Kelvin Davis says new Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has already made an impact at the club.

Davis took caretaker charge of the side for last night’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley just hours after meeting Hasenhuttl at the team hotel.

The Austrian addressed the coaching staff and made clear his thoughts and expectations ahead of taking control today, and he impressed Davis.

“Very concise with his information, very honest, very to the point with what he wanted and explained how he wants to work. Generally a good feel to him,” explained the Saints goalkeeping legend.

“He’s very keen to come in and improve us as a group and he wants to join our football club which is fantastic with the pedigree that he’s got so we are really looking forward to getting started.

“He only addressed the coaching staff, he didn’t address the playing staff in any way.

“It was quite simple, it was how he likes to play the game, how he likes his sessions to be planned, how he watches opposition and what he expects from people around him and the standards.

“There was no grey area we have now at this football club.”

Davis was allowed to pick the side for last night’s game at Spurs in which Saints showed spirit but were undone by familiar problems.

“Goals obviously change games and we probably switched off at key moments in the game and at the other end you have a world class goalkeeper pulling off fantastic saves, which I was a little bit envious of,” smiled Davis.

“When you are 3-0 down against Spurs you are not expecting too much from the game but I thought the lads were fantastic in sticking to the game and just being a team, which is what I asked them before the game.

“I think we had some really good performances in there so a lot to be satisfied with although taking nothing from the game.

“Personally, I think we have got a good set of players, an honest set of players.

“If you look at the goals we conceded tonight and looking on reflection on the game, that has been our achilles heel this season. I think that is something he (Hasenhuttl) will be looking to address as quickly as he can.”

Davis doesn’t believe the current Saints issues are a crisis of confidence and that they can be turned around.

“I think it’s a mindset. I’m not sure it is confidence,” he reckoned.

“I had a quick look at the goals before I came in and they are goals that, ultimately, are easy to stop.

“I think it’s a mindset and confidence will build from that.

“I don’t believe that we are not a confident group and when you’ve been in and around it as much as I have it isn’t a group in a bad place.”

Davis now returns to take a place on the coaching staff once again but is delighted to have had the chance to step in as manager.

“It’s busy being a manager,” he reflected. “From my personal development it’s been a fantastic experience.

“The club have shown unbelievable faith and trust in me to put me in that position and give me that role.

“I think the players reacted great to it so for my personal development it’s been a fantastic experience. It’s the best work experience you are going to have.

“I am thankful of that but 100 per cent ready to support Ralph and his team and look to get this football club back up the league.”