Mauricio Pochettino says he will continue in his role as First Team Manager after receiving the “full support” of Katharina Liebherr.
The Wednesday evening departure of Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese cast doubt over Pochettino’s short and long-term position at Southampton, but the manager revealed that a brief conversation with the club’s owner reaffirmed a desire to fulfil his responsibilities with the team.
“Yes, I am staying as the Southampton manager,” Pochettino confirmed to Saints Player.
“I spoke with Nicola yesterday and I said to him that I have a responsibility towards the people and this club, the staff, the fans and the players, basically everyone involved with this club and I told the players that we have responsibility as a club, and it is my responsibility, as a manager, to stay on at Southampton Football Club.
“I spoke to her (Liebherr) not very long ago for about five minutes,” Pochettino explained.
“I spoke with the owner of the club who basically told me that we have her full support towards our role with the team, and that in the future, when everything is a bit more settled, we will clarify basically how we move on from here, but yes, she has given me her full support.”
The manager confessed that he has had little time to let the news of Nicola’s departure filter through, but insists that there will be a professional attitude from the staff and players ahead of Saturday game against Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.
“It’s been a great shock for all of us,” Pochettino highlighted. “We practically do not have any time to analyse what happened yesterday as it all happened very quickly and it’s a sad situation.
“We all need time to assimilate what’s happened because it’s quite recent and I’m the first person that needs time to assimilate what’s happened. I want to make it known that I’m full of gratitude to Nicola Cortese for bringing me here.
“I have not received any instructions that say my terms will change,” he added.
“I’m staying on as manager of Southampton Football Club, my role here will not change. My commitment with this club and these players and these fans is still the same, and I am one hundred per cent committed to this football club.”