Pochettino sees bright future

Mauricio Pochettino believes the future is bright for Southampton but wants to secure safety first. Saints have impressed since he replaced Nigel Adkins in January, with wins over the likes of Man City, Liverpool & Chelsea.

Will Saints shine at Stadium of Light?

Southampton's Manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southampton could be stretched at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, with Gaston Ramirez and Danny Fox both suspended. Morgan Schneiderlin, Maya Yoshida and Emmanuel Mayuka are doubts for the match against a side Pochettino has been impressed by since Paolo Di Canio's arrival.

"I think we have enough time to speak about next season's goals," the Saints boss said.

"We've first got these two games coming up. We need to be very much respectful of this season, which has not yet finished."

We will have ample time to speak about next season's goals once this season's goals have been achieved. I have not spoken about transfers or made any plans regarding that yet."

"But if we look back at previous seasons I am pretty sure the chairman will have an investment plan to bring in new players and reinforce the squad."

Saints seeks safety at Sunderland

Southampton's Manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touch-line at St Mary's Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the many to have been impressed by Pochettino's high energy pressing game and there is increasing talk from those at the club of soon making Europe.

However, those plans could be derailed as a poor recent run has left them in danger of a return to the second tier.

Southampton are four points off the drop zone heading into tomorrow's penultimate game at Sunderland - a situation that means Pochettino has put future plans on the back burner.

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