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Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

MAURICIO Pochettino has not ruled out working under mentor Nicola Cortese again in future, leaving the door open for a summer exit from Southampton.

The former Espanyol boss has refused to commit his long-term future to Saints in the wake of executive chairman Cortese's resignation on Wednesday night.

Pochettino has vowed to remain at St Mary's until the end of the season after owner Katharina Liebherr installed herself as interim non-executive chairman.

It is understood Cortese harbours strong desires to seek further employment in the Premier League.

Ex-Argentina defender Pochettino hailed Cortese's influence after his Southampton departure, raising the prospect of the duo reprising their double-act elsewhere in England's top flight in due course.

"I don't know what's going to happen in the future," said Pochettino.

"It's clear Nicola has great charisma, he has great charm, and also a tough character; he's a very driven person.

"He's a great negotiator, so what else can you add?

"He's already the full package."

Cortese quit after his fractious relationship with Liebherr reached the point of no return.

The 45-year-old is understood to have been at loggerheads with Southampton's owner over the long-term vision for the club.


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