Nicola Cortese - 'Saints' best signing of the last 15 years'

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SAINTS fan Daren Wheeler insists Nicola Cortese’s boots would be “big ones to fill” if the chairman departs St Mary’s.

Wheeler has hailed the Swiss-Italian businessman as the club’s “best signing in the last 15 years.”

Cortese’s future at Saints is shrouded in mystery after reports that his relationship with the Liebherr family had broken down.

Wheeler, who writes a weekly column Beautiful South in the Sports Pink on Saints, is worried as to what might happen if the chairman does leave.

“Nicola Cortese has made some unpopular decisions at Saints, but the people he has been brought in have been more successful than the ones they replaced,” said Wheeler.

“Cortese is only an employee of the football club, and who’s to say that the person they get in to replace him one day wouldn’t be even better?

“You just don’t know.

“In the short-term, though, I would be concerned because Cortese is an intelligent, shrewd, successful businessman.

“His boots would be big ones to fill.

“He’s made some first-rate decisions.

“I don’t want a media-friendly, cuddly sort of chairman like Dave Whelan who everyone likes.

“I want a chairman who is not afraid of making unpopular decisions.

“Cortese is certainly that. There was an outcry when both Pardew and Adkins went, but Cortese was proved right on both occasions.

“He is the best signing the club have made in the last 15 years, more so than the likes of Rickie Lambert.”

Cortese has previously hit the headlines during his time at St Mary’s for his public spat with Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali, plus decisions ranging from changing Saints’ kit from the traditional stripes to a more conventional red kit, increasing season ticket prices for disabled and partially-sighted fans, and installing pay and display machines in the car park at St Mary’s.

Wheeler said: “He has made decisions that have upset various supporters groups.

“But we have to look at the bigger picture.

“We don’t go to games to watch stripes, we go to support the team.

“Under Nicola Cortese, we have gone from bottom of League 1 on minus 10 points to, briefly, the top three of the Premier League, out-playing several big-name clubs along the way.”

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1:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

soton1980 says...

I agree completely. Cortese walking out would be a great loss.
I agree completely. Cortese walking out would be a great loss. soton1980
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2:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

LET'S CONTINUE THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AMBITION WITH NICOLA.

UTS
LET'S CONTINUE THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AMBITION WITH NICOLA. UTS REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

deepheat says...

Is Microsoft man Paul Gardner Allen still interested?
Is Microsoft man Paul Gardner Allen still interested? deepheat
  • Score: 5

2:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Chriops says...

The worry is that if Cortese goes, who will go with him. potentially we could loose so many people, as both the management team, and players, along with backroom staff have bought into his vision

Worrying times for Saints.

Lets hope if he goes,, he'll be back with alternative investors to buy the club.
The worry is that if Cortese goes, who will go with him. potentially we could loose so many people, as both the management team, and players, along with backroom staff have bought into his vision Worrying times for Saints. Lets hope if he goes,, he'll be back with alternative investors to buy the club. Chriops
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3:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

St.henley says...

We stand as one
We stand as one St.henley
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3:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Skating on thin ice says...

Size five shoes with insert lifts and Cuban heels cannot be accurately described as "big boots".
Size five shoes with insert lifts and Cuban heels cannot be accurately described as "big boots". Skating on thin ice
  • Score: -6

3:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pompey in spain says...

DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE OLD BAY CITY ROLLER SONG??..............
.....BYE,BYE,CORTESE
, CORTESE, BYE,BYEEEEEEEE......
.....OR MAYBE GOING UP UP UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE...OH NO, BUT YOU GET THE JIST!!!!!!!!!!!
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE OLD BAY CITY ROLLER SONG??.............. .....BYE,BYE,CORTESE , CORTESE, BYE,BYEEEEEEEE...... .....OR MAYBE GOING UP UP UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE...OH NO, BUT YOU GET THE JIST!!!!!!!!!!! pompey in spain
  • Score: -9

3:30pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ihansrot786 says...

Mr chairman please do not leave. i beg you to stay at the club . you have done a fantastic job. Again please don't leave. thank you.
Mr chairman please do not leave. i beg you to stay at the club . you have done a fantastic job. Again please don't leave. thank you. ihansrot786
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Wed 15 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

pompey in spain wrote:
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE OLD BAY CITY ROLLER SONG??..............

.....BYE,BYE,CORTESE

, CORTESE, BYE,BYEEEEEEEE......

.....OR MAYBE GOING UP UP UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE...OH NO, BUT YOU GET THE JIST!!!!!!!!!!!
p i s off
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE OLD BAY CITY ROLLER SONG??.............. .....BYE,BYE,CORTESE , CORTESE, BYE,BYEEEEEEEE...... .....OR MAYBE GOING UP UP UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE...OH NO, BUT YOU GET THE JIST!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]p i s off OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ShakeyWiffles says...

100% agree with that! Well said Daren :)
100% agree with that! Well said Daren :) ShakeyWiffles
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

LOL really? Better than Lambert? You are having a laugh mate.
LOL really? Better than Lambert? You are having a laugh mate. Sadoldgitte
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