Under-fire manager Saints boss Nigel Adkins today promised to turn around the club's poor start to the season.
The 47-year-old's position has come under increasing scrutiny after his side's indifferent start to life back in the top flight after a seven-year absence.
Adkins survived a showdown meeting with Cortese on Tuesday and said: “The relationship between me and the chairman is very good, which is an important one at any football club,.
"I would imagine there would be loads of speculation about different things, but it is strong and it is good. We talk regularly as we have always done and we're determined to make this a success."
He added: "There is no need to speak about my position.
"It is a football club determined to be successful. We obviously spoke in the summer about our strategies and we're working very hard.
"We've now had 10 games of the season and obviously only picked four points up. We sit at the bottom. That's fact, that's reality.
"As we always do at the football club, we assess situations. We have to accept where we are but then we look forward and move on.
"We're obviously looking at the next run of games. We take one game at a time in respect to the next one which is at the weekend against Swansea. We are focused on winning that."