After a successful debut season back in the Barclays Premier League things surely can only continue to get better for Southampton Football Club.

Nicola Cortese, Southampton's Chairman and the man who masterminded the Saints rise up the Football League, has never been far from controversy. After the harsh sacking of Nigel Adkins, the current Reading boss, many of the St Mary's faithful voiced their concern about how the club was being run. 

Mauricio Pochettino has since put those fears to bed and has done a remarkable job to perfect an already attractive brand of football and ensure top flight safety.

But there have been a few indications of Southampton's ambitions. First was Cortese's decision to appoint Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who many believe to have great potential, as Nigel Adkins successor. Second was Artur Boruc who is quoted as saying: "I dont see why we can't finish in the top 4 in the next two years." 

This incredible statement was then backed up by the Saints Boss Pochettino who said: "Why two years? Why not next year?" These statements of intent show that Southampton are aiming to progress quickly.

The Daily Echo, a trusted Southampton news source, claims Cortese is ready to spend big with a rumoured £100 million pound war chest to help aid this push for the Champions League. 

In recent years Southampton have lost world-class talent such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and most recently Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With the emergence of Luke Shaw, interest began to increase in the young 17-year-old left back. 

As another statement of the Saints ambition he has verbally confirmed that on turning 18 years of age he will pen a new five year deal. Along with the recent contract extensions of Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been rumoured with a move to Arsenal, and three more first team players signals Southampton’s desire to keep hold of their top players.

With Cortese's five year plan for a rise from League 1 to the Premier League completed ahead of schedule and with top flight safety secured for another season, it is now time for the next stage of Southampton's journey, the quest for a coveted Champions League place is underway, and who knows what they can achieve.

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