Crouch defends his Saints regime

28 January 2009 03:43
Former chairman Leon Crouch has said Southampton would be a top six Championship club this season if he was still at the helm.Crouch stepped down last May after major shareholders Rupert Lowe and Michael Wilde returned to the club."We had a good manager (Nigel Pearson) and the fans were coming back," Crouch told BBC Radio Solent."We had young players playing well and I think we would have pushed on and been up in the top six."Pearson also left St Mary's in May after leading the club to Championship survival, to be replaced by Jan Poortvliet.But the Dutchman resigned last week, with Saints deep in a relegation battle after having to rely on young players while the experienced members of the squad were loaned out to cut costs.

Source: BBC_Sport