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Saints fans await chairman's decision

Nicola Cortese's - chairman of Southampton Football Club Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Nicola Cortese, 44, has watched Southampton move up from League 1 to the Premiership. It is reported that the Liebherr estate has not yet sought to extend the chairman's contract. The success the club has seen in recent years has been fruitful for all parties.

Will Nicola Cortese, Southampton chairman, renew his contract with the club?

Southampton chairman, Nicola Cortese, enjoying the game at St Mary's Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

It's reported that the Saints chairman, Nicola Cortese, wants to see renewed backing from the trust that owns Southampton Football Club before he commits to a new contract with the club.

The Hampshire-based Premiership team is owned by the Leibherr trust. Mr Cortese has told them he want to take the club to the next level and it's claimed he believes additional investment is essential to do this. The Saints chairman played a key role in the purchase of the club in 2009.

Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr had been behind the move, but died suddenly the following year.

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."

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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.

Key matches for our football teams this weekend

In League One, Crawley's final game of the season is at home today to Hartlepool. Swindon - who've secured a play-off place - are at Scunthorpe. Portsmouth's season finale is at Shrewsbury. And promoted Bournemouth plan to clinch the title at Tranmere.

In the Championship Brighton travel to Leeds where a win will secure them a play-off place. Premier League Southampton host West Brom. Reading face QPR on Sunday - both are 10 points adrift of safety.

In League Two, Champions Gillingham travel to Burton; Aldershot must beat Rotherham and have other results go their way if they are to avoid relegation. And Chris Wilder takes Oxford to Accrington after signing a new contract to keep him at the club for another year.

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