Saints chairman resigns, but the manager stays put

Southampton Football Club chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned. Manager Maurico Pochettino has said he will stay.

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Doubts are now surrounding whether Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton's football manager, will remain at the club.

It's after Nicola Cortese resigned from his post as Chief Executive yesterday.

Katharina Liebherr has now taken on the role of non-executive chairman, with the search having begun for a new chief executive.

There are speculations that Cortese actually tendered his resignation in the autumn, with talks about the 45-year-old Italian considering his position back in May.

At that time, Pochettino warned he would leave Southampton if Cortese chose to do so.

In May, he said, "I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here."


Statement from Southampton FC on Cortese resignation

With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese. He has done a wonderful job at the club and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. In the meantime, it is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, the team and all the staff at the club have all the help and support they need."

– Katharina Liebherr, Non-Executive Chairman

Speculation continues on future of Cortese as Saints football club chairman

It is being reported that Southampton Football Club's executive chairman Nicola Cortese is considering leaving the club. The Italian has been at the helm since 2009.

However, it is believed that he is contemplating a move because of divisions between him and Katharina Liebherr, who became the club's owner after her father Markus Liebherr died in 2010.

The Press Association Sport news wires have said that reports that Cortese submitted his resignation in writing are understood to be incorrect.

Southampton FC have not yet made any official comment on the matter.

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