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Southampton force out Les Reed citing the need to take ‘constructive action’ as their slide continues

Southampton have forced out vice chairman Les Reed in a significant shake-up to the club’s football operations. 

Reed has overseen the sporting side of the Saints since 2010, including recruitment, youth development and the hiring and firing of managers. 

In that period the club has produced a number of players who went on to become Champions League regulars, not least three-time winner Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw as well as England international James Ward-Prowse. 

But with Saints struggling and in the wake of three successive managerial appointments that have failed to arrest their slide, the club have decided to “take constructive action” to “provide new drive and direction to our football operations team”.

Chairman Ralph Krueger said:

“I would like to go on record to thank Les for the eight years of hard work and dedication he has given Southampton Football Club. 

“His time at the club will be remembered for the fine work he did in overseeing our progress through the divisions and establishing the club in the Premier League.

“The process of recruiting the right individual to head up our football operations is under way, and is a decision that needs to be given the necessary time and attention that reflects what an important position it is within our club.

“Now, more than ever, we are grateful for the continued support of our staff and fans as we work towards our joint aim of moving up the table.”

Southampton added that the search for Reed’s replacement had already begun, while Reed, 65, is understood to want to remain in football.

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