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This could be the season that Saints go south.

Byline: BRIAN READE

STRANGE goings-on at Southampton again after the great achievement of finishing ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool last season and making it into Europe.

They lose their manager to a team who finished five places behind them, seemingly because they weren't prepared to get close to what Ronald Koeman was being offered at Everton, replacing him with the relativelyunknown Claude Puel, who hasn't won a trophy for 16 years.

They lose Sadio Mane (left) to Liverpool, who finished two places behind them, the fifth player they have allowed to go to Anfield in three years. And they sell Victor Wanyama to their old manager at Tottenham, while allowing Graziano Pelle to toddle off to China without a fight.

This before a season when, due to Europa League demands, they're going to need all the quality they can get their hands on.

You have to wonder if this is the moment that the finest selling club in the country's luck runs out.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2016
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