Having been appointed as an official Southampton ambassador earlier this week, club legend Matt Le Tissier has been speaking about his favourite topic and he’s picked out one massive change that he’s noticed within the camp since Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl walked through the door.
Le Tiss was obviously backing the man to get things right and get Southampton back on their way as we look to put successive relegation battles behind us, but he told the Daily Echo that he felt there had been a marked improvement in the attitude and confidence of the players on the training pitch and although he says he didn’t watch training back when now Tottenham Hotspur gaffer Mauricio Pochettino was with us, he images that it harks back to those days.
“I’ve been very impressed with the training I’ve watched and the difference in the performance of the team since Ralph H has come in and am confident for the rest of the season. I’ve loved watching training under the last four or five managers since Ronald Koeman was in charge and there’s definitely an intensity to it that I’d not seen before. I didn’t see them train under Mauricio Pochettino but imagine it would have been pretty similar.”
“One of the big things that hasn’t changed from my day is the importance of a good team spirit. If you get that going it can help you overcome deficiencies when you’re playing teams with far better and more expensive players. So it’s been good to see the mood amongst the players looking very upbeat which it hasn’t always done in previous training sessions I’ve watched.”
Having already seen some improvements on the pitch, there’s certainly reason for optimism again moving forward but there’s plenty of work still to be done and with the lay out of the fixture list, things could look even rosier come March time if results go our way.
Rightly, MLT also pointed to the fact that Hasenhuttl has already turned to youth which is more in keeping with our style in more successful times, so that bodes well as well.