Former Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams set for Saints

SOUTHAMPTON are set to name former Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams as the club’s new chief executive.

Williams departed Rovers in February 2011 after controversially finding himself surplus to requirements under new owners Venky’s.

He has since worked for Manchester City but left the Etihad last year and has been chairman of the referees body, the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL).

Williams, 64, is believed to be the main candidate being considered by Southampton’s owner Katharina Liebherr.

Liebherr took on the role of chairperson at Southampton last week following the departure of Nicola Cortese, but is keen to bring in a chief executive.

Williams is a lifelong Southampton fan, having been born and raised in the area, and is said to be willing to take on the role.

The news of Williams’ potential appointment has been received positively on the south coast.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier said: “John Williams has got a fantastic reputation in the game.

“I spoke to a few people in Blackburn and not one person had a bad word to say about him.

“If we could get him, I think that would be a fantastic appointment.”

Williams was Rovers chief executive and then chairman between 1997 and 2011, when he helped the club to a decade in the Premier League and Worthington Cup success.

But, to the dismay of supporters, he was cut out of key decision making after Venky’s took over the club in November 2010.

Williams was unhappy with the decision to sack manager Sam Allardyce and left just over a month later, feeling deeply frustrated at his decreasing role at the club.

He was popular with players and staff at Ewood Park, with former Rovers keeper Brad Friedel full of praise.

“While John Williams was with Blackburn, he did an impeccable, flawless job and I honestly don’t think anyone could have duplicated what he did,” Friedel said.

“John will have to go down very, very high up in the club’s history.

“In fact, I would put him up there with the club greats and only a little bit under Jack Walker.

“John was Jack’s right-hand man and his contribution can never be forgotten.”

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11:32am Tue 21 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Ha, foreign owners who seem to know what they are doing and appointing someone who " Has a fantastic reputation in the game"
I mean what fool would buy a business and then sack everyone who knew how to run it.
You couldn't make it up.
Ha, foreign owners who seem to know what they are doing and appointing someone who " Has a fantastic reputation in the game" I mean what fool would buy a business and then sack everyone who knew how to run it. You couldn't make it up. Harwoodstblue

11:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

Roverthere says...

only those from countries with chips on their shoulders!
only those from countries with chips on their shoulders! Roverthere

11:49am Tue 21 Jan 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Eat your hearts out Venkys You bloody toss-pots.
Eat your hearts out Venkys You bloody toss-pots. Is Eckersley playing?

12:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Southampton will be a very lucky club indeed.
Southampton will be a very lucky club indeed. hasslem hasslem

12:15pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RoversSwiss says...

Of all the things that contributed to our demise, losing John Williams was biggest factor. Anderson forcing him out destroyed all the organisation and goodwill that had been built up over many years.

Being 61, it's nice to know that you're not written off for top jobs when you're 64 years old. Good Luck John Williams, hope you get your hometown, home club job.
Of all the things that contributed to our demise, losing John Williams was biggest factor. Anderson forcing him out destroyed all the organisation and goodwill that had been built up over many years. Being 61, it's nice to know that you're not written off for top jobs when you're 64 years old. Good Luck John Williams, hope you get your hometown, home club job. RoversSwiss

1:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

mammamiauk says...

A tremendous asset to any football club who secures his services. Rovers fans will never forget what he has done for their club and I am sure that every Rovers fan will join me in wishing Mr Williams all the very best in whatever he does.
A tremendous asset to any football club who secures his services. Rovers fans will never forget what he has done for their club and I am sure that every Rovers fan will join me in wishing Mr Williams all the very best in whatever he does. mammamiauk

1:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DanBlackburn says...

Reading this just fuels the core underlying rage that Rovers fans feel towards the clueless morons who bought and destroyed our great club.
Just why did they do it? Even now due to their medieval arrogance, spawned by being rich in the dark age India, they have never explained or apologised to us.
Loathsome Vermin Venkys.
Reading this just fuels the core underlying rage that Rovers fans feel towards the clueless morons who bought and destroyed our great club. Just why did they do it? Even now due to their medieval arrogance, spawned by being rich in the dark age India, they have never explained or apologised to us. Loathsome Vermin Venkys. DanBlackburn

1:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

vicn1956 says...

Did Matt speak to venkys?
Oh sorry-they don't speak to peasants or people with real knowledge of the game
Did Matt speak to venkys? Oh sorry-they don't speak to peasants or people with real knowledge of the game vicn1956

1:40pm Tue 21 Jan 14

vicn1956 says...

Will they hunt down and get rid of the traitors who spoke positively about J.Williams as they did with those who didn't toe the keano line?
Will they hunt down and get rid of the traitors who spoke positively about J.Williams as they did with those who didn't toe the keano line? vicn1956

2:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Bazzer says...

Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over. Bazzer

2:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck hasslem hasslem

2:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Iiii1111 says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips..

West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips.. West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-) Iiii1111

3:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Iiii1111 wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips..

West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)
blimey - where have you been hiding?

dripping for chips - not lard
[quote][p][bold]Iiii1111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips.. West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)[/p][/quote]blimey - where have you been hiding? dripping for chips - not lard hasslem hasslem

3:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

stick to football says...

Cheers Venkys - what a good job you did - set Rovers back at least 5 years and that is being generous
Cheers Venkys - what a good job you did - set Rovers back at least 5 years and that is being generous stick to football

3:25pm Tue 21 Jan 14

dangerous dave says...

stick to football wrote:
Cheers Venkys - what a good job you did - set Rovers back at least 5 years and that is being generous
as long as they are here the set backs will continue - their appointments in terms of management and players are amateurish and have no idea what so ever in how to run a successful football club - way out of their depth and totally out of touch with the fans.
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]stick to football[/bold] wrote: Cheers Venkys - what a good job you did - set Rovers back at least 5 years and that is being generous[/p][/quote]as long as they are here the set backs will continue - their appointments in terms of management and players are amateurish and have no idea what so ever in how to run a successful football club - way out of their depth and totally out of touch with the fans. OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave

3:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

The Venkeys had never heard of John Willams or even Sam Allardyce they just took very poor advice of agents who just wanted their money.
The Venkeys had never heard of John Willams or even Sam Allardyce they just took very poor advice of agents who just wanted their money. bburnrover

4:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

French Rover says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
Hi Hass, absolutely agree with all everyone has said about JW he is a legend at Ewood and will never be replaced. But methinks he has gone into a not disimilar situation at Southampton now. Maybe his love for the Saints has cloded his judgemant a little or maybe he just loves the club that much he is prepared for troubled times.

The guy who bankrolled Southampton Marcus Liebherr died before he saw them promoted band his money is still running the club - but it is his daughter who is in charge of the cash now and Saints fans believe that she has not got the clubs best interests at heart unlike her father. (Jack v The Walker family)?

The chief exec left after he said his position was untenable and the manager has only ever met the owner twice and then only for not more than ten minutes total (sounding familiar now?)

And now seems like some of their decent players like Lalana, Lambert and Rodriguez are up for sale or at least would be if anyone came in for them...so though the prem future is sfae this season, it could be a very familiar story for JW if the daughter sells the club soon...

I wish John Williams well and I am sure he will always get a very warm welcome in Blackburn...hope it works out for him at Southampton!!
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]Hi Hass, absolutely agree with all everyone has said about JW he is a legend at Ewood and will never be replaced. But methinks he has gone into a not disimilar situation at Southampton now. Maybe his love for the Saints has cloded his judgemant a little or maybe he just loves the club that much he is prepared for troubled times. The guy who bankrolled Southampton Marcus Liebherr died before he saw them promoted band his money is still running the club - but it is his daughter who is in charge of the cash now and Saints fans believe that she has not got the clubs best interests at heart unlike her father. (Jack v The Walker family)? The chief exec left after he said his position was untenable and the manager has only ever met the owner twice and then only for not more than ten minutes total (sounding familiar now?) And now seems like some of their decent players like Lalana, Lambert and Rodriguez are up for sale or at least would be if anyone came in for them...so though the prem future is sfae this season, it could be a very familiar story for JW if the daughter sells the club soon... I wish John Williams well and I am sure he will always get a very warm welcome in Blackburn...hope it works out for him at Southampton!! French Rover

5:27pm Tue 21 Jan 14

shimmy says...

Good luck to John Williams, a man who does know what he is doing
Good luck to John Williams, a man who does know what he is doing shimmy

6:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

bburnrover wrote:
The Venkeys had never heard of John Willams or even Sam Allardyce they just took very poor advice of agents who just wanted their money.
Oh. So ar we supposed to feel sorry for them?
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: The Venkeys had never heard of John Willams or even Sam Allardyce they just took very poor advice of agents who just wanted their money.[/p][/quote]Oh. So ar we supposed to feel sorry for them? Is Eckersley playing?

6:56pm Tue 21 Jan 14

drunken donut says...

John Williams is a Southhampton supporter and so he is going home, good luck John the best chairman in football.
John Williams is a Southhampton supporter and so he is going home, good luck John the best chairman in football. drunken donut

7:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Manuel Hung says...

At least he will be happy to be at a proper football club now?
At least he will be happy to be at a proper football club now? Manuel Hung

8:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

BlueSkies says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Iiii1111 wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips..

West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)
blimey - where have you been hiding?

dripping for chips - not lard
Nice to see Marghen back, all be it briefly. We need that on here and HH! Frenchie too to repel invaders lol!

Things are looking up on the pitch, progress if slow, is still progress. Promotion is beyond this current group but GB is managing a difficult situation well. We had a bigger squad than MCFC FFS!

This team is playing, at times, exceptional football (this is so much better than under SA who I strongly supported btw).

How's this FFP going to work? Will it be challenged in the High Courts? Is it a constraint of trade? If you are the owner of a business which needs funding, are you not allowed to support that business?

City, Chelsea, manU, all have financial problems of sorts.

Just cannot see how FFP can be implemented.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iiii1111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips.. West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)[/p][/quote]blimey - where have you been hiding? dripping for chips - not lard[/p][/quote]Nice to see Marghen back, all be it briefly. We need that on here and HH! Frenchie too to repel invaders lol! Things are looking up on the pitch, progress if slow, is still progress. Promotion is beyond this current group but GB is managing a difficult situation well. We had a bigger squad than MCFC FFS! This team is playing, at times, exceptional football (this is so much better than under SA who I strongly supported btw). How's this FFP going to work? Will it be challenged in the High Courts? Is it a constraint of trade? If you are the owner of a business which needs funding, are you not allowed to support that business? City, Chelsea, manU, all have financial problems of sorts. Just cannot see how FFP can be implemented. BlueSkies

9:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Manuel Hung says...

BlueSkies wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Iiii1111 wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips..

West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)
blimey - where have you been hiding?

dripping for chips - not lard
Nice to see Marghen back, all be it briefly. We need that on here and HH! Frenchie too to repel invaders lol!

Things are looking up on the pitch, progress if slow, is still progress. Promotion is beyond this current group but GB is managing a difficult situation well. We had a bigger squad than MCFC FFS!

This team is playing, at times, exceptional football (this is so much better than under SA who I strongly supported btw).

How's this FFP going to work? Will it be challenged in the High Courts? Is it a constraint of trade? If you are the owner of a business which needs funding, are you not allowed to support that business?

City, Chelsea, manU, all have financial problems of sorts.

Just cannot see how FFP can be implemented.
I think you will find out how it's going to be implemented after December 1st this year when all the clubs have submitted their accounts.

My advice would be to put something like the phone book or Yellow Pages down the back of your pants because because you are in for a massive spanking.
[quote][p][bold]BlueSkies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iiii1111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]"Big lump of lard" is useful ..makes lovely chips.. West Ham playing some beautiful attacking football with great defensive displays....Bazzer was right all along:-)[/p][/quote]blimey - where have you been hiding? dripping for chips - not lard[/p][/quote]Nice to see Marghen back, all be it briefly. We need that on here and HH! Frenchie too to repel invaders lol! Things are looking up on the pitch, progress if slow, is still progress. Promotion is beyond this current group but GB is managing a difficult situation well. We had a bigger squad than MCFC FFS! This team is playing, at times, exceptional football (this is so much better than under SA who I strongly supported btw). How's this FFP going to work? Will it be challenged in the High Courts? Is it a constraint of trade? If you are the owner of a business which needs funding, are you not allowed to support that business? City, Chelsea, manU, all have financial problems of sorts. Just cannot see how FFP can be implemented.[/p][/quote]I think you will find out how it's going to be implemented after December 1st this year when all the clubs have submitted their accounts. My advice would be to put something like the phone book or Yellow Pages down the back of your pants because because you are in for a massive spanking. Manuel Hung

8:16am Wed 22 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.
whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us.

shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him

wishing john and saints the best of luck
Hi Hass, absolutely agree with all everyone has said about JW he is a legend at Ewood and will never be replaced. But methinks he has gone into a not disimilar situation at Southampton now. Maybe his love for the Saints has cloded his judgemant a little or maybe he just loves the club that much he is prepared for troubled times.

The guy who bankrolled Southampton Marcus Liebherr died before he saw them promoted band his money is still running the club - but it is his daughter who is in charge of the cash now and Saints fans believe that she has not got the clubs best interests at heart unlike her father. (Jack v The Walker family)?

The chief exec left after he said his position was untenable and the manager has only ever met the owner twice and then only for not more than ten minutes total (sounding familiar now?)

And now seems like some of their decent players like Lalana, Lambert and Rodriguez are up for sale or at least would be if anyone came in for them...so though the prem future is sfae this season, it could be a very familiar story for JW if the daughter sells the club soon...

I wish John Williams well and I am sure he will always get a very warm welcome in Blackburn...hope it works out for him at Southampton!!
Very true Frenchie, but don't you think the last few years have given JW a unique insight into exactly what can go wrong in these scenarios.

He will go in there on his own terms, with his eyes open, an expertly written contract in his pocket and a stab proof vest that goes right around his back.

This is a superb move for JW, the club and their fans, I too wish them well.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Please, let no one appear suggesting The Venkys are "naive". That gets my goat almost as much as the "Liberation Day" claims when they took over.[/p][/quote]whilst we disagree on a big lump of lard currently blocking up the thames in east london - we are both of sound mind when it comes to mr williams. i can't remember the name of the idiot on here who disappeared sharpish when it became clear that the venkys had not come to save rovers - but to mistakenly try to bury us. shame on kean, shame on anderson - and fester tried to portray himself as the victim. the only think shebby did right was getting rid of him wishing john and saints the best of luck[/p][/quote]Hi Hass, absolutely agree with all everyone has said about JW he is a legend at Ewood and will never be replaced. But methinks he has gone into a not disimilar situation at Southampton now. Maybe his love for the Saints has cloded his judgemant a little or maybe he just loves the club that much he is prepared for troubled times. The guy who bankrolled Southampton Marcus Liebherr died before he saw them promoted band his money is still running the club - but it is his daughter who is in charge of the cash now and Saints fans believe that she has not got the clubs best interests at heart unlike her father. (Jack v The Walker family)? The chief exec left after he said his position was untenable and the manager has only ever met the owner twice and then only for not more than ten minutes total (sounding familiar now?) And now seems like some of their decent players like Lalana, Lambert and Rodriguez are up for sale or at least would be if anyone came in for them...so though the prem future is sfae this season, it could be a very familiar story for JW if the daughter sells the club soon... I wish John Williams well and I am sure he will always get a very warm welcome in Blackburn...hope it works out for him at Southampton!![/p][/quote]Very true Frenchie, but don't you think the last few years have given JW a unique insight into exactly what can go wrong in these scenarios. He will go in there on his own terms, with his eyes open, an expertly written contract in his pocket and a stab proof vest that goes right around his back. This is a superb move for JW, the club and their fans, I too wish them well. greenscreener

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