Southampton chairman Krueger has United in his sights

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Newly-appointed Southampton Football Club chairman Ralph Krueger has targeted Manchester United as Southampton near the end of the season.

Ralph Krueger has laid down a challenge to Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino - let's catch Manchester United.

In an interview with the Calgary Herald after Southampton's 4-2 win over Norwich City last weekend, Krueger outlined his short term goals and aspirations as he begins life as the chairman at St. Mary's.

Southampton are currently 8th in the Barclays Premier League table, narrowly ahead of Newcastle United and within touching distance of David Moyes' faltering Manchester United side.

"We’re chasing Man U,” the Canadian states.

"We’re three points down. That gives us something to shoot for because our final game of the season is at home against them."

Krueger admits that he is being forced to learn fast and absorb information to adapt to his new surroundings, but it's a challenge that he is relishing and enjoying with every passing day.

"At first it was a little abstract. There was a lot for me to digest. But they were extremely, extremely patient."

"I told them at the time I was committed to the Olympics, to trying to help Canada bring home a gold medal. It developed very naturally. They never really pressured me."

"I said ‘I need time’ and they gave it to me. So when I did take it on, I knew I was ready for the situation."

The former associate coach of NHL's Edmonton Oilers, Krueger is tentative in mapping out his long-term ambitions, stating a disbelief in the concept of making superficial targets and promising false dawns to the supporters that follow the Saints.

Although he has been conservative and reserved in much of his talk since joining Southampton's board of directors as the chairman, he has been effusive in his praise for club boss Mauricio Pochettino.

"We’ve got a strong young manager. He and I just connected right away. I liked his style. I liked his attitude. I liked his values," Krueger revealed.

"It’s an extremely value-based ownership that has given me this responsibility and we’re gonna really try and create a club environment that functions based on that."

One of Krueger's first challenges will be to agree a deal with a new corporate shirt sponsor, before attempting to tie down Pochettino to a new, longer-term contract.

Krueger is currently in talks with three major potential sponsors, who he will continue to meet with in the coming days.

Southampton face Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's televised game, with kick-off at 13:30.

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