Southampton fans won't begrudge Rickie Lambert his move to Liverpool, says Matt Le Tissier

Basingstoke Gazette: Matt Le Tissier Matt Le Tissier

SAINTS legend Matt Le Tissier thinks no fan will hold Rickie Lambert’s dream move to Liverpool against him.

“He’s been fantastic for us for five years. He dragged us up from League One to the Premier League, said Le Tiss. “The first thing I want to say is that I’d think no Saints fan can begrudge Rickie Lambert that move.

“Now he’s going to play for his boyhood club in the Premier League and Champions League.”

Le Tissier, couldn’t have been more full of praise for what Lambert did at Saints during his time at St Mary’s. The success that Lambert helped bring to the club however, means it’s easy to get carried away when thinking about what might have been for Southampton, says the former England international.

He said: “Last season, eighth is the best we could ever have hoped for. I really couldn’t see us improving on that even if they kept the squad together. “There were seven teams above them and they finished a good distance above them in all honesty, so I think it would be very difficult to move on much more. “Talk of challenging for Europe and moving on is overambitious and the people talking about that were getting ahead of themselves. “We have to keep our feet on the ground. It might sound harsh but that’s the reality of the situation.”

Le Tiss said he enjoyed dreaming of what Saints could achieve, but the reality of football means the club may have hit a glass ceiling.

“You’re not going to bring Champions League football here without spending an awful lot of money. It’s great to dream and for some of the season we did, when we were in the top four, but in reality eighth was the best we were ever going to get.

“As a Saints fan, if we were to stay in the top half of the Premier League year after year, I’d be over the moon. You can’t forget that five years ago we were in League One on minus ten points and now we’re eighth in the Premier League.”

As reported by the Daily Echo, the man voted Saints’ greatest ever player believes that once a new manager is appointed, Saints fans will begin to feel a lot more relaxed about what is going on at their club.

“A new manager can come in and start looking at bringing players in and that will allay people’s fears,” he said.

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8:14am Mon 2 Jun 14

Licky_Rambert says...

totally agree...... Rickie is a saints legend, he's far and away my 2nd favourite player ever. for that reason, I wont be changing my name on here
totally agree...... Rickie is a saints legend, he's far and away my 2nd favourite player ever. for that reason, I wont be changing my name on here Licky_Rambert
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9:11am Mon 2 Jun 14

justaSaintsfan says...

I only partially agree with Matt's opinion. Saints achieved second place in the top division years ago, at a time when the club was at the cramped Dell and was much less financially strong than these days.

Other clubs have risen from obscurity to achieve great things, notably Nottingham Forest twice winning the European Cup.

Saints are unusual in that their academy is second to none in this country, with plenty more good quality young players still to come off the production line.

I have been watching Saints for many years and therefore know that the club is stronger throughout than at any time in living memory, thanks to Saint Markus and Katharina and all the good people they have employed during the last five years. I think there is every reason to believe that the overall improvement of the past five years will be continued. In other words, the club is still growing.

I value Matt's opinion, but still think that Saints can finish even higher up the Premier League and thus get into Europe. With a hopefully bigger squad for next season and beyond, perhaps could soon win the FA Cup or the League Cup, qualifying for Europe that way. Saints have in the past had a few European campaigns, when the club had a much more limited budget than today, so I believe there is now a more solid foundation to build towards European competition than there was years ago. Saints have the nucleus of a good first team squad, good players will be bought and good players are still coming through the academy pipeline. One great difference that the Liebherrs have made is that Saints now no longer have to sell their best youngsters to enable the club to survive financially. I think this is a major factor in the growth potential of Southampton FC.

I believe the future will be bright for Saints. I am cautiously much more optimistic than our Matt!!!

Onward and upward, the Southampton Way!!!
I only partially agree with Matt's opinion. Saints achieved second place in the top division years ago, at a time when the club was at the cramped Dell and was much less financially strong than these days. Other clubs have risen from obscurity to achieve great things, notably Nottingham Forest twice winning the European Cup. Saints are unusual in that their academy is second to none in this country, with plenty more good quality young players still to come off the production line. I have been watching Saints for many years and therefore know that the club is stronger throughout than at any time in living memory, thanks to Saint Markus and Katharina and all the good people they have employed during the last five years. I think there is every reason to believe that the overall improvement of the past five years will be continued. In other words, the club is still growing. I value Matt's opinion, but still think that Saints can finish even higher up the Premier League and thus get into Europe. With a hopefully bigger squad for next season and beyond, perhaps could soon win the FA Cup or the League Cup, qualifying for Europe that way. Saints have in the past had a few European campaigns, when the club had a much more limited budget than today, so I believe there is now a more solid foundation to build towards European competition than there was years ago. Saints have the nucleus of a good first team squad, good players will be bought and good players are still coming through the academy pipeline. One great difference that the Liebherrs have made is that Saints now no longer have to sell their best youngsters to enable the club to survive financially. I think this is a major factor in the growth potential of Southampton FC. I believe the future will be bright for Saints. I am cautiously much more optimistic than our Matt!!! Onward and upward, the Southampton Way!!! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 4

9:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

Mosin85 says...

i can not agree with what Mat has said, if the players we have are not good enough to reach into the other top 7 then why the hell do the clubs above us want are players? must be championship players. ofc they are good enough to challange for the league if they was not then they would not be link with big moves to big clubs to challange for titles would they Mat!!!

thing is unless we can keep hold of these players we will be forever replacing them which is not good, just take luke Shaw for an example, if we sell luke it means we willl have to get some one in who is not as good as luke or as young as luke so in the end we lose out, we keep him we have the worlds best left back ( in the future ) in are team who will not be replaced for 10 - 15 years? Ward Prowse the same he is going to be a star in teh future if we sell we have to replace with some one of lesser talent we lose again, hole point in devoloping these talents should be to help Southampton FC not to help the bigger clubs above us. put a clause in there contracts so they have to move abroad and not to a team in the premiership that way we get to keep are stars unless mardid and barca come calling.

if KL made a statment tomorrow saying she is going to invest 1 billion of her money to help saints into the champions league would you be happy? i all though would be happy for champions league football wouldnt be happy that it was BROUGHT like chelsea and machester city and i hate both these clubs for going about winning the league as they have done and it is the last thing i want saints to do. i was always lead to believe we was doing it the SOUTHAMPTON way and producing are own talent whilst adding players here and there, well out of the first team who ( before injurys started taking their toll on the team ) was sitting nice and comfy in 2nd place cant reproduce that with a better faster striker than lambert and good back ups in posistions we needed last year eg goalkeeper and extra defender and striker we should be challanging for europe is that is to much to ask? no not if we can keep hold of the team as it is and add to it. every one in the team will be better next year but Rickie Lambert who is no longer with us as he has joined liverpool, the rest of the team should be better this year than last.. expect atleast 7th place next year with a possibility of maybe higher? 5th would be great and not living in dream land!!!!
i can not agree with what Mat has said, if the players we have are not good enough to reach into the other top 7 then why the hell do the clubs above us want are players? must be championship players. ofc they are good enough to challange for the league if they was not then they would not be link with big moves to big clubs to challange for titles would they Mat!!! thing is unless we can keep hold of these players we will be forever replacing them which is not good, just take luke Shaw for an example, if we sell luke it means we willl have to get some one in who is not as good as luke or as young as luke so in the end we lose out, we keep him we have the worlds best left back ( in the future ) in are team who will not be replaced for 10 - 15 years? Ward Prowse the same he is going to be a star in teh future if we sell we have to replace with some one of lesser talent we lose again, hole point in devoloping these talents should be to help Southampton FC not to help the bigger clubs above us. put a clause in there contracts so they have to move abroad and not to a team in the premiership that way we get to keep are stars unless mardid and barca come calling. if KL made a statment tomorrow saying she is going to invest 1 billion of her money to help saints into the champions league would you be happy? i all though would be happy for champions league football wouldnt be happy that it was BROUGHT like chelsea and machester city and i hate both these clubs for going about winning the league as they have done and it is the last thing i want saints to do. i was always lead to believe we was doing it the SOUTHAMPTON way and producing are own talent whilst adding players here and there, well out of the first team who ( before injurys started taking their toll on the team ) was sitting nice and comfy in 2nd place cant reproduce that with a better faster striker than lambert and good back ups in posistions we needed last year eg goalkeeper and extra defender and striker we should be challanging for europe is that is to much to ask? no not if we can keep hold of the team as it is and add to it. every one in the team will be better next year but Rickie Lambert who is no longer with us as he has joined liverpool, the rest of the team should be better this year than last.. expect atleast 7th place next year with a possibility of maybe higher? 5th would be great and not living in dream land!!!! Mosin85
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10:17am Mon 2 Jun 14

BracknellSaint says...

I think he's right about a glass ceiling, but not sure it's 8th.
Realistically, Saints could aim to be at Everton's level-a team which is in the top 6, without massive spending and mixture of youth developed in house, with astute purchases and a couple of experienced leaders.
Getting in to the top four might be unrealistic generally, but might be seasons when we could, as Everton and Spurs have proved occasionally.
Problem we will always face is that at some point, most players are going to want (a) Champions League and most crucially(b) a 'big club' salary.
Lallana and Shaw etc may well stay, but being realistic if the most we can offer is say, 50k a week to our top earners, we can't compete with the top clubs. Take Raheem Stirling for example, he's what, 17? 18? And even though he's under contract, Liverpool have reportedly offered him a new deal worth 100K a week. Or Toure at Man City on 250k/wk or Rooney on 300k! The problem will be offering our boys a half / third, or even quarter of what they could make at say, Old Trafford, without even considering the draw of European football( Proper Euro footy in the CL, not the Europa)
I think he's right about a glass ceiling, but not sure it's 8th. Realistically, Saints could aim to be at Everton's level-a team which is in the top 6, without massive spending and mixture of youth developed in house, with astute purchases and a couple of experienced leaders. Getting in to the top four might be unrealistic generally, but might be seasons when we could, as Everton and Spurs have proved occasionally. Problem we will always face is that at some point, most players are going to want (a) Champions League and most crucially(b) a 'big club' salary. Lallana and Shaw etc may well stay, but being realistic if the most we can offer is say, 50k a week to our top earners, we can't compete with the top clubs. Take Raheem Stirling for example, he's what, 17? 18? And even though he's under contract, Liverpool have reportedly offered him a new deal worth 100K a week. Or Toure at Man City on 250k/wk or Rooney on 300k! The problem will be offering our boys a half / third, or even quarter of what they could make at say, Old Trafford, without even considering the draw of European football( Proper Euro footy in the CL, not the Europa) BracknellSaint
  • Score: 1

11:21am Mon 2 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Matt is right in one respect - I doubt many would begrudge SRL his chance at one last big contract with the club of his boyhood. Don't see how any fairminded fan could after what he's given us in return.

I can't agree with his assessment of the points difference between us and those above us. On another season that gap would have been halved at least. Injuries to Borat meant we almost certainly lost points and goal difference during that crucial period. How many games during that period were we looking at 3 points and then lost them to a silly goal in the last ten minutes or so.

IF we can keep the nucleus of this squad together and IF we spend what money we have wisely (and there are still freebies to be had out there) and IF the new man (hopefully in by the end of this week) can hit the ground running there's no reason we can't match or exceed last season.
Remember also all of the under 25 players have now had one more season of experience in the premiership and all will be wiser and better for that experience. There could still be one or two from the junior side to step up and make their mark. IF Ward-Prowse stays I can see him stating a case for more first team involvement. Wanyama injury free next season and J-Rod (IF he stays) being back in time for Xmas would be a nice little present to us - Lots of IFs but they all go to making me think that LeGod for once may be wrong.
Matt is right in one respect - I doubt many would begrudge SRL his chance at one last big contract with the club of his boyhood. Don't see how any fairminded fan could after what he's given us in return. I can't agree with his assessment of the points difference between us and those above us. On another season that gap would have been halved at least. Injuries to Borat meant we almost certainly lost points and goal difference during that crucial period. How many games during that period were we looking at 3 points and then lost them to a silly goal in the last ten minutes or so. IF we can keep the nucleus of this squad together and IF we spend what money we have wisely (and there are still freebies to be had out there) and IF the new man (hopefully in by the end of this week) can hit the ground running there's no reason we can't match or exceed last season. Remember also all of the under 25 players have now had one more season of experience in the premiership and all will be wiser and better for that experience. There could still be one or two from the junior side to step up and make their mark. IF Ward-Prowse stays I can see him stating a case for more first team involvement. Wanyama injury free next season and J-Rod (IF he stays) being back in time for Xmas would be a nice little present to us - Lots of IFs but they all go to making me think that LeGod for once may be wrong. jls217
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Malcombe says...

Remember Matt is only giving his opinion and as he was part of a Southampton Team for many years, he knows how the Club operates and can see it changes over the years like shapes of Cars.
Rickie is a wonderful Player and proof of his honesty has been printed for us all which is more that can be said for Potchettino, it also proves that the Board didn't want him to leave the same as the Supporters but respected he decision when he was asked, he's a Liverpudlian who's always had a wish and dream from a child to play for Liverpool that wish has been fulfilled, I do not think it's the last we will see of him, I wouldn't mind betting he'll keep his home at what looks like Ocean Village or there about's for when he retires, good luck to him, we all wish he was staying until his retirement and kicked his last Ball for SFC.
Remember Matt is only giving his opinion and as he was part of a Southampton Team for many years, he knows how the Club operates and can see it changes over the years like shapes of Cars. Rickie is a wonderful Player and proof of his honesty has been printed for us all which is more that can be said for Potchettino, it also proves that the Board didn't want him to leave the same as the Supporters but respected he decision when he was asked, he's a Liverpudlian who's always had a wish and dream from a child to play for Liverpool that wish has been fulfilled, I do not think it's the last we will see of him, I wouldn't mind betting he'll keep his home at what looks like Ocean Village or there about's for when he retires, good luck to him, we all wish he was staying until his retirement and kicked his last Ball for SFC. Malcombe
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5:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Block41row0sfc says...

Mosin85 wrote:
i can not agree with what Mat has said, if the players we have are not good enough to reach into the other top 7 then why the hell do the clubs above us want are players? must be championship players. ofc they are good enough to challange for the league if they was not then they would not be link with big moves to big clubs to challange for titles would they Mat!!!

thing is unless we can keep hold of these players we will be forever replacing them which is not good, just take luke Shaw for an example, if we sell luke it means we willl have to get some one in who is not as good as luke or as young as luke so in the end we lose out, we keep him we have the worlds best left back ( in the future ) in are team who will not be replaced for 10 - 15 years? Ward Prowse the same he is going to be a star in teh future if we sell we have to replace with some one of lesser talent we lose again, hole point in devoloping these talents should be to help Southampton FC not to help the bigger clubs above us. put a clause in there contracts so they have to move abroad and not to a team in the premiership that way we get to keep are stars unless mardid and barca come calling.

if KL made a statment tomorrow saying she is going to invest 1 billion of her money to help saints into the champions league would you be happy? i all though would be happy for champions league football wouldnt be happy that it was BROUGHT like chelsea and machester city and i hate both these clubs for going about winning the league as they have done and it is the last thing i want saints to do. i was always lead to believe we was doing it the SOUTHAMPTON way and producing are own talent whilst adding players here and there, well out of the first team who ( before injurys started taking their toll on the team ) was sitting nice and comfy in 2nd place cant reproduce that with a better faster striker than lambert and good back ups in posistions we needed last year eg goalkeeper and extra defender and striker we should be challanging for europe is that is to much to ask? no not if we can keep hold of the team as it is and add to it. every one in the team will be better next year but Rickie Lambert who is no longer with us as he has joined liverpool, the rest of the team should be better this year than last.. expect atleast 7th place next year with a possibility of maybe higher? 5th would be great and not living in dream land!!!!
I said all season we have 8 or 9 top 6 players, to finish higher you have to have 15,16 and that's about £120 million and it's a risk as spurs proved.
[quote][p][bold]Mosin85[/bold] wrote: i can not agree with what Mat has said, if the players we have are not good enough to reach into the other top 7 then why the hell do the clubs above us want are players? must be championship players. ofc they are good enough to challange for the league if they was not then they would not be link with big moves to big clubs to challange for titles would they Mat!!! thing is unless we can keep hold of these players we will be forever replacing them which is not good, just take luke Shaw for an example, if we sell luke it means we willl have to get some one in who is not as good as luke or as young as luke so in the end we lose out, we keep him we have the worlds best left back ( in the future ) in are team who will not be replaced for 10 - 15 years? Ward Prowse the same he is going to be a star in teh future if we sell we have to replace with some one of lesser talent we lose again, hole point in devoloping these talents should be to help Southampton FC not to help the bigger clubs above us. put a clause in there contracts so they have to move abroad and not to a team in the premiership that way we get to keep are stars unless mardid and barca come calling. if KL made a statment tomorrow saying she is going to invest 1 billion of her money to help saints into the champions league would you be happy? i all though would be happy for champions league football wouldnt be happy that it was BROUGHT like chelsea and machester city and i hate both these clubs for going about winning the league as they have done and it is the last thing i want saints to do. i was always lead to believe we was doing it the SOUTHAMPTON way and producing are own talent whilst adding players here and there, well out of the first team who ( before injurys started taking their toll on the team ) was sitting nice and comfy in 2nd place cant reproduce that with a better faster striker than lambert and good back ups in posistions we needed last year eg goalkeeper and extra defender and striker we should be challanging for europe is that is to much to ask? no not if we can keep hold of the team as it is and add to it. every one in the team will be better next year but Rickie Lambert who is no longer with us as he has joined liverpool, the rest of the team should be better this year than last.. expect atleast 7th place next year with a possibility of maybe higher? 5th would be great and not living in dream land!!!![/p][/quote]I said all season we have 8 or 9 top 6 players, to finish higher you have to have 15,16 and that's about £120 million and it's a risk as spurs proved. Block41row0sfc
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