Cortese agrees Saints stay
Nicola Cortese will remain in his role as Southampton’s
executive chairman after his plans for the future were signed off
by the club’s owners.
Cortese was understood to be considering his position at St
Mary’s over differences with the trust that runs the club, and
manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday that he would follow him
if he decided to leave.
But the Italian met with owner Katharina Liebherr on Friday and
plans for the club’s continued development in the Premier League
were agreed, prompting a statement on the club’s official
Cortese said: “We are now in a position to move forward with our
ambitious plans for the club and I would like to thank Katharina
for the very helpful manner in which she approached our talks about
long term strategy. I am pleased that this matter is now
“We can now focus 100 per cent on our preparations for next
“We have tremendous momentum now at the club and we are looking
forward with great confidence to an exciting and successful
campaign next season.
“The last few days have shown me the unity that we now have
across the club in the players, the manager, the staff and the
chairmanship which normally takes years to achieve.
“I have always believed that to create this unity would make us
a very strong club and it is a unity of which I am unashamedly