Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has allayed fears he will quit the club following chairman Nicola Cortese's resignation.
As reported by Rob Harris of the Associated Press, the Argentine has said it would be unprofessional of him to leave:
Mauricio Pochettino says he's not quitting Southampton: "I am staying as SaintsFC manager. I have a professional responsibility to everyone"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 16, 2014
Per a Sky Sports report in May 2013, Pochettino had previously claimed he was loyal to Cortese and would follow the Italian out of the exit door.
The whole situation stems from a disagreement between Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr and Cortese about the long-term future of the club, with Liebherr keen to have a bigger say in the running of the club, per Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.
Southampton fans are right to fear for what might happen to their club, having watched Cortese guide them from League One to Premier League safety in a short space of time.
But there are no confirmed reports that Liebherr wants to sell the club, as was claimed by Darren Lewis of the Mirror.
There are structures in place to safeguard the club financially, such as the state-of-the-art training complex at Staplewood and the hugely successful youth academy, which has produced Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among others.
And Liebherr has given no indication, after playing the role of silent owner for so long, that she intends to do anything hasty to jeopardise Southampton's future.
The reassurances from Pochettino regarding his future will allow Southampton some time to assess what they do next.
Since his controversial arrival in January 2013, Pochettino has kept Southampton in the Premier League before leading them into the top half of the table this season, making him an extremely popular figure.
With a strong footballing and business philosophy in place, there is no reason that Southampton fans should fear for the future of their club.