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READER LETTER: Chairman says Saints are a small club - where did the ambition go?

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THANK you for your brave and enlightening interview with Ralph Krueger. At last someone has asked him the probing questions, most of which he let slide past him with all the nous of an ice hockey man.

Under the great Markus, it was so exciting to hear constantly about the five-year plan. It seemed truly ambitious and I don’t remember ever hearing that we are just a “small club”, with the implication that we should somehow be happy to settle for mediocrity. It seemed like an ambition to make us bigger and better and not to settle.

So where did that ambition go? Perhaps the answer lies in Krueger’s glib assertion that the “business” side is doing well, as if he truly thinks that is what will make fans happy. The business is that paying customers are still giving up their hard earned cash, despite the dire performances on the pitch. I am happy for you Ralph, well done. I hope you get a good end-of-year bonus.

The sad thing is that this type of chairman never realises until it’s too late that they are in the entertainment industry and when the entertainment stops, so does the revenue.

On a final note, where is Mr Gao? He clearly bought the club for a reason, so what was it? It might be nice to know what his ambition is.

We are not a “small club”, we are a club built on passion and belief that we can grow and be bigger and better.

All we need is a board that understands football and shares the same vision. You do, after all, work for us whether you realise it or not.

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#SaintsFC's build-up to the #EmiratesFACup clash with #FFC continued at Staplewood today:

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Pellegrino's pre-Fulham press conference

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Here's our 6️⃣0️⃣-second round-up from #SaintsFC boss Mauricio Pellegri… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/948993082300624896

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Mauricio Pellegrino coy on Theo Walcott's rumoured return to Southampton

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Mauricio Pellegrino has praised Theo Walcott amid reports that the winger is seeking a return to Southampton, but the Saints boss refused to comment on the speculation.

Southampton have emerged as favourites to sign Arsenal's out-of-favour winger and Sky Sports News understands that talks are expected between the club and Walcott's representatives in the coming weeks.

The England international, who came through the youth system at Southampton before moving to Arsenal in 2006 as a 16-year-old, is thought to be willing to take a wage cut in order to complete a deal.

Pellegrino hinted the club are looking to sign someone who wants to join them and has not ruled out Saints' interest in Walcott, but refused to comment on the player's future.

"There are many players that we have interest in," he said. "I can't say anything because, obviously Walcott is an excellent player, but I can't confirm this.

"We are in the market ready to try to bring somebody that wants to come but I know it will be difficult.

"In January it is not easy to bring in players but the market is huge and I think we will have some opportunities.

"We have got a couple of targets, four, five, six targets. We have confidence that someone else can come and it will be great for us.

"We are looking for a player that can improve the level of the squad. In the market you never know until the end."

The Saints are without a win in their last nine Premier League matches and are perched perilously above the relegation zone in 17th, ahead of Stoke on goal difference.

However, under-fire Pellegrino has received the vote of confidence from Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger and the Argentine manager admits he is "lucky" to have the backing of the club.

"I am a lucky guy because these people trust in me and because I am in a really good club," Pellegrino said.

"This situation, I feel, is a big opportunity because we are working in the base of the squad and to be stronger from this difficult moment.

"Sometimes you are stronger when you past this period of time.

"I want to try and make the people proud of the team but now everybody has to be supportive."

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Pellegrino reveals how club chief is pitching in to help slump in form

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Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has been dining with players in a bid to arrest their recent slump, under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed.

Saints have plummeted to 17th in the Premier League table following a nine-game winless streak stretching back to the end of November.

Pellegrino has faced supporter unrest at St Mary's in recent games, but earlier this week received the backing of Krueger.

He insists the former professional ice hockey coach has always been helpful and has been spending time with Saints' squad in an attempt to spark an upturn in results, starting with Saturday's FA Cup clash at Fulham.

'For me, the club and the board from the first day has been really supportive - not (only) right now, from the first day,' Pellegrino said.

'Everybody has been really good, not with me, with everybody, with the players.

'Now the chairman is eating with the players, watching every single moment because he wants to help. Les Reed (vice-chairman of football) and Ross Wilson (director of football operations) too.

'Everybody in this club works with a unity but sometimes the results are part of life and when you play a game, you have to be ready to lose; if you're not, don't play.'

Saints last tasted success with a 4-1 win over Everton on November 26.

Since then they have taken just four points from a possible 27, including two from four games over the festive period, to leave them on the brink of the bottom three.

Former Alaves coach Pellegrino, appointed on a three-year deal during the summer, has consequently seen his position come under intense scrutiny.

However, he once again played down the pressure currently on him and feels he is his own worst critic.

'My higher pressure is with my own self. I am really demanding with myself,' the Argentinian said.

'In my life I have been playing on the top, in second, in the third, in the 20th, in the 18th, in different places.

'And the equation is the same; when you lose, you have to win, when you draw, you have to win, when you win, you have to win again. It's always more or less the same.'

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