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Pearson unsure over Saints future

Nigel Pearson
Pearson took charge at St Mary's in February (Getty)

Southampton manager Nigel Pearson has admitted that his future at the club is "uncertain", despite keeping them in the Championship this season.

With former chairman Rupert Lowe and Michael Wilde set to overthrow the current board, Pearson's future has been the subject of speculation.

Pearson told BBC Radio Solent: "There is a level of uncertainty at the moment, but it is out of my hands."

"This is a great club, and I'd love to stay and be part of the future."

The Saints won their battle against relegation, which went to the last day of the campaign, and Pearson is keen to stay on at St Mary's.

"The experience has definitely given me the motivation that, if I do get the opportunity to continue, I'll do it with absolute commitment," he added.

Nick Illingsworth is the chairman of the Saints Trust, and he told BBC Radio Solent that the fans were behind Pearson:

"The overall groundswell of opinion amongst fans is that he did well to keep us up, and he should be given a chance at continuing the job."

"But I think that if Rupert Lowe comes in he won't be kept on, and that would be a shame. There are over-riding factors in Pearson's performance, not least the mess that he took over."

see also
Pearson proud of Saints survival
05 May 08 |  Southampton
Southampton 3-2 Sheff Utd
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