Mauricio Pochettino confirms he will continue as Southampton FC manager
Southampton held a press conference on Thursday afternoon in the wake of Nicola Cortese’s departure, with manager Mauricio Pochettino confirming he will remain at St Mary’s despite the former standing down from his role as chairman.
January 16th, 2014
Supporters had feared that Pochettino would resign as Saints boss following Cortese parting company with the club on Wednesday night, although the 41-year-old confirmed that he is staying at the South Coast outfit, outlining his responsibility to the fans.
The official Southampton Twitter feed posted this on Thursday afternoon: “I am staying as #SaintsFC manager. I have a professional responsibility to everyone at the Club and the fans.”
Cortese was thought to be close to leaving Southampton last May, with Pochettino stating that he would have no option other than to leave himself should that be the case, although the Argentine has clearly had a change of heart on this front.
Katharina Liebherr has taken over as non-executive chairwoman and it appears that talks have taken place between her and Pochettino, with the latter now staying on and looking to continue the good work at St Mary’s.
Southampton are having a fine season and have accumulated practically enough points to mean they won’t be sucked into a scrap against relegation this term, with their style of play attracting many admirers while they boast several promising young English players in their team.
Pochettino had been favourite on the Premier League sack race market although his decision to stay means that Chris Hughton heads this particular market, with Sam Allardyce the other manager thought to be under the most pressure ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.