Southampton FC have confirmed the sacking of their manager Claude Puel less than a year after his three year appointment at St Mary’s.
Puel joined Saints in June 2016 taking over from Ronald Koeman who had spent just two seasons at the club and departed for a move to Everton.
Despite Puel taking Saints to eighth in the Premier League in 2016-17 and carrying the side to the EFL Cup final, they finished the season with their lowest Premier League points total for four seasons and were knocked out of the Europa League from a group they were expected to progress from.
The former Lyon and Nice manager had stirred an unrest amongst the fans and players alike, particularly over his tepid tactics. After just 41 goals from 38 games, fans booed off their team on the final day of the season.
However, several players enjoyed the best season of their careers under Puel, such as Oriol Romeu, James-Ward Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Cédric Soares and, at a stretch, Maya Yoshida.
Southampton released the following statement on their website:
“Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year. The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final, a day our fans will always treasure.
“We wish Claude well for the future. The search for a new management team is underway. We are confident we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club.”
Southampton now find themselves searching for a fourth manager in just over three years. After leaving Borussia Dortmund,Thomas Tuchel is the current bookies favourite to replace the Dutchman. Frank de Boer, Mauricio Pellegrino, Jaap Stam and Paulo Sousa have also been mentioned, the latter being an outsider for his lack of management in the Premier League.