Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Saints Chairman FINALLY Speaks

Saints Chairman FINALLY Speaks

Southampton chairman Michael Wilde has finally spoken out about the January transfer window and the Gareth Bale rumour saga.

After keeping quite all the way through last month, much to the Saints fans anger, Mr Wilde has spoken publicly in his programme notes for Southampton`s home game Vs Derby County :-

"Now that the transfer window is closed - a blessed relief to all of us - I think it is appropriate for me to comment. As a board we kept quite during the January transfer window because there were all ready to many headlines being written, particularly about Gareth Bale. In keeping with our football first philosophy, we promised he would still be a Southampton player for the rest of the season and we have kept that promise

Of course there was interest. That is only natural as he is such a talented young player but we did not solicit any bids and we made it crystal clear to every team that enquired that the player would remain at Southampton for the 18 months remaining on his contract. We firmly believe Gareth would be better off here for the remainder of this season and next for the sake of his own development and we would be delighted if his representatives would sit down and discuss a new contract.

The transfer window is a difficult time, putting unnecessary pressure on clubs. It is all about keeping cool and getting the right person and not just buying for the sake of it. George Burley was quite adamant that he would only bring in players that he needs. We signed a lot of players over the summer and it took time for them to gel - although we are now seeing the benefits of that.

We did not want to bring in a rush of players again who might throw things out of kilter because we do not have time to bed in a lot of new arrivals . With injuries, there is always the possibility that we may need to get in an emergency loan when that window re-opens next week but generally George is happy with his squad when everyone is fit."

Join Vital Saints

It's easy to register for Vital Saints, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board

To visit the Vital Saints message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Saint.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 4 2007
Time: 11:33AM


The stuff about the transfer window seems like a bunch of poor excuses "We did not want to bring in a rush of players again who might throw things out of kilter because we do not have time to bed in a lot of new arrivals" oh come on!! What a terrible excuse......... could it be that they have no money!
04/02/2007 11:42:00
Yep nothin but excuses there! Shocking!
04/02/2007 14:34:00
He is kind of right though, we were the leagues biggest spenders in the summer.
05/02/2007 10:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Vital View - League Cup, 25th-26th October

The 2016-17 League Cup continues with the latest round of matches this midweek, which will see us among those having a match with a fifth round place the aim of course.

Southampton Trio Talk City

Nathan Redmond, Jose Fonte and Oriol Romeu have all been giving their thoughts following the draw with Manchester City this weekend.

A Good City Point For Puel

Manager Claude Puel has reflected positively on Southampton's draw with Manchester City this weekend.

Match Day Officials v Sunderland (26/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Sunderland this Wednesday.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Vital Saint
Editor email
Matt Gardner
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Southampton v Sunderland
Suggested By:
Southampton win100%
Sunderland win0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 7:45PM : Sunderland (H)
Capital One Cup
Oct 30 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 2:15PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 4:30PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment