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  • "So to swim with the big boys and keep our players we are clearly way short of that mark. There are several key areas we need to develop. I wonder what the plan is now to develop those areas? Under Cortese you felt he was on that path, but he did lack the finances, although he may have been courting some big fish to make that happen. There was talk of a bigger stadium. What is the plan now? The loss of our key players cannot be seen in any other light tha a huge step backwards. Wreck it Ralph, what is the plan?"
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Teams like Saints will always lose top players to Premier League’s “big fish” - Hodgson

ROY HODGSON

ROY HODGSON

First published in Sport

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Champions League football means Saints are virtually powerless to stop their top players leaving.

Talking after Rickie Lambert’s shock move to Liverpool, who are also closing in on a deal for Adam Lallana, Hodgson said: “Good players are always going to gravitate to the big clubs.

“That’s where Champions League football is. That’s where the wealth is.”

He added: It’s a pity for Southampton – they’ve been terrific this year. But unfortunately there are always big fish in the sea and it’s hard to keep those fish away.”

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