Saints History

On 28th March 2010, over 50,000 Saints fans travelled to Wembley Stadium to see their side win their first piece of silverware in 34 years as goals from Lambert, Adam Lallana, Papa Waigo and Michail Antonio secured a 4-1 win over Carlisle United.

In the end, Southampton finished the season in seventh, one spot and seven points short of a place in the play-offs. Dark days would return in the summer when Liebherr sadly passed away in August 2010 at the age of 62, but the club would recover and go on to fulfil his legacy in the best possible way.

After a stuttering start to the 2010/11 campaign, Nigel Adkins was brought in as manager, moving down a division after helping Scunthorpe United twice win promotion to the Championship.

Young players like Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and the emerging Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flourished as Saints battled their way into the automatic promotion places on New Year's Day 2011. Promotion was all-but secured with victory at Plymouth Argyle on 2nd May, and was mathematically sealed in the final game of the season a week later.

Back in the Championship after a two-year absence, players such as Jack Cork, Jos Hooiveld and Danny Fox arrived as Saints hit the ground running, winning six of their first seven matches to go top of the league by mid-September.

By Christmas, Southampton had been beaten just four times in the Championship and were on the verge of going a calendar year unbeaten at home in the league only to lose to relegation-threatened Bristol City on 30th December.

In early February 2012, the club announced that it had begun development on the new Football Development & Support Centre, a cutting-edge new facility at its Staplewood Training Ground in Marchwood.

Saints' on-field progress continued as they returned to the top of the division in February midway through a 12-game unbeaten run that lasted almost two months.

Nevertheless, Saints were kept under pressure by West Ham and late-comers Reading, and had to wait until the last day of the season to ensure promotion by beating Coventry City to secure second place and a return to the Premier League after a seven-year sojourn.

In the following season academy graduates James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw, both still teenagers, broke into the side early on, playing regularly in the Premier League alongside the likes of Lambert, Schneiderlin, Lallana and Fonte – all of whom had been playing for the club in League 1 just two years earlier.

On Boxing Day 2012, Southampton appointed Terry Paine MBE – its all-time record appearance-maker, with 816 games for Saints – as Honorary Club President.

After a mixed first half of the season, Saints appointed former Argentina international Mauricio Pochettino as First Team Manager following his three-year spell in charge of Spanish top-flight side RCD Espanyol.

He quickly set about enhancing Southampton's reputation with memorable home wins over Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea as Premier League safety was secured with a game to spare.

The transfer record was against broken twice in the summer of 2013 as in-demand midfielder Victor Wanyama arrived from Celtic and Italy international striker Dani Osvaldo moved from Roma.

With a squad consisting of international stars, Academy graduates and players who had experienced the club's rise through the division, the 2013/14 season began with a clear message: our dream is real.

The team started the new campaign brightly, and ended the season with a new Premier League record of 56 points, and an eighth place finish - the best they had achieved since 2003.

Midway through the season on Wednesday 15th January 2014, Nicola Cortese resigned from his position as Executive Chairman. Katharina Liebherr, the owner of the Club, took up the title of non-executive Chairman as a result.

Two months later, on Wednesday 12th March, Liebherr appointed Ralph Krueger as the new Chairman of Southampton Football Club. Krueger, a Canadian-born German who previously played and coached ice hockey at a professional level, joined the Board of Directors of St Mary’s Football Group Limited (formerly DMSWL613 Ltd), along with Gareth Rogers, the Club's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Les Reed. Following the resignation of Mauricio Pochettino after the 2013/14 season, the new board sourced former Holland international Ronald Koeman as the Argentine's replacement in the dug-out at St Mary's.

Koeman swiftly galvanised a squad which had the heart ripped out of it by some big money departures in that summer.

He helped to source replacements who hit the ground running at St Mary’s, with the likes of Graziano Pellè, Dušan Tadić and Sadio Mané coming to England with a point to prove.

Koeman, assisted by his brother Erwin, fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg, former Saints man Sammy Lee and England goalkeeper coach Dave Watson formed a new-look coaching set-up which in their first season helped guide the club to a best ever Premier League finish of seventh place.

That brought with it Europa League football which returned to St Mary’s for the first time in 12 years, confirming the club’s status as an established top half Premier League team.

The Markus Liebherr pavilion was also unveiled, with the club's outstanding new training facilities opened and inhabited by the first team and academy's support staff.