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Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino May Leave If Chairman Departs: The Daily EPL

Mauricio Pochettino Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino May Leave If Chairman Departs: The Daily EPL

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has threatened to quit the club if chairman Nicola Cortese leaves the south-coast club.

Asked if he would stay if Cortese left the club, Pochettino said:

 “Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese. Nicola Cortese has basically been the reality at Southampton for the past four years.

“Of course, the people that are in the club, that are part of the club, that are behind the scenes in the club were a little bit worried about what has been said.

“Me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here.”

While Pochettino’s English isn’t the greatest, the message is quite clear. Cortese is expected to make a decision within the next month, but the warning signs for Southampton are evident. Cortese is unhappy with the Trust that is in place to run the club, and Cortese wants the Trust to underwrite Southampton’s commitment — presumably with transfer funds — to solidify the team in the top flight for several seasons to come.

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