New Saints boss Hasenhuttl had shrugged off comparisons with his friend and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, and prioritised dragging his new club out of the Premier League relegation zone. 'The club's philosophy fits to mine, it was a good decision for me'. "We were sitting in the football school together and made our pro licence together and I was always a fan of his football".
'I know that he has a little bit more experience with games in England than I do, ' said Hasenhuttl with a wry smile.
It will not happen overnight of course and the first task will be to get Saints' team of under-achievers to remember how to win.
'This step is not an easy one, but I never wanted easy in my life, ' the Austrian said.
So it was the same old story for a Southampton side who have won only once in the Premier League this season and drop to 19th place, five points adrift of upwardly mobile Cardiff.
Former RB Leipzig coach Hasenhuttl ended his impressive spell with the German club in the summer.
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"We met at the hotel after lunch, he was very concise with his information, very honest and to the point with what he wanted and how he wants to work", Davis said.
The engaging Hasenhuttl, who joked that his surname translates into English as "rabbit hutch", fired a word of warning that he will ship out any players not ready for hard work. It's a bit back to the roots for me, past year was maybe easier because I had a fantastic Champions League team, and we were on a very high level tactically.
Hasenhuttl may wish he had stayed away on Wednesday, as Southampton turned in the kind of error-strewn display that has blighted their season so far, conceding three soft goals and committing too many sloppy mistakes. We have one session tomorrow and it's about getting stabilised very quickly, mainly in defence.
'The character and mentality of the team is OK, now they need a match plan which fits to them, where you can force the opposition more than they did against Tottenham.
Pompey go in search of an eighth consecutive win in all competitions when they host Southend.