Ralph Hassehuttl may be satisfied with his side’s Premier survival but has warned there will be changes next season as he looks to build on a promising start to life at the club.
The Saints are 16th in the league table with 38 points, but they are already secure after a 3-3 draw with Bournemouth last weekend.
Hasenhuttl feels he has done a great job, having taken charge in December when the side had just one victory in as many games and looked in huge problem.
But rather than basking in his success, Hasenhuttl wants to make sure there are no relegation battles next season, and says the hard work begins with Saturday’s encounter against West Ham.
“I am very happy that we were a little bit successful in this time,” said Hasenhuttl.
“For me it was a new step, in a new league, a new language.
“I was not sure if I could put, immediately, all the things in the team I want to.
“But I think finally, when I look back, it has not worked that bad.
“I am happy we had a good first year. Normally, the first half-year is the most difficult one, so we can look more positively for the future.
“We are trying to build the most important things for the next year now. For the next two weeks, everybody is here, from the team, from the staff. We want to make a few changes for next year.
“We must think about getting better in every position in the club and I think that means we have to be clear what was OK and where we have potential to grow and then make next year a big step forward.
“Signing players is one thing, knowing the expertise we need at this club is another thing, and that is the reason we will try to scan every part of the club at this moment.”
Asked if Southampton had celebrated their safety, he said: “Not that much. I think it was special the moment after, when we were on the pitch.
“It is different, winning a championship or only staying in the league.
“We are happy, we worked very hard to stay in the league. We came from a very difficult position.
“It is fantastic we are safe and it is like a new start. For the future, doing it better is the important thing.”