What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?

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Mauricio Pochettino may wish to focus on the here and now but talk over his contract situation continues to dominate as the season draws to a close.

There is little doubt that this summer is a huge one for Saints.

A talented bunch of young players have had a great campaign in which they will finish eighth, led as they are by a bright manager who has a glittering future in the game.

But there is a feeling amongst the squad that they have hit a glass ceiling – they have done all they can and if the club is to improve then significant investment needs to be made in the playing squad this summer.

If that is not going to happen then there could be a few out of the door, with big clubs who can offer huge salaries and Champions League football sniffing around various players, and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the manager.

Pochettino has always put off contract talk until the end of the campaign, but in his pre-match press conference ahead of the final game of the season against Manchester United today he was heavily pressed about it.

The answers he gave allowed a variety of scenarios to be interpreted.

Pochettino was asked whether the ambitions of the club would hold the key to his future and replied: “The fact is I still have one more year on my contract.

“There is still one more year so the responsibility of being here next season is obvious.

“That’s the reality of the situation right now.”

When that was followed up by questioning as to whether he was therefore committed to seeing out his remaining one year, he said: “I have one more year on my contract and I have to fulfil it. I have to – that’s my obligation.

“Then you see David Moyes at Manchester United, who signed a six month contract, and towards the end of the season that contract was terminated.

“It showed that in football you cannot take anything for granted and you have to try to do as best as you can in the moment and live the moment. In the future nobody knows.”

However, the situation at Saints is not the same as at Manchester United, simply because of Pochettino’s success, which means there is no chance of an imminent sacking.

If Pochettino were to leave this summer it would be of his own choosing and for another club.

“Anything can happen in football. Anything is basically possible in football,” he said when that was put to him.

“What’s normal is not normal and what’s not normal is normal.

“We can talk about this all day long until we are blue in the face but in football what is logical is completely illogical and what is illogical is sometimes completely logical.

“There is no real point in talking about this because anything can happen in football."

Pochettino has had to answer questions over his future repeatedly in the last few weeks, and did admit that perhaps his background in continental leagues means he didn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.

“I am getting a bit tired of saying it – I still have one more year on my contract,” he exclaimed.

“Perhaps I come from another culture that sees things a different way but in Spain for example a manager signs for one year or two years, no more.

"You don’t sign for five or ten years. It does not happen.

“In football everything is about the present and building on what the present is.

“Everything is also based on results and if you are not getting positive results you are going to be replaced.

“I am focussing on improving and trying to do what’s best.”

It seems so much goes back to those end of talks and the plans of the board, and what their hopes and ambitions are for the club and how they want to make them happen.

Pochettino admitted: “The first thing that we need to do is analyse what has been happening at this football club and what is happening right now and see how far this football club can go.

“Everyone involved with Southampton, the whole club and the supporters, deserves to know.

“That will happen. Those talks will happen.

“It’s clear right now that there’s a project that is finishing. These five years are finishing.

“They were established by Markus Liebherr and Nicola Cortese and the main goal was to promote Southampton to the Premier League. That has been done and now we start a new project.

“At the end of the season we will sit down and talks will be had and it will clear the air once those talks happen.”

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12:16pm Sun 11 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

We know all of this, it has been discussed ad nauseam.
We know all of this, it has been discussed ad nauseam. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

12:28pm Sun 11 May 14

miltonarcher says...

Prediction, the braindeads will spoil it for the majority to and run onto the pitch at the end of the match
Prediction, the braindeads will spoil it for the majority to and run onto the pitch at the end of the match miltonarcher
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Sun 11 May 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

"What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?"

Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks.

Now, to important matters:
1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off?
2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire?
3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch?
"What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?" Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks. Now, to important matters: 1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off? 2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire? 3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch? Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 7

12:34pm Sun 11 May 14

batesieboy says...

Does anyone think that any of our players will be transferred to another Club?If so, who? Where might they be going? For what fee? Has anyone said anything, however equivocal? I have just started to think about this, as the season is literally just hours from finishing.
Does anyone think that any of our players will be transferred to another Club?If so, who? Where might they be going? For what fee? Has anyone said anything, however equivocal? I have just started to think about this, as the season is literally just hours from finishing. batesieboy
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Sun 11 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

We can remind M.P. and the players at 3.00 of the great SUPPORT they can count on . Rock the stadium , show the passion and commitment WE HAVE in S.F.C. C O Y R , enjoy the party of a great great season
We can remind M.P. and the players at 3.00 of the great SUPPORT they can count on . Rock the stadium , show the passion and commitment WE HAVE in S.F.C. C O Y R , enjoy the party of a great great season SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Sun 11 May 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

The 5 Year plan was to get back to the premier League. So the next plan OBVIOUSLY is Champions League status and then the Title! Forgive me if I am wrong... a sit down with the board to progress a way forward with the club is not really required... I have written it for you above.

As much as MP has been a brilliant manager for the Saints this season, His interviews are starting to sound like an episode of the original series of Star Trek. He will do what he feel he needs to do... As will Lallana and Shaw. But if you base their alleged moves to further their careers... then the Guarantee of Champions League Football at another club cannot really be Guaranteed! Just look at Man U! Why leave, when there is every possibility that the Saints COULD be vying for the Top 4 next season? Not a Guarantee I know... but we have as much chance as anyone in the league. Enjoy the Game today everyone. Up the Saints!!!
The 5 Year plan was to get back to the premier League. So the next plan OBVIOUSLY is Champions League status and then the Title! Forgive me if I am wrong... a sit down with the board to progress a way forward with the club is not really required... I have written it for you above. As much as MP has been a brilliant manager for the Saints this season, His interviews are starting to sound like an episode of the original series of Star Trek. He will do what he feel he needs to do... As will Lallana and Shaw. But if you base their alleged moves to further their careers... then the Guarantee of Champions League Football at another club cannot really be Guaranteed! Just look at Man U! Why leave, when there is every possibility that the Saints COULD be vying for the Top 4 next season? Not a Guarantee I know... but we have as much chance as anyone in the league. Enjoy the Game today everyone. Up the Saints!!! PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 11

12:50pm Sun 11 May 14

milton road says...

Simple as I see it Poch will carry on for the next year, I think he will honour his contract. After that will depend on the board and what they agree.
We have a fantastic set up at the club probably if not the best one of the best in PL. he has more freedom than most other managers, certainly more than he will get at Spurs. I think he will be loathe to leave if the board finance the club.
I also believe that if Saints are to keep this squad in tact certain players wages will have to be almost doubled which will see probably another 10 million on the wage bill. It is an inevitable part of success. yet the truth is if the board do not come out and finance the improvement of the team as well we are going to lose some of our best players.
We have a new sponsor and young Sam has signed a new contract and , Sims had a great game for the under 17's.
I think with Adam if we are going to improve he will stay, but this is a critical time in his career. he is now coming up for 26 and he will want to be involved in Europe and such, the clock is beginning to tick for him. If we do not show the ambition he will go and that is the reason why he will go.
Simple as I see it Poch will carry on for the next year, I think he will honour his contract. After that will depend on the board and what they agree. We have a fantastic set up at the club probably if not the best one of the best in PL. he has more freedom than most other managers, certainly more than he will get at Spurs. I think he will be loathe to leave if the board finance the club. I also believe that if Saints are to keep this squad in tact certain players wages will have to be almost doubled which will see probably another 10 million on the wage bill. It is an inevitable part of success. yet the truth is if the board do not come out and finance the improvement of the team as well we are going to lose some of our best players. We have a new sponsor and young Sam has signed a new contract and , Sims had a great game for the under 17's. I think with Adam if we are going to improve he will stay, but this is a critical time in his career. he is now coming up for 26 and he will want to be involved in Europe and such, the clock is beginning to tick for him. If we do not show the ambition he will go and that is the reason why he will go. milton road
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Sun 11 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
"What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?"

Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks.

Now, to important matters:
1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off?
2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire?
3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch?
1. youre driving in france so just go for it!
2. Spitfire! the planes are Southampton through and through, oh and my granddad used to build the canopies.
3. osprey wont be `running` anywhere, hes past it now (sorry ospers!) ;0)

oh and if guly gets the winner I think the whole city might go on the pitch!
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: "What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?" Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks. Now, to important matters: 1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off? 2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire? 3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch?[/p][/quote]1. youre driving in france so just go for it! 2. Spitfire! the planes are Southampton through and through, oh and my granddad used to build the canopies. 3. osprey wont be `running` anywhere, hes past it now (sorry ospers!) ;0) oh and if guly gets the winner I think the whole city might go on the pitch! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Sun 11 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
"What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?"

Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks.

Now, to important matters:
1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off?
2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire?
3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch?
1. youre driving in france so just go for it!
2. Spitfire! the planes are Southampton through and through, oh and my granddad used to build the canopies.
3. osprey wont be `running` anywhere, hes past it now (sorry ospers!) ;0)

oh and if guly gets the winner I think the whole city might go on the pitch!
Coat on and ready to go, Once more unto the breach, dear friends, and all that, no I don't go on the pitch, grass pollen brings on my hayfever something rotten, even a quick squirt of Prevalin doesn't help.

Cry 'God for Harry Reed, England and St. Marys'.
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: "What answers can Saints fans draw from Mauricio Pochettino's final pre match press conference of the season?" Answer: That the DE will write an article about it and link it to all the speculation we've already bled dry these past few weeks. Now, to important matters: 1. How do I get back from the asparagus fayre by kick off? 2. When I get back, should I open a bottle of Speckled Hen or Spitfire? 3. When Guly gets the winner, will Osprey run on the pitch?[/p][/quote]1. youre driving in france so just go for it! 2. Spitfire! the planes are Southampton through and through, oh and my granddad used to build the canopies. 3. osprey wont be `running` anywhere, hes past it now (sorry ospers!) ;0) oh and if guly gets the winner I think the whole city might go on the pitch![/p][/quote]Coat on and ready to go, Once more unto the breach, dear friends, and all that, no I don't go on the pitch, grass pollen brings on my hayfever something rotten, even a quick squirt of Prevalin doesn't help. Cry 'God for Harry Reed, England and St. Marys'. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Sun 11 May 14

damoose says...

This article is missing the main point of what he said .....

"If you look at the last ten years in the Premier League you will see it is always the same seven teams that finish in the top seven. Perhaps it's a different order but it's the same top seven.

"We have come as far as we could. We have done everything we could and our position this season is eighth place.

"The fact is we have been fighting against amazing top clubs such as Manchester City, a club that invests millions, that has amazing financial resources and the capacity also to generate even more money and financial resources.

"In order to try to reach their level we need to have a major international budget resourcing and try to match them on their own terms.


"That needs to be spoken about by the owner and by the president of this football club if that investment can happen."
This article is missing the main point of what he said ..... "If you look at the last ten years in the Premier League you will see it is always the same seven teams that finish in the top seven. Perhaps it's a different order but it's the same top seven. "We have come as far as we could. We have done everything we could and our position this season is eighth place. "The fact is we have been fighting against amazing top clubs such as Manchester City, a club that invests millions, that has amazing financial resources and the capacity also to generate even more money and financial resources. "In order to try to reach their level we need to have a major international budget resourcing and try to match them on their own terms. "That needs to be spoken about by the owner and by the president of this football club if that investment can happen." damoose
  • Score: 3

2:03pm Sun 11 May 14

Costa Baz says...

I think it shows that MP doesn't understand the fan's concerns.

All he has to say is "I am still under contract and I
WANT to honour it, whilst discussing a new one".

Simple.
I think it shows that MP doesn't understand the fan's concerns. All he has to say is "I am still under contract and I WANT to honour it, whilst discussing a new one". Simple. Costa Baz
  • Score: 0

3:33pm Sun 11 May 14

Malcombe says...

Mauricio knows the ambitions and surely it will continue onwards and upwards but what I read in The Sunday Express shows on the back page how Journalist can twist words to make headlines it sickened me.

On the back page bottom left headlines are, Potch warns Southampton it then continues inside the paper, I quote: Mauricio Potchettino has warned Southampton that if the Club do not prove they are ambitious it could be his last game and he will be on his way, there's a little more that we are all aware of, one thing is for sure Mauricio has perfect manners and would not talk like an idiot, he's very intelligent.

I and all the Supporters are absolutely fed up with all the rumours and rumbles that Journalist Agitators and Bookies have created but this really lowers the tone it's as if the one that wrote it knows more than the Club, all of the Supporters are eager to know the future but not from this gutter press rubbish
Mauricio knows the ambitions and surely it will continue onwards and upwards but what I read in The Sunday Express shows on the back page how Journalist can twist words to make headlines it sickened me. On the back page bottom left headlines are, Potch warns Southampton it then continues inside the paper, I quote: Mauricio Potchettino has warned Southampton that if the Club do not prove they are ambitious it could be his last game and he will be on his way, there's a little more that we are all aware of, one thing is for sure Mauricio has perfect manners and would not talk like an idiot, he's very intelligent. I and all the Supporters are absolutely fed up with all the rumours and rumbles that Journalist Agitators and Bookies have created but this really lowers the tone it's as if the one that wrote it knows more than the Club, all of the Supporters are eager to know the future but not from this gutter press rubbish Malcombe
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Sun 11 May 14

jls217 says...

Costa Baz wrote:
I think it shows that MP doesn't understand the fan's concerns.

All he has to say is "I am still under contract and I
WANT to honour it, whilst discussing a new one".

Simple.
I think maybe he does. He says quite clearly that he will be here next season as he intends to see out his contract. If the club decides to buy out his contract that's different but in his mind he will be Saints manager next year come hell or high water.
It may be the club wish to discuss his contract to keep him here for longer so will offer him a better deal - which club would not wish to tie him in for a few years more. Shows the club is thinking the right way at least.
Remember this - if the club decides and it sounds like it will be a joint decision with Poochy, that a player or two will be moving on then Poochy will have some of that money plus a warchest of millions to bring in the players he has apparently already identified. Now he's not going to bring in deadwood by design because his stock will rise if he keeps Saints at eighth or higher next season. Therefore at the end of his contract (if he doesn't sign a new one close season) he will be in a better position to negotiate with any interested club at that time. Therefore we do not need to worry about whether Poochy will be here for next season unless the board and Poochy make the decision he has to go. Give him a decent transfer/wages budget and he'll sign a new contract at the end of next season even if they don't tie him down with a long term contract now.
So that means we only have to be concerned whether our crown jewels are staying or going - and Poochy will be part of that process so he may insist the honour their contracts too. Interesting times boys.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: I think it shows that MP doesn't understand the fan's concerns. All he has to say is "I am still under contract and I WANT to honour it, whilst discussing a new one". Simple.[/p][/quote]I think maybe he does. He says quite clearly that he will be here next season as he intends to see out his contract. If the club decides to buy out his contract that's different but in his mind he will be Saints manager next year come hell or high water. It may be the club wish to discuss his contract to keep him here for longer so will offer him a better deal - which club would not wish to tie him in for a few years more. Shows the club is thinking the right way at least. Remember this - if the club decides and it sounds like it will be a joint decision with Poochy, that a player or two will be moving on then Poochy will have some of that money plus a warchest of millions to bring in the players he has apparently already identified. Now he's not going to bring in deadwood by design because his stock will rise if he keeps Saints at eighth or higher next season. Therefore at the end of his contract (if he doesn't sign a new one close season) he will be in a better position to negotiate with any interested club at that time. Therefore we do not need to worry about whether Poochy will be here for next season unless the board and Poochy make the decision he has to go. Give him a decent transfer/wages budget and he'll sign a new contract at the end of next season even if they don't tie him down with a long term contract now. So that means we only have to be concerned whether our crown jewels are staying or going - and Poochy will be part of that process so he may insist the honour their contracts too. Interesting times boys. jls217
  • Score: 0

6:28am Mon 12 May 14

wellow saint says...

When Guly leaves us,will he be the only forward in premiership history to end with a minus goal tally (classic own goal against Arsenal) ?.
When Guly leaves us,will he be the only forward in premiership history to end with a minus goal tally (classic own goal against Arsenal) ?. wellow saint
  • Score: 0

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