The Telegraph says representatives of the Liebherr family and Cortese were in talks yesterday about a severance package.
Pochettino then closely aligned his future with Cortese, whose work at Southampton has been noted by clubs in Europe. Asked if he would be staying if Cortese left, Pochettino said: "Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese.
"When I first arrived here, nobody knew who Mauricio Pochettino was. Nicola put his faith in me and knew me from way, way back.
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