Row continues behind the scenes at Saints
Southampton chairman Leon Crouch has taken another swipe at the conduct of Rupert Lowe and Michael Wilde as the power struggle at St Mary's rumbles on.
Former Saints chairmen Lowe and Wilde last month called for an EGM to remove most of the current board, including Crouch, to pave the way for their return to the cash-strapped Championship club.
Wilde, who along with Lowe controls 46% of shares in Saints, has since been quoted in the local media as putting forward the opportunity of 'an orderly transfer of authority' on May 6, thus avoiding the need for an EGM.
But Crouch, who is required to name the date of the EGM by next Monday, is standing firm with the club still battling against relegation.
'Once again this is appalling timing which does not help our situation ahead of a very important game at home to Burnley,' he told the club's official website.
'We were disappointed to hear of this proposal through the media, not least because we have asked Rupert Lowe and Michael Wilde for a formal plan of how they aim to take the club forward and we have yet to receive a response.
'Our sole concern right now is to support Nigel Pearson and the players who have gained some very good results.
'Right now it is business as usual as we aim to secure our Championship status and we need all supporters and shareholders to get fully behind the team.'