Saints will fight to keep their top stars

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

First published in Sport

Saints’ new board will “do everything” to retain their best players, according to chairman Ralph Krueger.

This summer will be a key period at St Mary’s, with speculation already surrounding the future of some of the club's top stars.

New chairman Krueger said Saints would live within their means, but that they would also fight as hard as they could to keep their best talent in place.

Krueger, during his first meeting with the media as chairman, spoke at length about improving the club’s commercial standing, saying that would be valuable in terms of being able to retain their top players.

“That’s where the commercial growth comes in, so it’s a complicated answer because, once again, we need to work within our means,” he said.

“Everybody has to know that – we will work within our means.

“We will have a healthy organisation with no shortcuts. We are going to earn every single thing we do here, and we’re going to have to pay a price for that.

“You get nothing for free in this sport, because if you’re doing things with shortcuts and you’re looking for an easy street in major league sports, that tree will fall over. Those roots are unhealthy “So we want to build strong roots, we want to build a strong foundation and then, within that, we will do everything possible to retain the players as long as possible.

“We’re going to be transparent, but it’s too early in the process to specify what that means.”

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5:22pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Little Hitler says...

I like this guy already, love the veiled Skate analogy.
I like this guy already, love the veiled Skate analogy. Little Hitler
  • Score: 10

5:41pm Wed 12 Mar 14

beanwalking says...

Talking about trees and roots makes a chance from getting on the bus.and going in one direction. I suppose it all means the same just different terminology from different cultures and back ground. But it sounds good.
Talking about trees and roots makes a chance from getting on the bus.and going in one direction. I suppose it all means the same just different terminology from different cultures and back ground. But it sounds good. beanwalking
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Wed 12 Mar 14

lowemustgo says...

Yes Ralph, please don't sell our best players when we don't have to?
We had to sell Bale, but look what he could have done for us if we had held on to him for just a few more seasons?
Experience at Saints shows that selling 18 year old players is bad business and its better to let them get into the first team where they contribute to the club's on pitch success and sell later - if you have to. Contrast what Wayne Bridge did at the club (500 appearances, England caps), before sale to Chelsea with what Theo Walcott was able to contribute in his short career here?
Also, we need a bigger squad to even participate properly in the FA cup - let alone Europe.
Currently the only two positions where we have a 'squad' are right back (Chambers and Clyne) and central midfield (Cork and Wanyama)
Would be great if we could build the squad from the academy, but building the squad means keeping what we have and adding depth to it.
Yes Ralph, please don't sell our best players when we don't have to? We had to sell Bale, but look what he could have done for us if we had held on to him for just a few more seasons? Experience at Saints shows that selling 18 year old players is bad business and its better to let them get into the first team where they contribute to the club's on pitch success and sell later - if you have to. Contrast what Wayne Bridge did at the club (500 appearances, England caps), before sale to Chelsea with what Theo Walcott was able to contribute in his short career here? Also, we need a bigger squad to even participate properly in the FA cup - let alone Europe. Currently the only two positions where we have a 'squad' are right back (Chambers and Clyne) and central midfield (Cork and Wanyama) Would be great if we could build the squad from the academy, but building the squad means keeping what we have and adding depth to it. lowemustgo
  • Score: 16

6:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

notaclue says...

This guys been in the job for 2min and he is having a go at the skates already!!!!

Pure Class
This guys been in the job for 2min and he is having a go at the skates already!!!! Pure Class notaclue
  • Score: 14

7:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

Yes he sounds like he knows what he's on about. He has already successfully identified that unhealthy roots make for weak trees and that they then fall over. That's described Poopey to a tee. Great news that Katharina seems to be enjoying being involved and that the club ain't for sale. Now are you listening ManC, Manure, Chelski, Arse, Liverpuddle. P1$$ off and look elsewhere.
Yes he sounds like he knows what he's on about. He has already successfully identified that unhealthy roots make for weak trees and that they then fall over. That's described Poopey to a tee. Great news that Katharina seems to be enjoying being involved and that the club ain't for sale. Now are you listening ManC, Manure, Chelski, Arse, Liverpuddle. P1$$ off and look elsewhere. Clever Dick
  • Score: 10

7:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

I wonder what skating-on-thin-ice is going to make of all this.
I wonder what skating-on-thin-ice is going to make of all this. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jezza says...

With the new board being so positive, maybe we will finally reach that point when rather than the young players leaving because they are good enough to play for the Man Utds, Chelseas, Arsenals, Liverpools and Citys of this world, they will think "hold on, I can stay at Southampton and make us equal to (or better than) all of those teams.

Good times.

COYR
With the new board being so positive, maybe we will finally reach that point when rather than the young players leaving because they are good enough to play for the Man Utds, Chelseas, Arsenals, Liverpools and Citys of this world, they will think "hold on, I can stay at Southampton and make us equal to (or better than) all of those teams. Good times. COYR jezza
  • Score: 8

10:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Totally Oblivious says...

If Saints can keep this squad together, plus the youngsters coming through the academy, I feel they can achieve their ambitions in a relatively short time. Look at what Man. Utd. did by keeping their youth players together- ie. Giggs,Scholes,Butt, the Nevill brothers etc. Could be our turn!.
If Saints can keep this squad together, plus the youngsters coming through the academy, I feel they can achieve their ambitions in a relatively short time. Look at what Man. Utd. did by keeping their youth players together- ie. Giggs,Scholes,Butt, the Nevill brothers etc. Could be our turn!. Totally Oblivious
  • Score: 6

11:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

legh_langston says...

And Jay Rodrigues was an answer on the picture board in Question of Sport!
And Jay Rodrigues was an answer on the picture board in Question of Sport! legh_langston
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

saints1998 says...

Shaw will go
Shaw will go saints1998
  • Score: -17

6:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

costa gaz says...

Football fans loyalty is unquestionable, but to think that a player would share the same passion for our club is unrealistic.
Although Krueger would like to keep our best players, he also states that we have to live within our means.
So when man U offer Shaw £75k/week, we will not be able to match this. Shaw will be put under all sorts pressure by his agent (who'll probably earn around £1m to get the boy to leave).
I believe that if Krueger can persuede MP to stay, then we have a chance of keeping most of this squad together, but we will still lose a couple of big names. That's football I'm afraid.
Football fans loyalty is unquestionable, but to think that a player would share the same passion for our club is unrealistic. Although Krueger would like to keep our best players, he also states that we have to live within our means. So when man U offer Shaw £75k/week, we will not be able to match this. Shaw will be put under all sorts pressure by his agent (who'll probably earn around £1m to get the boy to leave). I believe that if Krueger can persuede MP to stay, then we have a chance of keeping most of this squad together, but we will still lose a couple of big names. That's football I'm afraid. costa gaz
  • Score: 1

10:23am Thu 13 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

This might not be a popular viewpoint
I think not selling top stars is not a sustainable business plan

Ideally all our squad will come from the Academy
To do that you have to have the best children coming to the Academy

They (or their parents) will want to believe their prodigy will make it big - either in Saints for some, or as a springboard to other teams with established Champions League football in others

In time that might be the same thing, but we should not be totally rigid in the approach

The Academy is larger than the squad. Not all will make it to the top, but we need to make the Academy the most attractive in the country for attracting the top talent and that means a flexible policy once they have made it

But if Adam ever leaves I will never stop crying
This might not be a popular viewpoint I think not selling top stars is not a sustainable business plan Ideally all our squad will come from the Academy To do that you have to have the best children coming to the Academy They (or their parents) will want to believe their prodigy will make it big - either in Saints for some, or as a springboard to other teams with established Champions League football in others In time that might be the same thing, but we should not be totally rigid in the approach The Academy is larger than the squad. Not all will make it to the top, but we need to make the Academy the most attractive in the country for attracting the top talent and that means a flexible policy once they have made it But if Adam ever leaves I will never stop crying There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 3

11:14am Thu 13 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

saints1998 wrote:
Shaw will go
In your opinion? Where to? How much for? Why? Who will replace him? So many questions, we need answers not opinions.
[quote][p][bold]saints1998[/bold] wrote: Shaw will go[/p][/quote]In your opinion? Where to? How much for? Why? Who will replace him? So many questions, we need answers not opinions. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -1

11:54am Thu 13 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
saints1998 wrote:
Shaw will go
In your opinion? Where to? How much for? Why? Who will replace him? So many questions, we need answers not opinions.
if he does go ! but he had better have a good think as to who he goes to we have seen in the past with the likes of scott sinclair , rodwell etc just warming the bench up for the foreigners i think man utd would be a better bet for his style of play if he was to move on and the same could be said for adam
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saints1998[/bold] wrote: Shaw will go[/p][/quote]In your opinion? Where to? How much for? Why? Who will replace him? So many questions, we need answers not opinions.[/p][/quote]if he does go ! but he had better have a good think as to who he goes to we have seen in the past with the likes of scott sinclair , rodwell etc just warming the bench up for the foreigners i think man utd would be a better bet for his style of play if he was to move on and the same could be said for adam mickey01
  • Score: -1

12:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BehindEnemyLines says...

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire wrote:
This might not be a popular viewpoint I think not selling top stars is not a sustainable business plan Ideally all our squad will come from the Academy To do that you have to have the best children coming to the Academy They (or their parents) will want to believe their prodigy will make it big - either in Saints for some, or as a springboard to other teams with established Champions League football in others In time that might be the same thing, but we should not be totally rigid in the approach The Academy is larger than the squad. Not all will make it to the top, but we need to make the Academy the most attractive in the country for attracting the top talent and that means a flexible policy once they have made it But if Adam ever leaves I will never stop crying
Spot on Hampshire, we are still a long way from being a club that can hold on to every talent coming through. We can just hope that as we move forward the number of clubs that can call themselves bigger becomes less and less, gone are the days now that the likes of Villa and Everton can lure our younf stars away, now we have maybe 5 or 6 English clubs that we have to respect.....for now!!
[quote][p][bold]There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire[/bold] wrote: This might not be a popular viewpoint I think not selling top stars is not a sustainable business plan Ideally all our squad will come from the Academy To do that you have to have the best children coming to the Academy They (or their parents) will want to believe their prodigy will make it big - either in Saints for some, or as a springboard to other teams with established Champions League football in others In time that might be the same thing, but we should not be totally rigid in the approach The Academy is larger than the squad. Not all will make it to the top, but we need to make the Academy the most attractive in the country for attracting the top talent and that means a flexible policy once they have made it But if Adam ever leaves I will never stop crying[/p][/quote]Spot on Hampshire, we are still a long way from being a club that can hold on to every talent coming through. We can just hope that as we move forward the number of clubs that can call themselves bigger becomes less and less, gone are the days now that the likes of Villa and Everton can lure our younf stars away, now we have maybe 5 or 6 English clubs that we have to respect.....for now!! BehindEnemyLines
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Tony in Liberia says...

There is always going to be a pyramid in football; Man U are sniffing around Luke, but a few years ago Real Madrid came sniffing around Ronaldo, and there was naff all Utd could do about it except sell for as much as they could.

it is unrealistic to expect our stars to stay because we are Saints fans; we cannot offer the money of the top clubs, we can't (at the moment) offer them trophies or the Champs League, so what are our selling points? As someone said, being on the pitch rather than on the bench; being part of the group sprit here; being top stars within our pond rather than just another odf the stars in a bigger pond.

And there is a difference between Luke and say Rodwell or Sinclair; those two were punts by City/Chelsea which htey could easily afford, on players who probably weren't going to be good enough for their teams anyway. Luke will be a first team regular almost wherever he goes, as he is on the verge of world class.
There is always going to be a pyramid in football; Man U are sniffing around Luke, but a few years ago Real Madrid came sniffing around Ronaldo, and there was naff all Utd could do about it except sell for as much as they could. it is unrealistic to expect our stars to stay because we are Saints fans; we cannot offer the money of the top clubs, we can't (at the moment) offer them trophies or the Champs League, so what are our selling points? As someone said, being on the pitch rather than on the bench; being part of the group sprit here; being top stars within our pond rather than just another odf the stars in a bigger pond. And there is a difference between Luke and say Rodwell or Sinclair; those two were punts by City/Chelsea which htey could easily afford, on players who probably weren't going to be good enough for their teams anyway. Luke will be a first team regular almost wherever he goes, as he is on the verge of world class. Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

Nice comments but I don't think they will warn off the big clubs. I think they will draw from what he said that the likes of Shaw, Lallana etc can be had if they persist. So we will still be viewed as a selling club by the big boys.
Nice comments but I don't think they will warn off the big clubs. I think they will draw from what he said that the likes of Shaw, Lallana etc can be had if they persist. So we will still be viewed as a selling club by the big boys. Cincinnati
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Thu 13 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Of course there could be an offer that no one can refuse, but at present the press are saying that Manure were offering £30m for Lallana and Luke in a deal, that amount would barely cover the worth of Lalas right boot and is an insult. If we are forced to sell it must be for silly money because we don't have to sell if we don't want to. If we are ambitious it won't be in our interest to sell to a team that we can be better than in the future, to play against us.
Of course there could be an offer that no one can refuse, but at present the press are saying that Manure were offering £30m for Lallana and Luke in a deal, that amount would barely cover the worth of Lalas right boot and is an insult. If we are forced to sell it must be for silly money because we don't have to sell if we don't want to. If we are ambitious it won't be in our interest to sell to a team that we can be better than in the future, to play against us. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Blackknight says...

30 million for Lallana and Shaw? Moye's is having a laugh right. Even at 30 million each that's still cheap. How much did Dalglish pay Newcastle for Andy Carroll ,,,,,, oh yes; £35m in January 2011. There will be many suitors looking at Saints’ young stars this summer and a lot of them will be a more attractive proposition and offering a lot more money than joining a Moyes’ Manure side, who are clearly on the slide.

Lets all hope with a new Chairman and board members Saints can hang onto their young stars.
30 million for Lallana and Shaw? Moye's is having a laugh right. Even at 30 million each that's still cheap. How much did Dalglish pay Newcastle for Andy Carroll ,,,,,, oh yes; £35m in January 2011. There will be many suitors looking at Saints’ young stars this summer and a lot of them will be a more attractive proposition and offering a lot more money than joining a Moyes’ Manure side, who are clearly on the slide. Lets all hope with a new Chairman and board members Saints can hang onto their young stars. Blackknight
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

30 million for Shaw and Lallana is an absolute joke and insulting. Given the talent, and potential, of these two young players 30 million for each one of them is not even worth considering.
30 million for Shaw and Lallana is an absolute joke and insulting. Given the talent, and potential, of these two young players 30 million for each one of them is not even worth considering. Cincinnati
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Thu 13 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

I might take 30 mill for Luke, with a 50% sell on clause
I wouldn't take anything less than 50mill for Adam
I might take 30 mill for Luke, with a 50% sell on clause I wouldn't take anything less than 50mill for Adam There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 1

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