Southampton midfielder Jack Cork revealed manager Mauricio Pochettino has reassured the players he is committed to the club in the wake of the departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
Saints threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Sunderland in their first game since Cortese's sudden departure, which has led to speculation over the future of Pochettino and a number of their highly-rated young players.
But Cork told BT Sport: “The gaffer is brilliant. He came in and said to us the day after: 'I'm fully behind you, I'm sticking with you'. It gives us a lot of confidence.”
Cork said Southampton should not have let the three points slip through their grasp at the Stadium of Light, with goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren cancelled out by efforts from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson.
“The first half we played really well, the second half they were always going to come out and press us,” he said. “We should have got some more for it, but fair play to them as well.”
Saints lost Lovren and Gaston Ramirez to injury in the second half and Cork hopes they will not be out too long.
He said: “We've got the next league game in two weeks, let's hope they are all right for then.”
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said he was “happy with the point” after revealing his half-time team talk would have been “difficult” to repeat on television.
The Black Cats have now lost only once in their last 10 matches in all competitions, but the Uruguayan is still certain he needs to strengthen this month.
The departure of director of football Roberto De Fanti would appear on the face of it to give Poyet a greater say over signings.
He said: “It's a new situation, until the day before yesterday we were working together and now we have changed a little bit the structure.”
Poyet added: “We have to [strengthen in the January window].”
Asked in what positions, he said: “Everywhere. We have a problem in goal because of the injury to Keiren Westwood. [We need] some power, understanding in the middle and the one who makes the difference.”
The one making the difference for Sunderland at the moment is Johnson, who followed up his hat trick against Fulham with another effort.
“I think Johno can be the signing of the January transfer window for us,” Poyet said.