Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will decide his future when the season concludes in the summer.

Following the departure of former chairman Nicola Cortese, Pochettino will stay with the club for the immediate future.

There are still 17 months left in his contract and the Southampton boss believes it would make “no sense” for him to leave now.

“At the end of the season we will assess the situation and then we will decide whether I am apt to stay at the football club,” he told BBC Sport.

“I am fully committed until the end of the season and taking this club as high as possible.

“It is only normal that we finish the season and then we will see what happens.”

Pochettino met with club owner Katharina Liebherr on Thursday, only his second meeting since the departure of Nigel Adkins last year.

Although the meeting only lasted 10 minutes, Liebherr insists she fully supports the current manager.

Last year Pochettino stated that he wouldn’t stay if Cortese was to leave, but circumstances have now changed and he will see out the remainder of his contract.

“They are different moments,” he said.

“When I came here, it was to keep the club in the Premier League. After that, a new project started.

“It would make no sense for me to leave the club in the middle of the season. No-one would understand it and I’m sure Nicola would not understand it.

“I have a commitment to the club, the staff, the supporters. My contract is with Southampton and I intend to see out my contract with this company. It would not be the right moment to leave this club right now.”

The Saints are currently sitting in mid-table, 12 points away from the relegation zone.

 

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