Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave Southampton, talks about himself in the third person
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave the club if executive chairman Nicola Cortese quits.
Cortese is in dispute with Saints’ owners, the Liebherr Trust, about the running of the club and is seeking assurances from them that he will continue to have the final say in major decisions.
Now manager Pochettino has waded in on the issue, talking about himself in the third person and suggesting his future at St Mary’s is directly linked to that of the man who appointed him.
He said: “He is vital to my future. Who was Pochettino before Nicola brought me to this club?”
The Argentine boss said it wouldn’t make sense for him to continue in his role if Cortese left.
He told BBC Radio Solent: “The reality is we share a common passion and we share a long-term plan for this club. We share our passion for football and it would not make much sense for me to continue at this club if he is not here.
“I do not understand Southampton without Nicola in the future and I think the reality is Nicola has created everything we see at Southampton now.
“I’m very happy at the club. I’m very happy with the supporters and I’m very happy in the city.”