“I want to take the fans with us.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl might be straight down to work with his players at Staplewood Campus, but he was still keen to make sure on his first day as manager that the Saints supporters know he is not underestimating the importance they can play in his vision for the club.
"In every club I have been working until now it was the most important thing for me, because I know that it is very important that they help us when it is going tough, when it is a difficult situation,” said the new Southampton manager.
we want to show them that, even if we don't win, we have done everything to do so.ralph hasenhüttl
“I think the best example was on Wednesday, at the end of the match, you felt that the supporters never stopped helping them on the pitch.
“I want to take them with us. That's always what I have preferred to do at my former clubs, because the kind of football we want to play is to show them that, even if we don't win, we have done everything to do so.
“When we as a club develop in every situation, and also the fans, I think something can grow here which is remarkable.”
Hasenhüttl will lead his team for the first time this Saturday, as he takes them to Cardiff City for a big clash towards the foot of the Premier League table.
Southampton’s new boss ultimately has far loftier ambitions for the club than where they are now, but his number one goal is to make sure the team retains its Premier League status so that he can then set about building something bigger.
"There are really two targets at the moment,” he said. “The first is the near future, and in the near future the only target has to be to stay in this division.
“That’s tough enough, so that's the main goal at the moment – do everything with first decisions to get out of this zone where we are at the moment.
“Nine points after 15 matches is not a really good return. That's too less to make it one year again in this division.
“The first goal is to get out of this zone and raise your performance to a higher level.
“But also there is a mid-term target we have, to develop this club in all directions.”