Southampton have begun their search for a new executive chairman after Nicola Cortese handed in his resignation on Wednesday.
The 45 year old Italian had been seriously considering his future at Southampton over the past months. As he has had a disagreement with club owner Katharina Liebherr about football matters.
Now that Cortese has resigned from the club, saints fans will be nervous and worried over the future of their club. Southampton have had great success under Cortese over the years with his wise and big decisions to bring in managers which has seen the club rise into the Premier league from lower divisions.
Katharina is the daughter of Southampton’s last owner Markus Liebherr, who saved the club from going bust in 2009. He died from a heart attack a year later.
Katharina has now taken over as non-executive chairman and has stated that she has no interest in football.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is now set to also quit the club as he warned Southampton earlier in the year if Cortese was to leave he would quit as well.
Now that Katharina is in charge the club expect that their star players will now leave as she looks to collect an investment in the club.
Top players such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, and Dani Osvaldo may all leave.
Adam Lallana sparking interest by Manchester United who are the front runners for the Southampton captain. Chelsea, City, and United are all interested in Shaw. Lambert looks like his on his way to West Ham on a eight million Euro deal. Rodriguez is sparking interest from Liverpool and Osvaldo may go back to Italy with interest made by Milan.
Southampton fans will be hoping to keep their star players and not cash in on them but with Katharina’s lack of interest in the game they will surely be worried and it is certainly not a great time to be a saint’s fan with nightmares appearing everywhere.