Southampton boss: 'It is clear that this club needs tranquillity'

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says that despite claims that talks had begun over a new deal, he is fully focused on the tail end of the Barclays Premier League season.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in no rush to sign a new contract with the Premier League side; he still has 15 months left on his current deal.

Pochettino, who was said to be in advanced contract talks with the club earlier this week, says that he remains focused on the final nine games of the current Premier League season.

'I do have one more year on my contract, don't I ?, Pochettino emphasised during a press conference Friday.

'That also doesn't guarantee anything in football either. A lot of decisions need to be made for the future of the club, and there are a lot of issues that need to be spoken about'.

Pochettino did, however, confirm that he has met new Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger on several occasions over the past few months, and that he hopes to enjoy a strong working relationship with the Canadian, akin to the one he had developed with his predecessor, Nicola Cortese.

Pochettino was pictured with Krueger Friday at Southampton's Staplewood training base, as they held their first meeting after Kruger's appointment to the role of Chairman by club owner Katharina Liebherr.

Speaking about the appointment of the former NHL player to the club's board, Pochettino said:

'I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet (since he became Chairman). He is the new Chairman and I’m pretty sure he’s going to have a lot more things to tell me than I’ll have to tell him. I look forward to listening to him'.

'It is clear that this club needs tranquillity after all the upheaval that happened at the beginning of January',  Pochettino also told the media on Friday.

'It's obvious that it's something that makes the fans and everyone involved with the club a bit calmer. We can plan for the future in a more calm and relaxed manner. But I've always remained calm, regardless of the situation that the club was going through'.

Pochettino could see his Southampton side go 8th in the Premier League table Saturday if they defeat Norwich City at St. Mary's, and Newcastle United fail to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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