Executive Director of Football Les Reed says Southampton’s continued progression over the last seven seasons has always been the plan.
Under Nigel Adkins, Mauricio Pochettino and now Ronald Koeman, Saints have enjoyed seven seasons of continued success, which has seen them establish themselves as a top-eight Premier League club.
For Reed, that has always been the plan, and now with qualification to the UEFA Europa League group stages assured, he’s determined for the club to continue on their upward trajectory.
“[The progression] has been absolutely magnificent. When you think the club was in administration and then Markus Liebherr came in,” Reed told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“This was the plan. We wanted to do this as a club and we’ve had unprecedented continued success. We wanted to incrementally get better and better.
“We’ve had something to celebrate every year, be that promotion, staying in the Premier League, record number of points or Europa League qualification.
“But that’s important because it’s what we intended to do. We wanted to be very well established and very stable in the Premier League and we’re on the cusp of that now.”
And while Saints can be proud of their achievements so far, Reed has outlined what should be next on the agenda for the club. “In the last three years we’ve established ourselves in the top eight,” he explained.
“We wanted to make an impact and over the last three years we’ve done that, going from eighth to seventh and then to sixth.
“Whilst you could look at it and say we’re only a few points off the Champions League, we know there is the capacity to do that.
“Over the next five years hopefully we can continue to grow and build a club that’s ready for the Champions League if and when that door opens for us.”