Saints make Rogers chief exec

Hampshire Chronicle: Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger, right, has welcomed the appointment Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger, right, has welcomed the appointment

Southampton have appointed Gareth Rogers as chief executive officer on a full-time basis, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

Following the shock departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese in January, Saints owner Katharina Liebherr has looked to establish a new boardroom team, with former Edmonton Oilers ice hockey coach Ralph Krueger becoming chairman shortly after arriving at St Mary's as a director.

Rogers has held the position of interim chief executive for the past two months, having previously been Saints' chief financial officer since March 2011.

Krueger is confident it is the right appointment to help take Southampton forwards.

"Gareth has done an excellent job leading our operation through a challenging and transitional period over the past two months. In that time he has proved himself to be decisive, open to innovation and able to inspire others to share his great values," Canada-born German Krueger said.

"His appointment is another important step forward for our leadership team as we continue to grow this great club."

Despite all of the off-field upheaval, Mauricio Pochettino has managed to keep things together on the pitch with Saints comfortable in ninth place, but were disappointed with the 3-2 defeat at Tottenham in a match they had led 2-0.

Rogers is confident he can help bring continuity at St Mary's as the club look ahead to another season in the top flight, having not so long ago languished in the third tier of English football.

"It is a real privilege and an honour to be confirmed as chief executive officer of Southampton Football Club," he said.

"It is clear from every facet of the club that a real sense of potential exists and we intend to continue to strive in order to reach this.

"Whilst there is significant work ahead of us, I cannot speak highly enough of our fantastic staff who I know, having worked with them for the past three years, are pulling in the same direction to ensure that the club can continue to better itself.

"Consequently, I look forward and am excited by the challenge of helping the club to grow, both on and off the pitch, as we strive for long-term success."

Southampton host Newcastle this weekend, and would leapfrog the visitors if they can collect all three points.

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