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Ninth place Southampton will look to put a week of turmoil behind them when they travel to the North-East to take on Sunderland.
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An impressive season is in trouble of falling apart following a week of upheaval in the board room that saw Nicola Cortese to resign as chairman on Wednesday with club owner Katharina Liebherr taking on the role of non-executive chairman.
The changes led to speculation that manager Mauricio Pochettino could resign, given the Argentinian’s previous threats to walk away if Cortese left the club.
However the former Espanyol manager has quelled those rumours by confirming that he will remain in charge.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Pochettino said “I am fully committed to these players, to the staff and to these supporters. It would make no sense to leave this path,”
With his future now resolved Pochettino will now focus on addressing a run of form that has seen Southampton win just two of their last 10 games.
The club have won just one of their last 8 games on the road and face a Sunderland side that has lost just one of their last 9 games in all competitions.
A hat trick from Adam Johnson last time out saw the club beat Fulham 4-1 and moved the from bottom of the table to within one point of safety.
The Black Cats are unbeaten against the Saints this season, drawing 1-1 in August at St Mary’s before running out 2-1 winners when the sides met in the Capital One cup in November.
Gus Poyet will head into the game with no new injury worries with Kieren Westwood the only long-term absentee.
Southampton meanwhile will be without two of their expensive summer signings with Pablo Osvaldo serving the final game of this three game suspension and Victor Wanyama struggling with a leg injury.