Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has this morning confirmed he will follow Nicola Cortese out of the club should the executive chairman leave.
The Italian businessman is understood to be considering his position at Saints due to frustrations over the backing he receives.
Cortese, who has overseen Saints rise from League One to the top flight, wants the Liebherr trust to underwrite his strategy for Southampton to consolidate themselves in the Premier League.
The executive chairman will make a decision on whether to remain at the club within the next month and manager Pochettino has confirmed if Cortese leaves, so will he.
Asked if he would be staying if Cortese left, the Argentinian 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."
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