Southampton part ways with manager Claude Puel
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Southampton part ways with manager Claude Puel

Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel with immediate effect.

The French coach joined Southampton in the summer of 2016, but struggled to make a noticeble impact as the club drifted to a mid-table finish - 15 points off the European places.

"Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year," a statement from the club read. "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."

The news does not come as a shock after Southampton slipped from sixth in the league under Puel's predecessor Ronald Koeman to eighth, with even an EFL Cup Final appearance not enough to save the 55-yera-old Frenchman.

Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pellegrino, Alan Pardew, Jaap Stam and Louis van Gaal have all been linked with the post this summer.

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