Katharina Liebherr announces new CEO at Southampton (©GettyImages)
Katharina Liebherr announces new CEO at Southampton (©GettyImages).

Southampton appoint new interim CEO

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Southampton have announced that chief financial officer Gareth Rogers will become interim chief executive at St Mary's until the end of the season.

Chairman Nicola Cortese left the club earlier this month after tending his resignation in the autumn he left at the beginning of this year and many thought that manager Mauricio Pochettino would follow the Italian out the door, but the 41-year-old confirmed that he would remain at his post until the end of the season.

Rodgers told BBC Sport: "I am very pleased to be able to help the club by stepping up to the CEO's job on an interim basis.

"We have a fantastic staff and everyone is working together to make sure the club ends the season as strongly as possible."

The move allows owner Katharina Liebherr time to fill the position permanently, with Blackburn chairman John Williams current favourite to take over the role.

Liebherr said: "I am delighted Gareth has agreed to step into this role. After the events of the past week, my priority has been to bring stability to the management of the club and I am pleased we have been able to make this appointment from within, I am sure Gareth's appointment will be warmly received."

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