South-coast latest: Saints could be dismantled; new Brighton boss excited by ambitions

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Today's latest news from the south-coast features Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bournemouth and Portsmouth.

Jay Rodriguez fears Southampton could be dismantled

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez is worried that the club's performances last season could lead to them being dismantled when he summer transfer window opens on July 1st.

The already departed Mauricio Pochettino guided the Saints to a record eighth place finish last season, their best ever in the Premier League.

It was the club's English players that really flourished last season and with Ricky Lambert already transferred to Liverpool, it doesn't look like it will be long before fellow countrymen Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw go through the Southampton exit door.

Rodriguez told the Guardian: "You don’t want to see players going and the team being taken apart.

"You can sometimes never stop it, it is one of those things so I’m trying not to think about it and hopefully we will have everyone at pre-season.”

The 24-year-old also heaped praise on ex-boss Pochettino saying: "Mauricio is a great manager and a great guy and was well-respected by the lads."

Sami Hyypia excited by Brighton's ambitions

Ex-Liverpool legend turned Brighton and Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia claims the club's ambition was the main reason why he took over the job.

The 40-year-old fills to void left by former manager Oscar Garcia who resigned from the club after their failure to win the Championship play-offs.

Sky Sports were in attendance at the Finn's first press conference, and he said: "I knew that they were serious and that's one of the main reasons I'm sitting here now.

"I like people who have ambitions to go forward and hopefully I can bring the club forward in the next three years.

"Where we will finish after three years I don't know but hopefully we'll go forward."

Ex-Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban reveals why he left

Lewis Grabban left the Cherries for Norwich City last week in a record £3 million deal, and it was the vision of the new Canaries boss Neil Adams that made the forward move.

Grabban was top scorer last season and he revealed that the similarities in attacking philosophy between Adams and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe made the switch easier.

“When I listened to the manager’s philosophy on attacking football, it was a similar to the philosophy at Bournemouth," the 26-year-old told the Daily Echo.

“It’s important when a settled player moves on that they don’t go into a team that uses a completely different style, because it just might not work.

“I think Eddie Howe is getting it right and the manager at Norwich has similar philosophies - he wants to play attacking, passing football and dominate possession."

Portsmouth fans raise over £25,000 for academy

The Fratton Park faithful have so far raised more that £25,000 to help fund a new home for the Pompey academy.

After the fans saved the League Two club from liquidation, they have now been set another ambitious target, to raise £250,000 in 60 days so the club's academy can build a new home close to the senior squad.

A donation site has been set up ( where fans can give any sum between £10 - £10,000, and in return donators will receive a particular reward depending on how much they have donated.

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