Saints hero’s sadness at Pompey’s woe

Matt Le Tissier
Matt Le Tissier
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SAINTS legend Matt Le Tissier has told of his sadness at Pompey’s plight.

The former player who is arguably the most popular star to have played for Southampton says he doesn’t want the fierce rivalry between the clubs to be ended.

Le Tissier told BBC Radio Solent presenter Julian Clegg he got no joy from Pompey’s slide from the Premiership into administration and last place in the Championship.

‘It’s sad to see, to be honest with you,’ he said.

‘Nobody wants to see clubs go out of business. I know they are our fiercest rivals but I want them to survive.”

Sky Sports pundit Le Tissier, who played 443 times for Saints before retiring ten years ago, ‘I want them to still be there so we can beat them whenever we play them next.

Referring to Southampton’s period in administration as they slid from the Premiership to League One, he added: ‘There is no way I would like to see Portsmouth go out of business and I am sure there were a lot of Pompey fans who felt them same about us when we were in trouble.

‘They still wanted the rivalry, we’ve been where they’ve been and it’s not a nice place. No football fan wants to see what they are going through.”