Southampton relegated from the Premier League: James Ward-Prowse says he and team-mates will carry regrets | Soccer Information
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse admits he and his team-mates will carry regrets with them to the Championship after their relegation to the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday.
After a sorry season that has seen them occupy one of many relegation spots since November 5, their twelfth dwelling defeat of the season in opposition to Fulham meant they are going to be taking part in within the second tier subsequent season.
They final suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2005 – it took them seven years to win promotion again after a interval that additionally noticed them relegated to League One.
Three managers have occupied the St Mary’s hot-seat this season and none of them have managed greater than three league wins with Ralph Hasenhuttl, Nathan Jones and Ruben Selles all failing to discover a successful formulation on the membership.
“It is disappointing but it surely’s a second that has been coming,” mentioned Ward-Prowse, who has made 407 appearances for Southampton. “We might put ourselves in a troublesome place and I believed we did properly to take it to this stage of the season.
“When these kinds of issues occur, you go away individually and as a membership and replicate on whether or not we did all the pieces we may to realize our objective. I do not suppose now we have and that is a disgrace as I really feel it’s about having no regrets and leaving all the pieces on the market.
“Over the course of the season that has caught up with us. Finally, that is why we’re the place we are actually.”
Ward-Prowse: We’ve not executed sufficient to remain up
Second-half finishes from Carlos Vinicius and substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic inflicted a club-record twenty fourth defeat of the season on the division’s backside membership to go away them eight factors from security with simply two fixtures remaining.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – a Saints fan – was amongst these in attendance on the south coast because the hosts’ 11-season keep within the prime flight led to tame style.
He witnessed a staff missing confidence, concepts and urgency produce one other feeble efficiency of a depressing marketing campaign that includes three managers and simply two dwelling league wins.
Vinicius broke the impasse within the forty eighth minute, earlier than Mitrovic, who was handed the prolonged suspension for grabbing referee Chris Kavanagh in his facet’s FA Cup loss at Manchester United on March 19, condemned Saints to the Championship by heading dwelling his thirteenth objective of the season.
Boos and chants of “you are not match to put on the shirt” from dwelling supporters greeted the full-time whistle.
“Everybody will go away and replicate on the season that is passed by. Have selections been proper? Have we been adequate on the pitch? Have we as a gaggle and as a staff executed all the pieces we will to progress and carry out as we ought to be?” Ward-Prowse mentioned.
“I consider we ought to be acting at a greater stage than now we have executed and in the end we have not executed that on a constant foundation. Over the course, we have not been adequate from the primary day of pre-season till now.
“The requirements of the soccer membership have slipped away and that is in the end why we have got relegated. It is onerous to get self-belief with out outcomes and performances.
“You additionally want particular moments from people and we have not had sufficient of that this season. That’s one thing that grows with outcomes, they usually’ve not been there all season.
“I have been on a journey with the membership since I used to be eight years outdated – I’ve seen the ups and downs, the great occasions and the dangerous. This can be a dangerous time, however I am positive with the great folks on the membership will probably be again within the Premier League very quickly.”
Saints relegation in numbers
- Southampton have been relegated from the Premier League for the primary time for the reason that 2004-05 season, and third time from the top-flight general (additionally 1973-74). 2022-23 was their eleventh consecutive Premier League season.
- Southampton have now misplaced extra league video games this season (24) than in any earlier marketing campaign as a Soccer League/Premier League facet. They’ve misplaced not less than seven occasions below three completely different managers within the league this time period: Ralph Hasenhüttl (8), Nathan Jones (7), and Rubén Sellés (9).
- There have been simply 57 seconds between Carlos Alcaraz’s offside for Southampton and Carlos Vinícius placing Fulham 1-0 forward.
On his personal future, Ward-Prowse mentioned: “I am not pondering too far forward. We have simply been relegated from the Premier League, so I am not wanting past tomorrow.
“It is all about at present and ensuring we stick collectively as a gaggle and we take care of this in the suitable means as a membership and transfer ahead in that means.
“Over the past 10 years, we had a constant perception and construction that has wavered just a little bit this season. It may be a testing time for everyone, however these are the occasions that make or break you as a participant and as a membership. We have executed it earlier than and now we have to do it once more.”
Southampton relegated – what has gone so badly mistaken?
Southampton are a soccer membership burdened by bother and strife. It has been that means since their European zenith below Ronald Koeman – an extension of the fantastic work Mauricio Pochettino had undertaken within the two seasons earlier than his arrival.
Saints are a far cry from the membership the Dutchman inherited again in 2014. And a ways from the place they themselves anticipated to be after establishing a short foothold as one of many Premier League’s top-half groups.
A narrative that acquired muddled earlier than reaching its fairy story conclusion.
Certainly, Southampton’s plight is a bit like a ‘as soon as upon a time’, much less the completely satisfied ending. A sequence of pinch factors with out the consolation of decision.
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