Southampton Pulled From The Fire

At last, a bit of welcome news in this disastrous summer for English football. Southampton found a last minute buyer earlier this week, and they are making the right noises about how they intend to run the club. The Liebherr Group took control of the club on Wednesday, and their opening statement as the new owners should act as a template for anyone seeking to take control of a football club: I believe we have a superb opportunity to rebuild this great club. This will require resources, planning, hard work and patience. We should not expect instant success, but our fans, employees and stakeholders can expect 100% commitment from me and my team. We will assemble a strong management team at every level of the club. We will act rapidly, but also plan for the long term, because I am here for the long term. I also look forward to the club re-engaging with the fans and the local community. We cannot succeed without their backing. It is a massive breath of fresh air to see the new owners of a football club preaching these values over “get rich quick” values which are too often flaunted elsewhere. Of course, we will have to wait and see to what extent they deliver upon these pledges, but it is encouraging to see the new owners of a football club making it...

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