Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger confirmed that he is still seeing a positive picture from his position at St. Mary's ahead of the upcoming campaign, according to the club's official site.
The Canadian has come in for some strong criticism this summer due to club's off-the-field situation, but although he understands the feeling, he does not agree with the view.
In a recent interview with the national media, Krueger quashed rumours that the club was for sale, adding that they are looking to reinvest in the playing squad, as promised.
Following his statement last week, their was finally some praise headed in the Southampton direction, as the fans expressed relief at being told Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez would be staying, even if they didn't quite believe it.
That did not count for the majority though, with Krueger admitting to receiving personal hate mail from some of the club's more disgruntled customers, although he did reveal that he would look to use their passion for the club in a positive way.
“These people took time to write me a letter to say that I’m a complete idiot,...That’s OK. If you can get that passion in line with what you are doing – what an opportunity that is,” he told The Guardian.
“If they could spend some time on the inside, they would really feel a lot better. They have been through a hard time but there are good times ahead. The goal is to be stronger at the end of the window than we were last season. Will that happen? I believe we have a really good chance of it," he added.
Not for sale promise
It was just last week that Krueger released a statement that confirmed that Schneiderlin and Rodriguez would not be leaving Southampton this summer, which prompted a not-so-private outburst from the French midfielder via his Twitter page.
However, in his more recent interview, a confident Krueger reaffirmed the stance regarding the two central figures of Ronald Koeman's plans for the coming season.
"It’s clear that certain players when Ronald [Koeman] came in were flagged as potential core players long term, within their positions.
"We got our premium but we came to a clear conclusion that Morgan and Jay were not going to be sold," Krueger added.