Saints Searching For Stability

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Rickie Lambert is the subject of transfer interest from West Ham. Image courtesy of Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

In ninth position on 30 points, Southampton is still coming to grips with the sudden resignation of Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese after a falling-out with owner Katharina Liebherr. It’s also believed Liebherr, who inherited the Saints from her father Markus three-and-a-half years ago, wants to off-load the club. The speculation has made manager Mauricio Pochettino and his players very nervous and fans want the owner to deliver some certainty.

Black Cats manager Gus Poyet hopes his players can capitalise on the turmoil at St Mary’s Stadium when Pochettino’s side visits Wearside. Though a 4-1 upset over Fulham lifted the Coal Cats off the bottom of the ladder, they are still firmly entrenched in the relegation zone and desperately need a string of wins. But they have been rare this season. From 21 outings, Sunderland has just four victories. In fact, the strugglers have failed to notch back-to-back successes.

Southampton has twice as many wins as its rivals, including a last start 1-0 effort over West Bromich. A key to its chances is striker Rickie Lambert, who is being chased by West Ham. Forward Jay Rodriguez is the Saints leading goal-scorer with eight.

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