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Nicola Cortese, the man credited with driving Southampton's renaissance as a force in the English Premier League, has left the club, Southampton said Wednesday.The Echo reported, discussions since then to agree a long-term strategy have not produced a solution.His departure is a major blow to Southampton, not least because Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested last May that he would also quit if Cortese left.Cortese ran the club's day-to-day affairs as Southampton climbed from League One to the Premier League in three years.When rumors of Milan's interest first surfaced in 2010, Cortese told Southampton's website: "I am obviously flattered about the interest, and flattered that it has come from a top, top team because I think this is a success, not just for me, but for Southampton Football Club, the supporters, my management team and our first team.
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