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The rise and fall of the Saints - hanging on

Stern John

As Southampton lost players like Gareth Bale, Kenwyne Jones and Chris Baird the alarm bells began to ring.

Burley left for the Scotland job in January 2008 to be replaced by Nigel Pearson who kept the Saints up with a 3-2 win over Sheffield Utd on the final day.

Eleven days later Lowe and Wilde returned after being appointed directors of Southampton Leisure Holdings plc, and another managerial change followed with Dutchman Jan Poortvliet replacing Pearson.

BBC Radio Solent's Tony Husband: "A club that had punched above its weight has became a victim of modern football."