I cant see Les Reed getting any credit at all for Pele and Tadic! Very clearly these were Koeman buys. Mane maybe but as he was already on strike for a move im not so sure. The fact he got Koeman was his real success. Poch was nothing to do with him
As for unearthing gems being very tricky. I agree it is, but as Watford prooved on Saterday its not that tricky.
I think Les is really good at making his job seem harder than it is. Any talk about getting us up from Leauge 1 is irrelvent usnless it is a suggestion that he should go back to Charlton. We are in the Premier League. If we want European football we need to up our game in executive management and the players we get in. At this early stage it seems too many mistakes are being made.
And there is the rub. As with Rupert Lowe as I remember, anything that goes wrong is down to Reed, anything that goes right is down to someone else. I read elsewhere that Reed was responsible for all signings. Perhaps he is, perhaps he isnt, but if he signs them off then he has a part to play in the process (as I assume he also says no to some). All the way through our journey from Division 1 I have read about all the mistakes we have made, and yet we are where we are. Amazing for a club riddled with poor decision making. Funny how people outside the club, without an axe to grind, talk about us an example of a well run football club. Considering that we do not have the clout of the likes of the Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool we have done amazingly well over the last few years (despite with the apparently crap Les Reed on board). We are never going to compete with the top clubs but I dont see as trying to best of the rest is such a bad thing. I can certainly live with 8th and good cup runs. I have been a Saints supporter since 1966 and this is the best period I can remember apart from the McMenemy years. It is by no means perfect, it never has been, even under McMenemy, but I really dont see why the club (and Reed) get so much stick.
Good cup runs when we don't take them seriously and get knocked out by Wolves at home, at you smoking crack?