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Le Tissier backed for Saints role

Mark Wotte
Dutchman Wotte still has ambitions at Southampton

Southampton head coach Mark Wotte has backed Saints legend Matt Le Tissier to become the next chairman of the club.

Former midfielder Le Tissier is set to play a key role at St Mary's if the club is taken over by Pinnacle Group.

Wotte said: "If Matt Le Tissier wants to help the club for a better future we have to open the doors and invite him.

"It's so much better to speak with an ex-player, a great player, a superb player, than with a chairman that doesn't have any football background."

The administrators of Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC remain locked in talks with the Pinnacle Group.

Le Tissier has publically backed the consortium fronted by businessman Tony Lynam, but the identity of the main investor remains a closely guarded secret. A period of exclusivity ends on Friday 19 June 2009.

Wotte is scheduled to return to St Mary's on Monday 15 June to oversee fitness tests as the players return from holiday. Pre-season training starts the following week.

The Dutch coach failed to keep Southampton in the Championship last season after taking over from Jan Poortvliet in January. Saints won only four out of 18 matches with Wotte at the helm, but the club faced multiple setbacks off the pitch.

And Southampton are preparing for life in League One with a 10-point penalty after entering administration in February.

Saints problems have been compounded by several changes in the boardroom and the managerial hot-seat over the past six years.

Wotte said: "I think this club needs stability and continuity and one good chairman to take the club forward, and the rest working their socks off for a better future."

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