Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will stay at Southampton despite the resignation of executive chairman Nicola Cortese, thought to be a close ally of the Argentine.
The Saints boss held a press conference today indicating that he was “100 percent committed” to the south coast club, in contrast to recent media reports suggesting he would follow Cortese out the door.
“I want to show my gratitude to Nicola Cortese,” said Pochettino to a press conference.
“I believed in him, he brought me here, my staff and my family. I am full of gratitude to him.
“Eight months ago when this happened we were finishing my first season and I did say that if he left there would be no sense for me to stay.
“The new situation is different. We are in the middle of our new project. Nicola knows of my decision to stay; I have spoken to him.
“I am fully committed to the staff, the players, the club and it would make no sense to leave in the middle of our path.”
On Saturday, Pochettino will have been charge of Southampton for exactly a year, and will hope to celebrate his anniversary with a win.
Cortese will be replaced by Katharina Liebherr, the club’s owner.