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Crouch admits to Saints mistakes

Leon Crouch
Crouch was chairman of Southampton until May 2008

Former Southampton chairman Leon Crouch has admitted some responsibility for the club's financial plight.

The club's holding company has entered administration and Southampton plc chairman Rupert Lowe and football club chairman Michael Wilde have resigned.

Crouch told BBC South: "I backed Michael Wilde when he came to the club.

"He gave us promises of new investment and getting rid of Rupert Lowe, but it didn't happen, and I have to take some blame because of that."

Crouch, who was the second-largest shareholder at St Mary's until he stepped down in May 2008, lost his investment when Saints' holding company - Southampton Leisure Holding - entered administration on Thursday.

He had taken over as non-executive chairman in March 2007, after Wilde stepped down from the role, and held the post for more than a year.

But Crouch hopes the move into administration will help to safeguard the future of the struggling Championship club.

"At the moment I'm right behind the administrators," he added. "I'm a passionate Saints fan, and it's a new beginning for the club."

Crouch declined to comment on whether he would consider a bid to take on the club.



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