Le Tissier wants more creativity under Pellegrino

Matt Le Tissier hopes to see Southampton entertain under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino next season.

The 45-year-old former Valencia, Estudiantes, Independiente and Deportivo Alaves manager was appointed by the Saints on a three-year deal on Friday.

He follows on from Claude Puel, who led the side to an eighth-placed Premier League finish last season as well as to the League Cup final, where they lost 3-2 to Manchester United.

Puel continued on the progress made at the club under Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, and Le Tissier is keen to see the new man "reignite the fan base" after certain sections became disillusioned with Puel's tactics as the season wore on.

Le Tissier told Sky Sports News HQ. "Obviously, Mauricio's [Pochettino] done very well for himself, he set up a team that was very energetic, entertaining to watch. There weren't many dull moments.

"That's the kind of thing the Southampton board were looking for just to reignite the fan base again because a lot of Southampton fans towards the end of last season became disenchanted with the style of play more than anything else."

He added: "The eighth place was great but it was a lot of points less than last season. The cup final was great but I think ultimately the Southampton fans thought, 'yes we like winning, we like getting to cup finals but we also like to get entertained' and that was the main thing for me.

"I would imagine his remit would be the top-eight which is where we have finished for the last four seasons, it was great to get to a cup final which we narrowly missed out on.

"Probably the biggest thing would be to maybe add a little more creativity in the way we play. A little more of the high pressing that we became accustomed to over a few seasons with [Mauricio] Pochettino and with Ronald Koeman.

"That's what the club are looking for – somebody who can take the club back to the way we were playing before last season."