Daily Echo sports ed to Saints boss: Press will not be held to ransom by you

Bournemouth Daily Echo sports editor Neil Meldrum today gives it to Southampton FC chairman Nicola Cortese with both barrels over his decision to monopolise photography syndication from home games.

Meldrum, a passionate Saints fan himself, says in a brilliant editorial:

This once proud club has been turned into a laughing stock, both by the shambolic previous regime and the control freaks of the current one.

Mr Cortese clearly thinks his club will make a buck or two by syndicating pictures taken by their own man. I’ve got news for you, Nicola: You won’t.

If newspapers hate one thing, it is the greed of people like you and we press people tend to stick together in defiance of arrogance.

Yes, the Echo has let its readers down today by not printing pictures of last night’s match.

But we will not be held to ransom by the likes of Nicola Cortese.

Good luck with the promotion bid, because if you fail, there will be plenty of papers standing by with a chuckle and sharpened pencil.

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