Southampton part company with Puel

Late on Thursday evening Southampton Football Club announced that they had sacked manager Claude Puel after just one season in charge.

The board have been considering their options since the end of the season and have decided that Puel was no longer the man they wanted to take the club forward.

The decision will not have come as a surprise to Southampton fans, who had been calling for a change in management long before the season ended.

Puel led Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League and to the League Cup final, but the lack of goals and conservative style of play have contributed to the club’s decision to dismiss the 55-year-old Frenchman just one year into a three-year contract.

Club 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.