It is with deep regret and great sadness that the Club has to report that Markus Liebherr has passed away. Markus was 62.
His passing will come as an enormous shock to everyone but most particularly, of course, to his family and wide circle of friends. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
Anyone who came to know Markus learned of his quick wit, love of football - most especially Saints football - and his unquenchable thirst for better knowledge of all things. Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Markus met a man who was quiet, unassuming, undemonstrative and fantastic fun to be with.
The welcome that Markus was given when he arrived at the Saints just over a year ago was something that gave him a deep sense of pride and satisfaction. The progress of the Saints was always uppermost in his mind.
To say he will be missed is an unmistakable understatement.
What would Markus want now is a question that will be on everyone's lips.
He would have wanted to be there when the Saints get promotion to the Premier League. The well laid plans for the Club that he and the Executive Chairman had mapped out over a year ago will continue to be implemented uninterrupted and nothing will change in that regard.
The Club will ensure that Markus' wishes are carried out in full.
The Saints were Markus' constant preoccupation. He certainly didn't like losing. And his constant ambition was to see open attacking football played to the highest possible standard. To Markus, last year was the start of getting the Saints back on the march.
Markus truly loved the Saints.
In due course there will be a memorial service held to honour Markus, the details of which will be announced once they are ready. A book of condolence will also be available to fans and any member of the public to sign.
Jordan Sibley, Club Spokesman +44 (0) 2380 711988
David Bick and Paul McGoohan +44 (0) 207 929 5599
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