Claude Puel has been sacked by Southampton Football Club. The ex-Lille manager joined the club back in June 2016 on a 3 year deal, but has seen his time at the club cut short after failing to produce the desired results.
And a club statement on Wednesday read: “Southampton 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. 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.”
Although Southampton finished in 8th position, it has to be noted that they were just 6 points above 17th place, managing to win only 12 games of the regular season’s 38.
The bad turn of form saw discontent breed amongst the fans, with some going as far as to chant “you’ll be sacked in the morning” following a 1-0 loss to Stoke City.
The Southampton board is understood to be actively looking for replacements, with reports suggesting that Thomas Tuchel is the club’s first preference.