Pochettino backing for Cortese

first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will follow Nicola Cortese out of the club should the executive chairman leave. Press Association The Italian businessman is understood to be considering his position at Saints due to frustrations over the backing he receives. Cortese, who has overseen Saints rise from League One to the top flight, wants the Liebherr trust to underwrite his strategy for Southampton to consolidate themselves in the Premier League. The executive chairman will make a decision on whether to remain at the club within the next month and manager Pochettino has confirmed if Cortese leaves, so will he. Asked if he would be staying if Cortese left, the Argentinian said: “Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese. center_img “Nicola Cortese has basically been the reality at Southampton for the past four years. “Of course, the people that are in the club, that are part of the club, that are behind the scenes in the club were a little bit worried about what has been said. Me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here.”¼ A source close to Cortese, who has overseen Saints’ rise from League One to the top flight, said he will make a decision on whether to remain as chairman within the next month. It is understood Cortese’s current frustration centres on those in charge of the trust knowing little about football and not committing themselves to his plans. Cortese has told the trust he wants to take Southampton to the next level and wants them to support his strategy for doing so, including committing itself to underwriting some modest investment. Cortese feels he has proved he has handled the club well and his decision, controversial at the time, to replace Nigel Adkins with Pochettino four months ago has paid off with the Saints having secured Premier League status for next season. Cortese was instrumental in the purchase of Southampton in 2009 by Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr, who died suddenly the following year. When I first arrived here, nobody knew who Mauricio Pochettino was,” the Saints boss added. “Nicola put his faith in me and knew me from way, way back. When I got to know his project, we were basically on the same wavelength as to what we wanted for Southampton in the future. Basically, my future in Southampton has to be with Nicola.” last_img read more

I don’t mind getting hurt, just don’t want to get out: Virat Kohli

first_imgNEW DELHI: The 2014 tour of England is one that saw current India skipper Virat Kohli struggle against the swinging Dukes ball in English conditions. With scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests of that tour, he averaged just 13.50 in his ten innings. However, Kohli doesn’t see the tour as a disappointment.”In the 2014 England tour, it was basically about not adjusting to the conditions and doing things that I wanted to do and being rigid about it. Being rigid about anything doesn’t get you anywhere. It was a long and painful realisation but I realised it,” said Kohli while speaking with Mayank Agarwal on the series ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ hosted by bcci.tv. “2014 tour is always going to be a milestone in my career. I really had to sit down and change things about how I approach the game before that tour, the way I played the game and start being more fearless. “I realised that in Test cricket when it gets tough, to maintain your composure is the most difficult thing for a cricketer and that was something which I really needed to correct. “If that tour hadn’t happened, I would have continued the same way I was and wouldn’t have improved. That tour made me think how I approach my international career and do I just want to be a pushover everytime I play Test cricket. That’s a decision I had to make,” he added. Kohli revealed that after that England tour where India were defeated 1-3 in the five-Test series, Ravi Shastri offered him a piece of advice which worked wonders for him. “Ravi bhai called me and Shikhar to his room after the Test series in 2014. His understanding was very sharp. He told me to stand outside the crease and explained the mindset behind it. He also asked me if I was afraid of the short ball. I said, ‘I wasn’t afraid of the short-pitched balls. I am not afraid to get hurt, I just don’t want to get out’,” he said. “I started practising that in Australia in the same year and the results were unbelievable.” The 31-year-old also had a chat with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar after the England tour and had few sessions as well with him in Mumbai. “After the England tour, I looked at my footage. I spoke to Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and had a few sessions with him. I told him that I am working on my hip position and he made me realise the importance of a big stride, the forward press against fast bowlers as well.” On his next tour of England in 2018, Kohli emerged as the leading run-scorer with 593 runs, including two hundreds and three half-centuries. “I never really paid attention to the perception of the people about me after 2014. Obviously, it troubled me a little because all my credibility as a player went away in a month or so. But then I stopped focussing on what people had to say about me,” Kohli said. “I went into my zone and kept working on my game. The great thing about 2018 was I went as a captain and a player. I wanted to lead from the front and contribute to the team by scoring runs. “That’s why I was nervous before the first Test in 2018. I wanted to start well. It was not like that I performed bad in 2014 and now here’s my chance of redemption in 2018,” he added. Despite a brilliant batting performance from Kohli, India went on to lose that series 1-4. However, the Indian captain believes the tour boosted the confidence of the team, which later on helped them win their maiden Test series in Australia. “We weren’t too heartbroken about the England series in 2018 to be honest because we really competed well. It was a tight and a confidence boosting series for us.” Talking about his X-factor as a captain, Kohli said: “I would not compromise on wanting a result in any situation. A draw comes to me, only and only if the situation has gone too bad or in the last hour when you don’t have an option. I will not think of a draw from the first minute in the morning.” IANS Also watch: Minister Reviews Flood Readiness for Guwahatilast_img read more