Frenchman Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton after being in charge of one season.
Appointed as the head coach in June 2016, Puel has taken the Saints to reach League Cup final—the club’s first major final since the year 2003. But despite guiding the team to 8th spot in EPL ranking last season, the 55-year-old’s managerial career at St. Mary’s Stadium came to a halt as decided by the club owner.
“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,” the club disclosed.
With the departure of French coach, Southampton bid Puel success in the days ahead.
“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.”
The French national was the third manager to exit the club in the last three years following that of Mauricio Pochettini’s departure for Tottenham and Ronald Koeman’s recent move to Everton.
Puel also spent four years as manager of Nice before replacing predecessor Koeman who was able to lead Southampton to sixth in the Premiear League’s 2015/16 season.
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