Southampton director of football Clive Woodward is considering taking legal action against allegations he does not have the respect of the first team squad.
Hampshire businessman Andrew Strode-Gibbons, who is heading a consortium which plans to replace club chairman Rupert Lowe, made claims about Woodward’s standing among the players.
Now the Rugby World Cup-winning coach is looking closely at exactly what Strode-Gibbons said.
“I have to be careful what I say because it has gone to the lawyers,” Woodward told The Guardian.
“That was the first time I have felt real negativity and it shocked me.
“I believe in freedom of speech but not if it’s not based on fact. And, as far as I could see, that was not.”