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McCarthy discusses the appointment of Hassenhuttl

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Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been discussing life at the club since Ralph Hassenhuttl was appointed manager.

The former RB Leipzig manager replaced the sacked Mark Hughes as the Saints found themselves battling relegation for the second consecutive season, but McCarthy insists the players must do better.

“Everyone needed a kick up the a— and I think in the short amount of time he has been with us there has been a big reaction from the boys already,” McCarthy said, according to the Telegraph.

“He has got his different methods and they are totally different training sessions. Obviously, the goalies are not as involved as much but from what I have heard and what I have seen on the videos in the analysis room, everyone is just pressing, pressing, pressing once you lose the ball.”

“And when we regain it, instead of turning around and playing back, it’s having that confidence to play forward and bring everyone up the pitch so we are a lot more attacking.”

Speaking about the new manager’s training method, after reports suggested they were having longer sessions.

“He likes to play attractive football,” McCarthy says. “High pressing and intensive. I would much rather play like that than like Cardiff City did at the weekend.”

Hassenhuttl began life as Saints boss with a disappointing 1-0 away loss to Cardiff City, but McCarthy believes the manager will get it right, saying: “He’s not left any stone unturned. He’s very thorough.”

“With this manager and the way he wants to play, that is what you will see out there.”

“I think there will be a lot more team bonding sessions, whether it’s a lunch together or go-karting or whatever.”