Saints have reversed the “devastating” decision not to stock the latest book published by the club’s official historians.

All the Saints hit the shelves back in November, but had been conspicuous by its absence from the club stores.

The book profiles every single one of the thousand-plus players who have ever featured for Saints.

It is the most comprehensive piece of work ever produced by Hagiology Publishing, a collective made up of Saints’ official historians.

However, despite the club having always traditionally stocked their books, they did not put any copies of their latest effort on sale.

But, following recent changes at St Mary’s, that stance has been quickly altered.

Duncan Holley, who produced the book with Gary Chalk and David Bull, welcomed the club’s decision.

“We are relieved that the club has reversed its decision not to stock All the Saints,” he said.

“Not only because it is important that they embrace their history, but also that they help promote it.

“As fans and historians, it means a lot to us that the book has been so highly praised by many neutrals up and down the country, and it was devastating for us when the club abruptly turned their back on it.

“Whoever owns and runs Southampton Football Club in the future, we wish them all the luck and success possible, but one aspect that is sacrosanct is our historical heritage.

“The fans are the true custodians of the past and we hope, now that there appears to be a new broom sweeping the corridors of St Mary’s, there will always be a genuine consideration for what went before.”