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Southampton cancel Le Tissier talks

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has cancelled clear-the-air talks with Saints legend Matthew Le Tissier, claiming he broke a privacy agreement.

Le Tissier has been highly critical of Cortese's regime and particularly his decision to sack manager Nigel Adkins and replace him with Mauricio Pochettino last month.

The former Southampton captain recently revealed that a meeting between the two parties had been arranged to patch things over, only for the club to announce in a statement released on Wednesday that would no longer be the case.

The statement read: "It is now not possible for a meeting to take place in good faith. Both parties had agreed that it would be a private meeting with no publicity surrounding it, yet within 24 hours this matter was put in the public domain and further negative comments attributed to Mr Le Tissier have appeared this morning (Wednesday).

"As an ex-player, Mr Le Tissier's achievements are well known. However, his repeated criticisms over a prolonged period of time are not justified and have not merited any response from the club. Nor has the motive for these personal attacks ever been made entirely clear.

"Mr Cortese wishes to reiterate that he will not make comment about somebody he does not know personally - and that includes Mr Le Tissier. These criticisms have not affected the club's success and progress on or off the pitch in recent years and will not divert the club from its course in the future.

"For Mr Le Tissier to agree to meet 'in good faith' and then make such comments can only be seen as a breach of good faith and certainly not in the best interests of the club. We would nevertheless encourage Mr Le Tissier to join with our fans and continue to enjoy the success the club has achieved over the last three-and-a-half years."

Le Tissier was far from impressed with the club's announcement, tweeting later on Wednesday: "meeting with our wonderful executive chairman cancelled - surprise surprise".

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