On November 8th 2018, Southampton agreed to part company with Vice Chairman Les Reed.
Loads of fans were delighted with the club’s big decision to part company with Les Reed, as they took to Twitter to express their feelings over the announcement.
What a use of this photo, what a time to be alive
— Rob (@rjcSFC) 8 November 2018
— Stuart Bottomley (@typerstu) November 8, 2018
What a day!!!!! Praise the lord!!!
— (@ts_ts89) 8 November 2018
— AppleHütll (@saintsfc08) November 8, 2018
Les Reed joined Southampton in 2010, when the club were in League One and together with the then chairman, Nicola Cortese, he helped to reshape them. He oversaw a period in which the club won promotion to the Championship, then the Premier League and they reached the EFL Cup final in 2017.
One of his biggest achievements was helping sell Virgil Van Dijk for £75 million, and the club have raked in the cash over the years (as per The Sun) as they sold the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Rickie Lambert for a combined £98 million. Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m), Morgan Schneiderin (£24m), Sadio Mane (£30m), Victor Wanyama (£11.5m) and Jay Rodriguez (£15m) have also all been allowed to move on.
However, he made some questionable appointments in recent years, which irritated a number of fans. Indeed, the appointment Mauricio Pellegrino raised a few eyebrows as the club took a step backwards during his reign. It makes no sense as back in the summer of 2017, Reed fired a perfectly decent manager in Claude Puel, who took Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League.
Indeed it’s safe to say that Les Reed did a lot of good and a lot of bad, but it’s easy to understand why supporters were so delighted to see him depart as he failed to get things right on the managerial front for a long period of time and made changes when things were going okay.