Sport It's the end of the road for Claude Puel

19:15  19 may  2017
19:15  19 may  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss

  Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss Southampton are used to having their managers stripped away from them having seen Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman leave the club in recent seasons, but feelings towards Claude Puel are certainly mixed to say the least. After last season’s impressive sixth place finish, many aren’t content with Puel’s mediocre Premier League campaign which sees the Saints vying for position in mid-table. While reaching the EFL Cup final was impressive, it’s fair to say Puel has failed to live up to expectations. The Frenchman’s position as Southampton manager remains very much up in the air as the 2016/17 season enters its final week and Puel is not short of options. Twitter: Southampton boss Claude Puel has rejected an offer from St Étienne, according to France Bleu https://t.co/9iYI9Guoay (@GFFN) France Bleu (h/t GFFN) say that Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne approached Puel about becoming their new manager but the Saints boss has turned down the chance to return to French football.

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CLAUDE Puel has admitted that he has lots of “angry” Saints players on his hands – but says that’ s only a good thing! Such was the level of the Frenchman’ s rotation policy that it wasn’t until the EFL Cup final at the end of last month that Puel named an identical side in consecutive games.

Claude Puel arrived last summer after the departure of Ronald Koeman and there was a lot of opinions on how the Frenchman would get on in his first season in England.

The first half of the season was a slow start as the team was adjusting to a new formation and new players were bedding in with the current players, which would always be a tough thing for any team, along with adjusting to a new formation. The season went on and in December we lost Charlie Austin to a dislocated shoulder injury in our last Europa League group stage game against Hapoel Be’er Sheva, which saw us get knocked out of the Europa League.

Southampton announced Austin would miss “three or four months” of the season, which set panic in the Southampton fans because he was the only one who was scoring at the time and that left fans worried. Puel rotated between Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez for the rest of the month as the transfer market was closed and we had to wait until the January transfer window to buy a goalscoring replacement.

Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss

  Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss Southampton are used to having their managers stripped away from them having seen Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman leave the club in recent seasons, but feelings towards Claude Puel are certainly mixed to say the least. After last season’s impressive sixth place finish, many aren’t content with Puel’s mediocre Premier League campaign which sees the Saints vying for position in mid-table. While reaching the EFL Cup final was impressive, it’s fair to say Puel has failed to live up to expectations. The Frenchman’s position as Southampton manager remains very much up in the air as the 2016/17 season enters its final week and Puel is not short of options. Twitter: Southampton boss Claude Puel has rejected an offer from St Étienne, according to France Bleu https://t.co/9iYI9Guoay (@GFFN) France Bleu (h/t GFFN) say that Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne approached Puel about becoming their new manager but the Saints boss has turned down the chance to return to French football.

Claude Puel Manager / Head Coach of Southampton Football Club. “ It will be important to take points at West Brom, or one point minimum for our ambitions for the end of the season,” said Puel , who is keen for Saints to build on Wednesday’ s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Saints live. Puel : It ' s not about revenge. Claude Puel says revenge is not on his mind as Southampton prepare to face Manchester United for the first time since the EFL Cup final.

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January arrived and fans were still wanting goals and a forward was in the sights of the board during the month which saw us linked to a host of forwards, and then we fixed our eyes on Manolo Gabbiadini. The talks took most of the month as the Napoli chairman was fighting for a good deal, afraid that Manolo would “explode” in the Premier League and after talks had concluded, we eventually saw him join the club on the deadline day. However, the fans were waiting for the news on him while seeing Southampton lose to Swansea during the same night.

We also lost Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte to injury and sale respectively, which was a massive blow as we didnt replace the latter, who joined West Ham after handing in a transfer request to the club. We did, however, bring in former Juventus defender Martin Caceres on a short-term deal until the end of the season to bolster the ranks as we were left with Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens to cover while Florin Gardos was still coming back from a long-term injury.

Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss

  Claude Puel turns down offer to become Saint-Etienne boss Southampton are used to having their managers stripped away from them having seen Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman leave the club in recent seasons, but feelings towards Claude Puel are certainly mixed to say the least. After last season’s impressive sixth place finish, many aren’t content with Puel’s mediocre Premier League campaign which sees the Saints vying for position in mid-table. While reaching the EFL Cup final was impressive, it’s fair to say Puel has failed to live up to expectations. The Frenchman’s position as Southampton manager remains very much up in the air as the 2016/17 season enters its final week and Puel is not short of options. Twitter: Southampton boss Claude Puel has rejected an offer from St Étienne, according to France Bleu https://t.co/9iYI9Guoay (@GFFN) France Bleu (h/t GFFN) say that Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne approached Puel about becoming their new manager but the Saints boss has turned down the chance to return to French football.

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Claude Puel wants to see his Southampton players make the most of their final four Premier League fixtures. “ It ' s a difficult schedule, but I think interesting at the end of the season. On The Road : Middlesbrough Opposition View: Middlesbrough. Saints Live.

To lose three players over a season like that is tough but for me injuries are part and parcel of football and should not be offered as a reason why Claude Puel should remain at Southampton next season. Most of the newspapers are stating that Claude Puel will be given his marching orders next week as he discusses the season with Les Reed, where they will talk about the whole season from the Europa League to the EFL Cup.

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The notion from outside of the club is that sacking Claude Puel is “wrong” or “unfair”. From the outside you see why, but if you see the reactions of the fans who go week in, week out, they are not happy with his style and frankly would like to see him move on in the summer.

Some of the players have reportedly been unhappy with Puel’s style and his amount of changes has apparently caused anger amongst key players, which could prove to nail another blow towards Puel, who is fighting for his job. Even comments from Ralph Krueger refusing to confirm that Claude Puel will be manager next season is another blow for the manager.

Puel still an option for Saint-Etienne

  Puel still an option for Saint-Etienne Southampton manager Claude Puel’s future at the club is under a fair bit of scrutiny at the moment, and this has led to him being linked with several clubs over the last few weeks. FC Porto have today been linked with a swoop for the Frenchman, while Inter Milan were also cited with interest last week. However, one team that has been most strongly linked with a move for Puel is Saint-Etienne. Christophe Galtier opted to leave the Ligue 1 side at the end of the season after a long-term tenure there, leaving a managerial vacancy. Puel was linked with the job but reports suggested that the former Monaco man turned down the offer. However, this hasn’t stopped Saint-Etienne from keeping tabs on him, and a report from But!, a French media outlet, has claimed that he is Saint-Etienne’s backup option, with them prioritising an appointment for Antoine Kombouaré, who is currently in charge of Guingamp. The report interestingly also claims that Puel is earning at least €250,000 per month, which works out at around £54,000 per week at Southampton.

Currently you are on the road to develop ulcers through worrying too much. It has been something that has been criticized since the minute Claude Puel walked through the door. At the end of the day, this will be a lose-lose situation. If Puel stays and does not have the fans behind him, it could

Claude Puel is a great believer in the short passing game. Southampton play only 13.0% of their It ' s clear to see the players do not respect him. We will go on a losing run till the end of the season, he'll George name another instance when a middle of the road club won the league in the last ten years.

I sense a change is coming and will leave a split between the fans whatever way the board decide to go next week. If Puel does leave next week, then Les Reed has to get the decision spot on this time because the heat is firmly on his shoulders to get the right man for the job.

This time next week Claude Puel could have left Southampton which, for me, would be the best decision. I would say thank you for Wembley and bringing through young players this season, but it is end of the road for you.

Whatever happens, we march on.

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Marco Silva not on Saints' list to replace Puel .
Hull City manager Marco Silva is not a name under consideration for the Southampton job, as per a report from Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph. Silva had been most strongly touted for the Saints post with Claude Puel’s future growing increasingly uncertain but it looks as though contrary to reports, he will not be the man to take over if the Frenchman is relieved of his duties. The Portuguese tactician arrived at the KCOM Stadium back at the very start of the year and led Hull out of the relegation zone temporarily, but could not keep them up in the end and had his side’s relegation confirmed on the penultimate game week of the season. Puel’s maiden season in English football is to be reviewed this week by Saints’ chiefs and while it looks as though his future is looking bleak, Silva will not be the man to take over his job, it seems. Watford and Porto remain keen on the 39-year-old.

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