Former Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has been discussing the pressure of Premier League football compared to that of his first love, ice hockey, in North America.
Kreuger left Southampton in the summer after five years at the south-coast club. The former West Germany ice hockey international returned to the winter sport, becoming head coach of NHL side the Buffalo Sabres.
In the NHL, teams are not relegated from the top division and Kreuger has been discussing the huge pressure the notion of dropping into the second-tier has at Southampton with the National Post.
“The British Premier League is a lot scarier than the NHL. When you’re near the bottom of the league you don’t get a draft pick, you lose £100 million pounds in revenue (relegated to a lower league).
“Different kind of pressure.”
Of course, Kreuger will be aware of the danger Southampton are currently in regarding their own Premier League status.
The Saints have struggled for consistency this season and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are currently 18th in the Premier League table, level on points with Aston Villa in 17th.
It looks increasingly likely that Southampton are going to be in a dogfight for survival this season, with the likes of Villa, Norwich, Watford, West Ham, and Bournemouth also struggling for form.
Southampton fans will just hope that the club can handle the pressure and manage to avoid the drop this season.