José Fonte adds his name to the list of Southampton players calling for the club and manager Mauricio Pochettino to agree a new contract

José Fonte

Mauricio Pochettino

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José Fonte has added his name to the growing list of senior players at Saints who have publicly stated their hope that Mauricio Pochettino will agree a new long-term contract with the club.

The defender insists it is enormously important that the manager stays put at St Mary’s, saying that the players adore playing for him.

Pochettino, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, has indicated he will discuss his future with the club’s new board this summer.

Rickie Lambert and Artur Boruc have already expressed their desire for Saints and Pochettino to agree a long-term deal, and Fonte is also in no doubt about how crucial it is that they keep hold of him.

“I think it’s massive,” he said. “It’s one of the main things. We players love to play under him, we love his philosophy, his style of play, and the way he manages is top.

“He is definitely one of the best managers that I have played under.

“So we look forward to him signing a big, long contract so we can relax and enjoy our time with him.”

Fonte said Pochettino’s contract situation is not a distraction for the players, but he did admit that it is a topic of discussion among the squad.

“We’re not going to lie, we have to be honest, it is something that we talk about, but when it comes to Saturday or game time we know the job we have to do but, yes, it is something that we talk about.”

As well as his current boss, one of Fonte’s former managers will be at St Mary’s this weekend, as Alan Pardew brings his Newcastle side to the stadium.

Pardew, who was sacked from Saints in 2010, is still well regarded by many members of the squad who were at the club during his time in charge.

Fonte says he is one who owes a debt of gratitude to him.

“Yeah, massively. He was the one who brought me here in the first place," he said. "We won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and have great memories from Wembley.

“I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”

Saints will climb above Newcastle, into eighth place, with a win tomorrow, and Fonte says the game is a crucial one as the side look to finish the season strongly.

“It’s not decisive, but, obviously, it’s a game that if we win we know we go above them, so it’s an important game," he said. "We want to get the three points. I am sure they will be looking to it as well as a very, very big game and Saturday will be an interesting one I think.”

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12:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

invictus says...

I would also like to see MoPo sign a new, long contract, for Shaw et al to stay and for Saints to challenge for a top 6 finish next season. The players seem to want that too, but what does Krueger want? It's time he told us.
I would also like to see MoPo sign a new, long contract, for Shaw et al to stay and for Saints to challenge for a top 6 finish next season. The players seem to want that too, but what does Krueger want? It's time he told us. invictus
  • Score: 13

12:22pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jrod11 says...

There is obviously some panic among the players who adore playing for Poch that he will jump ship.
It is nice to see Fonte give credit to Pardew who has proved to be a decent manager.
There is obviously some panic among the players who adore playing for Poch that he will jump ship. It is nice to see Fonte give credit to Pardew who has proved to be a decent manager. jrod11
  • Score: -8

12:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

florida saint says...

yes important, but so is winning as many matches between now and end of season u t s.
yes important, but so is winning as many matches between now and end of season u t s. florida saint
  • Score: 6

1:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Golden_Salamander says...

There is still a lot to play for :-
1/ The highest Saints have finished in the PL is 8th, I think 7th could be achieved this season and that has to start tomorrow with the CROWD and players up for it from the start.
2/ It is something like 24 years since Saints finished with a positive goal difference in the top flight of Football (1988/89 with Shearer/Matty/Wallac
e etc).

Note both those targets can be achieved with MAXIMUM support from the fans going to the game and perhaps this time the Management will learn the lessons from history and NOT sell players
(After we finished 8th we sold Wayne and after we finished with a positive GD we sold Shearer and let Rodney contract run down)
There is still a lot to play for :- 1/ The highest Saints have finished in the PL is 8th, I think 7th could be achieved this season and that has to start tomorrow with the CROWD and players up for it from the start. 2/ It is something like 24 years since Saints finished with a positive goal difference in the top flight of Football (1988/89 with Shearer/Matty/Wallac e etc). Note both those targets can be achieved with MAXIMUM support from the fans going to the game and perhaps this time the Management will learn the lessons from history and NOT sell players (After we finished 8th we sold Wayne and after we finished with a positive GD we sold Shearer and let Rodney contract run down) Golden_Salamander
  • Score: 7

2:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

jrod11 wrote:
There is obviously some panic among the players who adore playing for Poch that he will jump ship.
It is nice to see Fonte give credit to Pardew who has proved to be a decent manager.
tdo
[quote][p][bold]jrod11[/bold] wrote: There is obviously some panic among the players who adore playing for Poch that he will jump ship. It is nice to see Fonte give credit to Pardew who has proved to be a decent manager.[/p][/quote]tdo OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

I think the players are making it clear that they want MP to remain here for a long time. The club needs to take note of that and get the deal done. Preferably before the World Cup. This way MP can go to Brazil and enjoy the tournament with his future secured.
I think the players are making it clear that they want MP to remain here for a long time. The club needs to take note of that and get the deal done. Preferably before the World Cup. This way MP can go to Brazil and enjoy the tournament with his future secured. Cincinnati
  • Score: 5

3:07pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”
I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?
Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.” I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Londonsaint76 says...

If MP goes then we'll get someone else in and back him. If he stays (and I hope he does), I hope the board back him with the proceeds od the Osvaldo sale and further monies. One thing that does worry me a little is when players back the manager, is it because they are getting an easy ride? The players all back Stuart Gray and Wigley remember.
If MP goes then we'll get someone else in and back him. If he stays (and I hope he does), I hope the board back him with the proceeds od the Osvaldo sale and further monies. One thing that does worry me a little is when players back the manager, is it because they are getting an easy ride? The players all back Stuart Gray and Wigley remember. Londonsaint76
  • Score: -9

3:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Confucious says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”
I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?
I think it's certainly a spelling mistake ie Fonte meant AP was the person responsible the controlling the football team and was not an animal feeding trough.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.” I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?[/p][/quote]I think it's certainly a spelling mistake ie Fonte meant AP was the person responsible the controlling the football team and was not an animal feeding trough. Confucious
  • Score: 5

3:51pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Confucious wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”
I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?
I think it's certainly a spelling mistake ie Fonte meant AP was the person responsible the controlling the football team and was not an animal feeding trough.
As long as it wasn't an obscure euphemism for something else!
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.” I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?[/p][/quote]I think it's certainly a spelling mistake ie Fonte meant AP was the person responsible the controlling the football team and was not an animal feeding trough.[/p][/quote]As long as it wasn't an obscure euphemism for something else! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Is there any ITK that can tell how many tickets have been sold please?
Is there any ITK that can tell how many tickets have been sold please? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -3

6:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jrod11 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Is there any ITK that can tell how many tickets have been sold please?
Sell out hopefully.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Is there any ITK that can tell how many tickets have been sold please?[/p][/quote]Sell out hopefully. jrod11
  • Score: -5

8:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Newcastle haven't sold their full allocation, we have some back for home fans to use apparently.
Newcastle haven't sold their full allocation, we have some back for home fans to use apparently. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”
I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?
His girlfriend enjoyed playing under AP as well?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.” I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?[/p][/quote]His girlfriend enjoyed playing under AP as well? Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Velleity says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.”
I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?
His girlfriend enjoyed playing under AP as well?
I thought that was just a rumour...
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Fonte on AP “I have only good things to say about him. He was a manger that I enjoyed playing under, so I am grateful to him.” I guess manger was an Echo spelling error? No mention of any other incident about AP, so perhaps the rumours at the time weren't true?[/p][/quote]His girlfriend enjoyed playing under AP as well?[/p][/quote]I thought that was just a rumour... Velleity
  • Score: -3

9:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jrod11 says...

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lol... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz jrod11
  • Score: -8

5:05am Sat 29 Mar 14

Galapagos Saint says...

I dont think Jose was a fan of Pardew's tactics: penetrating balls into the wrong box. AP just kept pounding it up the middle waiting for the loose balls to spill. Dirty tackle if you ask me.
I dont think Jose was a fan of Pardew's tactics: penetrating balls into the wrong box. AP just kept pounding it up the middle waiting for the loose balls to spill. Dirty tackle if you ask me. Galapagos Saint
  • Score: 2

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