Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking forward to working with new chairman Ralph Krueger

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Mauricio Pochettino says he is looking forward to enjoying a “very good working relationship” with new Saints chairman Ralph Krueger.

The pair have already met a few times, with Krueger revealing earlier this week that discussions between the two had been positive.

They are set to convene again today, for the first time since the 54-year-old was officially appointed as chairman.

Krueger spoke glowingly about Pochettino and his coaching staff when he addressed the media on Wednesday, and the Saints boss said he was pleased to have heard his words.

“Of course, it is always nice to hear someone has spoken nicely about someone, and I thank him for that,” he said.

“It is clear that this club needs tranquillity after all the upheaval that happened at the beginning of January.

“There is two months left in the league competitions, a lot of changes this club is going through at this moment, and it is clear right now we need good words to move forwards in a calm and relaxed manner at this football club.”

Krueger explained this week that he feels he shares many of Pochettino’s values, and the Saints boss hopes to have a similar relationship with the new St Mary’s supremo to the one he had with his predecessor.

“I had a very good working relationship with Nicola Cortese and I hope to have very good working relationship with the new board, the new people that are coming into this football club,” he said.

“My responsibility as manager is to get the best out of every single player, but also to have a good working relationship with anyone involved with this football club.

“That is a positive thing for this football club, so the focus is always a positive one.”

While many people were encouraged to hear Krueger’s statement this week that owner Katharina Liebherr has “zero” intention of selling the club, Pochettino revealed he has been aware for some time that this was the case.

He said: “Do you remember my first press conference when Katharina Liebherr became the new acting chairman?

“I spoke with her for just five minutes before that massive press conference, that really important press conference.

“I think that was mid-January when that happened, and I am not surprised by the fact she does not intend to sell the club.

“In those five minutes I spoke with her, she told me ‘I am not selling this football club’ so that made everything much calmer for me.

“I knew from that moment on that there was no intention to sell the football club.”

Pochettino said little when it came to talk about his own future, amid suggestions that he will be offered a new contract to replace his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2015.

When asked if he saw himself at the club at the beginning of next season, the Saints boss said: “I do have one more year on my contract, don’t I? That is also doesn’t guarantee anything in football either.”

On the subject of whether he would seek assurances from Krueger about key players not being sold this summer, Pochettino said: “I think that is going to be more of a private conversation that I am going to have with him.

“He is the new chairman and I am pretty sure that he has going to have a lot more things to tell me than I am going to have to tell him. I look forward to listening to him.”

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12:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

SouthamptonLegend says...

All aboard!!!!
All aboard!!!! SouthamptonLegend
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Fri 14 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

I hope that the new chairman understands that Saints have a proud history of competing properly in cup competitions, and that they shouldn't be deprioritised in the way Poch has done this season.
I hope that the new chairman understands that Saints have a proud history of competing properly in cup competitions, and that they shouldn't be deprioritised in the way Poch has done this season. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: -24

1:15pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Hockeyj says...

Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.
Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them. Hockeyj
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dave Juson says...

Hockeyj wrote:
Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.
Correction: we have been in four FA Cup Finals and one League Cup Final.
[quote][p][bold]Hockeyj[/bold] wrote: Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.[/p][/quote]Correction: we have been in four FA Cup Finals and one League Cup Final. Dave Juson
  • Score: 11

1:40pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

Lets hope the future is as good as the recent past.
Lets hope the future is as good as the recent past. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 5

2:37pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jesus_02 says...

Im worried that if we sell players it will start to shake confidence. If Cortese had stayed and we had sold Shaw everyone would have been confident that the money would be re-invested. Not so sure that that would be the case now.

We sold the Ox, but have since, paid more for players. If we sell players because we "have to live within our means" then I worry that we wont be able to attract players that wioll raise the oveall quality of the group.
Im worried that if we sell players it will start to shake confidence. If Cortese had stayed and we had sold Shaw everyone would have been confident that the money would be re-invested. Not so sure that that would be the case now. We sold the Ox, but have since, paid more for players. If we sell players because we "have to live within our means" then I worry that we wont be able to attract players that wioll raise the oveall quality of the group. Jesus_02
  • Score: -3

3:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

knuckle dragger says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
Im worried that if we sell players it will start to shake confidence. If Cortese had stayed and we had sold Shaw everyone would have been confident that the money would be re-invested. Not so sure that that would be the case now.

We sold the Ox, but have since, paid more for players. If we sell players because we "have to live within our means" then I worry that we wont be able to attract players that wioll raise the oveall quality of the group.
Unfortunately all clubs have to live within their means otherwise they get into difficulties. I hope players don't have to be sold for us to live within our means and reading what Krueger said here,

http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/sport/saints/
news/11076578.New_ch
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_potential/

he wants to boost the commercial side of the business to bring in more revenues making it easier to keep players.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: Im worried that if we sell players it will start to shake confidence. If Cortese had stayed and we had sold Shaw everyone would have been confident that the money would be re-invested. Not so sure that that would be the case now. We sold the Ox, but have since, paid more for players. If we sell players because we "have to live within our means" then I worry that we wont be able to attract players that wioll raise the oveall quality of the group.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately all clubs have to live within their means otherwise they get into difficulties. I hope players don't have to be sold for us to live within our means and reading what Krueger said here, http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/sport/saints/ news/11076578.New_ch ief_talks_up_Saints_ _potential/ he wants to boost the commercial side of the business to bring in more revenues making it easier to keep players. knuckle dragger
  • Score: 3

4:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jasons odd says...

First priority for krueger should be getting pochettino to sign long term contract
First priority for krueger should be getting pochettino to sign long term contract jasons odd
  • Score: 5

5:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

Hockeyj wrote:
Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.
What, like Davis, Guly and Hoover? Not 100% they needed blooding, but there you go.
[quote][p][bold]Hockeyj[/bold] wrote: Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.[/p][/quote]What, like Davis, Guly and Hoover? Not 100% they needed blooding, but there you go. SaintJD
  • Score: -3

6:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mister E says...

Every club will need to live within their means what with the financial fair play rules coming in.
However, living within your means and having ambition are NOT mutually exclusive!
We are no longer a selling club. Of course in football players move, and for various reasons. But now we don't have to sell our best players to stay afloat. But, more importantly, those players can see and feel that this is where they want to be. The club have ambition and it matches theirs!
Of course, I can understand a player wanting to ultimately play for a 'big' club. Fair enough, but now those players will not feel the need to leave sooner rather than later, and maybe more will not want to leave at all!
I am very impressed with what I've read so far, yes actions speak louder, but everything suggests those actions will match the words!
Every club will need to live within their means what with the financial fair play rules coming in. However, living within your means and having ambition are NOT mutually exclusive! We are no longer a selling club. Of course in football players move, and for various reasons. But now we don't have to sell our best players to stay afloat. But, more importantly, those players can see and feel that this is where they want to be. The club have ambition and it matches theirs! Of course, I can understand a player wanting to ultimately play for a 'big' club. Fair enough, but now those players will not feel the need to leave sooner rather than later, and maybe more will not want to leave at all! I am very impressed with what I've read so far, yes actions speak louder, but everything suggests those actions will match the words! Mister E
  • Score: 4

7:11pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet???
I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength.
Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet??? I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength. Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Barkered says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet???
I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength.
Too right. The interview you mentioned speaks volumes. - I have to say Poch didn't look happy or optimistic when answering questions about his future at Southampton and seemed distant when questioned about keeping the most important players.

Let's hope that it's just frustration with the British press asking the same questions he isn't allowed to give definitive answers to, rather than him having lost interest altogether.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet??? I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength.[/p][/quote]Too right. The interview you mentioned speaks volumes. - I have to say Poch didn't look happy or optimistic when answering questions about his future at Southampton and seemed distant when questioned about keeping the most important players. Let's hope that it's just frustration with the British press asking the same questions he isn't allowed to give definitive answers to, rather than him having lost interest altogether. Barkered
  • Score: 0

12:44am Sat 15 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Hockeyj wrote:
Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.
What is the point of playing weakened sides in the later stages of cup competitions? Saints never can and never will be top 4. It's a matter of simple economics, we're a top 10 club, yes, but we will never be champions league as we do not have the support base to sustain that. We can't challenge for league honours, but we could win cups. Realistically they are also our most likely route into Europe, especially as England's 4 Champions League places could be reduced to 3 if we continue to do as poorly in it as we have this season. We are better than 3 of the 4 teams left in the FA Cup. We could have won it this season, but no, we rested players so they could capitulate to West Ham a few days later.
[quote][p][bold]Hockeyj[/bold] wrote: Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.[/p][/quote]What is the point of playing weakened sides in the later stages of cup competitions? Saints never can and never will be top 4. It's a matter of simple economics, we're a top 10 club, yes, but we will never be champions league as we do not have the support base to sustain that. We can't challenge for league honours, but we could win cups. Realistically they are also our most likely route into Europe, especially as England's 4 Champions League places could be reduced to 3 if we continue to do as poorly in it as we have this season. We are better than 3 of the 4 teams left in the FA Cup. We could have won it this season, but no, we rested players so they could capitulate to West Ham a few days later. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Sun 16 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

WalkingOnAWire wrote:
Hockeyj wrote:
Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.
What is the point of playing weakened sides in the later stages of cup competitions? Saints never can and never will be top 4. It's a matter of simple economics, we're a top 10 club, yes, but we will never be champions league as we do not have the support base to sustain that. We can't challenge for league honours, but we could win cups. Realistically they are also our most likely route into Europe, especially as England's 4 Champions League places could be reduced to 3 if we continue to do as poorly in it as we have this season. We are better than 3 of the 4 teams left in the FA Cup. We could have won it this season, but no, we rested players so they could capitulate to West Ham a few days later.
Quote: "Saints never can and never will be top 4". That doesn't make sense.
There are plenty of reasons to suggest that it would be improbable for Saints to oust any of the big Clubs, but things can change over time. If any Club is equipped to progress it is ours, think about it.
[quote][p][bold]WalkingOnAWire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hockeyj[/bold] wrote: Proud history of competing properly in cup competitions? We've won one FA cup and got to the final once. Youngsters need a route into the first team and cup competitions will always be the main route to blood them.[/p][/quote]What is the point of playing weakened sides in the later stages of cup competitions? Saints never can and never will be top 4. It's a matter of simple economics, we're a top 10 club, yes, but we will never be champions league as we do not have the support base to sustain that. We can't challenge for league honours, but we could win cups. Realistically they are also our most likely route into Europe, especially as England's 4 Champions League places could be reduced to 3 if we continue to do as poorly in it as we have this season. We are better than 3 of the 4 teams left in the FA Cup. We could have won it this season, but no, we rested players so they could capitulate to West Ham a few days later.[/p][/quote]Quote: "Saints never can and never will be top 4". That doesn't make sense. There are plenty of reasons to suggest that it would be improbable for Saints to oust any of the big Clubs, but things can change over time. If any Club is equipped to progress it is ours, think about it. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Sun 16 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet???
I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength.
I think the inference is that they have chatted informally, but never sat down across a table and discusSed the ins and outs of the future of the Club or its Manager.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Something doesn't sit right... Ralph said he has met up with MoPo a few times and went in a truck to Wembley with him. MoPo just said in his interview on Sky that he hasn't met Ralph yet??? I fear if MoPo goes others will follow but if we can secure his contract then all will go from strength to strength.[/p][/quote]I think the inference is that they have chatted informally, but never sat down across a table and discusSed the ins and outs of the future of the Club or its Manager. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

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