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Southampton Sack Manager Claude Puel Despite Top Half Finish

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Claude Puel’s Season At Southampton

Southampton, England – Southampton have sacked Claude Puel after just one season in charge. The Frenchmen signed a three year deal last summer after leaving Ligue 1 side Nice. He replaced the popular Ronald Koeman, who left to join Everton after two successful seasons with the Saints. Puel was unable to replicate the attractive attacking style that was so popular under Koeman.

However, despite a more conservative style of play the 55 year old led Southampton to an 8th place finish. His side also reached the League cup final, loosing 3-2 to Manchester United. The Saints arguably deserved to win the final. After seeing a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the first half. After loosing the final Puel’s side entered a bad run form. In total they suffered 16 defeats in the League. While they only scored 17 goals in their 19 home games.

Who could replace Puel at Southamton?

The next appointment Southampton make will be a crucial one. The Saints have sold many key players since gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2012. They have also lost the impressive managerial talents of Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman. Saints supporters will now hope to see a new longer term approach. With a manager who adopts a more entertaining style of play.

The early bookmakers was favorite Thomas Tuchel. Although he has reportedly ruled himself out of taking the job. Frank De Boer and Mauricio Pelligrino have been linked. However, Pelligrino is the odds on favorite to takeover at Crystal Palace. Other potential options could be Eddie Howe, who has done an exceptional job at Bournemouth. Or even Manuel Pelligrini, who is reportedly keen on returning to English football.

Whoever Southampton appoint as their next manager it is vital that they show they can keep hold of key players. If they appoint a notable manager their decision to sack Puel will be vindicated. However if they fail to appoint the right manager they may regret getting rid of Puel after just a season at the club.