Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he was "very happy" to hear Rickie Lambert encourage the club's board to give him a new contract

Mauricio Pochettino with Rickie Lambert

Mauricio Pochettino with Rickie Lambert

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Mauricio Pochettino described Rickie Lambert’s comments about him this week as “the best compliment a manager can get”.

The Saints striker encouraged the club’s new board to agree a fresh contract with Pochettino, adding that he felt the “sky is the limit” in terms of the Argentine’s potential.

Pochettino, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, said: “The best compliment a manager can get is that a player, publicly, says that, so I am very happy to hear it.

“Regarding any new negotiations, there is no changes from last week until now.”

Last week, Pochettino would neither confirm nor deny whether he was in discussions over a new deal.

Today, he added: “The press knows exactly that I don’t really like to talk about assumptions, I don’t really like to talk about rumours, and when anything happens, either yes or no or whatever happens, a public statement will be made.”

One club Pochettino has been linked with is this Sunday’s opponents, Tottenham, who could be looking for a replacement for Tim Sherwood this summer.

When asked about the speculation, the Saints boss said: “Rumours are normal in football, and we’re completely fine with the rumours hanging around.

“I don’t really have anything to comment on that.

“When I was at Espanyol I was linked to other clubs, nothing came of those rumours and the same thing is happening at Southampton.”

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11:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Just need to turn this Team and Club spirit into some positive results, starting on Saturday.
Just need to turn this Team and Club spirit into some positive results, starting on Saturday. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

11:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Just need to turn this Team and Club spirit into some positive results, starting on Saturday.
Sorry SUNDAY!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Just need to turn this Team and Club spirit into some positive results, starting on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Sorry SUNDAY! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 10

12:04pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hedge end bob says...

Mauricio 99% of SAINTS fans feel the same as SRL. You've got nothing to do Saturday why not knock on Fred's door and ask him to put our minds at rest . Then we can all relax and enjoy watching us beat the Spuds on Sunday. We owe them one for the way they left or place with three points. GET UP THEM STAIRS AND GET SIGNED UP.
COYRedssssssss.
Mauricio 99% of SAINTS fans feel the same as SRL. You've got nothing to do Saturday why not knock on Fred's door and ask him to put our minds at rest . Then we can all relax and enjoy watching us beat the Spuds on Sunday. We owe them one for the way they left or place with three points. GET UP THEM STAIRS AND GET SIGNED UP. COYRedssssssss. hedge end bob
  • Score: 22

12:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

willygetaway says...

We have to hold on to MOPO he is the best manager since Lawrie Mac, IMHO get him that bus pass SAINTS NOW. COYR
We have to hold on to MOPO he is the best manager since Lawrie Mac, IMHO get him that bus pass SAINTS NOW. COYR willygetaway
  • Score: 18

1:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

saint phil says...

Come on sign him UP ,you no its good for the club.
Come on sign him UP ,you no its good for the club. saint phil
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

I am worried that poch hasn't already been tied in to an extended contract. Please sort this out asap Fred and Katarina! He is the best thing since sliced bread!
I am worried that poch hasn't already been tied in to an extended contract. Please sort this out asap Fred and Katarina! He is the best thing since sliced bread! Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board?

My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly.
This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board? My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 7

2:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Saintsayer II says...

Perhaps the board are waiting to see who else is interested Scolari may like another crack at the EPL after he wins the World Cup
Perhaps the board are waiting to see who else is interested Scolari may like another crack at the EPL after he wins the World Cup Saintsayer II
  • Score: -8

2:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

As much as I usually stand up for the Echo, I hope this saga doesn't turn into the kind of non-story that the media turns into a boring saga that goes on for months when, frankly, it's about two parties getting the opportunity to sit down and discuss business at an appropriate time.

I'm bored already and all this serves to do is create endless debates based on speculation where certain parties get unfair criticism for dragging their heels or failing to commit.

MP is tied to this club for another year, he seems to be a man of his word and Liverpool have shown this season that contracts are sometimes worth more than the paper they are written on for the best of both parties in the long term.

I know there might not be much else to talk about, but I'm bored with it already.
As much as I usually stand up for the Echo, I hope this saga doesn't turn into the kind of non-story that the media turns into a boring saga that goes on for months when, frankly, it's about two parties getting the opportunity to sit down and discuss business at an appropriate time. I'm bored already and all this serves to do is create endless debates based on speculation where certain parties get unfair criticism for dragging their heels or failing to commit. MP is tied to this club for another year, he seems to be a man of his word and Liverpool have shown this season that contracts are sometimes worth more than the paper they are written on for the best of both parties in the long term. I know there might not be much else to talk about, but I'm bored with it already. SaintJD
  • Score: 4

2:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
Perhaps the board are waiting to see who else is interested Scolari may like another crack at the EPL after he wins the World Cup
I think every sane Saints fan and member of the board are quite happy with what we've got to be quite honest. Wouldn't even bother looking beyond the guy we have in place - can honestly say I don't think we could do better than we have this season, or for our future, under any other manager in the world, bar potentially Pep Guardiola, (maybe).

I'm basing that on style of play, resources at our disposal and focus on youth development, not spending money. And it's a bonus that he's a genuinely nice, dignified guy who represents us as a club and doesn't have to resort to mind games, disrespect or negative tactics to get results.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the board are waiting to see who else is interested Scolari may like another crack at the EPL after he wins the World Cup[/p][/quote]I think every sane Saints fan and member of the board are quite happy with what we've got to be quite honest. Wouldn't even bother looking beyond the guy we have in place - can honestly say I don't think we could do better than we have this season, or for our future, under any other manager in the world, bar potentially Pep Guardiola, (maybe). I'm basing that on style of play, resources at our disposal and focus on youth development, not spending money. And it's a bonus that he's a genuinely nice, dignified guy who represents us as a club and doesn't have to resort to mind games, disrespect or negative tactics to get results. SaintJD
  • Score: 13

3:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

angiemill says...

Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed.
"The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!!

COYR, RTID
Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed. "The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!! COYR, RTID angiemill
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

SaintJD wrote:
As much as I usually stand up for the Echo, I hope this saga doesn't turn into the kind of non-story that the media turns into a boring saga that goes on for months when, frankly, it's about two parties getting the opportunity to sit down and discuss business at an appropriate time.

I'm bored already and all this serves to do is create endless debates based on speculation where certain parties get unfair criticism for dragging their heels or failing to commit.

MP is tied to this club for another year, he seems to be a man of his word and Liverpool have shown this season that contracts are sometimes worth more than the paper they are written on for the best of both parties in the long term.

I know there might not be much else to talk about, but I'm bored with it already.
You say it's a non story but do you really think Rickie would have spoken out publically without the blessing of his manager? Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I'm interpreting it as a push to the board to get on with it. Under Cortese we certainly moved to extend player contracts well in advance of their expiry which brought stability to the team, club and supporters.
[quote][p][bold]SaintJD[/bold] wrote: As much as I usually stand up for the Echo, I hope this saga doesn't turn into the kind of non-story that the media turns into a boring saga that goes on for months when, frankly, it's about two parties getting the opportunity to sit down and discuss business at an appropriate time. I'm bored already and all this serves to do is create endless debates based on speculation where certain parties get unfair criticism for dragging their heels or failing to commit. MP is tied to this club for another year, he seems to be a man of his word and Liverpool have shown this season that contracts are sometimes worth more than the paper they are written on for the best of both parties in the long term. I know there might not be much else to talk about, but I'm bored with it already.[/p][/quote]You say it's a non story but do you really think Rickie would have spoken out publically without the blessing of his manager? Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I'm interpreting it as a push to the board to get on with it. Under Cortese we certainly moved to extend player contracts well in advance of their expiry which brought stability to the team, club and supporters. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board?

My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly.
One thing is clear,we look more likely to get "announcements" now with Kat and Ralph at the helm.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board? My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly.[/p][/quote]One thing is clear,we look more likely to get "announcements" now with Kat and Ralph at the helm. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

angiemill wrote:
Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed.
"The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!!

COYR, RTID
Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse!

Well, the last part was right!
[quote][p][bold]angiemill[/bold] wrote: Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed. "The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!! COYR, RTID[/p][/quote]Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse! Well, the last part was right! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board?

My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly.
One thing is clear,we look more likely to get "announcements" now with Kat and Ralph at the helm.
Well yes they have said that and I hope it's true. So I'd like to hear that they intend to negotiate a new deal with our manager and that the 'vision' of competing at the very top hasn't been watered down just because of a change of personnel.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: This is all well and good, all the players and all the fans want MoPo signed up. But what about the board? My concern is that Rickie thought it was necessary to nudge the board along. MoPo's comments above imply to me that he is ready to negotiate a new contract, he seems to be saying 'come and get me'. So please may we have an announcement from the club saying they really want to retain the services of the best up and coming manager in the Prem and will sit down with him shortly.[/p][/quote]One thing is clear,we look more likely to get "announcements" now with Kat and Ralph at the helm.[/p][/quote]Well yes they have said that and I hope it's true. So I'd like to hear that they intend to negotiate a new deal with our manager and that the 'vision' of competing at the very top hasn't been watered down just because of a change of personnel. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 6

6:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
angiemill wrote:
Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed.
"The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!!

COYR, RTID
Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse!

Well, the last part was right!
nothing wrong with branfoot he signed terry Hurlock.............
oh no wait what the feck am I saying, that was everything that was wrong with him!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angiemill[/bold] wrote: Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed. "The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!! COYR, RTID[/p][/quote]Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse! Well, the last part was right![/p][/quote]nothing wrong with branfoot he signed terry Hurlock............. oh no wait what the feck am I saying, that was everything that was wrong with him! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

andysaint says...

My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac.
Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'.
It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition.
My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac. Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'. It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition. andysaint
  • Score: -3

7:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

andysaint wrote:
My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac.
Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'.
It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition.
Perhaps you ought to go and finish the other half of your half empty glass!
[quote][p][bold]andysaint[/bold] wrote: My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac. Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'. It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you ought to go and finish the other half of your half empty glass! Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

7:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

andysaint wrote:
My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac.
Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'.
It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition.
Where is the proof of that opinion? Players "saying" is a lot different from Players doing, you have been reading too many Red Tops, we won't have enough players to field a team if everything they say is a fact.
[quote][p][bold]andysaint[/bold] wrote: My worry is we are heading back to the old '4th from bottom is success' days ala Lawrie Mac. Every day we are having players saying that 'one day' they would like to play for a big club - Lalana today and Spiderman yesterday - thats 'come and get me talk'. It seems the club has reached the height of its ambition.[/p][/quote]Where is the proof of that opinion? Players "saying" is a lot different from Players doing, you have been reading too many Red Tops, we won't have enough players to field a team if everything they say is a fact. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
angiemill wrote:
Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed.
"The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!!

COYR, RTID
Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse!

Well, the last part was right!
nothing wrong with branfoot he signed terry Hurlock.............

oh no wait what the feck am I saying, that was everything that was wrong with him!
Nothing wrong with Terry Hurlock, he was an animal that put his heart into every game, ask the players that he tackled.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angiemill[/bold] wrote: Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed. "The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!! COYR, RTID[/p][/quote]Ian Branfoot - football geeeee-neeeee-arse! Well, the last part was right![/p][/quote]nothing wrong with branfoot he signed terry Hurlock............. oh no wait what the feck am I saying, that was everything that was wrong with him![/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with Terry Hurlock, he was an animal that put his heart into every game, ask the players that he tackled. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

angiemill wrote:
Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed.
"The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!!

COYR, RTID
Dave Merrington, Premiership Manager of the Month April 1996, he must be high on the list of greats!
[quote][p][bold]angiemill[/bold] wrote: Oh Willygetaway, your words are sooooo flawed. "The best manager since Laurie Mac" you say. How the memory plays tricks on us all.......have you forgotten Branfoot!!!!! COYR, RTID[/p][/quote]Dave Merrington, Premiership Manager of the Month April 1996, he must be high on the list of greats! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SINNER13 says...

sinner13 .
I CHALLENGE ALL SAINTS PLAYERS and MOPO TO STICK WITH THE CLUB. We have the something special here with an up and coming team that will upset the big four in the near future. It is a credit that our academy can produce such a wealth of football wise talent to play premier league at such a young age and not a season gone have top suitors breaking down the doors to try to dismantle our team because they cant do what we have done. If they all did England would have a real choice dilema. CMON GUYS JUST DO IT
sinner13 . I CHALLENGE ALL SAINTS PLAYERS and MOPO TO STICK WITH THE CLUB. We have the something special here with an up and coming team that will upset the big four in the near future. It is a credit that our academy can produce such a wealth of football wise talent to play premier league at such a young age and not a season gone have top suitors breaking down the doors to try to dismantle our team because they cant do what we have done. If they all did England would have a real choice dilema. CMON GUYS JUST DO IT SINNER13
  • Score: 5

10:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Lallana didn't say he wanted to play for a big club one day - he said "In the long term I would love to feature and play in Champions League football, but I'm sure everyone in our team will tell you that,"
ie he wants to play in the Champions League as a Southampton player, which is fair enough.
Lallana didn't say he wanted to play for a big club one day - he said "In the long term I would love to feature and play in Champions League football, but I'm sure everyone in our team will tell you that," ie he wants to play in the Champions League as a Southampton player, which is fair enough. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 7

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