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SUNDERLAND .. 2 SOUTHAMPTON2 ADAM LALLANA insists events off the field will not derail Southampton's season.

The Saints were rocked this week by the departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese as owner Katharina Liebherr installed herself at the St Mary's Stadium.

Cortese's exit prompted speculation that manager and close ally Mauricio Pochettino could follow, and the Argentinian's revelation that he will assess his position at the end of the season did little to quell the uncertainty.

NO Adam However, amid speculation that the Italian could attempt to put together a consortium to launch a take-over attempt, Lallana is adamant that none of that will affect him and his team-mates.

The 25-year-old Saints player said: "It hasn't been a tough week, but things have happened that people might have thought would have taken our eye off the ball.

"We are the same team that's been together and we have the same manager, so we have got to fight for each other and for him, which is what we have been doing all season and the season before. Nothing has really changed.

CHANGE: Lallana "We proved to people that we haven't been affected and our minds are still as fresh as they ever have been, and I think that showed."

That is a view shared by former Southampton midfielder Matt Le Tissier, who is confident that changes in the boardroom will not necessarily have repercussions on the pitch.

He said: "I don't see what's happened off the field affecting what's going on on the field."


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 20, 2014
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