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

website.

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

resolved.

“We can now focus 100 per cent on our preparations for next

season.

“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

proud.”