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Southampton: Nicola Cortese on his St Marys reign as chairman

Southampton: Nicola Cortese on his St Marys reign as chairman
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Nicola Cortese soaks up the Milan sunshine, far from the troubles that ended his reign as Southampton chairman in January, http://www.officialbullsonline.com/Authentic-Carlos-Boozer-Jersey far from the madding crowd. Wearing a crisp white shirt, a sharp blue suit and a smile not often seen while he was at St Mary's, he is opening up for the first time since leaving the Premier League club five months ago. "I can only look back at things in a positive way, but it is only when you step away that you realise how much you had to sacrifice," says the 45-year-old Italian. "I am trying to catch up with those things. Some things I will never catch up on, but my children and my wife are happy to have me back." We meet in a quiet corner of central Milan, a short stroll from the city's spectacular cathedral, a few miles from the footballing mecca of San Siro. "Southampton became my life," he adds. "I was working seven days a week, 24 hours a day, whether I was in the office or not. "When you work so intensively like that, you have to readjust your life when you stop. I found it tough for two, three days, but I am not someone who dwells on things. I don't have regrets." He talks me through the final few days of his time in charge of Southampton. When had he known that the time had come to walk away? "Christmas," he says. "I knew at Christmas time." Had the players suspected something was not right? Had the club's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, known? "Not directly," he says. "I am somebody whose emotions you can read in my face. I was worried that people would recognise something was not right, so I simply did not appear as often at the training ground. "I kept my distance; I did not get as close, but doing that raised some question marks of its own." The courtyard garden in which we meet hums to a soundtrack of impassioned chatter that all but drowns out the clinks of glass and cutlery as well as the nearby rumble of renovation work. Cortese looks relaxed and content, but http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Red+Erik+Johnson+Jersey when I raise the subject of Southampton owner Katherina Liebherr, his answers become more carefully worded, more thoughtful. He talks around the subject, never mentioning Liebherr by name, refusing to be drawn into criticism of her. "I could not see a way forward together," he says. "As simple as that." Cortese had helped to buy Saints for Katherina's father, Markus, in 2009, but when he died of a heart attack in August 2010, his daughter took control. When I ask whether he could have done more to repair a working relationship that broke down irrevocably over a period of six months and more, he responds: "That is not a question for me to answer. "I think I proved enough over five years. There wasn't anyone doubting what else we could have achieved." Had he felt emotion at the way it ended? "I never allowed myself to be led by emotion," he says. "The emotions came afterwards." Would he ever go back? "Never." Since his departure, Cortese has been accused of leaving the club with £27m of unpaid transfer fees. Did he leave a Nathan MacKinnon L Jersey financial mess behind? "I don't know what changed. Because on the day I left the financial situation looked quite brilliant. Everything we had done had been budgeted for." What of Pochettino? Was there a moment on 15 January, the day he left, when he thought the manager might follow him out of the club? "No," he says. "There was never any doubt about his future. "There was no doubt in his mind as well. First of all, he was contractually bound, but he had a duty to stay." Former Espanyol boss Pochettino had arrived 12 months earlier as the little-known Argentine to replace Nigel Adkins, a decision that attracted widespread scorn. "I can't blame anyone who criticised me, but I have always felt that facts are stronger than words," says Cortese. "The facts now prove that it was the right move. http://home.zdwe.com/space.php?uid=87146&do=blog&id=10779 http://en.seaclub.lv/blogs/9359/25375/ http://forum.forumcrea.com/viewtopic.php?pid=49118#p49118

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