AC Milan again linked with move for Saints chairman Nicola Cortese

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ITALIAN giants AC Milan have again been linked with a move for Saints chairman Nicola Cortese, according to reports in a national newspaper.

The Serie A club first enquired back in January 2010 about whether Cortese would be keen to join them.

That was just a few months into Cortese’s first season at St Mary’s, after being brought in by owner Marcus Liebherr following the latter’s takeover in July 2009.

Prior to Milan’s interest four years ago, Cortese had already claimed he had excellent contacts in the Italian game, including AC Milan.

It was these contacts that helped Saints sign Papa Waigo on loan in 2009 from Fiorentina.

Saints have since signed Guly, Gaston Ramirez and Dani Osvaldo from Serie A clubs.

AC Milan are currently searching for a new manager after sacking Massimiliano Allegri following last Sunday’s embarrassing 4-3 loss at Sassuolo.

That defeat left AC a massive 30 points behind leaders Juventus.

Cortese’s star has risen in Italy for his work in helping Saints rise from the third division to the top ten of the Premier League inside three years Last May, Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino said he would leave St Mary’s if Cortese departed.

"I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here,” Pochettino said at the time.

"The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola.

"I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me.

"I wouldn't see myself in this club if it was not for him. I think I am a very transparent person, a very honest person."

Cortese is familiar with AC Milan, and has previously spoken to the Italian media about their training facilities being an inspiration to what he is trying to build at Staplewood.

Last summer he told Corriere della Serra: “I visited Milanello ten years ago, which then became something of a reference point.

"It had great charm, it felt like joining a family. The model for our (Saints') training facilities is Milanello.”

AC Milan’s current chief executive, Adriano Galliani, has been in his role at the San Siro since 1986.

The 69-year-old said last November that he was planning to quit, but he is still in his role.

Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi, had previously said AC Milan needed a new philosophy - but denied calling for a change of chief executive.

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12:31pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sally Hamilton Original says...

I wouldn't think he would go tbh... I think he will stay at least one my season
I wouldn't think he would go tbh... I think he will stay at least one my season Sally Hamilton Original
  • Score: -1

12:39pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Ozmosis says...

It's a great day to be a Saint when AC Milan want someone of ours! :-D P.S. I don't see the Don leaving....
It's a great day to be a Saint when AC Milan want someone of ours! :-D P.S. I don't see the Don leaving.... Ozmosis
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Golden_Salamander says...

AC have had money issues and have been cutting back over the last few years
and therefore I don't think he will go.
.
Having said that the Don is SO GOOD he could probably do BOTH jobs at the same time, and also still win the battle against "trouble makers behind the scenes here with their FALSE rumours."

In Nicola we trust.
AC have had money issues and have been cutting back over the last few years and therefore I don't think he will go. . Having said that the Don is SO GOOD he could probably do BOTH jobs at the same time, and also still win the battle against "trouble makers behind the scenes here with their FALSE rumours." In Nicola we trust. Golden_Salamander
  • Score: 5

12:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

andoru says...

Didn't he describe Southampton as his baby? He'd be a terrible dad if he abandoned it now. Can't see it. He seems like a good father; a bit distant, stubborn and headstrong at times, but ultimately doing what's best for the kids. Dad of the year.

Okay, think I've taken the parenting analogy as far as it can go. You get the idea. Cortese to stay.
Didn't he describe Southampton as his baby? He'd be a terrible dad if he abandoned it now. Can't see it. He seems like a good father; a bit distant, stubborn and headstrong at times, but ultimately doing what's best for the kids. Dad of the year. Okay, think I've taken the parenting analogy as far as it can go. You get the idea. Cortese to stay. andoru
  • Score: 30

12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

Lots of stories doing the rounds about Cortese, this one sounds about as believable as the Dalian Wanda takeover of SFC.
He has got a project here and I believe he'll stay and try to fulfill his vision.
Lots of stories doing the rounds about Cortese, this one sounds about as believable as the Dalian Wanda takeover of SFC. He has got a project here and I believe he'll stay and try to fulfill his vision. costa gaz
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

NewForestStu says...

Agree with majority of the above comments in that i see Saints as somewhat of a work still in progress and dont realistically see Nicola moving on until the club get a CL spot all be it in a few years!! Tbh, this is my only concern with Saints as at some point something will occur that could affect the club, be it whether Nicola pulls out or the Liebherrs decide the time is to move on. On the flipside i do see Nicola ensuring that whoever (if it happens) takes over the club must be 100% genuine and not going to ruin all the hard work that has been put in place. God forbid we get some criminal gun runner types in true Pompey fashion!!

Did have to laugh about the links with Italy though in helping us get the players we have as a result......some might say they havent done too much after their arrival ;-)
Agree with majority of the above comments in that i see Saints as somewhat of a work still in progress and dont realistically see Nicola moving on until the club get a CL spot all be it in a few years!! Tbh, this is my only concern with Saints as at some point something will occur that could affect the club, be it whether Nicola pulls out or the Liebherrs decide the time is to move on. On the flipside i do see Nicola ensuring that whoever (if it happens) takes over the club must be 100% genuine and not going to ruin all the hard work that has been put in place. God forbid we get some criminal gun runner types in true Pompey fashion!! Did have to laugh about the links with Italy though in helping us get the players we have as a result......some might say they havent done too much after their arrival ;-) NewForestStu
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway.
People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway. Sadoldgitte
  • Score: -25

1:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Blackwaterblue says...

Could both go?
Could both go? Blackwaterblue
  • Score: -20

1:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Sadoldgitte wrote:
People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway.
How can you replace perfection though? He's SO good,I'm surprised the council haven't called on him to solve the traffic gridlock problem,it would be running smoother than Adam Lallana through a gaggle of defenders in five minutes!
[quote][p][bold]Sadoldgitte[/bold] wrote: People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway.[/p][/quote]How can you replace perfection though? He's SO good,I'm surprised the council haven't called on him to solve the traffic gridlock problem,it would be running smoother than Adam Lallana through a gaggle of defenders in five minutes! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 13

1:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

St Retford says...

NewForestStu wrote:
Agree with majority of the above comments in that i see Saints as somewhat of a work still in progress and dont realistically see Nicola moving on until the club get a CL spot all be it in a few years!! Tbh, this is my only concern with Saints as at some point something will occur that could affect the club, be it whether Nicola pulls out or the Liebherrs decide the time is to move on. On the flipside i do see Nicola ensuring that whoever (if it happens) takes over the club must be 100% genuine and not going to ruin all the hard work that has been put in place. God forbid we get some criminal gun runner types in true Pompey fashion!!

Did have to laugh about the links with Italy though in helping us get the players we have as a result......some might say they havent done too much after their arrival ;-)
YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT NOW!

(Papa Waigo was the absolute tits.)
[quote][p][bold]NewForestStu[/bold] wrote: Agree with majority of the above comments in that i see Saints as somewhat of a work still in progress and dont realistically see Nicola moving on until the club get a CL spot all be it in a few years!! Tbh, this is my only concern with Saints as at some point something will occur that could affect the club, be it whether Nicola pulls out or the Liebherrs decide the time is to move on. On the flipside i do see Nicola ensuring that whoever (if it happens) takes over the club must be 100% genuine and not going to ruin all the hard work that has been put in place. God forbid we get some criminal gun runner types in true Pompey fashion!! Did have to laugh about the links with Italy though in helping us get the players we have as a result......some might say they havent done too much after their arrival ;-)[/p][/quote]YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT NOW! (Papa Waigo was the absolute tits.) St Retford
  • Score: 7

1:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Blackwaterblue wrote:
Could both go?
Eventually.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwaterblue[/bold] wrote: Could both go?[/p][/quote]Eventually. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -10

1:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Saintsayer II says...

He can go if he wants I'm looking for something to do a couple of mornings a week
He can go if he wants I'm looking for something to do a couple of mornings a week Saintsayer II
  • Score: -7

2:02pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
He can go if he wants I'm looking for something to do a couple of mornings a week
Don't tempt me!
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: He can go if he wants I'm looking for something to do a couple of mornings a week[/p][/quote]Don't tempt me! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Confucious says...

I think Silvio Berlusconi is much more likely to appoint a 17 year old lap dancer.
I think Silvio Berlusconi is much more likely to appoint a 17 year old lap dancer. Confucious
  • Score: 14

2:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

leave saints for a smaller club, i think not.
leave saints for a smaller club, i think not. likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: 10

2:52pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Alicesdad says...

To quote a recent headline

"Can you imagine Noicola Cortese doing this ? "

No, I can't.
I also doubt he would want to be part of a Bunga Bunga kickabout either..
To quote a recent headline "Can you imagine Noicola Cortese doing this ? " No, I can't. I also doubt he would want to be part of a Bunga Bunga kickabout either.. Alicesdad
  • Score: 3

2:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Velleity says...

It's always possible that he could go but I've always thought that he has a dedication to Marcus's memory that would keep him here. The empty seat next to him says a lot, I suspect (and hope).

The problem we have is that he's running such a quality, financially stable operation here that he's bound to be in demand; eventually someone may offer him something interesting enough for him to get over his debt to Marcus.
It's always possible that he could go but I've always thought that he has a dedication to Marcus's memory that would keep him here. The empty seat next to him says a lot, I suspect (and hope). The problem we have is that he's running such a quality, financially stable operation here that he's bound to be in demand; eventually someone may offer him something interesting enough for him to get over his debt to Marcus. Velleity
  • Score: -7

2:59pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Velleity says...

Just to add, though, that he's got a target in mind for Saints (Champions League) and he gives no impression of being a quitter. That might well hold him as well as Marcus's memory.
Just to add, though, that he's got a target in mind for Saints (Champions League) and he gives no impression of being a quitter. That might well hold him as well as Marcus's memory. Velleity
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

Can we not just use them as a feeder club?
Can we not just use them as a feeder club? Costa Baz
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

warrens 76 says...

Confucious wrote:
I think Silvio Berlusconi is much more likely to appoint a 17 year old lap dancer.
What is he 'a pointing her aatta' his c*ck.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: I think Silvio Berlusconi is much more likely to appoint a 17 year old lap dancer.[/p][/quote]What is he 'a pointing her aatta' his c*ck. warrens 76
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

TheSaintsSoothsayer says...

How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina. TheSaintsSoothsayer
  • Score: -5

3:40pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

My memory is crap but I think he said this would be his last job. So unless he is planning to retire very early that's a few years yet!
My memory is crap but I think he said this would be his last job. So unless he is planning to retire very early that's a few years yet! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Burt HInkler says...

Complete and utter made up garbage !

Now as in 2010 its complete and utter rubbish and clearly those punting this fabricated waffle no nothing about how the Milan board operate esp the Berlusconi family involvement.
Complete and utter made up garbage ! Now as in 2010 its complete and utter rubbish and clearly those punting this fabricated waffle no nothing about how the Milan board operate esp the Berlusconi family involvement. Burt HInkler
  • Score: -1

4:54pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Burt HInkler says...

Poor old Nicola probably hated the Pochettino leaving article last week so got his PR in London to rehash this old chestnut via boxing reporter in the Sun.
Poor old Nicola probably hated the Pochettino leaving article last week so got his PR in London to rehash this old chestnut via boxing reporter in the Sun. Burt HInkler
  • Score: -4

4:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Burt HInkler says...

Anyone with a brain knows that Les Reed is the football face at Saints responsible for everything.
Anyone with a brain knows that Les Reed is the football face at Saints responsible for everything. Burt HInkler
  • Score: -7

5:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

SaintJD says...

"It was these contacts that helped Saints sign Papa Waigo on loan in 2009 from Fiorentina. Saints have since signed Guly, Gaston Ramirez and Dani Osvaldo from Serie A clubs."

And there was me thinking the article was claiming Nicola had good contacts in Italy.
"It was these contacts that helped Saints sign Papa Waigo on loan in 2009 from Fiorentina. Saints have since signed Guly, Gaston Ramirez and Dani Osvaldo from Serie A clubs." And there was me thinking the article was claiming Nicola had good contacts in Italy. SaintJD
  • Score: 4

5:15pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Clever Dick says...

The difference between staying and going is that here it's his vision, effectively his club and he decides the strategy. That would not be the case anywhere else. Can't see him going anywhere.
The difference between staying and going is that here it's his vision, effectively his club and he decides the strategy. That would not be the case anywhere else. Can't see him going anywhere. Clever Dick
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Sadoldgitte wrote:
People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway.
How can you replace perfection though? He's SO good,I'm surprised the council haven't called on him to solve the traffic gridlock problem,it would be running smoother than Adam Lallana through a gaggle of defenders in five minutes!
Perhaps he wil run for Prime Minister too? Although the man is clearly God I just wish we had a chairman who embrassed our tradition as well as having a bold vision for the future. Can't we progress on the pitch without looking like Liverpool? What was wrong with our programme sellers? Why can't we be a "brand" without going down the Cardiff or Hull route? Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sadoldgitte[/bold] wrote: People come, people go. So long as the progress continues does it really matter? Cortese will not be here forever anyway.[/p][/quote]How can you replace perfection though? He's SO good,I'm surprised the council haven't called on him to solve the traffic gridlock problem,it would be running smoother than Adam Lallana through a gaggle of defenders in five minutes![/p][/quote]Perhaps he wil run for Prime Minister too? Although the man is clearly God I just wish we had a chairman who embrassed our tradition as well as having a bold vision for the future. Can't we progress on the pitch without looking like Liverpool? What was wrong with our programme sellers? Why can't we be a "brand" without going down the Cardiff or Hull route? Just a thought. Sadoldgitte
  • Score: -2

5:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

TheSaintsSoothsayer says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them.

I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.[/p][/quote]In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them. I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . " TheSaintsSoothsayer
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
Were you born this cynical or is it down to years of practice?
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]Were you born this cynical or is it down to years of practice? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

7:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them.

I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "
He chairs the Liebherr Trust.....
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.[/p][/quote]In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them. I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "[/p][/quote]He chairs the Liebherr Trust..... Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: -2

7:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

As AC Milan have already decided on a new Manager, Clarence Seedorf? I doubt if NC would think of going somewhere, where he isn't making this kind of decision.
As AC Milan have already decided on a new Manager, Clarence Seedorf? I doubt if NC would think of going somewhere, where he isn't making this kind of decision. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

slugger says...

I can see why any club on the planet would covet St Nicola's services , his record here is outstanding !............. He won't leave though because we're "his baby" .... COYR !!!
I can see why any club on the planet would covet St Nicola's services , his record here is outstanding !............. He won't leave though because we're "his baby" .... COYR !!! slugger
  • Score: -3

7:57pm Tue 14 Jan 14

StElsass says...

This is hilarious!! Just last night when a mate of mine said that the Chairman is just about the only person at the club who hasn't been linked with a move away, I added jokingly.... Yet!!!
We have one of the best pitches in the League, so obviously, the next one to go will be the groundsman. And next week, Luke Shaw will be worth £45m (that's a 50% increase on this week's £30m, which was a 50% increase on the previous week's £20m). By the time the transfer window is over, we'll be getting a deal for Bale +cash with Real Madrid.
I wonder why no one is linked with a move away from Pompey!?!?
This is hilarious!! Just last night when a mate of mine said that the Chairman is just about the only person at the club who hasn't been linked with a move away, I added jokingly.... Yet!!! We have one of the best pitches in the League, so obviously, the next one to go will be the groundsman. And next week, Luke Shaw will be worth £45m (that's a 50% increase on this week's £30m, which was a 50% increase on the previous week's £20m). By the time the transfer window is over, we'll be getting a deal for Bale +cash with Real Madrid. I wonder why no one is linked with a move away from Pompey!?!? StElsass
  • Score: 0

8:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mack chinnon says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
In N.C. I trust.
95%.
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]In N.C. I trust. 95%. mack chinnon
  • Score: -2

8:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

TheSaintsSoothsayer says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them.

I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "
He chairs the Liebherr Trust.....
You sure he still does?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.[/p][/quote]In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them. I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "[/p][/quote]He chairs the Liebherr Trust.....[/p][/quote]You sure he still does? TheSaintsSoothsayer
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Tue 14 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them.

I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "
He chairs the Liebherr Trust.....
You sure he still does?
Does it still exist even, The Secret Service doesn't tell us anything. Who exactly are the current registered owners of Southampton Football Club? Anybody know?
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.[/p][/quote]In the main i agree with what you say BUT the fact remains Cortese is just another 'head of department', He is employed by the Liebherr trust to run the club. He gets his pocket money to buy players through them. I do 100% agree with your last sentence "If he went , . . . . . "[/p][/quote]He chairs the Liebherr Trust.....[/p][/quote]You sure he still does?[/p][/quote]Does it still exist even, The Secret Service doesn't tell us anything. Who exactly are the current registered owners of Southampton Football Club? Anybody know? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

waxrose says...

The article blames AC Milan exec for being 30 points behind My thoughts tend to blame the overpaid prima donnas on the field
The article blames AC Milan exec for being 30 points behind My thoughts tend to blame the overpaid prima donnas on the field waxrose
  • Score: 0

9:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

teddrake says...

I still remember back in the 60s when Ted Bates was linked to Sporting Fettuccine, who'd just been taken over by Luigi Del Pinzo -the former silent screen actor and part-time olive oil magnate. For those of you of a certain age who may remember the story, Del Pinzo had invested a substantial amount of his fortune in rebuilding a Sporting side who were demoralised after slipping into the third tier of Spanish football. Yes - no mistake there - SPANISH football. After a 2-1 loss at home to FC Venezia (whose own ground was waterlogged and necessitated their having to play their home games at Fettuccine's much loved Scampi stadium), Sporting slipped into a kind of time-space 'airlock' if you will (and your probably will if you carry on like that) and found themselves in Spain. Well, to cut a long story short (which reminds me that immediately after the end of the Second World War as an austerity measure Del Pinzo had ordered his plays to cut their long shorts short - to save on silk) Del Pinzo saw that the only way to get back to Italian soil would be to move up through the Spanish divisions and earn enough kudos by so doing to be invited by the Italian F.A. (who were actually the English FA working incognitio (small resort twenty miles from Naples) to re-enter Serie D (the division they had left). Bates was the man that had the pedigree to spearhead this adventure. Unfortunately for Del PInzo, Ted, who was a notoriously private man, as his diary of the time serialsed in the Daily Echo attests, was a pastaphobe and suffered paralysis of the thumb if he as much as smelt the stuff. The rest, as they say, is history. Will Nicola leave Saints? My guess is that he either will or won't. Whichever is the case (and I hope he won't), we will no doubt deal with that outcome as best we can.
I still remember back in the 60s when Ted Bates was linked to Sporting Fettuccine, who'd just been taken over by Luigi Del Pinzo -the former silent screen actor and part-time olive oil magnate. For those of you of a certain age who may remember the story, Del Pinzo had invested a substantial amount of his fortune in rebuilding a Sporting side who were demoralised after slipping into the third tier of Spanish football. Yes - no mistake there - SPANISH football. After a 2-1 loss at home to FC Venezia (whose own ground was waterlogged and necessitated their having to play their home games at Fettuccine's much loved Scampi stadium), Sporting slipped into a kind of time-space 'airlock' if you will (and your probably will if you carry on like that) and found themselves in Spain. Well, to cut a long story short (which reminds me that immediately after the end of the Second World War as an austerity measure Del Pinzo had ordered his plays to cut their long shorts short - to save on silk) Del Pinzo saw that the only way to get back to Italian soil would be to move up through the Spanish divisions and earn enough kudos by so doing to be invited by the Italian F.A. (who were actually the English FA working incognitio (small resort twenty miles from Naples) to re-enter Serie D (the division they had left). Bates was the man that had the pedigree to spearhead this adventure. Unfortunately for Del PInzo, Ted, who was a notoriously private man, as his diary of the time serialsed in the Daily Echo attests, was a pastaphobe and suffered paralysis of the thumb if he as much as smelt the stuff. The rest, as they say, is history. Will Nicola leave Saints? My guess is that he either will or won't. Whichever is the case (and I hope he won't), we will no doubt deal with that outcome as best we can. teddrake
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ctsaint says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls! ctsaint
  • Score: 5

10:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Golden_Salamander wrote:
AC have had money issues and have been cutting back over the last few years
and therefore I don't think he will go.
.
Having said that the Don is SO GOOD he could probably do BOTH jobs at the same time, and also still win the battle against "trouble makers behind the scenes here with their FALSE rumours."

In Nicola we trust.
Do BOTH jobs? LIKE!

In that way we could use Milan as our overseas feeder club.
[quote][p][bold]Golden_Salamander[/bold] wrote: AC have had money issues and have been cutting back over the last few years and therefore I don't think he will go. . Having said that the Don is SO GOOD he could probably do BOTH jobs at the same time, and also still win the battle against "trouble makers behind the scenes here with their FALSE rumours." In Nicola we trust.[/p][/quote]Do BOTH jobs? LIKE! In that way we could use Milan as our overseas feeder club. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

10:58pm Tue 14 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Cortese only wants Saints in Europe so that they are worth more money so then he can sell to a corrupt Arab and walk away with zillions of pounds
Cortese only wants Saints in Europe so that they are worth more money so then he can sell to a corrupt Arab and walk away with zillions of pounds 03alpe01
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Egomaniac says...

We have to accept that there may be truth in the rumours. As has been pointed out by previous contributors, both NC and MP will not be here forever. However, I am anxious, and I seriously hope both will stay until their objectives have been met at St Marys.

I am banking on the fact that NC is a man who will not leave a job half done, but the lure of Italy is going to be very difficult for him to ignore. If he does go, then he will almost certainly take MP with him - there seems to be a huge loyalty bond between them.

My big concern is, not that they may go, but who would take over in their respective roles. I suspect the Owners would almost certainly put the Club on the market - and that does worry me!

Whatever, there is nothing we can do but wait and see - not to mention hope!!
We have to accept that there may be truth in the rumours. As has been pointed out by previous contributors, both NC and MP will not be here forever. However, I am anxious, and I seriously hope both will stay until their objectives have been met at St Marys. I am banking on the fact that NC is a man who will not leave a job half done, but the lure of Italy is going to be very difficult for him to ignore. If he does go, then he will almost certainly take MP with him - there seems to be a huge loyalty bond between them. My big concern is, not that they may go, but who would take over in their respective roles. I suspect the Owners would almost certainly put the Club on the market - and that does worry me! Whatever, there is nothing we can do but wait and see - not to mention hope!! Egomaniac
  • Score: 2

11:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

saintkenny says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Cortese only wants Saints in Europe so that they are worth more money so then he can sell to a corrupt Arab and walk away with zillions of pounds
thats only the cleague no money in the europa league man city have arab owners but if city failed to get in the c league the arabs may sell up ac milan who want nicola are millions in debt like portsmouth so i dont see him going there think the media is clutching at straws at the start of this season nc signed a contract with liebers trust 4 years so ac milan could not afford the compensation they would have to pay maybe its they who need arab owners
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Cortese only wants Saints in Europe so that they are worth more money so then he can sell to a corrupt Arab and walk away with zillions of pounds[/p][/quote]thats only the cleague no money in the europa league man city have arab owners but if city failed to get in the c league the arabs may sell up ac milan who want nicola are millions in debt like portsmouth so i dont see him going there think the media is clutching at straws at the start of this season nc signed a contract with liebers trust 4 years so ac milan could not afford the compensation they would have to pay maybe its they who need arab owners saintkenny
  • Score: 0

12:14am Wed 15 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

Article in the Daily Mail says NC is fed up with his boss and plans to leave.
Article in the Daily Mail says NC is fed up with his boss and plans to leave. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 1

12:17am Wed 15 Jan 14

DisplacedFan says...

ctsaint wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.
[quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls![/p][/quote]The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 0

12:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

jasons odd says...

well thats that ... according to sky NC is off ... and probably will be followed by pochetino .
Is this the worst news in southamptons history ... since ? .... since .... errm .... since McMenamy quit ?

...probably
well thats that ... according to sky NC is off ... and probably will be followed by pochetino . Is this the worst news in southamptons history ... since ? .... since .... errm .... since McMenamy quit ? ...probably jasons odd
  • Score: 3

1:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

Georgethepie says...

Funny isn't it that so much is put on a chairman. Let's be honest if someone had offered us half a shandy and a packet of crisps for Rupert most of us would have been queing to pack his bags. However somehow this feels differant. Love him or hate him you can't argue the good he has done saints. Ok he's never going to score a goal at wembley for us or be a club legend but if he leaves now this may just be the catalyst for many young players to leave aswell.
My point is this player he's not but backbone of the team he is, if he goes I think it will bring massive changes to this club and probably not good ones.
Let's hope he stays but this story is certainly gathering pace now!!!!!
Funny isn't it that so much is put on a chairman. Let's be honest if someone had offered us half a shandy and a packet of crisps for Rupert most of us would have been queing to pack his bags. However somehow this feels differant. Love him or hate him you can't argue the good he has done saints. Ok he's never going to score a goal at wembley for us or be a club legend but if he leaves now this may just be the catalyst for many young players to leave aswell. My point is this player he's not but backbone of the team he is, if he goes I think it will bring massive changes to this club and probably not good ones. Let's hope he stays but this story is certainly gathering pace now!!!!! Georgethepie
  • Score: 0

1:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

gr8saint says...

Apparently a club spokesperson has confirmed that Nicola is "preparing his exit strategy".
Representatives of both parties have apparently been "discussing a severance package".

Watch this space, I guess!?!
Apparently a club spokesperson has confirmed that Nicola is "preparing his exit strategy". Representatives of both parties have apparently been "discussing a severance package". Watch this space, I guess!?! gr8saint
  • Score: 1

2:19am Wed 15 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
This is brutal, and probably closest to the mark of all the comments here.
[quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]This is brutal, and probably closest to the mark of all the comments here. SiamSaint
  • Score: 1

2:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a silly comment.

I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way.

Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that.

If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.
So how then is the above a silly comment?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a silly comment. I have criticised him on occasion but only regarding style not ability or decision making. For example time has shown that replacing Nigel with MoPo was an inspired decision - but I still think he could have done it in a better way. Cortese has put this club back on the football map, there can be no doubt about that whatsoever. He has a job to do and he does it ruthlessly well, including ensuring the right amount of financial backing is there to support the academy by appropriate signings. Sometimes in business you have to play 'games' to get the right end result. To date he has achieved that. If he went we would seriously struggle to replace him with someone who could see out the plan because this is very much a work in progress and not the finished article. There is a long way to go yet.[/p][/quote]So how then is the above a silly comment? SiamSaint
  • Score: 1

2:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

teddrake wrote:
I still remember back in the 60s when Ted Bates was linked to Sporting Fettuccine, who'd just been taken over by Luigi Del Pinzo -the former silent screen actor and part-time olive oil magnate. For those of you of a certain age who may remember the story, Del Pinzo had invested a substantial amount of his fortune in rebuilding a Sporting side who were demoralised after slipping into the third tier of Spanish football. Yes - no mistake there - SPANISH football. After a 2-1 loss at home to FC Venezia (whose own ground was waterlogged and necessitated their having to play their home games at Fettuccine's much loved Scampi stadium), Sporting slipped into a kind of time-space 'airlock' if you will (and your probably will if you carry on like that) and found themselves in Spain. Well, to cut a long story short (which reminds me that immediately after the end of the Second World War as an austerity measure Del Pinzo had ordered his plays to cut their long shorts short - to save on silk) Del Pinzo saw that the only way to get back to Italian soil would be to move up through the Spanish divisions and earn enough kudos by so doing to be invited by the Italian F.A. (who were actually the English FA working incognitio (small resort twenty miles from Naples) to re-enter Serie D (the division they had left). Bates was the man that had the pedigree to spearhead this adventure. Unfortunately for Del PInzo, Ted, who was a notoriously private man, as his diary of the time serialsed in the Daily Echo attests, was a pastaphobe and suffered paralysis of the thumb if he as much as smelt the stuff. The rest, as they say, is history. Will Nicola leave Saints? My guess is that he either will or won't. Whichever is the case (and I hope he won't), we will no doubt deal with that outcome as best we can.
Confucious he say "forgot to change login"
[quote][p][bold]teddrake[/bold] wrote: I still remember back in the 60s when Ted Bates was linked to Sporting Fettuccine, who'd just been taken over by Luigi Del Pinzo -the former silent screen actor and part-time olive oil magnate. For those of you of a certain age who may remember the story, Del Pinzo had invested a substantial amount of his fortune in rebuilding a Sporting side who were demoralised after slipping into the third tier of Spanish football. Yes - no mistake there - SPANISH football. After a 2-1 loss at home to FC Venezia (whose own ground was waterlogged and necessitated their having to play their home games at Fettuccine's much loved Scampi stadium), Sporting slipped into a kind of time-space 'airlock' if you will (and your probably will if you carry on like that) and found themselves in Spain. Well, to cut a long story short (which reminds me that immediately after the end of the Second World War as an austerity measure Del Pinzo had ordered his plays to cut their long shorts short - to save on silk) Del Pinzo saw that the only way to get back to Italian soil would be to move up through the Spanish divisions and earn enough kudos by so doing to be invited by the Italian F.A. (who were actually the English FA working incognitio (small resort twenty miles from Naples) to re-enter Serie D (the division they had left). Bates was the man that had the pedigree to spearhead this adventure. Unfortunately for Del PInzo, Ted, who was a notoriously private man, as his diary of the time serialsed in the Daily Echo attests, was a pastaphobe and suffered paralysis of the thumb if he as much as smelt the stuff. The rest, as they say, is history. Will Nicola leave Saints? My guess is that he either will or won't. Whichever is the case (and I hope he won't), we will no doubt deal with that outcome as best we can.[/p][/quote]Confucious he say "forgot to change login" SiamSaint
  • Score: 0

2:28am Wed 15 Jan 14

SaintSteve76 says...

Sky sports news are confirming that cortese will be leaving the club in the near future. Makes me think it must be true and this is terrible news! Just when we're getting somewhere as a club and building a reputation this happens. This also means that pochettino will almost definitely leave, probably followed by our best players!
Sky sports news are confirming that cortese will be leaving the club in the near future. Makes me think it must be true and this is terrible news! Just when we're getting somewhere as a club and building a reputation this happens. This also means that pochettino will almost definitely leave, probably followed by our best players! SaintSteve76
  • Score: 1

2:42am Wed 15 Jan 14

mack chinnon says...

SaintSteve76 wrote:
Sky sports news are confirming that cortese will be leaving the club in the near future. Makes me think it must be true and this is terrible news! Just when we're getting somewhere as a club and building a reputation this happens. This also means that pochettino will almost definitely leave, probably followed by our best players!
M.L.T. will be happy.
[quote][p][bold]SaintSteve76[/bold] wrote: Sky sports news are confirming that cortese will be leaving the club in the near future. Makes me think it must be true and this is terrible news! Just when we're getting somewhere as a club and building a reputation this happens. This also means that pochettino will almost definitely leave, probably followed by our best players![/p][/quote]M.L.T. will be happy. mack chinnon
  • Score: -1

4:48am Wed 15 Jan 14

batesieboy says...

waxrose wrote:
The article blames AC Milan exec for being 30 points behind My thoughts tend to blame the overpaid prima donnas on the field
...some of whom are ex-Skates, so serves Milan right, really!!
[quote][p][bold]waxrose[/bold] wrote: The article blames AC Milan exec for being 30 points behind My thoughts tend to blame the overpaid prima donnas on the field[/p][/quote]...some of whom are ex-Skates, so serves Milan right, really!! batesieboy
  • Score: 0

5:08am Wed 15 Jan 14

Georgethepie says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
ctsaint wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.
Didn't NC say that if finances were pulled he had investors ready to step in.
SFC is today a vision of something NC and ML started together I can't see NC allowing anyone to spoil the mission that he is currently on!!!!
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls![/p][/quote]The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.[/p][/quote]Didn't NC say that if finances were pulled he had investors ready to step in. SFC is today a vision of something NC and ML started together I can't see NC allowing anyone to spoil the mission that he is currently on!!!! Georgethepie
  • Score: 0

5:17am Wed 15 Jan 14

Dubai-saints89 says...

i would loose all respect if he went. you cant just walk out while there is an on-going project here. i hope he comes out and laughs about all this plus, if this does happen, surely he can run both clubs. i Wouldn't mind if AC Milan become our sister club!
i would loose all respect if he went. you cant just walk out while there is an on-going project here. i hope he comes out and laughs about all this plus, if this does happen, surely he can run both clubs. i Wouldn't mind if AC Milan become our sister club! Dubai-saints89
  • Score: 0

5:58am Wed 15 Jan 14

ctsaint says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
ctsaint wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.
The daily mail talks drivel and the "exit strategy" could be a change in ownership, NC stays but as a Swiss banker finds and possibly has backers who would buy the club , leaving him as CEO.

Either way, my opinion is that he won't walk, he has unfinished business, Milan is a sh1te opportunity that will never happen due to their position and their ownership.

For all we know this is destabilising chat from "sources" to try and turn the heads of some of our stars , instil insecurity in the club and suddenly a £30m move to Chiteh or chelski seems like a career choice.

One can only judge these things on history, and history tells me the club is private and if there really was an issue the press would be the last to know.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls![/p][/quote]The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.[/p][/quote]The daily mail talks drivel and the "exit strategy" could be a change in ownership, NC stays but as a Swiss banker finds and possibly has backers who would buy the club , leaving him as CEO. Either way, my opinion is that he won't walk, he has unfinished business, Milan is a sh1te opportunity that will never happen due to their position and their ownership. For all we know this is destabilising chat from "sources" to try and turn the heads of some of our stars , instil insecurity in the club and suddenly a £30m move to Chiteh or chelski seems like a career choice. One can only judge these things on history, and history tells me the club is private and if there really was an issue the press would be the last to know. ctsaint
  • Score: 1

6:11am Wed 15 Jan 14

ctsaint says...

ctsaint wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
ctsaint wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.
The daily mail talks drivel and the "exit strategy" could be a change in ownership, NC stays but as a Swiss banker finds and possibly has backers who would buy the club , leaving him as CEO.

Either way, my opinion is that he won't walk, he has unfinished business, Milan is a sh1te opportunity that will never happen due to their position and their ownership.

For all we know this is destabilising chat from "sources" to try and turn the heads of some of our stars , instil insecurity in the club and suddenly a £30m move to Chiteh or chelski seems like a career choice.

One can only judge these things on history, and history tells me the club is private and if there really was an issue the press would be the last to know.
An extract from the sky news report ....

"Cortese reportedly came close to quitting in the summer over concerns about his contract and the long term direction of the club.
He was persuaded to stay on but now seems set to stand down, although there is no clear time scale for his departure."

So he reportedly came close to leaving.......
But then spent £35m
Who reported it ?

There is no clear timescale for his exit......

This story is drivel and nonsense.
The Liebhers are a private very conservative family that obviously have great trust and faith in NC, the mere act of getting them to invest in SFC in the first instance tells you that.
The investment is currently showing a great return and yet is an insignificant sum when compared to their over all wealth.

There are no stated sources and nobody close to the club will have said anything, it's agents and the big clubs whispering crud to the press.

Ask yourself does it make any sense that the Liebhers would destabilise things? Or that they would be concerns tube, stick to the plan and back their CEO?
Does it make any sense for NC to leave ? And do any of you think he would be asking for £100m for players causing an issue with the trust?

They have spent god knows how much building the best academy facility in the Uk possibly even Europe, the Southampton Way is not to go and buy big, so what are NC and KL likely to fall out about?

It's horse sh1te .
[quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls![/p][/quote]The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.[/p][/quote]The daily mail talks drivel and the "exit strategy" could be a change in ownership, NC stays but as a Swiss banker finds and possibly has backers who would buy the club , leaving him as CEO. Either way, my opinion is that he won't walk, he has unfinished business, Milan is a sh1te opportunity that will never happen due to their position and their ownership. For all we know this is destabilising chat from "sources" to try and turn the heads of some of our stars , instil insecurity in the club and suddenly a £30m move to Chiteh or chelski seems like a career choice. One can only judge these things on history, and history tells me the club is private and if there really was an issue the press would be the last to know.[/p][/quote]An extract from the sky news report .... "Cortese reportedly came close to quitting in the summer over concerns about his contract and the long term direction of the club. He was persuaded to stay on but now seems set to stand down, although there is no clear time scale for his departure." So he reportedly came close to leaving....... But then spent £35m Who reported it ? There is no clear timescale for his exit...... This story is drivel and nonsense. The Liebhers are a private very conservative family that obviously have great trust and faith in NC, the mere act of getting them to invest in SFC in the first instance tells you that. The investment is currently showing a great return and yet is an insignificant sum when compared to their over all wealth. There are no stated sources and nobody close to the club will have said anything, it's agents and the big clubs whispering crud to the press. Ask yourself does it make any sense that the Liebhers would destabilise things? Or that they would be concerns tube, stick to the plan and back their CEO? Does it make any sense for NC to leave ? And do any of you think he would be asking for £100m for players causing an issue with the trust? They have spent god knows how much building the best academy facility in the Uk possibly even Europe, the Southampton Way is not to go and buy big, so what are NC and KL likely to fall out about? It's horse sh1te . ctsaint
  • Score: 1

8:35am Wed 15 Jan 14

Goalscoringmachine says...

There is a suggestion that the Leibherrs may sell SFC and would make a considerable profit, a rare event in football, the result of NCs work. If I was KL and wanted to sell, I would incentivise NC to do the deal....no one better.

Does that not then give NC an opportunity to;
Bring in even bigger serious money with which to complete this "project".
Renegotiate his own deal.
End the relationship with KL if, as suggested, there is a problem there.
Most importantly allow SFC to retain his services and at this stage MP's and then allow us to move on to the next level with the right backing.

This would appear to be a win, win, win option. KL gets a profit, NC can get whatever he needs with new backing to finish the job and we SFC could challenge top four?

Alternatively if NC does leave, I cannot believe that he will drop us in the sh??. He will have a plan B.

In NC we trust......
There is a suggestion that the Leibherrs may sell SFC and would make a considerable profit, a rare event in football, the result of NCs work. If I was KL and wanted to sell, I would incentivise NC to do the deal....no one better. Does that not then give NC an opportunity to; Bring in even bigger serious money with which to complete this "project". Renegotiate his own deal. End the relationship with KL if, as suggested, there is a problem there. Most importantly allow SFC to retain his services and at this stage MP's and then allow us to move on to the next level with the right backing. This would appear to be a win, win, win option. KL gets a profit, NC can get whatever he needs with new backing to finish the job and we SFC could challenge top four? Alternatively if NC does leave, I cannot believe that he will drop us in the sh??. He will have a plan B. In NC we trust...... Goalscoringmachine
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9:58am Wed 15 Jan 14

ctsaint says...

Goalscoringmachine wrote:
There is a suggestion that the Leibherrs may sell SFC and would make a considerable profit, a rare event in football, the result of NCs work. If I was KL and wanted to sell, I would incentivise NC to do the deal....no one better.

Does that not then give NC an opportunity to;
Bring in even bigger serious money with which to complete this "project".
Renegotiate his own deal.
End the relationship with KL if, as suggested, there is a problem there.
Most importantly allow SFC to retain his services and at this stage MP's and then allow us to move on to the next level with the right backing.

This would appear to be a win, win, win option. KL gets a profit, NC can get whatever he needs with new backing to finish the job and we SFC could challenge top four?

Alternatively if NC does leave, I cannot believe that he will drop us in the sh??. He will have a plan B.

In NC we trust......
Very well thought out and presented, unlike the dross in the daily mail and other so called media, written by so called journalists...
Logic simply dictates that sensible,conservativ
e business people , who have been successful together and have a deceased relative and friends legacy in their hands, would act sensibly and respectfully.
I can't see for the life of me what KL would do or say to upset NC, other than if he is trying to sell the club to new backers for less than its worth......in itself questioning the integrity of a man who has the families trust. Papers should be held accountable for their sources, as I have previously said, this more than likely comes from agents trying to turn heads and unsettle players at the club. It makes me angry , very angry.
[quote][p][bold]Goalscoringmachine[/bold] wrote: There is a suggestion that the Leibherrs may sell SFC and would make a considerable profit, a rare event in football, the result of NCs work. If I was KL and wanted to sell, I would incentivise NC to do the deal....no one better. Does that not then give NC an opportunity to; Bring in even bigger serious money with which to complete this "project". Renegotiate his own deal. End the relationship with KL if, as suggested, there is a problem there. Most importantly allow SFC to retain his services and at this stage MP's and then allow us to move on to the next level with the right backing. This would appear to be a win, win, win option. KL gets a profit, NC can get whatever he needs with new backing to finish the job and we SFC could challenge top four? Alternatively if NC does leave, I cannot believe that he will drop us in the sh??. He will have a plan B. In NC we trust......[/p][/quote]Very well thought out and presented, unlike the dross in the daily mail and other so called media, written by so called journalists... Logic simply dictates that sensible,conservativ e business people , who have been successful together and have a deceased relative and friends legacy in their hands, would act sensibly and respectfully. I can't see for the life of me what KL would do or say to upset NC, other than if he is trying to sell the club to new backers for less than its worth......in itself questioning the integrity of a man who has the families trust. Papers should be held accountable for their sources, as I have previously said, this more than likely comes from agents trying to turn heads and unsettle players at the club. It makes me angry , very angry. ctsaint
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6:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

TheSaintsSoothsayer says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
ctsaint wrote:
TheSaintsSoothsayer wrote:
How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr?

Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death.

Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters.

This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way!

Down to you Katrina.
What a naive load of drivel.
NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt.
Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about?
His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls!
The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.
Your comments are null & void even before you start - you don't even know how how to spell our saviours name correctly! His name was MARKUS LIEBHERR not Marcus.

You strike me as someone who has recently joined the Saints revolution. You are one of those peoiple along with 85% of orthers on here, who believe that whilst everything is going OK on the pitch, there are no problems elsewhere..

Incidentally, this club is worth well in excess of £150m (the price Fulham went for) which just goes to show you're talking from your rear!
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ctsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheSaintsSoothsayer[/bold] wrote: How long have the Echo known, and written about, MARKUS Liebherr? Mr Cortese is that dedicated to his mate Markus that he cancelled the tri-club Markus Liebherr trophy. He does not allow anyone to display the Markus Liebherr Flag. There was no reference in the matchday program of anniverswary of Markus' death. Make no mistake, Nicola Cortese will make decisions based on what affects him and him alone. The romantacists among you will believe he does it for the love of the club, the supporters. This latest article is nothing more than PR spun by him to get Katrina Liebherr thinking. Same as last May and the January before that. Games rich people play to get their own way! Down to you Katrina.[/p][/quote]What a naive load of drivel. NC has integrity and vision, that's what convinced Marcus in the first place, results and continued growth in the value of the investment post Marcusses death, along with integrity and the family honoring their fathers wishes has kept the plan on track. NC has also "sold" his vision to Mopo academy stars and new signings alike. The club is on an upward trajectory and the job half done, a man of his nature and integrity will not walk , certainly not to work for a corrupt charlatan at a bankrupt institution. He is Swiss Italian, he is a financier and the original Leibher investment of £30-£40m is worth (excluding player valuations) £100m at least , based on facilities, stadium, academy ,EPL status and no debt. Your comment is either deep seated paranoia or utter drivel......what should Katerina be thinking about? His decisions have been great for the club, and as a chief exec who is smart and successful of course he will benefit and ultimately build his career, who wouldn't? Will he ditch his vision half way ? Not a chance! COYR 3 more PTS pls![/p][/quote]The article in the Daily Mail (yes, I know it's the Daily Mail) states that NC is fed up with Katherine L. handling of the club and has an exit strategy.[/p][/quote]Your comments are null & void even before you start - you don't even know how how to spell our saviours name correctly! His name was MARKUS LIEBHERR not Marcus. You strike me as someone who has recently joined the Saints revolution. You are one of those peoiple along with 85% of orthers on here, who believe that whilst everything is going OK on the pitch, there are no problems elsewhere.. Incidentally, this club is worth well in excess of £150m (the price Fulham went for) which just goes to show you're talking from your rear! TheSaintsSoothsayer
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