Southampton FC are certainly a team used to turmoil and this week that is no different. It has emerged that the clubs controversial and divisive chairman Nicola Cortese has resigned from his position at the club.
Almost exactly a year to the day since Southampton fans were up in arms over Cortese’s decision to sack Nigel Adkins - most of them are now gutted to see the club fall out of his control considering his long-term plan for the future of Southampton FC.
Cortese has reportedly fallen out with the clubs owner Katharina Liebherr over the future vision of the club. Katharina was left in charge of the club after the untimely passing of Markus Liebherr, the man who saved the club from certain liquidation in 2009. And the vision the two share seems vastly different.
Katharina wants to sell the club as soon as possible - Cortese sees a more long term vision.
His appointment of Pochettino this time last year seemed drastic, unfair and to some mad - but he has installed a fresh footballing philosophy at the club - that has seen the likes of Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana all receive England caps in the past six months.
Now with him gone there is talk over whether these players, or indeed the clubs enigmatic manager will stay.
Pochettino stated in May when asked whether he would stay if Cortese left:
"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. Me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here... Basically, my future in Southampton has to be with Nicola."
So what now? Does Pochettino leave?
It is a question that has been brought up on Twitter by Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier. The Sky Sports pundit was certainly one man who never got on with Cortese.
Le Tissier has often criticised the Italian - and in January clear the air talks were cancelled by Cortese as Le Tissier’s ‘repeated criticisms over a prolonged period of time are not justified and have not merited any response from the club.’
But Le Tiss has not felt the need to press home the Cortese matter on Twitter - instead he has simply put up a message of support, and a rallying call for all supporters of Southampton FC - who, let’s not forget, are having a tremendous Premier League season.
Sfc fans, after MoPo s threat to quit if NC went will you think any less of him if he stays? I feel its time to unite behind the club #coyr— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) January 16, 2014
And he also had a reminder for those fans being critical of the Liebherr role in this recent Saints upheaval - as heaven knows where Southampton would be right now if they had not stepped in all those years ago.
Before people start criticising the Liebherr family just remember who's money allowed us to get where we are today— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) January 16, 2014
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