Southampton chairman Nico Cortese expects more from his players this coming season.

Cortese expects a big season from his players, demanding an improvement on last term's 14th- placed finish in their first campaign back in the Premier League.

He told the Daily Mail: "I watch the players train every couple of weeks, but I don't tell them I'm coming,' he added. 'There's a rumour they train harder when I turn up and, if that's true, I hope they do.

"I observe, I try to pick things up, to assess the mood and decide if I need to change something."