Former Southampton director of football operations Ross Wilson left the south coast side to join Rangers in October, with the club yet to replace him.
Wilson started his career with Falkirk, before spending time with both Watford and Huddersfield Town before his move to St Mary’s in 2015.
The Scot was a key figure for the Saints during his time in Hampshire, and is widely regarded as one of the best in his field.
However, he was tempted to move to Ibrox last month, citing family reasons as the main factor contributing towards his decision.
“This job, at this stage in my career, was one I felt I had to take,” said Wilson, speaking to BBC Sport after his Rangers appointment in October.
Now, a month on, Wilson has opened up about his move to Glasgow and the reasons for leaving Southampton. He also explained why he turned down a move to Rangers when the Scottish giants tried to appoint him two years ago.
“I had a really enjoyable, strong journey south of the border but I’m delighted to come back north and it’s been a positive few weeks since I came back,” said Wilson (via Evening Times).
“I hope people who have worked with me in the past understand that one of my values is loyalty and I was only two-and-a-bit years into my time at Southampton when Rangers [first] approached me.
“I felt I owed a loyalty to the people I worked with and for, and it wasn’t the right moment for me to leave Southampton where I had a wonderful job and an impossible one to leave at that moment in time.
“It was difficult not to come but more difficult to leave Southampton. We’ve got a strong sporting director network in England, there’s not too many of us and we’re a close group and get on well, and we bounce things off each other.
“A lot of the building blocks have been laid but there’s a long way to go and I hope when I’m sitting in two years’ time that there’s still a long way to go because that’s the nature of a club of this size.”
Wilson is clearly hugely missed on the south coast. As previously mentioned, the club are yet to appoint anyone in his position and it is clear that the lack of organisation off the pitch is affecting things on it – proven by the dismal results of late which has seen Southampton take just one point from their last eight league matches.
The Saints desperately need to hire somebody to get some structure back into the club, before the damage becomes irreversible.
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