Feature: Southampton soaring after brush with abyss

“As staff wages went unpaid, a consortium backed by former Southampton great Matt Le Tissier failed with a bid to buy the club, but salvation arrived in the form of a Switzerland-based, Germany-born entrepreneur called Markus Liebherr. Liebherr had no previous experience of working in football and promptly sacked head coach Mark Wotte after buying the club, yet his arrival marked a sea change at St Mary’s Stadium. A year later, Southampton won the Football League Trophy and, after securing back-to-back promotions, they returned to the Premier League in 2012.”

I’ve had a look at Southampton’s staggering rise from the verge of bankruptcy in League One to the top five in the Premier League, and you can read it here.

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