Southampton sack Puel despite finishing eight in Premier League

Southampton sack Puel despite finishing eight in Premier League

Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton in less than a year. Puel is understood to have fallen out with players, who didn’t like rotation policy.

Southampton chiefs pulled the trigger on Wednesday night after agreeing a pay-off with Puel, who had two years left on the deal he signed last summer.

The Former OGC Nice Manager, who was appointed to replace Ronald Koeman, lead Southampton to EFL Cup final but lost the trophy to Manchester United.

Southampton were Knocked out of the Europa League earlier in the group stage. They were suppose to qualify from that group after beating Inter Milan 2-1 at home in November.


Puel was shown the exit door despite finishing eight in the Premier League last season.

The Saints said in a statement: “Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect.

“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 that we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club.”

Puel believed that the work he did developing some of the club’s youngsters, would be enough to keep him in a job.

Southampton finished the season with 46 points their lowest in total for four seasons.

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