Ralph Krueger confirmed as Southampton FC chairman

Ralph Krueger

Ralph Krueger

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Saints have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as the new chairman of the club.

The 54-year-old has taken up the role after returning from the Winter Olympics, where he was a consultant for the gold-medal winning Canadian ice hockey team.

Krueger is chairman of the parent company, St Mary's Football Group Limited, formerly known as DMWSL 613.

Business lawyer Hans Hofstetter has also joined the holding company’s board of directors, alongside interim chief executive Gareth Rogers, while Rogers remains an executive director of the football club's board, alongside Les Reed.

Krueger, a former professional ice hockey player and coach, said: “I am honoured to take on the role of chairman of Southampton Football Club and the group.

“I have had an opportunity to meet with a large percentage of the staff at Southampton and it is clear there is a positive soul throughout the club, both at St Mary’s and the training ground.

“We will build on that soul by creating platforms of open communication both inside with the staff and outside with our fan base.

"Although there is a solid foundation in place, the club still has tremendous untapped commercial potential. We will continue to nurture 'The Southampton Way' by reaching for consistent growth in all departments to ultimately build a culture that allows Southampton to remain healthy and sustainable in the future."

Owner Katharina Liebherr, who is remaining on the board, added: "Ralph has an impressive background in major league sport at all levels, it is his experience as an expert in leadership, motivation and team-building that makes him ideally suited for this important position in the Saints organisation.

"He has been a leading advisor and coach to senior management in large international corporations for the past 20 years. In addition, he has been an active member of the World Economic Forum since 2011.

"The news that Ralph has agreed to take on the role of chairman at the club follows a calm and steady process of identifying a board that will bring the stability needed to achieve long-term success both on and off the pitch.

"I will remain on the board, with an active involvement, and we will continue to move forward with great respect for Saints' history, while at the same time work towards a process that is creative, unique, dynamic and modern."

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12:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

I can't wait for Southampton to get an Ice Rink and an Ice Hockey Team. The Southampton Sharks!
I can't wait for Southampton to get an Ice Rink and an Ice Hockey Team. The Southampton Sharks! allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 8

12:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
I can't wait for Southampton to get an Ice Rink and an Ice Hockey Team. The Southampton Sharks!
We don't allow skates in Southampton so forget any thoughts of an Ice Rink. Hopefully the new guy can keep the dream going, no puck-ups please.
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: I can't wait for Southampton to get an Ice Rink and an Ice Hockey Team. The Southampton Sharks![/p][/quote]We don't allow skates in Southampton so forget any thoughts of an Ice Rink. Hopefully the new guy can keep the dream going, no puck-ups please. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 38

12:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Puddletown Saint says...

Yes knock down that terrible looking gas/oil thing at the Northam end have our own Ice Cube............but no curling outside please.
Yes knock down that terrible looking gas/oil thing at the Northam end have our own Ice Cube............but no curling outside please. Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 10

12:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Sheffieldsaint says...

An ice hockey man eh! Should be fun.
An ice hockey man eh! Should be fun. Sheffieldsaint
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

costa gaz says...

If he gets MP to sign a new improved contract, he'll do for me.
If he gets MP to sign a new improved contract, he'll do for me. costa gaz
  • Score: 36

12:21pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Next step should be to make Poch an offer he can't refuse, onward and upward.
Next step should be to make Poch an offer he can't refuse, onward and upward. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 37

12:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 35

12:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Clemster says...

I still feel a little anxious about things since NC left. I would be reassured big time if NP signed a new contract. That would show me that the club has no intention of selling any of it's stars and that there is intention to give him money. If he doesn't sign a new contract then I'll start to worry about which direction things are going in. At the moment it just seems to be alot of talk and no action.
I still feel a little anxious about things since NC left. I would be reassured big time if NP signed a new contract. That would show me that the club has no intention of selling any of it's stars and that there is intention to give him money. If he doesn't sign a new contract then I'll start to worry about which direction things are going in. At the moment it just seems to be alot of talk and no action. Clemster
  • Score: -17

12:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job!
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.[/p][/quote]Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -6

12:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

JohnItaly says...

Any truth in the rumour that the new Chairman (at least I didn't spell his name incorrectly) has decreed that with immediate effect the following changes will take place:

1. All goalkeepers to be known as goal-minders.
2. The halfway line is now the blue line, and
3. First & second halves to be first & second periods.

This will I am sure help Krueger settle in very quickly to his new role.

Seriously I wish him all the very best as whatever one's thoughts are about Cortese he will be a hard act to follow.

I trust at the top of Krueger's agenda is the securing of MoPo's continued service.
Any truth in the rumour that the new Chairman (at least I didn't spell his name incorrectly) has decreed that with immediate effect the following changes will take place: 1. All goalkeepers to be known as goal-minders. 2. The halfway line is now the blue line, and 3. First & second halves to be first & second periods. This will I am sure help Krueger settle in very quickly to his new role. Seriously I wish him all the very best as whatever one's thoughts are about Cortese he will be a hard act to follow. I trust at the top of Krueger's agenda is the securing of MoPo's continued service. JohnItaly
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

I think the positive thing is that he immediately came out and stated that he wouldn't have any involvement in the team.

He also talks about tapping the commercial side, which suggests he is more on board to improve the way the club makes money - something that hasn't been brilliant in recent years in terms of static and un-imaginative ticketing and a lack of empathy with fans when it comes to things like shirts etc.

All the talk of him not being a football man is rubbish - how many chairmen are these days? In fact, if we were employing a football person I'd be worried. Fresh perspectives are good.

The good thing is that this guy has experience of sport at a high level and knows what it's like to be a coach, so appreciates that coaches don't want people meddling with their work (as he's previously stated).

Again, this does provide people who'd like to see our downfall with a straw to hang on to for a couple of days, but that's all it is.

They had MP's appointment, the fact he doesn't speak English etc and look how badly that turned out. At that time many 'football people' and fans said we were sure to be relegated, deserved what we got, etc etc.

Then NC left and all our players were going to leave in the transfer window, the manager was off, etc etc.

Still nothing.

Of course the summer is going to be interesting and I wouldn't be surprised if there were some changes because that's what happens with Saints and most other clubs these days.

The only thing I know is that we've had two changes in the last few years that everyone, including me, expected to be disastrous. But the fact is that within a couple of weeks, even days, you move on and keep supporting the Saints.

Either way, I think this is a decent move that gives MP clarity and a chance to get to know the guy and hear the club's plans for the future before he weighs up his options in the summer.

I do not think that MP will walk away due to the direction of the club or who is in charge though. It's just a question of what calibre of club comes knocking. Clearly, like anyone else, if something incredible came up he'd take a look..
I think the positive thing is that he immediately came out and stated that he wouldn't have any involvement in the team. He also talks about tapping the commercial side, which suggests he is more on board to improve the way the club makes money - something that hasn't been brilliant in recent years in terms of static and un-imaginative ticketing and a lack of empathy with fans when it comes to things like shirts etc. All the talk of him not being a football man is rubbish - how many chairmen are these days? In fact, if we were employing a football person I'd be worried. Fresh perspectives are good. The good thing is that this guy has experience of sport at a high level and knows what it's like to be a coach, so appreciates that coaches don't want people meddling with their work (as he's previously stated). Again, this does provide people who'd like to see our downfall with a straw to hang on to for a couple of days, but that's all it is. They had MP's appointment, the fact he doesn't speak English etc and look how badly that turned out. At that time many 'football people' and fans said we were sure to be relegated, deserved what we got, etc etc. Then NC left and all our players were going to leave in the transfer window, the manager was off, etc etc. Still nothing. Of course the summer is going to be interesting and I wouldn't be surprised if there were some changes because that's what happens with Saints and most other clubs these days. The only thing I know is that we've had two changes in the last few years that everyone, including me, expected to be disastrous. But the fact is that within a couple of weeks, even days, you move on and keep supporting the Saints. Either way, I think this is a decent move that gives MP clarity and a chance to get to know the guy and hear the club's plans for the future before he weighs up his options in the summer. I do not think that MP will walk away due to the direction of the club or who is in charge though. It's just a question of what calibre of club comes knocking. Clearly, like anyone else, if something incredible came up he'd take a look.. SaintJD
  • Score: 22

1:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

paulmsh says...

All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger?
Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him.
Any news?
All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger? Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him. Any news? paulmsh
  • Score: -15

1:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

notaclue says...

What I would like now is confirmation that MoPo will stay, and for our new chairman to set out the future vision and goals for our club.
I think that with this guy in charge Katerina will invest more money into the club and I hope they can make this club a place where our top players have no reason to leave.
I have faith in what is going on, the future may well be exciting again - I just want him to confirm it.
What I would like now is confirmation that MoPo will stay, and for our new chairman to set out the future vision and goals for our club. I think that with this guy in charge Katerina will invest more money into the club and I hope they can make this club a place where our top players have no reason to leave. I have faith in what is going on, the future may well be exciting again - I just want him to confirm it. notaclue
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

notaclue says...

paulmsh wrote:
All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger?
Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him.
Any news?
No one in their right mind would give Nicla Cortese such control over their football club again. We will be much stronger as a business and as a team without him.
But while he as here he did an amazing amount for the club, just don't think he will be given that chance again unless its a lower division team.
[quote][p][bold]paulmsh[/bold] wrote: All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger? Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him. Any news?[/p][/quote]No one in their right mind would give Nicla Cortese such control over their football club again. We will be much stronger as a business and as a team without him. But while he as here he did an amazing amount for the club, just don't think he will be given that chance again unless its a lower division team. notaclue
  • Score: -1

1:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

notaclue says...

paulmsh wrote:
All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger?
Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him.
Any news?
No one in their right mind would give Nicla Cortese such control over their football club again. We will be much stronger as a business and as a team without him.
But while he as here he did an amazing amount for the club, just don't think he will be given that chance again unless its a lower division team.
[quote][p][bold]paulmsh[/bold] wrote: All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger? Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him. Any news?[/p][/quote]No one in their right mind would give Nicla Cortese such control over their football club again. We will be much stronger as a business and as a team without him. But while he as here he did an amazing amount for the club, just don't think he will be given that chance again unless its a lower division team. notaclue
  • Score: -3

1:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saints fan #1 says...

With Krueger in our dreams hope theres no nightmares.
With Krueger in our dreams hope theres no nightmares. saints fan #1
  • Score: -4

1:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Canucklehead says...

From a Canadian Saints fan perspective:
Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team?
Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR. Canucklehead
  • Score: -14

1:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Saint-Mike says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Next step should be to make Poch an offer he can't refuse, onward and upward.
And gets contracts sorted to keep Lallana and Shaw at the club please.......
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Next step should be to make Poch an offer he can't refuse, onward and upward.[/p][/quote]And gets contracts sorted to keep Lallana and Shaw at the club please....... Saint-Mike
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Saintade says...

Well we tried a rugby expert before and that didn't work, so let's have a goo with an ice hockey expert. Are there no footballing experts left? But seriously, I hope he's the right choice and it doesn't turn out that Mr Kruger is a Nightmare on St Mary's Street!
Well we tried a rugby expert before and that didn't work, so let's have a goo with an ice hockey expert. Are there no footballing experts left? But seriously, I hope he's the right choice and it doesn't turn out that Mr Kruger is a Nightmare on St Mary's Street! Saintade
  • Score: -7

1:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

milton road says...

Well according to the Telegraph MP is expected to sign a new contract at the end of the season, sounded almost as though he could write his own meal ticket.
It would seem that Liebherr are here for more of a long haul than some of the media thought. You would not go to all the trouble of setting up this sort of board, if you were not committed.
Krueger may not be a football man, he is though a team man. He understands how important it is to have a feel good factor in the club. He knows what it takes to be successful, he knows how to develop commercial interests and no doubt has many contacts in sport and commercial avenues. His brief is not to run the team or tell MP how to run the team. Its to ensure that MP and the players have what they need to need to be at their very best. To get big commercial companies interested.
We have a new chairman who may not know football but who knows sport and has been very successful, he knows what it takes. Which puts him ahead of most chairmen in sport of any kind. he knows what is important to make a team function at its best and a club. He is not her to be a director of football unlike Mr. Woodward, He is here to make sure the cogs are oiled and turn smoothly.
NC is a very hard act to follow but yesterday is past, tomorrow hasn't come and today where we are at and things may not be perfect, but for this club and for this moment in time they are still pretty **** good.
Well according to the Telegraph MP is expected to sign a new contract at the end of the season, sounded almost as though he could write his own meal ticket. It would seem that Liebherr are here for more of a long haul than some of the media thought. You would not go to all the trouble of setting up this sort of board, if you were not committed. Krueger may not be a football man, he is though a team man. He understands how important it is to have a feel good factor in the club. He knows what it takes to be successful, he knows how to develop commercial interests and no doubt has many contacts in sport and commercial avenues. His brief is not to run the team or tell MP how to run the team. Its to ensure that MP and the players have what they need to need to be at their very best. To get big commercial companies interested. We have a new chairman who may not know football but who knows sport and has been very successful, he knows what it takes. Which puts him ahead of most chairmen in sport of any kind. he knows what is important to make a team function at its best and a club. He is not her to be a director of football unlike Mr. Woodward, He is here to make sure the cogs are oiled and turn smoothly. NC is a very hard act to follow but yesterday is past, tomorrow hasn't come and today where we are at and things may not be perfect, but for this club and for this moment in time they are still pretty **** good. milton road
  • Score: 18

1:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Canucklehead wrote:
From a Canadian Saints fan perspective:
Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team?
Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
If Le Tiss was given the chance I am positive he would make a job of it.
[quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]If Le Tiss was given the chance I am positive he would make a job of it. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -7

1:36pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Sainty saint saint says...

Canucklehead wrote:
From a Canadian Saints fan perspective:
Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team?
Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
No, it would be like employing a proven expert in business to run the business side of Edmonton Oilers hockey team, i.e. a good idea.

Can't people have more than one string to their bow? Sheesh indeed.
[quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]No, it would be like employing a proven expert in business to run the business side of Edmonton Oilers hockey team, i.e. a good idea. Can't people have more than one string to their bow? Sheesh indeed. Sainty saint saint
  • Score: 15

1:54pm Wed 12 Mar 14

drummernath says...

Canucklehead wrote:
From a Canadian Saints fan perspective:
Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team?
Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
I bet he even says "Soothampton"
[quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]I bet he even says "Soothampton" drummernath
  • Score: -5

2:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Confucious says...

I think this is an excellent appointment by an excellent owner. We're very fortunate.
I think this is an excellent appointment by an excellent owner. We're very fortunate. Confucious
  • Score: 19

2:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Santa Retfordia says...

drummernath wrote:
Canucklehead wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
I bet he even says "Soothampton"
I hope so! I love it when Canadians do that.
[quote][p][bold]drummernath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]I bet he even says "Soothampton"[/p][/quote]I hope so! I love it when Canadians do that. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 2

2:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

If you go on to the Saints Official Site, there is a viewable Video Interview that you can watch and listen to. Sounds OK to me.
If you go on to the Saints Official Site, there is a viewable Video Interview that you can watch and listen to. Sounds OK to me. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

2:22pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jesus_02 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Canucklehead wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
If Le Tiss was given the chance I am positive he would make a job of it.
Yeah me too.. give LeTiss a break ... he just has a blind spot for strip clubs
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]If Le Tiss was given the chance I am positive he would make a job of it.[/p][/quote]Yeah me too.. give LeTiss a break ... he just has a blind spot for strip clubs Jesus_02
  • Score: -3

2:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

CB FRY LIVES says...

He helped Canada become the top ice hockey team in the world.Now he will help Southampton F.C. become the top football team in the world.Move over Barcelona,Bayern Munich and co SAINT RALPH AND HIS TEAM OF SILKY SKILLED SAINTS SOCCER STARS ARE GOING TO SHOOT YOU DOWN.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
COYR.
He helped Canada become the top ice hockey team in the world.Now he will help Southampton F.C. become the top football team in the world.Move over Barcelona,Bayern Munich and co SAINT RALPH AND HIS TEAM OF SILKY SKILLED SAINTS SOCCER STARS ARE GOING TO SHOOT YOU DOWN. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS COYR. CB FRY LIVES
  • Score: 10

2:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Tubbystubb says...

paulmsh wrote:
All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger? Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him. Any news?
Call him what you like even Freddie, but don't get cut up about it if he doesn't like you.
[quote][p][bold]paulmsh[/bold] wrote: All sound good to me. I'm sure Ralf doesn't mind people spelling his name wrong, or should we call him Mr Kruger? Anyway, the main threat to our stability would be if Nicola Cortese (wouldn't take liberties with his name), pops up at a new club and tempts our manager and some of the star names to join him. Any news?[/p][/quote]Call him what you like even Freddie, but don't get cut up about it if he doesn't like you. Tubbystubb
  • Score: -2

2:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jesus_02 says...

Kruger will be fine... the business model has completely changed. He is as much a head bean counter (like any Chairman of any business) than anythinng else. Cortese was something completely different...I dont see Kruger as a replacement. Cortese has been replaced with a number of people.
Kruger will be fine... the business model has completely changed. He is as much a head bean counter (like any Chairman of any business) than anythinng else. Cortese was something completely different...I dont see Kruger as a replacement. Cortese has been replaced with a number of people. Jesus_02
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job!
The best way to remember it is that old grammatical standard..e before u,except after r.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.[/p][/quote]Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job![/p][/quote]The best way to remember it is that old grammatical standard..e before u,except after r. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 7

4:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

hedge end bob says...

Boy with this guy in charge, you watch us skate UP THE LEAGUE !!!!!
Katharina sounds like she has plans for our club. Sounds just like another member of her family and we all know who that was. GOD BLESS HIM.
Boy with this guy in charge, you watch us skate UP THE LEAGUE !!!!! Katharina sounds like she has plans for our club. Sounds just like another member of her family and we all know who that was. GOD BLESS HIM. hedge end bob
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Shrewdsaint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job!
And yet Mr Hodgson was Woy the other day, was he not Osprey?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.[/p][/quote]Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job![/p][/quote]And yet Mr Hodgson was Woy the other day, was he not Osprey? Shrewdsaint
  • Score: 1

5:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saintbobby says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job!
The best way to remember it is that old grammatical standard..e before u,except after r.
Just brilliant! We cannot fail with wit like this. Love it.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.[/p][/quote]Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job![/p][/quote]The best way to remember it is that old grammatical standard..e before u,except after r.[/p][/quote]Just brilliant! We cannot fail with wit like this. Love it. saintbobby
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Wed 12 Mar 14

stmalcolm says...

The "eu" in Mr Krueger's name is probably because we don't have the German ű (u-umlaut) on an English/American keyboard. Originally I suspect his name was probably Krűger.
The "eu" in Mr Krueger's name is probably because we don't have the German ű (u-umlaut) on an English/American keyboard. Originally I suspect his name was probably Krűger. stmalcolm
  • Score: -3

5:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

Canucklehead wrote:
From a Canadian Saints fan perspective:
Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team?
Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.
A quick reminder/wake up call for anyone talking about this guy's hockey background or the fact he's Canadian. HE IS THE CHAIRMAN not the director of football.

Forgive me if I'm wrong but how many successful chairman have an incredible background in football?

At least he understands professional sport, unlike some of the nightmarish characters at other clubs who, one, mostly have no knowledge of football (just a lot of money to play with) and are secondly either control freaks or control freaks who fancy themselves as managers.

Good, shrewd appointment, well done Katharina - you clearly love the club but are sensible enough to realise that you need someone who understands sport and sport marketing to sit alongside you.
[quote][p][bold]Canucklehead[/bold] wrote: From a Canadian Saints fan perspective: Isn't this kind of like appointing LeTiss to run the Edmonton Oilers hockey team? Sheesh. Perhaps Saints should get Osvaldo back… he seems like a hockey goon. Just ask Jose. I don't get this move at all. COYR.[/p][/quote]A quick reminder/wake up call for anyone talking about this guy's hockey background or the fact he's Canadian. HE IS THE CHAIRMAN not the director of football. Forgive me if I'm wrong but how many successful chairman have an incredible background in football? At least he understands professional sport, unlike some of the nightmarish characters at other clubs who, one, mostly have no knowledge of football (just a lot of money to play with) and are secondly either control freaks or control freaks who fancy themselves as managers. Good, shrewd appointment, well done Katharina - you clearly love the club but are sensible enough to realise that you need someone who understands sport and sport marketing to sit alongside you. SaintJD
  • Score: 8

6:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

The first line says: 'Saints have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as the new chairman of the club.'

Shouldn't it read: 'Saints have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as the new focus of Tebourba's abuse'?

Meanwhile, I'm not sitting on the fence, this is FANTASTIC news. A person with a proven business record taking the helm of a business with huge potential.

Unless you're Tebourba, what's not to like?
The first line says: 'Saints have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as the new chairman of the club.' Shouldn't it read: 'Saints have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as the new focus of Tebourba's abuse'? Meanwhile, I'm not sitting on the fence, this is FANTASTIC news. A person with a proven business record taking the helm of a business with huge potential. Unless you're Tebourba, what's not to like? Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

mack chinnon says...

Lets hope he dosent do a runner like the pasta eating surrender monkey.
Lets hope he dosent do a runner like the pasta eating surrender monkey. mack chinnon
  • Score: -4

6:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Apologies if someone has posted this above:

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=qp6LYZ83G
9M&feature=youtu.be
Apologies if someone has posted this above: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=qp6LYZ83G 9M&feature=youtu.be Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

THE12THMAN says...

Lets all give the man a chance before we pass judgement, you don't have to come from a football background to be a chairman, he is there to make sure the club runs smoothly for the Liebherr family, if i remember rightly cortese was from a banking background.
Lets all give the man a chance before we pass judgement, you don't have to come from a football background to be a chairman, he is there to make sure the club runs smoothly for the Liebherr family, if i remember rightly cortese was from a banking background. THE12THMAN
  • Score: 4

8:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saintbobby says...

stmalcolm wrote:
The "eu" in Mr Krueger's name is probably because we don't have the German ű (u-umlaut) on an English/American keyboard. Originally I suspect his name was probably Krűger.
Das ist gut und treu auch. Ich habe Deutsch in der Schule gelernt.

I hope my memory is right after about 65 years!

OK, just showing off! I think this is all great news for us and our super team.
[quote][p][bold]stmalcolm[/bold] wrote: The "eu" in Mr Krueger's name is probably because we don't have the German ű (u-umlaut) on an English/American keyboard. Originally I suspect his name was probably Krűger.[/p][/quote]Das ist gut und treu auch. Ich habe Deutsch in der Schule gelernt. I hope my memory is right after about 65 years! OK, just showing off! I think this is all great news for us and our super team. saintbobby
  • Score: 2

10:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Redflag14 says...

Shrewdsaint wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote:
Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you?

As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.
Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job!
And yet Mr Hodgson was Woy the other day, was he not Osprey?
That's correct, but as it upset someone lacking in a sense of humour will probably use some other epithet in the future
[quote][p][bold]Shrewdsaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Poch will sign. He went all the way to Manchester to watch the under-21s on Monday. You wouldn't do that if you were off in the summer, would you? As for Kreuger, let's wait and see I guess. But it sounds like Katharina certainly means business, so bring it on.[/p][/quote]Well done on being the first to spell his name wrong! You won't be the last, I am already fed up with the nightmare jokes on Twitter but it goes with job I suppose. Poch might be after the Man City job![/p][/quote]And yet Mr Hodgson was Woy the other day, was he not Osprey?[/p][/quote]That's correct, but as it upset someone lacking in a sense of humour will probably use some other epithet in the future Redflag14
  • Score: 0

9:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Katharina is showing her long term commitment to Saints. Cortese did a good job in building the club up but it is now too big for one man (especially a dictatorial one). She says she is now intending to keep an active role, something Cortese was opposing, and has appointed an excellent team around her with experience on the world scene. We now look to be a very professional set up, something her father would be proud of, God bless him.
Big thank you Katharina now lets get things sorted for next season, onwards & upwards, the bus is becoming a Juggernaut !! COYS
Katharina is showing her long term commitment to Saints. Cortese did a good job in building the club up but it is now too big for one man (especially a dictatorial one). She says she is now intending to keep an active role, something Cortese was opposing, and has appointed an excellent team around her with experience on the world scene. We now look to be a very professional set up, something her father would be proud of, God bless him. Big thank you Katharina now lets get things sorted for next season, onwards & upwards, the bus is becoming a Juggernaut !! COYS NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 0

2:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Blackknight says...

Krueger may turn out to be Saints best signing yet, looks like a sound shrewd appointment.

From what I have read/heard seems like he's got a good business brain and sports management experience. He played Ice hockey for the West German national ice hockey team, a sport which has been described as the most demanding team sport in the world. So he knows first hand what it takes to make a team and play at the top level. These skills should be transferable, which can only be good news for Saints.

He was also sounding out positive vibes during the interview on the Beeb.
Krueger may turn out to be Saints best signing yet, looks like a sound shrewd appointment. From what I have read/heard seems like he's got a good business brain and sports management experience. He played Ice hockey for the West German national ice hockey team, a sport which has been described as the most demanding team sport in the world. So he knows first hand what it takes to make a team and play at the top level. These skills should be transferable, which can only be good news for Saints. He was also sounding out positive vibes during the interview on the Beeb. Blackknight
  • Score: 1

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