Mauricio Pellegrino spoke of his delight at becoming Southampton’s new manager after arriving for his first day with the club.
The Saints boss visited Staplewood Campus to tour the training ground and meet members of staff, ahead of beginning work with the first-team when they start to report back on Monday.
"The first thing I would like to stress is that I am really happy to be here. It is a pleasure for me,” said Pellegrino.
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“I would like to make the most of this opportunity. I am really pleased about how people have received me, how Les [Reed], Ross [Wilson], Ralph [Krueger] and everybody was really kind with me from the beginning.
“When I hear the desire about the future of the club and the goals they express for the club for the next season and in the next few years, we were completely agreeing and I quickly felt for me it would be a great opportunity.
“I am really happy to be in the Premier League, to be in Southampton. I think we can create a great mood to bond the players and the people that are working in this amazing training ground and I have got confidence to do my best for this team.
“I am really happy – this is my first feeling.”
Pellegrino, who flew in from his homeland of Argentina to get started, is also excited about the prospect of getting to work with his squad from Monday.
"I am looking forward to getting to know them and talking to them,” he said. “I am really excited for this moment, because I love to work and I feel that this profession for me is a vocation – I don't feel like it's work.
“I want to translate that to the players – try to enjoy, but working as best as we can while enjoying every single day.”