Lallana delighted he didn't quit Saints during 'dark days' five years ago

Basingstoke Gazette: Adam Lallana Adam Lallana

ADAM Lallana is glad he didn’t quit Saints in the dark days of the club’s administration.

Stars such as Andrew Surman and David McGoldrick were sold in the summer of 2009 while a new owner was found for the club.

Wolves were keen on signing Lallana, but the current St Mary’s skipper is delighted that he stayed put.

Had he also left, he might not have been an England international looking ahead to a possible World Cup finals place.

“I might not be here today if I'd left when Southampton went into administration,” the 25-year-old said.

“We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation.

“We didn't get paid one month.

“Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since."

Lallana has been key to Saints’ ascent through the leagues and he has also reaped the benefits himself.

The midfielder was appointed club captain upon Saints’ promotion to the Barclays Premier League and he then won his first England caps against Chile and Germany.

Of the players on the fringes of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, he seems one of the players who is more likely to make the final 23.

That has had one downside though - he had to cancel a wedding that was planned for June 14 - the day of England's World Cup opener against Italy.

Lallana had to bring the date forward six months, treating his now wife Emily to a £500 wedding in Poole on Christmas Eve.

“I was planning a wedding for the summer when there was a chance I might not be there," he said.

“We had a great day. It was a mutual decision. If anything, it's less stress for me.

“I can just concentrate on doing as well as I can now. If selected for the World Cup, the honeymoon will be after. But there's still a long way to go.”

Lallana cut a relaxed figure as he spoke to the media at England's Hertfordshire base.

Following two impressive performances for the Three Lions, he does not look or feel out of place within the international set-up.

Like the other 29 members of Hodgson's squad, Lallana took part in a photoshoot for England's new World Cup kit.

The appearance of the kit is so secret that organisers draped a huge black curtain around the room where the shoot was taking place.

Photos of the supposed new kit - which is expected to be all white due to new FIFA regulations - have been leaked online, but no official details have been released yet.

Lallana and the rest of his team-mates were also fitted with a grey Marks and Spencer suit which he will wear to South America if he makes the cut.

All this has whetted Lallana's appetite for the World Cup and he will do everything he can to impress Hodgson during this week's get together for the friendly against Denmark tomorrow.

"This is the last chance we'll have to impress in an England shirt, so it is going to be a big night," Lallana said.

“I'll do everything I can to prove my worth.

“Having the chance, the slight chance of maybe going to a World Cup, is quite remarkable.”

Lallana did not train yesterday morning but he is sure he will be fit to face the Danes.

Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker and John Ruddy all underwent a light recovery as they played on Sunday.

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is almost certain to miss the game with a hip problem.

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9:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

bigfella says...

Proof the grass isn't always greener. I think I speak for 99.9% of Saints fans when I say we're pretty bloody pleased you didn't go too Mr L :)
Proof the grass isn't always greener. I think I speak for 99.9% of Saints fans when I say we're pretty bloody pleased you didn't go too Mr L :) bigfella
  • Score: 48

9:28am Tue 4 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

“We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation.

“We didn't get paid one month.

“Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since."

Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.
“We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation. “We didn't get paid one month. “Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since." Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 46

9:53am Tue 4 Mar 14

Mush On The Beach says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
“We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation.

“We didn't get paid one month.

“Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since."

Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.
It’s a good story and Adam will savour his career more because of it when he looks back over his journey later. One-club players are a rare breed these days but I get the feeling Adam will be.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: “We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation. “We didn't get paid one month. “Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since." Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.[/p][/quote]It’s a good story and Adam will savour his career more because of it when he looks back over his journey later. One-club players are a rare breed these days but I get the feeling Adam will be. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 25

10:01am Tue 4 Mar 14

Beer Monster says...

Well said Osprey - I did a three month stint at JPMorgan in those dark days, which helped to prompt a brief spell of watching Bournemouth (by virtue of free tickets). The fact that the Cherries were roughly at the same level as us at the time serves as a stark reminder of how far we had fallen.

No disrespect to any Cherries fans out there - I would love nothing better than to have Saints, Cherries and Seagulls all in the top division at the same time. Heck, I even want to see Pompey back up here once they've sorted themselves out. Not before they've been playing Gosport Borough on a regular basis mind.

Thank you Adam, you'll always be a Saint.
Well said Osprey - I did a three month stint at JPMorgan in those dark days, which helped to prompt a brief spell of watching Bournemouth (by virtue of free tickets). The fact that the Cherries were roughly at the same level as us at the time serves as a stark reminder of how far we had fallen. No disrespect to any Cherries fans out there - I would love nothing better than to have Saints, Cherries and Seagulls all in the top division at the same time. Heck, I even want to see Pompey back up here once they've sorted themselves out. Not before they've been playing Gosport Borough on a regular basis mind. Thank you Adam, you'll always be a Saint. Beer Monster
  • Score: 7

10:18am Tue 4 Mar 14

willygetaway says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
“We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation.

“We didn't get paid one month.

“Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since."

Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.
i fully agree, so all you negative supporters before you post just remember the days of the the dark lord and count our blessing for Marcus.
onwards and upward with MOPO COYR and STID and beyond
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: “We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation. “We didn't get paid one month. “Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since." Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.[/p][/quote]i fully agree, so all you negative supporters before you post just remember the days of the the dark lord and count our blessing for Marcus. onwards and upward with MOPO COYR and STID and beyond willygetaway
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Confucious says...

Of course fans love having great players at their club, but let's face it, those players usually get well paid for it. But Adam stuck with us when he didn't get paid at all and when there was little hope of better things on the horizon.

In this day and age that is truly special.

Thanks Adam - it really is appreciated and it greatly magnifies the pleasure we derive from seeing your success today.
Of course fans love having great players at their club, but let's face it, those players usually get well paid for it. But Adam stuck with us when he didn't get paid at all and when there was little hope of better things on the horizon. In this day and age that is truly special. Thanks Adam - it really is appreciated and it greatly magnifies the pleasure we derive from seeing your success today. Confucious
  • Score: 22

2:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

Hopefully he feels in his heart that St Mary's is a very special place where he wishes to fulfill his career. He could earn more money at other places. But is more money everything in life? He will never have to live in poverty with the money that the Saints will continue to pay him.
Hopefully he feels in his heart that St Mary's is a very special place where he wishes to fulfill his career. He could earn more money at other places. But is more money everything in life? He will never have to live in poverty with the money that the Saints will continue to pay him. Cincinnati
  • Score: 4

2:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

beanwalking says...

If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us.
If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us. beanwalking
  • Score: 17

3:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Reality-man says...

beanwalking wrote:
If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us.
Kelvin showed the most loyalty of them all. A deal was done with West Ham but he kept stalling and stalling in Hope the club would be saved. When it was, he immediately gave West Ham the two fingers and signed a new deal with us. Obviously Adams loyalty has proved to be of more benefit in the end. but I will never forget Kelvins desire to stay.
[quote][p][bold]beanwalking[/bold] wrote: If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us.[/p][/quote]Kelvin showed the most loyalty of them all. A deal was done with West Ham but he kept stalling and stalling in Hope the club would be saved. When it was, he immediately gave West Ham the two fingers and signed a new deal with us. Obviously Adams loyalty has proved to be of more benefit in the end. but I will never forget Kelvins desire to stay. Reality-man
  • Score: 28

3:06pm Tue 4 Mar 14

saint Compo says...

Adam Lallana - another Saints all-time legend in the making.

COYR
Adam Lallana - another Saints all-time legend in the making. COYR saint Compo
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bigfella says...

Reality-man wrote:
beanwalking wrote:
If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us.
Kelvin showed the most loyalty of them all. A deal was done with West Ham but he kept stalling and stalling in Hope the club would be saved. When it was, he immediately gave West Ham the two fingers and signed a new deal with us. Obviously Adams loyalty has proved to be of more benefit in the end. but I will never forget Kelvins desire to stay.
Definitely this this this. Kelvin deserves his place at the top table when it comes to loyalty
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beanwalking[/bold] wrote: If my memory serves me well Spiderman and Kelvin Davis were there and have also seen the bad old days, and thankfully are still with us.[/p][/quote]Kelvin showed the most loyalty of them all. A deal was done with West Ham but he kept stalling and stalling in Hope the club would be saved. When it was, he immediately gave West Ham the two fingers and signed a new deal with us. Obviously Adams loyalty has proved to be of more benefit in the end. but I will never forget Kelvins desire to stay.[/p][/quote]Definitely this this this. Kelvin deserves his place at the top table when it comes to loyalty bigfella
  • Score: 8

4:30pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Tye-Dye pt2 says...

Totally agree with everyone's comments and another loyal 1 club Saints player will go into the history books, Lalla aint going anywhere as he has all he could want at the South of England's finest club.

Though 1 little discrepancy, if Lalla only paid £500 for his wedding in Poole it must have been in a hired beach hut with a maccy d's for the reception afterwards? Methinks the DE have under valued it just a tad??

Good luck to all our Lions and other national squad players over the next couple of days, just come back injury free pretty please??

UTMS!!!
Totally agree with everyone's comments and another loyal 1 club Saints player will go into the history books, Lalla aint going anywhere as he has all he could want at the South of England's finest club. Though 1 little discrepancy, if Lalla only paid £500 for his wedding in Poole it must have been in a hired beach hut with a maccy d's for the reception afterwards? Methinks the DE have under valued it just a tad?? Good luck to all our Lions and other national squad players over the next couple of days, just come back injury free pretty please?? UTMS!!! Tye-Dye pt2
  • Score: 4

10:14pm Tue 4 Mar 14

hedge end bob says...

willygetaway wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote: “We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation. “We didn't get paid one month. “Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since." Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.
i fully agree, so all you negative supporters before you post just remember the days of the the dark lord and count our blessing for Marcus. onwards and upward with MOPO COYR and STID and beyond
M A R K U S
[quote][p][bold]willygetaway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: “We were relegated with -10 points and there was talk of liquidation. “We didn't get paid one month. “Those were the dark days, but it's been great ever since." Some of those posters that have been complaining recently need to remember those words when they start giving it large, they either have very short memories or have joined after the dark days without realising how close we came to having nothing at all. It should also serve as a reminder to our up and coming stars that the grass isn't always greener in other Stadiums.[/p][/quote]i fully agree, so all you negative supporters before you post just remember the days of the the dark lord and count our blessing for Marcus. onwards and upward with MOPO COYR and STID and beyond[/p][/quote]M A R K U S hedge end bob
  • Score: 3

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