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Southampton are too far behind leaders - Nicola Cortese

Nicola Cortese and Markus Liebherr
Cortese (left) pictured with Saints owner Markus Liebherr

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has expressed his disappointment at the club's League One campaign.

Saints currently find themselves struggling to reach the play-off places, despite considerable investment in new players in January.

Cortese told BBC Solent: "We were in a similar position to the likes of Norwich and Charlton.

"We started with minus-10 points but now we're 31 behind Norwich, and 22 behind Charlton. The gap is too much."

Cortese was responding to questions from supporters, in an exclusive interview broadcast on BBC Radio Solent.

The Italian former banker arrived at St Mary's in August last year, following Markus Liebherr's purchase of the club.

Last month Cortese commented publicly that league results "needed to improve", with Southampton having invested heavily in the likes of Rickie Lambert, Lee Barnard and Jose Fonte.

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03 Aug 09 |  Southampton

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