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Saints name Rogers as CEO

Southampton have confirmed that interim chief executive Gareth Rogers has been appointed full-time.

Rogers, the club's former chief financial officer, took over as temporary CEO after former chairman Nicola Cortese's exit in January.

Cortese resigned after his relationship with owner Katharina Liebherr broke down and Southampton's future looked uncertain with manager Mauricio Pochettino tipped to follow Cortese out of the club.

However, Rogers moved quickly to stabilise the club and in a statement on Tuesday he said: "It is a real privilege and an honour to be confirmed as chief executive officer of Southampton.

"It is clear from every facet of the club that a real sense of potential exists and we intend to continue to strive in order to reach this.

"Whilst there is significant work ahead of us, I look forward and am excited by the challenge of helping the club to grow, both on and off the pitch, as we strive for long-term success."

Chairman Ralph Krueger, who was appointed Cortese's long-term successor earlier this month, added: "Gareth has done an excellent job leading our operation through a challenging and transitional two months.

"In that time he has proved himself to be decisive, open to innovation and able to inspire others to share his great values, and his appointment is another important step forward for our team."