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Monday, 9 April, 2001, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Lowe blasts Hoddle's holiday approval
Lowe and Hoddle in happier times
Lowe and Hoddle in happier times
By BBC Sport Online's Andrew Warshaw

Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe has attacked former manager Glenn Hoddle for sending the Saints players on holiday just before he left to join Spurs.

Lowe also denied reports that he has already opened talks with the Premier League about registering an official protest against Tottenham for allegedly poaching Hoddle.

The Saints have lost two straight games, against Ipswich and Leeds, under caretaker Stuart Gray since Hoddle's acrimonious departure.

It was not a decision I approved of but Glenn was the manager
  Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe
But Lowe attributed those defeats in part to his ex-manager.

Hoddle allowed the Southampton players to take time off during the recent week of World Cup international action and Lowe was not happy.

"The chink in our armour has been that Glenn sent the team away for a week's holiday and it was inappropriate for that to happen at this stage of the season," he told BBC Sport Online.

"In my opinion it was ill-judged and I did not wholly approve of it. It would have been better to have kept the team together and kept the momentum going.

"If you allow people to disappear to all areas of the globe, it breaks up continuity - it was not a decision I necessarily approved of but Glenn was the manager.

I have not met with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, as has apparently been reported
  Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe
"After all, we had had five league wins on the trot.

"Of course Glenn's departure had an effect on everyone because we felt let down but there is still no shortage of commitment - against Leeds we had a perfectly good goal disallowed."

Lowe said that although he was considering a complaint about the circumstances of Hoddle's departure to Spurs, nothing had yet been decided.

"I have not met with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, as has apparently been reported. The truth is, no decision has yet been made."

"We are certainly considering whether to make an approach but a simple letter will not suffice.

"We need to give them some substance with all the facts and it will not happen overnight."

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