TBH Samba most Saints fans are pragmatic about selling players on, like any club really have a choice if a player wants to go! Our recruitment/scouting model has been wrecked by the Sky money. We used to specialise in taking a risk with potential, aware if it worked out both we and the player could progress. Too much £££ sloshing about plus a few other 'middling' Prem clubs noticed and copied the model.
The move to St Marys was handled very well. But we NEEDED that move, the Dell was down to 17000 capacity, and was smelly. Most season ticket holders were amazed at the luxury St Marys offered, like being able to use a loo at half time. I never hear anyone moaning about their view, and as you are aware atmosphere is generated by fans the flatpack stadium doesn't prevent (or help!) this.
Money wise we have seen a rather splendid training complex developed alongside some reasonable player and academy investment. But the last 2-3 years it became very clear our owner (who tbf never wanted to own a footy club) wanted out. Eventually the Chinese Gao family took majority control last year. They are not squeaky clean, have given little idea of their plans, and have not offered obvious investment yet. We are nervous.
Most unrest is over this lack of investment and some of the most boring football imaginable. A little like yourselves we have a history of producing attractive football if not always results. Such is the atmosphere now I'm glad we're not at home for this game (though Sparky's appointment may help) as the player visibly wilt if we go a goal down. And that's the key for me, first goal may be the moment that defines both our seasons, wouldn't like to be a Dave if we score first.
So 0-0 it is then, leaving us both in the brown stuff, cheering on clubs we dislike to beat Palace and Stoke