Southampton Football Club have had there fair share of financial trouble's in recent years, but after being bought out by by a Swiss business man by the name of Markus Liebherr for a reported fee of around £14million in 2009, things looked rosy again for the Saints.
The takeover installing a vision and a new executive chairman by the name of Nicola Cortese; surely the only way was up?
It certainly seemed that way when then manager Alan Pardew guided the South coast based club to the Johnstones Paint Trophy, beating Carlisle 4-1 in the final, they finished 7th in League 1 despite a 10 point deduction, which without that would have seen them sneak into the play-off's, but then disaster struck...
August 11 2010, a week before the season started, the clubs owner Markus Liebherr died suddenly. The next game was postponed while the club figured out where to go, alas though, plans were mapped out before his death between Nicola and Markus, which involved sacking Alan Pardew just two weeks into the very same season.
They hired Nigel Adkins, who got them back to back promotions at the first time of asking to propel them from League One to the Premier League via the Championship, a fantastic feat for any club. Were Southampton back as a force to be reckoned with?
Come mid January in the first season Cortese replaced Adkins as manager with unknown Mauricio Pochettino, whose arrival was met with disbelief and anger from the majority of the Saints' faithful.
However this decision was soon justified as the club survived an expected relegation scrap to finish 14th. The next season though was beyond the wildest dreams of any Southampton fan as big signings like Victor Wanyama (Celtic), Dejan Lovren (Lyon) and Dani Osvaldo (Roma) for a combined fee of around £36million, coupled with young English talent such as Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez saw the clubs fortunes turned massively as the Saint's rose to 9th place.
Despite this, behind the scenes things were bubbling over like no one could anticipate. In early January things got ugly with Nicola Cortese, one of the main men to lead Southampton on this incredible journey, resigning after refusing to sell the club immediately (citing the fact the club could be a European force sooner rather than later).
With the club's manager and star player's futures uncertain, and clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and United trying to gain the best bunch from the crisis, could this spell the end of the Southampton revival?
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