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first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino’s future at the club was uncertain on Wednesday as key ally Nicola Cortese quit as executive chairman. Liebherr said in the statement on Southampton’s official website: ”With great regret we have accepted the resignation of Mr Cortese. ”He has done a wonderful job and we very much wanted him to stay. A search has now begun for a successor. ”It is business as usual and we will ensure that the manager, team and staff at the club have all the help and support they need.” Yet there was talk of Cortese considering his position in May, and at the time Pochettino warned he too would leave Southampton if his boss chose to do so. The Argentinian manager, who was appointed as successor to Nigel Adkins in January 2013, said last year: ”I would not understand staying in this role if Nicola was not here. ”The person that actually called me from the start, told me about the project and put their faith in me was Nicola. ”I have great respect as well for Southampton, the club and the supporters, but Nicola has been the one that has placed his trust and faith in me. ”I wouldn’t see myself in this club if it was not for him. We are on the same wavelength about the club and the future of the club so it really would not make any sense if I was at this club and he was not.” Southampton are currently ninth in the table. Defender Luke Shaw gave his reaction to Cortese’s departure in a message on Twitter, writing: “Gutted with that news, but would just like to thank Nicola Cortese for everything he has done for me and the club! All the best to him!” Italian Cortese was appointed as Southampton’s executive chairman in 2009 after being instrumental in German-born Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr’s purchase of the club earlier that year, and has since overseen their remarkable rise from League One to the top flight. It is understood Cortese had been contemplating quitting due to divisions between him and Katharina Liebherr, who took over as the south coast side’s owner following the death of her father Markus in 2010. Pochettino is scheduled to hold his regular pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon ahead of Southampton’s trip to Sunderland on Saturday. There have been reports claiming 45-year-old Cortese first handed in his resignation several weeks ago. His reasons are unclear, however Liebherr is planning to sell the club according to the BBC. Having entered administration just prior to the Liebherr takeover, Southampton began Cortese’s first season as executive chairman with a 10-point deduction but soon rose from the bottom of the third tier. They achieved back-to-back promotions in 2011 and 2012 as Adkins, brought in as a replacement for Alan Pardew, guided them to the Championship and then Premier League. And after the controversial sacking of Adkins, Pochettino led the Saints to a 14th-placed finish last term, with them ending their comeback top-flight campaign five points clear of the relegation zone. In a statement, the Barclays Premier League outfit announced club owner Katharina Liebherr had taken on the role of non-executive chairman following Cortese’s resignation. They also said a search had begun for a chief executive officer, who will take over Cortese’s executive duties. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgMatt Moran Andrew McEvoy Andrew McEvoy addressing guests Industry members gathered at Aria Restaurant in Sydney last night to celebrate renowned chef Matt Moran as he embarks on the T-QUAL Tick Tour, which will take him on a journey around Australia visiting some of the country’s best tourism experiences in an Australian Government initiative for the new national symbol of tourism quality.Launched earlier in the year, T-QUAL will help travellers and travel agents to make more informed choices based on the accreditation of Australia’s best tourism products and services, giving them the confidence in booking with the knowledge that they will be taken care of.Matt will sample some of the already 3,000 operators in the industry that carry the tick of approval, with 13,000 potential operators in the waiting for approval.An ambassador to travel in Australia, Matt Moran expressed his excitement in experiencing more of Australia’s quality offerings, saying “as co-owner of ARIA, I understand the importance of promoting quality in the industry. I can’t wait to discover the best that Australia has to offer and to experience the high-quality products that are available right on our doorstep.” Guests were treated to some of Matt’s celebrated culinary dishes while hearing all about the details of the upcoming T-QUAL Tick Tour, which will kick off today with an overnight experience at Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore.  From there, Matt will journey through destinations such as Hobart, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Broome while visiting some quality tourism experiences.Managing director of Tourism Australia, Andrew McEvoy joined the evening and was please to announce Matt’s tour, saying “it will give people all over the country an insight into exactly why they can trust the T-QUAL Tick when booking their next holiday, allowing them to relax safe in the knowledge that they will enjoy value for money and a quality experience.” Everyone can join Matt on his journey of the T-QUAL Tick Tour by following his regular blog posts, video logs, tweets and Facebook updates.  The T-QUAL Tick Tour will feature on Matt’s blog (t-qual.tumblr.com), Matt’s Twitter account (@chefmattmoran), Matt’s Facebook page (facebook.com/chefmattmoran), and YouTube (youtube.com/user/TQUALaustralia). Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Matt Moran addressing guestslast_img read more