Zero intention to sell Southampton FC says new chairman Ralph Krueger

Daily Echo: Krueger: There is "zero" intention to sell Saints Krueger: There is "zero" intention to sell Saints

New Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has revealed there is no intention of the club being sold, while he confirmed he has already held positive talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The 54-year-old was unveiled at St Mary’s this afternoon, before speaking to the media on a wide range of issues.

One of those was the speculation, which followed former chairman Nicola Cortese’s departure from the club in January, that owner Katharina Liebherr wanted to sell Saints.

Krueger said there was “zero” intention for that to happen.

The former professional ice hockey player and coach added: “I wouldn’t be sitting here with a one-month vision, that wouldn’t work, because I’ve really done things always with long-term vision.

“Anything I’ve thrown myself into I don’t believe in a short kind of stint.”

He also revealed that Liebherr had enjoyed her role as owner and her increased involvement in the club far more than even she had expected.

“She cares. She has always cared, and this has always been a special organisation, and she really, really cares about what happens here and she is very conscious of every single word that is being communicated," he said.

"The warmth with which she has been received here has been a beautiful thing to watch, because that was an unknown and the people of Southampton, the fanbase, they just get it.

"They totally get it, and that was amazing to witness, because there was no campaign behind it or no public relations track that she was on.

"It was all less is more, let’s stay quiet and let it evolve naturally and organically. So, yes, she’s very pleased with what’s been happening here in the last few months."

One of the first matters that supporters will be keen to see Krueger turn his attention to is the contract of Pochettino, whose current deal expires at the end of next season.

Krueger would not confirm if negotiations over a new contract had begun, but he said he has already enjoyed some good dialogue with the Argentine.

“I think I have been clear that my conversations with Mauricio have been positive and I would like to leave it like that today,” he said.

While his background is in another sport, Krueger will not be a Sir Clive Woodward-style figure and will not interfere with Pochettino's work with the team.

"One of the things I definitely know is what Mauricio needs,” he said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to give him the political support that a manager with his character and personality needs so that he can work without any distraction.

“I want him to go there every single day without distractions. That is my job, to take away the distractions that can bring him or the team away from focusing on what really counts and that is playing to their potential.

“I ran into many of those political situations in my careers that were difficult and painful. I will make sure that doesn't happen here.

“Mauricio and I had these conversations. We actually had a good trip to the England match against Denmark and it was great the traffic was horrible.

“It took three hours to get there, three hours to get back. All the managers together in a van.

“Mauricio was basically sat on my lap because we had no space. Toni was stuck in the front because he was the biggest.

“We have maybe had four or five situations like that that were very natural, not forced. I was able to feel the spirit of that management group running that team.

“There is a really, really good leadership group there. Strong, solid. They are very good people but they are very talented.”

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5:19pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Alicesdad says...

This just about says everything we want to hear.

- We are not for sale.
- We want to keep MoPo.
- The owner really loves being the owner

At this stage what more could we ask for?
This just about says everything we want to hear. - We are not for sale. - We want to keep MoPo. - The owner really loves being the owner At this stage what more could we ask for? Alicesdad
  • Score: 88

5:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Alicesdad says...

No one messed with the Don.

I really don't think anyone is going to mess with Ralph Krueger either. He has started with clear messages and addressed questions that were answered before they were asked.

At this stage there is nothing to grumble about.

Looks good to me.

Onward !!
No one messed with the Don. I really don't think anyone is going to mess with Ralph Krueger either. He has started with clear messages and addressed questions that were answered before they were asked. At this stage there is nothing to grumble about. Looks good to me. Onward !! Alicesdad
  • Score: 38

5:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him.

His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club.

I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself.

Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter.
Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him. His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club. I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself. Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter. SaintJD
  • Score: 27

5:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

beanwalking says...

What with all the money you would have thought they could have afforded a bigger vehicle to travel in. Was Lady Kat in the van as well, But the guy is making all the right sounds and i wonder if that was his first football game he has watch live. He don't sound so egotistical as the last chairman, Hope he has the same vision for Saintsfc as the last one then we wont be doing to bad. Looking forward to the game on Saturday and another win.
What with all the money you would have thought they could have afforded a bigger vehicle to travel in. Was Lady Kat in the van as well, But the guy is making all the right sounds and i wonder if that was his first football game he has watch live. He don't sound so egotistical as the last chairman, Hope he has the same vision for Saintsfc as the last one then we wont be doing to bad. Looking forward to the game on Saturday and another win. beanwalking
  • Score: 8

5:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

lowemustgo says...

SaintJD wrote:
Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him.

His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club.

I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself.

Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter.
Great to hear isn't it?
It was always NC who was the 'seller' as that was the business that he came from. The owner was Katharina and she is now in the driving seat and seems to be enjoying the ride.
Also its so great that there is openness, transparency and communication with the fans at last. I predict more success from this new board. Peace and harmony with the owner are so important for team success and such a contrast from most other clubs in the PL.
I would like to say thanks to Katharina for this -looks like a great acquisition! COYR
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him. His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club. I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself. Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter.[/p][/quote]Great to hear isn't it? It was always NC who was the 'seller' as that was the business that he came from. The owner was Katharina and she is now in the driving seat and seems to be enjoying the ride. Also its so great that there is openness, transparency and communication with the fans at last. I predict more success from this new board. Peace and harmony with the owner are so important for team success and such a contrast from most other clubs in the PL. I would like to say thanks to Katharina for this -looks like a great acquisition! COYR lowemustgo
  • Score: 22

5:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

slugger says...

lowemustgo wrote:
SaintJD wrote:
Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him.

His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club.

I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself.

Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter.
Great to hear isn't it?
It was always NC who was the 'seller' as that was the business that he came from. The owner was Katharina and she is now in the driving seat and seems to be enjoying the ride.
Also its so great that there is openness, transparency and communication with the fans at last. I predict more success from this new board. Peace and harmony with the owner are so important for team success and such a contrast from most other clubs in the PL.
I would like to say thanks to Katharina for this -looks like a great acquisition! COYR
Just noticed the links (left and right)of this article direct to the Saints official site ......... The winds of change ?
[quote][p][bold]lowemustgo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: Great first interview anyway - natural, and clearly he has a very big appreciation of the club, its fans and trying to assist the manager, not step all over him. His comments about the management team and Katharina are just little insights, but they are the kind of things that we've been missing over recent years - a closeness to the club. I'd fully expect he'll be engaging with the media in a much better way as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Echo ban is lifted soon and the bizarre rules on press photography as well. Let people in, raise the profile and the money will start coming in, lock them out or disregard their opinions (the one slight negative in NC's brilliant running of the football side) and you may stop leaking a bit of revenue but you'll miss out on a lot of free advertising and profile as well. Sometimes you can't do everything yourself. Let's hope he can get MP signed up because that's the key thing here. If he can do that I think all of our promising young players will stay as well and the future will be looking even brighter.[/p][/quote]Great to hear isn't it? It was always NC who was the 'seller' as that was the business that he came from. The owner was Katharina and she is now in the driving seat and seems to be enjoying the ride. Also its so great that there is openness, transparency and communication with the fans at last. I predict more success from this new board. Peace and harmony with the owner are so important for team success and such a contrast from most other clubs in the PL. I would like to say thanks to Katharina for this -looks like a great acquisition! COYR[/p][/quote]Just noticed the links (left and right)of this article direct to the Saints official site ......... The winds of change ? slugger
  • Score: 7

6:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Confucious says...

Well so far he couldn't have said more of what we want to hear if we'd had him hypnotised to say it.

And let's not forget it's Katherina who has orchestrated all of this - picking up from the great service her dad gave us.

Looks like we'll be able to carry on walking in that Liebherr Wonderland.
Well so far he couldn't have said more of what we want to hear if we'd had him hypnotised to say it. And let's not forget it's Katherina who has orchestrated all of this - picking up from the great service her dad gave us. Looks like we'll be able to carry on walking in that Liebherr Wonderland. Confucious
  • Score: 29

6:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

DisplacedFan says...

Let's celebrate all of this positive news with a good old-fashioned thumping of Norwich this Saturday? Kick the snot out of Snotgrass...at least figuratively!
And share a passing thought for the blue few down the road who must be beside themselves with this news....Nah, let's gloat!!!!!
Let's celebrate all of this positive news with a good old-fashioned thumping of Norwich this Saturday? Kick the snot out of Snotgrass...at least figuratively! And share a passing thought for the blue few down the road who must be beside themselves with this news....Nah, let's gloat!!!!! DisplacedFan
  • Score: 13

6:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Baddesley Bill says...

Some big statements made in his first interview...not least of all Katharina's dedication to follow her father's dreams for our Club.

I'm a very happy bunny tonight COYR :O)
Some big statements made in his first interview...not least of all Katharina's dedication to follow her father's dreams for our Club. I'm a very happy bunny tonight COYR :O) Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Wed 12 Mar 14

redsnapper says...

Professional and very reassuring, and the simple fact is that we have a very well managed set up with excellent potential. Compare this to the amoeba like citizens to the east who are staring into the abyss of non league football- pretty much what they deserve.
Professional and very reassuring, and the simple fact is that we have a very well managed set up with excellent potential. Compare this to the amoeba like citizens to the east who are staring into the abyss of non league football- pretty much what they deserve. redsnapper
  • Score: 10

7:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saint Compo says...

What has delighted me most is to hear Ralph Krueger say how much Katharina has come to love the Club and how she is dedicated to pursuing her father's dreams. I think SFC is a special place that we should all be proud of. Everyone seems to be working together towards the same goal.

I just hope that MoPo and our key players do feel that way, stay on the bus and resist the BIG money offers that may be put before them by BIG clubs.

Great start, Ralph. Onwards and upwards.

COYR
What has delighted me most is to hear Ralph Krueger say how much Katharina has come to love the Club and how she is dedicated to pursuing her father's dreams. I think SFC is a special place that we should all be proud of. Everyone seems to be working together towards the same goal. I just hope that MoPo and our key players do feel that way, stay on the bus and resist the BIG money offers that may be put before them by BIG clubs. Great start, Ralph. Onwards and upwards. COYR saint Compo
  • Score: 16

7:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

I'm loving the positivity.

love it love it love it

Now, lets keep that core squad together, add to it via the academy and some very astute signings and then show the Premier League what we can do.
I'm loving the positivity. love it love it love it Now, lets keep that core squad together, add to it via the academy and some very astute signings and then show the Premier League what we can do. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 7

7:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Mister E says...

Very impressed with him so far. No, waffle and flannel, speaking a lot but saying very little. Short, sweet and to the point! First impression - like his style! Starting to feel confident that we can and will keep our stars and MoPo will see that the club still has the ambition to match his. The uncertainty has been replaced with solid, sustainable ambition. Delighted!
Very impressed with him so far. No, waffle and flannel, speaking a lot but saying very little. Short, sweet and to the point! First impression - like his style! Starting to feel confident that we can and will keep our stars and MoPo will see that the club still has the ambition to match his. The uncertainty has been replaced with solid, sustainable ambition. Delighted! Mister E
  • Score: 10

7:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Andy Cox says...

Looks like he'll make a big improvement in media and marketing for the Saints. Also great news that Katharina Liebherr stays on the board. COYR!
Looks like he'll make a big improvement in media and marketing for the Saints. Also great news that Katharina Liebherr stays on the board. COYR! Andy Cox
  • Score: 12

7:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

I guess it's all about the right people coming in at the right time.

NC was the right person when we were on our knees and, in business terms, did a fantastic job.

NC appointed AP as manager - who did a good job.

For whatever reason, NC changed that and brought in NA - who did a great job.

NC had bigger ideas and brought in MP - who is doing a brilliant job.

Like AP and NA, NC's time came and went.

Now it's RK and it all looks rosy. I wonder how big this is going to get.

Thank you Markus and Katharina!
I guess it's all about the right people coming in at the right time. NC was the right person when we were on our knees and, in business terms, did a fantastic job. NC appointed AP as manager - who did a good job. For whatever reason, NC changed that and brought in NA - who did a great job. NC had bigger ideas and brought in MP - who is doing a brilliant job. Like AP and NA, NC's time came and went. Now it's RK and it all looks rosy. I wonder how big this is going to get. Thank you Markus and Katharina! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 12

7:52pm Wed 12 Mar 14

LeTissLeGod says...

"Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-)
"Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-) LeTissLeGod
  • Score: 7

8:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TPFKARTSNINZ says...

Sounds like he's literally on the bus already!

In RK & MP I trust.
Sounds like he's literally on the bus already! In RK & MP I trust. TPFKARTSNINZ
  • Score: 4

8:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saintbobby says...

The new chairman has spoken already probably more than NC ever did.

Perhaps a big cheer for him and Katharina could be arranged at the Norwich match. You guys are good at that sort of thing. They would deserve it for all the positive things being said at the moment. Love it!

Happy bunnies are we all, I trust.
The new chairman has spoken already probably more than NC ever did. Perhaps a big cheer for him and Katharina could be arranged at the Norwich match. You guys are good at that sort of thing. They would deserve it for all the positive things being said at the moment. Love it! Happy bunnies are we all, I trust. saintbobby
  • Score: 8

8:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

LeTissLeGod wrote:
"Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-)
Pop along to Anna Maria Island, great place will be there later in the year
[quote][p][bold]LeTissLeGod[/bold] wrote: "Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-)[/p][/quote]Pop along to Anna Maria Island, great place will be there later in the year worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Greenguage says...

On there trip Southampton to Wembley and back in the Saints minibus,they could park at Denham Station, its a 10 minute train journey in and out of Wembley and would save oceans of time,its very usefull to know .Great news about the latest appointment and the vibes from our owner .Up the Saints.
On there trip Southampton to Wembley and back in the Saints minibus,they could park at Denham Station, its a 10 minute train journey in and out of Wembley and would save oceans of time,its very usefull to know .Great news about the latest appointment and the vibes from our owner .Up the Saints. Greenguage
  • Score: 5

8:50pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Buddy SFC says...

The key comment from KL ......''and we will continue to move forward with great respect for Saints' history"

Great Times ahead with more empathy for and with the Fans ..................
The key comment from KL ......''and we will continue to move forward with great respect for Saints' history" Great Times ahead with more empathy for and with the Fans .................. Buddy SFC
  • Score: 11

8:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

RalphM says...

Brilliant news!! Just what I wanted to hear. To be honest I feared the worst that Katharina Liebherr wanted to sell Saints as she had no interest in us. How wrong it seems I am! Was gutted when NC left, but now really looking forward to the next chapter. I really believe that MP will stay now. With this group of players and hopefully this time sign a good striker and perhaps goal keeper we will be rocking! Up the Saints.
Brilliant news!! Just what I wanted to hear. To be honest I feared the worst that Katharina Liebherr wanted to sell Saints as she had no interest in us. How wrong it seems I am! Was gutted when NC left, but now really looking forward to the next chapter. I really believe that MP will stay now. With this group of players and hopefully this time sign a good striker and perhaps goal keeper we will be rocking! Up the Saints. RalphM
  • Score: 7

9:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

david_davidson1 says...

Great to hear such passion from the fans but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we are still a provincial club and we WILL lose Luke Shaw in the summer and perhaps Adam Lallana. The challenge is to move slowly towards being a big club which can afford big players and that will take time. For the moment, let's enjoy what we have achieved and let's be patient. Onwards and upwards - gradually!
Great to hear such passion from the fans but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we are still a provincial club and we WILL lose Luke Shaw in the summer and perhaps Adam Lallana. The challenge is to move slowly towards being a big club which can afford big players and that will take time. For the moment, let's enjoy what we have achieved and let's be patient. Onwards and upwards - gradually! david_davidson1
  • Score: -17

9:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

LeTissLeGod says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
LeTissLeGod wrote:
"Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-)
Pop along to Anna Maria Island, great place will be there later in the year
out here 3 times a year,keep in contact,we will meet up for many drinks :-)
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeTissLeGod[/bold] wrote: "Happy days" I'm out in sunny Sarasota enjoying my 5th double vodka & coke celebrating this fantastic news,great times to be a Saints fan :-)[/p][/quote]Pop along to Anna Maria Island, great place will be there later in the year[/p][/quote]out here 3 times a year,keep in contact,we will meet up for many drinks :-) LeTissLeGod
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Ok. LTLG will do
Ok. LTLG will do worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

slugger says...

david_davidson1 wrote:
Great to hear such passion from the fans but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we are still a provincial club and we WILL lose Luke Shaw in the summer and perhaps Adam Lallana. The challenge is to move slowly towards being a big club which can afford big players and that will take time. For the moment, let's enjoy what we have achieved and let's be patient. Onwards and upwards - gradually!
You just don't get it do you ?
[quote][p][bold]david_davidson1[/bold] wrote: Great to hear such passion from the fans but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that we are still a provincial club and we WILL lose Luke Shaw in the summer and perhaps Adam Lallana. The challenge is to move slowly towards being a big club which can afford big players and that will take time. For the moment, let's enjoy what we have achieved and let's be patient. Onwards and upwards - gradually![/p][/quote]You just don't get it do you ? slugger
  • Score: 4

9:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

slugger says...

The best news for me is the fact that Katherina has been bitten by the Saints bug ............ This is THE most important thing !
The best news for me is the fact that Katherina has been bitten by the Saints bug ............ This is THE most important thing ! slugger
  • Score: 10

9:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

LeTissLeGod says...

worried of n e hampshire wrote:
Ok. LTLG will do
What month you out ?
[quote][p][bold]worried of n e hampshire[/bold] wrote: Ok. LTLG will do[/p][/quote]What month you out ? LeTissLeGod
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Totally Oblivious says...

Sounds as though Katharina is enjoying the experience, probably becoming a Saints fan! Remember, this lady is surely an experienced business woman and seems to be building a sound team around her, but I think making Poch more permanent long term is the key, especially if we want to hang on to the younger squad players like Luke Shaw. Sort it before the World Cup starts please! Great news today, we should all feel a lot happier.
Sounds as though Katharina is enjoying the experience, probably becoming a Saints fan! Remember, this lady is surely an experienced business woman and seems to be building a sound team around her, but I think making Poch more permanent long term is the key, especially if we want to hang on to the younger squad players like Luke Shaw. Sort it before the World Cup starts please! Great news today, we should all feel a lot happier. Totally Oblivious
  • Score: 7

10:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

BowesSaint says...

I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.
I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though. BowesSaint
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Baddesley Bill says...

BowesSaint wrote:
I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.
Fair comment...but he is right...we don't want to live beyond our means.

The issue for me, is keeping/creating the scenario that they want to remain a part of...and he is saying all the right words..in the right order.

..which is totally what we want to hear from the new chairman our Club.
[quote][p][bold]BowesSaint[/bold] wrote: I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.[/p][/quote]Fair comment...but he is right...we don't want to live beyond our means. The issue for me, is keeping/creating the scenario that they want to remain a part of...and he is saying all the right words..in the right order. ..which is totally what we want to hear from the new chairman our Club. Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 3

10:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

well all our concerns have been addressed in one day, and I for one couldn't be happier or more excited.

we may sell some of our players but by all accounts it wont be the players MP wants to keep. to say we are a provincial club so we will sell Luke and Lalla is, as slugger said, missing the point. money may talk in the prem but we are building for the future and the players look as if they are buying into the project.

I`m glad to hear that KL is enjoying her time with us and I`m sure she will have many more exciting times here.

I`m starting to look forward to the summer now with less fear that our players are going to leave, I might even enjoy the world cup now especially if MP signs beforehand.

the futures bright its red and white.
well all our concerns have been addressed in one day, and I for one couldn't be happier or more excited. we may sell some of our players but by all accounts it wont be the players MP wants to keep. to say we are a provincial club so we will sell Luke and Lalla is, as slugger said, missing the point. money may talk in the prem but we are building for the future and the players look as if they are buying into the project. I`m glad to hear that KL is enjoying her time with us and I`m sure she will have many more exciting times here. I`m starting to look forward to the summer now with less fear that our players are going to leave, I might even enjoy the world cup now especially if MP signs beforehand. the futures bright its red and white. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 5

11:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

seven777. says...

I like the new guy, Ralph seems to be talking about a return to the traditional values of the club and I’m all for that. lets not forget this is all possible now because we had the Don drag us out of a hole, he set the foundations for Ralph to rebuild something we have all been waiting for, the true sole of Southampton football club.
I like the new guy, Ralph seems to be talking about a return to the traditional values of the club and I’m all for that. lets not forget this is all possible now because we had the Don drag us out of a hole, he set the foundations for Ralph to rebuild something we have all been waiting for, the true sole of Southampton football club. seven777.
  • Score: 4

12:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

jasons odd says...

Hope Mr krueger will be as good as our last chairman .

I felt 100% confidant our club was being run properly under cortese ...100% .

One thing is niggling me - Krueger speaks well , saying we will fight to keep our stars etc etc , thats good but under Cortese - It was - We WILL keep our stars AND add to it AND lets push for champions league

There is no more ambitious talk at southampton since Cortese left ... i think his ambitions didn't match K Liebherrs ... sadly
Hope Mr krueger will be as good as our last chairman . I felt 100% confidant our club was being run properly under cortese ...100% . One thing is niggling me - Krueger speaks well , saying we will fight to keep our stars etc etc , thats good but under Cortese - It was - We WILL keep our stars AND add to it AND lets push for champions league There is no more ambitious talk at southampton since Cortese left ... i think his ambitions didn't match K Liebherrs ... sadly jasons odd
  • Score: -1

3:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

milton road says...

Think you have to put it into a perspective. If one or two of our best players demand to go, there is not much you can do, contract or no contract and only so much you can financially do to try to persuade them to stay. Otherwise you cause a rift and other players start demanding more. That is the realism of it.
I think its good that ;lately Poch has been talking about 'our' future and not the 'club's' future, which says lots I think about whether he will stay or not.
The club not being for sale is great,.
The man seems to have already impressed the media. The BBC web site has warmed to him.
Our owners are astute they know the amount of money to be earnt commercially, they have a man on board who knows the American and Canadian market very well. He has contacts there and in Germany.
Far from being a lead weight I think our owners can see if played right this could be the golden egg. We may well even see a soccer academy in the states soon who knows.
Yet now we all hope for stability, the sounds are fairly positive. It is possible to promote a club to success and it still to be viable. Our position this season maybe a little disappointing after the start, yet we cannot argue that is still another step forward in our success story.
Think you have to put it into a perspective. If one or two of our best players demand to go, there is not much you can do, contract or no contract and only so much you can financially do to try to persuade them to stay. Otherwise you cause a rift and other players start demanding more. That is the realism of it. I think its good that ;lately Poch has been talking about 'our' future and not the 'club's' future, which says lots I think about whether he will stay or not. The club not being for sale is great,. The man seems to have already impressed the media. The BBC web site has warmed to him. Our owners are astute they know the amount of money to be earnt commercially, they have a man on board who knows the American and Canadian market very well. He has contacts there and in Germany. Far from being a lead weight I think our owners can see if played right this could be the golden egg. We may well even see a soccer academy in the states soon who knows. Yet now we all hope for stability, the sounds are fairly positive. It is possible to promote a club to success and it still to be viable. Our position this season maybe a little disappointing after the start, yet we cannot argue that is still another step forward in our success story. milton road
  • Score: 0

7:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

aldermoorboy says...

GREAT NEWS
GREAT NEWS aldermoorboy
  • Score: 0

7:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

Datarater says...

A breath of fresh air.
A breath of fresh air. Datarater
  • Score: 0

8:11am Thu 13 Mar 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

BowesSaint wrote:
I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.
Well considering that the club is being run properly and KL is clearly demonstrating her intent to keep making the right choices in terms of employment and investment. AND she clearly has a fair old amount of money to back all of that up then the term 'living within our means' is entirely relative.

Arsenal, I believe, are living within their means and I can't remember the last time they dropped out of the top 6 of the PL. (I'm sure someone will remind me)
Of course you only have to look down the road to see what living beyond your means results in.

So right now, you could possibly argue that Saints are living BELOW their means and Freddie has been brought in to rectify that.

I miss The Don though. I quite liked him.
As for the argument about the difference between NC saying 'we will keep our player' and RK saying 'we will fight to keep our players' - that's just two different ways of saying the same thing to me. Interestingly, I find RK's version more positive.
[quote][p][bold]BowesSaint[/bold] wrote: I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.[/p][/quote]Well considering that the club is being run properly and KL is clearly demonstrating her intent to keep making the right choices in terms of employment and investment. AND she clearly has a fair old amount of money to back all of that up then the term 'living within our means' is entirely relative. Arsenal, I believe, are living within their means and I can't remember the last time they dropped out of the top 6 of the PL. (I'm sure someone will remind me) Of course you only have to look down the road to see what living beyond your means results in. So right now, you could possibly argue that Saints are living BELOW their means and Freddie has been brought in to rectify that. I miss The Don though. I quite liked him. As for the argument about the difference between NC saying 'we will keep our player' and RK saying 'we will fight to keep our players' - that's just two different ways of saying the same thing to me. Interestingly, I find RK's version more positive. Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 0

8:23am Thu 13 Mar 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Just Need mopo to sign 5 year deal and it's game on
Norwich should be beaten mind you they do have van wolfswinkel
Just Need mopo to sign 5 year deal and it's game on Norwich should be beaten mind you they do have van wolfswinkel Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 0

9:59am Thu 13 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

Unfortunately it's inevitable that we will lose some of our best players in order to live within our means. When he says we will fight to keep them if we can he is effectively saying that any offer will have to be very high. As we've all heard a million times every player has his price. For instance if we were to get £30 mil for Luke that would fund the purchase of 2 players at or around our record transfer fee. Would that be a bad thing? I would suggest not. There are no players in the Saints side who are absolutely essential to our progress. Morgan and Adam come closest to that but with the right funds available they are replaceable as well. Our side is not based around superstars but a great team ethic. Th main problem would be making sure that any newcomers share that same ethic and as we saw with Osvaldo it's easy to get it wrong.
Unfortunately it's inevitable that we will lose some of our best players in order to live within our means. When he says we will fight to keep them if we can he is effectively saying that any offer will have to be very high. As we've all heard a million times every player has his price. For instance if we were to get £30 mil for Luke that would fund the purchase of 2 players at or around our record transfer fee. Would that be a bad thing? I would suggest not. There are no players in the Saints side who are absolutely essential to our progress. Morgan and Adam come closest to that but with the right funds available they are replaceable as well. Our side is not based around superstars but a great team ethic. Th main problem would be making sure that any newcomers share that same ethic and as we saw with Osvaldo it's easy to get it wrong. Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

10:18am Thu 13 Mar 14

NC Fan4Life says...

I want to thank Katharina for her clear long term commitment to Saints that she is showing. We are lucky to have owners who how to set up and run a sporting business properly, unlike many owners of rival clubs.
Cortese did well building us up but was too dictatorial so she has replaced him with an experienced team around her with international experience.
We now look to be a very professional club with a team that can take us to another level and the envy of most clubs in Europe. Marcus would be proud of her God Bless Him.
I believe the bus is now becoming an unstoppable Juggernaut !!
Just need to sort out for next season asap and we will be better again
COYS
I want to thank Katharina for her clear long term commitment to Saints that she is showing. We are lucky to have owners who how to set up and run a sporting business properly, unlike many owners of rival clubs. Cortese did well building us up but was too dictatorial so she has replaced him with an experienced team around her with international experience. We now look to be a very professional club with a team that can take us to another level and the envy of most clubs in Europe. Marcus would be proud of her God Bless Him. I believe the bus is now becoming an unstoppable Juggernaut !! Just need to sort out for next season asap and we will be better again COYS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 1

10:31am Thu 13 Mar 14

InCortesewetrust says...

BowesSaint wrote:
I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.
Supply and demand! We have what other's want, they only cost us wages you do not sell your best assets to a rival, if we sell could we get better than we already have or just sold? replacing them with a multiple of inferior player's isn't good business, as they cost money to buy plus more wages, doesn't sound like a good business plan to me,
[quote][p][bold]BowesSaint[/bold] wrote: I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.[/p][/quote]Supply and demand! We have what other's want, they only cost us wages you do not sell your best assets to a rival, if we sell could we get better than we already have or just sold? replacing them with a multiple of inferior player's isn't good business, as they cost money to buy plus more wages, doesn't sound like a good business plan to me, InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 0

11:11am Thu 13 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

BowesSaint wrote:
I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.
I think Cortese also said the same, about living within our means, so no change in philosophy.
What RK has also alluded to is the lack of money being brought into the club from the commercial side.
With our style of play being so easy on the eye, and attracting more and more media coverage, as a result, we must be ripe for a massive, new main sponsor, that will hopefully give us the extra income to retain our better players for another season or two, plus bring in others of equal or better quality.
Having 4 current England players in our squad (wow, sounds good) with the potential to have 3 more in the not too distant future (the 3 C's - Cork, Clyne and Chambers), there is every possibility that we will keep what we have, with decent players wanting to come to us.
[quote][p][bold]BowesSaint[/bold] wrote: I really don't want to pee on the parade or be a moaner but he says he wants to keep his best players but we have to live within our means - sounds like it could be a cop out. It's he preparing us for losing Luke, Adam, Jayrod ? I really really hope I am just worrying for no reason. Good news on the way he sees Mauricio though.[/p][/quote]I think Cortese also said the same, about living within our means, so no change in philosophy. What RK has also alluded to is the lack of money being brought into the club from the commercial side. With our style of play being so easy on the eye, and attracting more and more media coverage, as a result, we must be ripe for a massive, new main sponsor, that will hopefully give us the extra income to retain our better players for another season or two, plus bring in others of equal or better quality. Having 4 current England players in our squad (wow, sounds good) with the potential to have 3 more in the not too distant future (the 3 C's - Cork, Clyne and Chambers), there is every possibility that we will keep what we have, with decent players wanting to come to us. Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Beer Monster says...

Positive vibes all round - what a vast difference from this time five years ago when we entered administration and were relegated to League One.

I feel sorry for the perpetual whingers who continue to occupy the dreary threads over on the DE News section that bemoan Southampton as one of the worst cities in the UK for whatever statistic the media feels is relevant. I feel for them, because they clearly haven't shared the joy of watching Saints.

I'm immensely proud of the fact that when people here in Scotland see my Southampton paraphernalia, they think of a successfully run football team which is the envy of clubs across the UK. Long may it continue.

COYR
Positive vibes all round - what a vast difference from this time five years ago when we entered administration and were relegated to League One. I feel sorry for the perpetual whingers who continue to occupy the dreary threads over on the DE News section that bemoan Southampton as one of the worst cities in the UK for whatever statistic the media feels is relevant. I feel for them, because they clearly haven't shared the joy of watching Saints. I'm immensely proud of the fact that when people here in Scotland see my Southampton paraphernalia, they think of a successfully run football team which is the envy of clubs across the UK. Long may it continue. COYR Beer Monster
  • Score: 3

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