Online Fans' Forum: Dec 2020

By SFC Media time Fri 11 Dec Fan Responsibility

On Thursday evening, Southampton Football Club held an online Fans' Forum event, where a number of supporters were given the chance to pose questions to a specially selected panel via Zoom.

Hosted by BBC Radio Solent's Adam Blackmore, the line-up included first-team manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, Chief Executive Martin Semmens and Managing Director Toby Steele.

Each answered a number of questions about how the club was functioning in the current climate, with specific discussion around how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had affected the club, the ownership structure, the Academy system and its philosophy, as well as Southampton's current position in the Premier League and recent run of form.

when the players are sitting in the dining room, they don't speak about cars, they speak about football. they discuss tactics.

Ralph Hasenhüttl
first team manager

Speaking candidly, the manager explained why he thinks Southampton have thrived on the pitch post-lockdown and how the belief within the coaching staff and playing squad is translating into consistent results this season.

Chief Executive Martin Semmens addressed recent rumours reported by a number of news outlets over a possible takeover bid, as well as potential signings for the future and how the Academy setup remains a vital part of the club going forward.

Lastly, Managing Director Toby Steele fielded questions surrounding the financial impact of the pandemic and if or how a lack of supporters on matchdays has affected the club's standing from a business perspective.

The full video is available to watch at the top of this page, or via the club's official YouTube channel.

Related

Gallery: Shaping up for Sheffield United
chevron right
Saints introduce Access Wristbands for matchdays
Fan Responsibility

Saints introduce Access Wristbands for matchdays

Supporters with hidden disabilities can claim a wristband free of charge.

timeTue 13 Jul
St Mary’s to be at full capacity for 2021/22 season Take part in our celebratory fan video