Next Game

Vitesse A v So'ton

Thursday, 06 August 2015, 19:00

Europa League Qual Third Round

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 3 - 0 Vitesse A

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 20:05

Europa League Qual Third Round

Cork - Pochettino stay vital

Jack Cork says Nicola Cortese's departure has not affected the Southampton players - but it would be a different story if Mauricio Pochettino was to leave the club.

Last Updated: 20/01/14 at 10:50 Post Comment

Jack Cork: Looking for Mauricio Pochettino to stay at Saints

Jack Cork: Looking for Mauricio Pochettino to stay at Saints

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Cortese's departure sparked talk of meltdown at St Mary's but Saints showed their mettle on the pitch with a 2-2 draw at Sunderland on Saturday.

Pochettino's side sit in ninth in the Premier League table - well clear of relegation trouble - and Cork believes the club must keep hold of Pochettino next term to continue to push on.

While the Argentine tactician said last May it would "make no sense" to remain at Southampton without Cortese, he has since pledged "100 per cent" to see out the current campaign at St Mary's.

Cork said: "For footballers it is the manager who matters, he is the one who deals with us.

Confidence

"He is the one we see every day, talks to us and gives us the confidence to play. What happens above that should not affect us.

"How vital is it he stays next season too? Very. He has been a great manager for us. It is vital he stays and we keep this thing going next season.

"As far as we are concerned, it is as you were. We were laughing at talk of us imploding. That was never going to happen. There has been a lot of silly talk. The gaffer came in and said I am not going anywhere. We carry on. That was nice to hear.

"I don't think it affected the lads much, but it was good for him to come in and say that.

"Sometimes when you are in a bad environment, when the finger of blame is out, you don't want to play the football. That can make it hard to play.

"But funnily enough it has not been much different to other weeks, even though there was all that talk of meltdown and such. It has never felt like that. We go in and train and play football like we always do."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company