'Crying shame' if Nicola Cortese leaves Saints

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It would be “a crying shame” if Nicola Cortese leaves Saints.

That is the view of Mike O’Callaghan, the chairman of the Southampton Independent Supporters Association, on a day of hectic speculation surrounding the St Mary’s chairman.

Cortese is understood to be on the brink of resigning because of an “irretrievable breakdown” with the Liebherr family, the club’s owners.

Last summer, Cortese was persuaded to stay on after a similar fall-out, but it appears as though executive chairman Cortese may now be ready to end his time with the club.

O’Callaghan, a fan since the early 1970s, said: “Cortese’s got his faults, certainly the way he dealt with Nigel Adkins and he doesn’t interact with the supporters as well as other clubs, who have regular fans’ forums.

“But otherwise I can’t fault him for the way he’s run the club.

“We got promoted a year ahead of schedule and we’re still ninth in the table after a blip.

“That’s how much things have changed. He’s done a magnificent job running Southampton Football Club as a business.

“It’s a great shame if he’s not getting on with the Liebherrs because he’s taken the club in the right direction.

“The way he got rid of Adkins lacked class but Pochettino has improved the team and we’re now an established Premier League club.

“It would be a crying shame if he were to go because we’re now a forward-thinking modern club moving in the eight direction.

“We’re setting the standards, half the team is English, and we’ve got new training facilities being built.”

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3:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Salalal says...

Don't worry. He's not leaving. Someone in Sky Sports News just made up a story about him handing in a resignation letter. It's not actually true. Just goes to show how little you can trust the news nowadays.
Don't worry. He's not leaving. Someone in Sky Sports News just made up a story about him handing in a resignation letter. It's not actually true. Just goes to show how little you can trust the news nowadays. Salalal

3:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

SaintSteve76 says...

It would be disastrous if cortese left, not only would it mean that pochettino would almost certainly leave, bit also players like shaw and lallana would probably leave as well. This would also surely mean that Katherine liebherr does not share the same ambition and vision for the club as cortese. Just when saints fans are getting excited about the future and when the club are building a positive reputation!
It would be disastrous if cortese left, not only would it mean that pochettino would almost certainly leave, bit also players like shaw and lallana would probably leave as well. This would also surely mean that Katherine liebherr does not share the same ambition and vision for the club as cortese. Just when saints fans are getting excited about the future and when the club are building a positive reputation! SaintSteve76

3:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Wayne marchant says...

Surely if Katherine has no ambition for the club The business is worth more if she sold it with chairman and manager still there?
Surely if Katherine has no ambition for the club The business is worth more if she sold it with chairman and manager still there? Wayne marchant

3:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

City Final says...

Can the Echo explain who exactly are the often quoted Southampton Independent Supporters Association . How big is this organisation and how does one join?
Can the Echo explain who exactly are the often quoted Southampton Independent Supporters Association . How big is this organisation and how does one join? City Final

3:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

townieboy says...

BLAH BLAH BLAH...............s
o what if he left ? No one is bigger than the club. Like any other job....if your not happy about things you can walk. Hes got a good CV with saints im sure he could/would find employment. If MP wants to leave with him so be it. Hes leaving a good club in a good position, im sure we could find a decent manager to move us on.
BLAH BLAH BLAH...............s o what if he left ? No one is bigger than the club. Like any other job....if your not happy about things you can walk. Hes got a good CV with saints im sure he could/would find employment. If MP wants to leave with him so be it. Hes leaving a good club in a good position, im sure we could find a decent manager to move us on. townieboy

4:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Are we not self sustained yet, or can we do a pledge to buy the club (oh yea and pay)
Are we not self sustained yet, or can we do a pledge to buy the club (oh yea and pay) Folkestone Saint

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