No pressure on me says Saints boss

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Mauricio Pochettino says he feels no pressure.

The Saints boss has been under constant questioning regarding the future of his top players and his own intentions this summer, leading to director Les Reed making a public statement last week to try to quell the storm.

It has taken a bit of the heat off Pochettino temporarily but the Argentinian isn’t concerned anyway.

“I want to make it clear that I don’t feel any pressure. This is my passion. I am a manager and I feel passionate about this job I do,” he said.

“I have never felt any pressure as I’ve always enjoyed being a manager and being in this position.

“I want to make it clear as well that the club made it clear their own positions. That’s the club’s position and that’s it.”

When asked about potential outgoing transfers this summer he added: “I think that the public statement that Les Reed made last week made it quite clear the stance the club have regarding that.

“Right now the club is focussed on finishing the season as best as possible. We want to win today, to have a very good performance and end the season on a high note and at the end of the season we will be able to talk about any future developments.”

He added: “We have been working already with the planning for next season, looking already at pre-season, looking at the holidays, what holidays are given, and looking at what programmes we are going to provide for the players.

“It’s clear that it’s going to be a very long summer so we are going to have enough time to work with the pre-season planning. We are already doing that and we are already looking towards the future.

“Our plans are to play the last game and then the players who will be called up for the World Cup will be released and be able to travel with their national sides or given some time to rest – that depends on them.

“I think overall it’s been a very long season and it’s been demanding physically and mentally.

“I think a lot of these players deserve a rest.

“Football is something that never stops, football just continues. There’s no Christmas break as well.

“I think it’s been quite demanding for all these players and I think they should be given some time to recover and to rest.”

Pochettino was again keen to praise his players and their efforts this season.

“All you have to do is look back to where this club was a couple of years back and that will clearly describe the massive progress that Southampton has made,” said Pochettino.

“The great effort by the players deserves to be recognised.

“They have been in League One, then jumped to the Championship and then into the Premier League and in the first season we got to 14th position in the league and since then we’ve gone to eighth place.

“In this country that is massive progress we have made.”

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6:19am Sat 3 May 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

well that clears that up! 4-0 today, gallagher to get a hatrick!
well that clears that up! 4-0 today, gallagher to get a hatrick! nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 16

7:09am Sat 3 May 14

richard903 says...

Top four next season, then win the league and champions league double the year after! Potty Chino we love you
Top four next season, then win the league and champions league double the year after! Potty Chino we love you richard903
  • Score: 9

7:23am Sat 3 May 14

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

Well said boss. Please stay though.
Well said boss. Please stay though. Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 8

7:25am Sat 3 May 14

InCortesewetrust says...

He's going nowhere, it's clear to everyone except the gutter press, but don't you feel sorry for them players, playing football there passion earning ££££££ keeping fit and getting paid big bucks for it! No Christmas break :-(, they don't live in the same world as the normal working man, up the saints 2-0 today Clyne, shaw.
He's going nowhere, it's clear to everyone except the gutter press, but don't you feel sorry for them players, playing football there passion earning ££££££ keeping fit and getting paid big bucks for it! No Christmas break :-(, they don't live in the same world as the normal working man, up the saints 2-0 today Clyne, shaw. InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 6

7:56am Sat 3 May 14

StElsass says...

No rumour on newsnow about our players/manager exodus for over 24 hours now! What's going on? I'm having withdrawal syndromes!!
No rumour on newsnow about our players/manager exodus for over 24 hours now! What's going on? I'm having withdrawal syndromes!! StElsass
  • Score: 7

8:08am Sat 3 May 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Time for some of the other young lads to start.
Saints look anchored in 8th place, so no worries there.
A good day to throw everything at Swansea.
We know their style of play,so we wont have to move the bus to get through.
Bony will be a good test for our 2 center backs.
2 games left for Jack Cork and Clynie to give their England chances a boost.
Roy must have been impressed with them.
If they don't get to Brasil, they are a must for the European Champs.
Looks like Rickie may not be fit to start so its good management to allow his injury to heal.
We all want him to have his chance in the Finals and not watch Don Key, rec lass kicking , elbowing, diving, moaning, then getting sent off.
Good luck today Saints.
COYR.
Time for some of the other young lads to start. Saints look anchored in 8th place, so no worries there. A good day to throw everything at Swansea. We know their style of play,so we wont have to move the bus to get through. Bony will be a good test for our 2 center backs. 2 games left for Jack Cork and Clynie to give their England chances a boost. Roy must have been impressed with them. If they don't get to Brasil, they are a must for the European Champs. Looks like Rickie may not be fit to start so its good management to allow his injury to heal. We all want him to have his chance in the Finals and not watch Don Key, rec lass kicking , elbowing, diving, moaning, then getting sent off. Good luck today Saints. COYR. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 3

8:20am Sat 3 May 14

Clever Dick says...

StElsass wrote:
No rumour on newsnow about our players/manager exodus for over 24 hours now! What's going on? I'm having withdrawal syndromes!!
That's just a disgrace. How dare the press ignore our club in this way.Come on Daily Mail make something up.After all it's what you normally do.
[quote][p][bold]StElsass[/bold] wrote: No rumour on newsnow about our players/manager exodus for over 24 hours now! What's going on? I'm having withdrawal syndromes!![/p][/quote]That's just a disgrace. How dare the press ignore our club in this way.Come on Daily Mail make something up.After all it's what you normally do. Clever Dick
  • Score: 10

9:12am Sat 3 May 14

JohnItaly says...

With Saints secure in a very very creditable 8th place the pressure on us supporters has now moved from on-field activity to off-field events as we now turn our attention to next season and the worry about who is remaining, who is going (if any!) and who is coming. Let me assure the Club - MoPo and the player maybe be relaxed we fans are certainly not..
With Saints secure in a very very creditable 8th place the pressure on us supporters has now moved from on-field activity to off-field events as we now turn our attention to next season and the worry about who is remaining, who is going (if any!) and who is coming. Let me assure the Club - MoPo and the player maybe be relaxed we fans are certainly not.. JohnItaly
  • Score: 4

9:27am Sat 3 May 14

Malcombe says...

SFCOLDBOY That is clever and hilarious, nothing like a ruddy good laugh to start the day, I had to read it twice then it clicked and you're spot on he can have his holiday or get down to Brighton Beach for the Children to ride on assuming you mean An de Car roll
SFCOLDBOY That is clever and hilarious, nothing like a ruddy good laugh to start the day, I had to read it twice then it clicked and you're spot on he can have his holiday or get down to Brighton Beach for the Children to ride on assuming you mean An de Car roll Malcombe
  • Score: 0

10:24am Sat 3 May 14

warrens 76 says...

Finish with a bang……I still think that our players may see out another season out if we beat Swansea and Mufco.

I think that the players need to be encouraged next season to be more 'unprofessional' in claiming desreved penalties….

….make no bones United for 23 years and LFC this year have had more than there fair share of penalties, we have not….

..so dire is this situation that had LFC had as many turned down as us and we had as many given as them…we would probably be above them.

Seriously poor penalty decisions are the bane of the modern game…we bring in goal line technology affecting 3 or four games a season but do not grasp the nettle of game changing real and false penalties which affect almost 'every' game….

Had we been awarded for and against penalties this season I reckon we would have lost 5 points and gained 20….were would that put us now, moreover in such a position no-one would be considering leaving just yet…

MoPo needs to explain to the players the real quality this team has and how we will kick on next season…then all will be well in the Garden.
Finish with a bang……I still think that our players may see out another season out if we beat Swansea and Mufco. I think that the players need to be encouraged next season to be more 'unprofessional' in claiming desreved penalties…. ….make no bones United for 23 years and LFC this year have had more than there fair share of penalties, we have not…. ..so dire is this situation that had LFC had as many turned down as us and we had as many given as them…we would probably be above them. Seriously poor penalty decisions are the bane of the modern game…we bring in goal line technology affecting 3 or four games a season but do not grasp the nettle of game changing real and false penalties which affect almost 'every' game…. Had we been awarded for and against penalties this season I reckon we would have lost 5 points and gained 20….were would that put us now, moreover in such a position no-one would be considering leaving just yet… MoPo needs to explain to the players the real quality this team has and how we will kick on next season…then all will be well in the Garden. warrens 76
  • Score: 1

10:40am Sat 3 May 14

Jan28th1984 says...

No pressure on Poch? Of course there isn't! There never was! The gutter press can stir the sh!t pot all they want but with Poch publicly aligning himself to Mr Reed's statement I think it's about time all we Saints relaxed and stopped fretting over who goes where.

Good times ahead for SFC, a good time to be a Saint.
No pressure on Poch? Of course there isn't! There never was! The gutter press can stir the sh!t pot all they want but with Poch publicly aligning himself to Mr Reed's statement I think it's about time all we Saints relaxed and stopped fretting over who goes where. Good times ahead for SFC, a good time to be a Saint. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sat 3 May 14

Shareholder says...

Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer! Shareholder
  • Score: -1

12:04pm Sat 3 May 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

Shareholder wrote:
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
haha who let the manc out?
[quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer![/p][/quote]haha who let the manc out? nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Sat 3 May 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Malcombe wrote:
SFCOLDBOY That is clever and hilarious, nothing like a ruddy good laugh to start the day, I had to read it twice then it clicked and you're spot on he can have his holiday or get down to Brighton Beach for the Children to ride on assuming you mean An de Car roll
Well done,pleased you liked it.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: SFCOLDBOY That is clever and hilarious, nothing like a ruddy good laugh to start the day, I had to read it twice then it clicked and you're spot on he can have his holiday or get down to Brighton Beach for the Children to ride on assuming you mean An de Car roll[/p][/quote]Well done,pleased you liked it. SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Sat 3 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Shareholder wrote:
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
Portsmouth FC Shareholder?
[quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer![/p][/quote]Portsmouth FC Shareholder? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -1

2:46am Sun 4 May 14

Shareholder says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Shareholder wrote:
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
Portsmouth FC Shareholder?
Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer![/p][/quote]Portsmouth FC Shareholder?[/p][/quote]Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly! Shareholder
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Sun 4 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Shareholder wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Shareholder wrote:
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
Portsmouth FC Shareholder?
Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly!
I think I did and I don't agree with it. What United 'stars' would come and join us? Your sign on is a bit of a puzzle, as we only have one "shareholder" who I doubt would post anything on here.
[quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer![/p][/quote]Portsmouth FC Shareholder?[/p][/quote]Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly![/p][/quote]I think I did and I don't agree with it. What United 'stars' would come and join us? Your sign on is a bit of a puzzle, as we only have one "shareholder" who I doubt would post anything on here. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

9:41am Mon 5 May 14

Shareholder says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Shareholder wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Shareholder wrote:
Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer!
Portsmouth FC Shareholder?
Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly!
I think I did and I don't agree with it. What United 'stars' would come and join us? Your sign on is a bit of a puzzle, as we only have one "shareholder" who I doubt would post anything on here.
Oh dear. Sense of humour failure. For the record I've been watching Saints since I was 7, been a season ticket holder for 30 years and bought shares in the club when they were first released. I've been posting as Shareholder ever since. Of course I don't have any shares now but why change a name? After all, I very much doubt you can fly!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shareholder[/bold] wrote: Bored by all this guff. Facts are facts and we all need to face up to them. It's not just the gutter press but all the papers saying that Shaw and Lallana will be playing with Man Utd stars next session so just accept it's going to happen. After all the only way those United stars will be playing back in Europe again the season after next is if they sign for us in the summer![/p][/quote]Portsmouth FC Shareholder?[/p][/quote]Obviously you and nervousbumskin420 didn't read the last sentence properly![/p][/quote]I think I did and I don't agree with it. What United 'stars' would come and join us? Your sign on is a bit of a puzzle, as we only have one "shareholder" who I doubt would post anything on here.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. Sense of humour failure. For the record I've been watching Saints since I was 7, been a season ticket holder for 30 years and bought shares in the club when they were first released. I've been posting as Shareholder ever since. Of course I don't have any shares now but why change a name? After all, I very much doubt you can fly! Shareholder
  • Score: 0

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