Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has paid tribute to the impact of the club’s new head coach Mark Hughes.
Hughes was confirmed as Southampton’s new manager on March 14, with the Welshman signing a contract at St Mary’s until the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
The 54-year-old oversaw Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, which set up a semi-final clash against English champions Chelsea.
The Saints still have big problems in the Premier League, however, with a total of 28 points leaving them in 18th position in the table.
Hojbjerg, who scored his first Southampton goal against Wigan, has hailed Hughes for making an immediate impact at the struggling club.
Hojbjerg told Southampton’s official website:
“I think I speak on everyone’s behalf when I say it has been positive. It is a new impulse, new energy, good vibes, a fresh start. He worked a lot on intensity and discipline, and the desire to go the extra yards as individuals and as a team.
“We have some really good players and maybe this is the perfect fit, nothing is perfect in this world but it’s a good start, let me just say that.”
Hughes, who has recently been blasted by outspoken pundit Joey Barton, left his position with Stoke in January following a poor run of results.
Next up for Southampton is a huge game away to fellow strugglers West Ham United in the Premier League on March 31.