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Mauricio Pochettino to stay with Southampton

Updated: Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 16:15 | Comments

Mauricio Pochettino: 'The new situation is different. We are in the middle of our new project'
Mauricio Pochettino: 'The new situation is different. We are in the middle of our new project'

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Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will be staying with Southampton as manager.

The Argentinian's future has been cast into the spotlight after the resignation of executive chairman and close ally Nicola Cortese.

He left the club on Wednesday and, with Pochettino having previously said he would leave if Cortese did, it remained to be seen if he could carry out his threat.

But Pochettino faced the media on Thursday afternoon and claimed a change in situation meant he would not be leaving.

"I want to show my gratitude to Nicola Cortese. I believed in him, he brought me here, my staff and my family. I am full of gratitude to him," he said.

"Eight months ago when this happened we were finishing my first season and I did say that if he left there would be no sense for me to stay.

"The new situation is different. We are in the middle of our new project. Nicola knows of my decision to stay; I have spoken to him. I am fully committed to the staff, the players, the club and it would make no sense to leave in the middle of our path."

"We are in the middle of our new project"

The Barclays Premier League outfit announced in a statement on Wednesday night that Cortese's resignation had been accepted and that their owner Katharina Liebherr had taken on the role of non-executive chairman, with the search having begun for a new chief executive officer.

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