Southampton owner dies aged 62

Southampton have announced that club owner Markus Liebherr has died at the age of 62.

The German-born, Swiss businessman rescued the club from financial trouble just over a year ago, bringing the Saints out of administration and putting the club on a firmer financial footing.

"It is with deep regret and great sadness that the Club has to report that Markus Liebherr has passed away," a club statement read.

"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."

The club will announce details of Liebherr's funeral as they are finalised.