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Woodward hits back at press

Woodward hits back at press

Sir Clive Woodward has come out to further explain his position at the club, as the media spotlight still constantly surrounds his role.

He was talking to the official site, when he confirmed the vastly exaggerated figures the press have quoted him being paid:

'I want to justify my salary which has been grossly exaggerated. I have seen figures of £750,000, even £1.5m - it's nowhere near that'

'That causes a few problems because people say we could buy a player for that but I am not on that sort of money'

It was frustrating as a fan to think he could be earning this kind of money when the club were having to sell it's best players - Once again it would seem media speculation has been central to shaping opinion at St Mary's.

Sir Clive certainly hasn't walked into the club at an easy time, and his involvement has been all the more testing as he's been ridiculed in many sections of the media and by some supporters.

In fairness Saints were in this situation a long time before Sir Clive arrived at the club. Now he is working alongside a coach who understood the set up from the start, Clive's position should be easier. Saints couldn't move forward with the various coaching factions evident under the Redknapp era.

Apart from the obvious pressure that has come from Woodward moving from Rugby to football, his friendship with the increasingly unpopular chairman has probably not helped his popularity. Sir Clive is adamant his friendship with Lowe is overstated and that they're not the best buddies the press would have us believe:

'I do like Rupert Lowe but we are not best friends as we have been painted.'

'We got talking when I was in charge of the England Rugby team. He came to see me about the nutritional side of things and we went from there'

'I said I liked football and he said if I was ever looking for a job in football then to give him a call. He took me on and employed me to do a job - not because we are friends.'

Sir Clive undoubtedly has a wealth of knowledge, which many Saints fans seem to feel can be transferred to football.

Do you think Sir Clive Woodward's role at St Mary's can help the rebuilding process or is his involvement a hindrance ? Let us know in our online poll and on the Vital Forum.

Writer:Stef C
Date:Tuesday February 7 2006
Time: 12:46PM

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I'm a big fan of the "Woodward experiment" as it is the sort of thing I thought I would never see happen. However, although it may be uncouth to talk about money, he can't say what he is not earning without adding what he does - or the rumours will continue. But, if it was down to me, I'd give him far more wide-ranging powers at St Mary's.
NeilBaker
07/02/2006 16:37:00
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Get rid of him! paying him to do nothing!
lmatthews
09/02/2006 13:03:00
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He's not doing nothing - Its such an old school footy view that just cos he cant coach the team you think his skills in other areas are worthless.
fizzypooptour
09/02/2006 15:03:00
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Exactly. It wasn't long ago that managers were just that, ie they managed the team, and a coach did the coaching. The increase in foreign managers/coaches has stopped this because that's how it has always been on the continent.
NeilBaker
09/02/2006 16:17:00
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i think it was a good idea but maybe its got a bit destroyed it what is happening at your club(no offence) sure he can give advice and show people what drills to do and get them in the zone but overall i think it was to bigger club to join to begin with and i think that he is only there for the money. Maybe to prove me wrong they should have a live training session to show what woodward does and that would clear it all up
pompeyboy
11/02/2006 12:34:00
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I hope he stays. Him and woopert are doing a wonderful job. Its all Jolly hockey sticks for me, lolololol
FEn_100
27/04/2006 16:16:00
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