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    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    nedscrumpo wrote:
    As far as I am concerned ex players should have the freedom of the ground. The club are happy to display pictures of teams and players from the past. What's wrong with the real thing?
    There are certain players that I wouldn't let loose anywhere near the ground! However there should be a bit of respect for good club servants. Much as I like Jim Steele it is not good form to go down this track, and not helpful for the future which is more important than the past at the moment. The Cortese interview simply didn't ask the right questions, I haven't seen the Sun version yet. NC was asking us to go along with his plans, OK but please try and meet us halfway so that we can do it together. The best way to go is to engage with the people that are using their scarce funds to follow the Club that they support. Informative news will stop the speculation. On a final note, a word of thanks to Nigel Adkins would help closure.
    Cortese did not thank Nigel, but he did say it was difficult for him. He indicated that it was hard for him not because of results but because of their great personal relationship. That along withis his acknowledgement might just make a half an apology. Maybe he feels thank you like transfers should be done behind closed doors!!

    Cortese indicated that it was the right time to make the change for the team. The sun indicated the training ground had gone stale and there may have been some player pressure in Adkins sacking. Total gossip but Will Fox stated "Wow, Adkins was sacked was cuz the players told Cortese he was tactically inept. Lambert & Schneiderlin were main protagonists "

    Lets face it most on here have criricised Adkins substitutions and subs at some point,

    He is willing to sacrifice his reputation but he thinks those that aim negative comments do so without knowing him and harm the club. He would never dream of doing it to them! Nice he showed he is not delusional and he is aware of Le Tiss and the pounding his reputation has taken.

    In running the club, he explained he was not ruthless, but a perfectionist. Could explain the program sellers, old program stand, withdrawal of freebies, re-organsation of catering (and reversing the decision). The one issue I take issue with in his area, How did it happen that they allowed the case with Solent Interiors get to court and then not even bother showing up or commenting afterwards. Great attention to detail Cortese.

    Apart from that, a reasonable interview.

    We are all welcome as long as we have the club in our hearts."
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Saints' FA Cup winner Jim Steele turned away from St Mary's Stadium

Saints' FA Cup winner Jim Steele turned away from St Mary's Stadium

JIM STEELE and LAWRIE McMENEMY

JIM STEELE and LAWRIE McMENEMY

First published in Saints News
Last updated

SAINTS legend Jim Steele has revealed he was asked to leave the Dell Sports Bar at St Mary’s earlier this season.

Steele, man of the match when Saints won the 1976 FA Cup final, was ejected from the cafe shortly after moving back to the area in September.

The 62 year-old said: “I’d heard all the things about Le Tissier and Cortese and this and that so when I bought two tickets for the Aston Villa game soon after moving down, I gave my name as ‘James Steele’.

“I was hardly going to say ‘Jim Steele’ even though the girl at the ticket office was only young and wouldn’t have known who I was.

“But the guy behind her said ‘I thought it was you Steeley!’ I said ‘don’t say anything, I might not get a ticket!’ “I don’t totally disagree with what’s been going on, so I bought two tickets thinking one of the ex-Saints would show up sooner or later.

“I went on to the supporters’ club below the stand and two or three came over to shake my hand and say it was great to see me back in town.

“Then this young kid came over and said ‘are you a member sir’? I said ‘no I’m an ex-Saint’ and he said ‘sorry you’re not allowed in, this is a supporters’ club’.

“I don’t blame Cortese for making us buy tickets but to not be allowed in the supporters club...! It wasn’t as if I wanted a free drink or anything!

“I love Saints but this sort of thing doesn’t happen at any other top club. It doesn’t make sense.

“After being thrown out I wasn’t even going to go to the game, but the pub round the corner made me feel so welcome. “I went with one of them in the end and it was a great win. I’ve been to every game since.”

Saints declined to comment.

Full interview in today's Sports Pink

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