Davis keeping focus on Spurs

By SFC Media Tue 04 Dec Tottenham v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Kelvin Davis

With more than a decade behind him at Southampton, it would be understandable if Kelvin Davis's overriding emotion when he leads the team at Wembley on Wednesday night was one of pride.

Yet the club's First Team Assistant Coach, who takes charge of the visit to Tottenham Hotspur following the departure of Mark Hughes as manager, is putting that to one side for the game.

"If I'm honest, my feeling right now is not one of pride," he said. "If I put my mind forward and imagine myself standing on the sideline being a coach or a manager for Southampton Football Club, everything in my body would tell me that's a lovely feeling and one I would obviously always cherish.

"But my feelings right now are more about focus and preparing the team and the lads to put a strong performance in and do what everyone connected with the club wants to see."

Davis took charge of training at Staplewood Campus on Monday, alongside Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson, Head of Sports Science Alek Gross and Assistant Under-23s coach Craig Fleming, as he began preparations for the Spurs clash.

"The messages will be very simple, very clear," said Davis.

"My role is to take the team on Wednesday. I don't see the point in trying to get too much into their heads. They're good players and I think we'll get everything we can get into them before the game.

it's about keeping them focused on football and tottenham hotspur.

kelvin davis
first team assistant coach

"They're professional boys, and I like to think with their abilities there's nothing stopping them putting in a positive performance and hopefully putting a display that puts us in a position to come away with something."

Davis added: "I would be silly to think I could make big changes. It's about now just keeping them focused on football, keeping them focused on Tottenham, keeping them focused on winning and trying to get the club moving forward again.

"We are where we are, and I think if you sat every one of the lads down they believe, and we believe, that we should be in a stronger position, and I just want, in the little bit of time I've got, is get them to realise that putting on a Southampton shirt is something to be proud of and if I can just get that one thing across or at least get them to emphasise that more in their play then that might be the difference in turning draws into wins."

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