Southampton chairman cancels Matt Le Tissier meeting

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese on December 8, 2012
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Matt Le Tissier sees his meeting with Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese cancelled by the executive.

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has decided to cancel his proposed meeting with the club's former striker Matt Le Tissier.

Forty-four-year-old Le Tissier, who is regarded as a legend on the South Coast, had exchanged heated words with Cortese via the media following the sacking of Nigel Adkins last month.

That had resulted in talks being arranged between the pair in an attempt to clear the air.

However, Cortese has since opted out of those discussions, having blamed Le Tissier for putting their meeting into the "public domain".

"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," said a Southampton spokesman.

Le Tissier responded by tweeting: "Meeting with our wonderful exec chairman been cancelled #surprisesurprise #somethingtohidenicola."

The Guernsey-born centre-forward spent his entire career with the Saints.

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