in the gaming world by facing off against Man City in a FIFA 20 live stream on Saturday.
Representing Southampton was our eSports player Saints Venny, who secured a 2-0 victory courtesy of a brace from substitute Stuart Armstrong.
It may not be the real thing, but you can still enjoy the best of the action from another entertaining online match-up here:
Stephens creates Spotify playlist for Saints channel
Looking for something good to listen to at home during the coronavirus pandemic? Then check out the first of our Saints As One player playlists.
Centre-back Jack Stephens is first up, choosing ten of his favourite tracks that will hopefully help to brighten up your day.
You can listen to Jack's playlist in full on our official Spotify channel by clicking here.
An introduction to mindfulness
As part of the club’s Saints As One campaign, the club have provided an introduction to mindfulness.
Southampton staff Amy Spencer (Sports Psychologist) and Dr. Greg Clarke (Clinical Psychologist) unwrap the concept, and the role it can play in helping people through this difficult time.
Benefits of mindfulness include reduction in stress levels, increase in focus and concentration to improve productivity, and increased resilience to help in overcoming challenges. Click here to find out more.
Bednarek discusses personal progress
Our latest feature interview is with Southampton defender Jan Bednarek, who reflected on a range of topics.
The Polish international revealed how he overcame some tough times early in his Saints career, and how he had to be patient to wait for his chance to impress.
Bednarek also picks his best centre-forward in the world, comparing compatriot Robert Lewandowski with England captain Harry Kane in an insightful interview you can read in full here.
Top Fives continue with more Saints nostalgia
Last week our Top Fives series highlighted a range of new topics, including sublime saves, great goals and Easter classics.
For any you may have missed, here’s last week’s list, with plenty more to come on southamptonfc.com:
- Alex McCarthy’s best saves
- Sublime solo strikes
- Sadio Mané’s moments
- Alan Shearer’s golden goals
- James Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks
- Classic Easter matches