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Southampton chief Krueger defends transfer policy

By Simon Peach

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insists it would have been an "insane risk" for Southampton to keep a core of disgruntled players and remains steadfast in his determination to retain Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

In just a matter of a few months, Saints have gone from the envy of English football to the butt of jokes.

Soon after manager Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham, the sales at St Mary's began as Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren departed for pastures new.

The exits swelled the coffers, but led to serious questions over the direction of Southampton and the ownership structure, resulting in the odds on their relegation dramatically shortening.

However, club chairman Krueger believes the exits will actually benefit Saints and highlighted their importance in allowing manager Ronald Koeman the chance to succeed.

"There was a situation when there was change with the manager leaving and you theoretically ended up with a dressing room with half of your starters not really committed," said Krueger.

"That is an insane risk for any club and especially a club which was already quite thin last year.

"Of centrepieces of the club, a few have gone. Not all five were centrepieces or irreplaceable."

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