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  • "Sadly I think he is right. My guess is we will sell our best players off for the maximum we can get. Bring in some cheaper players and a manager who can make those players work together with what's left, develop some more academy players, end up about 14th with a reduced cost base and a weaker team. Then KL will sell the club sometime next season. That way the she will get her loans back and make a decent profit on the original investment. Good business for her and a bad result for us.

    When we didn't try to positively progress in the FA Cup there was a hidden message that said Europe at that level is too expensive and I am looking to cut costs, not increase them by upping wages and adding players to the squad so we can compete in the Europa Cup. Burnley did something similar in the 1960's and 1970's. Great kids coming through but not enough fans to sustain a top Div1 team. The owner Bob Lord sells off his best players, makes a profit for himself while the club slips slowly into decline through lack of investment. Hopefully we can find an investor who can keep us at a decent level. If only the FA Cup was a route for teams like ours to get into the Champions League, then provincial clubs wouldn't have this problem. They would have hope.

    Come January Cortese had gone and Poch didn't want to stay. The writing was on the wall we were in for a radical change in strategy and Cortese's vision was dead. Now we have to wait and see what happens next.

    And I hope I am wrong. STID"
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Teams like Saints will always lose top players to Premier League’s “big fish” - Hodgson

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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