Pochettino eyes end-of-season talks

Hampshire Chronicle: Mauricio Pochettino will discuss his Southampton future in the summer Mauricio Pochettino will discuss his Southampton future in the summer

Mauricio Pochettino wants to sit down with the Southampton board to discuss his and the club's future - but not until the season is over.

Some may argue Saints' campaign is pretty much over already, given they are all but certain to finish inside the top 10 but no higher than eighth.

Still, with seven matches remaining, including Saturday's clash with Newcastle, Pochettino insists there is much to play for, which is why he again would not be drawn on his future.

Speculation continues to mount over the former Argentina international's long-term commitment, with Marseille, Monaco and Getafe the latest to be linked with a summer move.

Pochettino laughed off such talk and pointed to the fact he has a further season to run on his existing deal, although outlined the importance of summer talks with Southampton's newly-formed board following the January departure of ambitious - if divisive - executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

"At the moment, we're in the midst of finishing the competition as best as possible," he said.

"I am not a manager to speak about individual situations when we're in the middle of doing that, which also includes my own personal, individual circumstances.

"I think the fact that I still have an additional year on my contract is proof enough that we should be focusing on the league, focusing on the competitions.

"After these six weeks, then we can speak about things in a calm manner and I can get to know more how the club wants to move forward, what the new project at the club is and how we move forward from then on.

"With everything that has happened in January, with the arrival of a new team, a new vision for the football club, a new vision in a commercial and sporting sense, I don't think it is time to be speaking about decisions or making abrupt decisions.

"I think once the season is over, we can make a deep analysis of how we want to move forward.

"We want to listen, especially more than anything to the new team, how they want to forward with the new team and from then on we can make a decision with the new team about how we move forward."

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