Sport Puel not interested by sack talk

20:05  19 may  2017
20:05  19 may  2017 Source:

Saints sound out Silva as they prepare for life without Puel

  Saints sound out Silva as they prepare for life without Puel Southampton have sounded out Hull City manager Marco Silva as they prepare to sack Claude Puel this month. According to The Independent, Puel’s days as Southampton’s manager are numbered as the club are ready to bring a new boss in for next season. There have been reports of dressing room unrest over Puel’s management of the side, with Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand both thought to be displeased with his work. If Hull are relegated from the Premier League this season, it will activate a clause in Marco Silva’s contract allowing him to join the Saints for free. This would save money in compensation. Puel is thought to be expecting the sack when it comes to his performance review at the end of the season, with Southampton now sounding out potential managers to replace him. The Saints failed to progress from their Europa League group and could fall outside the top ten of the Premier League this season – with many fans upset over the style of play and tactics used by Puel. The Frenchman did, to his credit, bring the club to the final of the League Cup – in which they lost 3-2 to Manchester United.

Claude Puel insists he is not interested in talking about his future. Southampton manager Claude Puel is refusing to look beyond his club's final match of the season amid speculation he will be sacked .

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Southampton manager Claude Puel is refusing to look beyond his club's final match of the season amid speculation he will be sacked.

The Saints host Stoke at St Mary's Stadium on Sunday in what will be their concluding match of their campaign.

Although Southampton reached the final of the EFL Cup, they failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League and will finish the Premier League season with their lowest points tally in four years.

Hazard backs Puel as 'top manager'

  Hazard backs Puel as 'top manager' Eden Hazard insists Claude Puel is up there with the best managers in the game and has credited him with a hand in making the attacker the player he is today. Southampton boss Puel is reportedly under threat of the sack in the close season, with The Independent claiming the Saints have sounded out Hull manager Marco Silva as a potential successor.Puel's Saints beat Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday to lift themselves back into the Premier League's top half with a game to go, and title winner Hazard puts the Frenchman in the same bracket as Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez.

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Marco Silva is emerging as a managerial target for Southampton should they decide to sack Claude Puel . Similarly, West Ham United are interested as doubts linger over Slaven Bilic’s future, however Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is understood to be the front-runner for the Hammers post.

Frenchman Puel, who signed a three-year deal last summer, will meet with executive director Les Reed next week for a review on his performance this season.

"I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton," Puel said.

"My work and my wish is just to stay concentrated about this last game and finish well.

"We have an opportunity to finish up in the table and it's a good thing after this long and difficult season. We are lucky about this and that is the most important thing."

Puel was subjected to boos by Southampton's supporters during their 0-0 draw against Manchester United earlier this week, a result which marked the club's fourth consecutive match in which they have failed to score.

Meanwhile, Puel is also reported to be at odds with his playing squad, who are said to have grown frustrated with his sweeping rotation policy, though he moved to play down those suggestions on Friday.

"I keep my conversation about the team private, and to prepare for this last game," Puel added.

"Other things I don't want to comment about. I don't know what it is, and it's not interesting for me to comment.

"Just the other day, I saw good work in training and good concentration and this is the most important for me.

"I am satisfied about the strong work all season because it's a long season with many games. Sometimes it was fantastic, and they always give a good attitude and good spirit in every training session and every game, sometimeswithout the good reward.

"I say congratulations for all this good work all season."

Could Saint-Etienne help Les Reed by taking Claude Puel? .
We have reached the end of the season and we still have Claude Puel at the helm, despite reports claiming he would be dismissed at an end of the season review held by Les Reed and Ross Wilson. However, reports in France recently claim Claude Puel is in a two-horse race with Claudio Ranieri for the Saint-Etienne job, with a decision due on the 5th of June. This could see Claude Puel make a swift return to France this summer. Twitter: Mercato : Les dirigeants stéphanois ont rencontré Claude #Puel, Claudio #Ranieri… Décision ne sera pas prise avant 5 juin. (@LatourBertrand) Les Reed would see this a good thing for him as if he was to sack him, as has been widely suggested, he would owe Puel a pay-off as he still has two years left on his contract. However, with Saint-Etienne seeking to employ him, the French side would have to give us money in compensation to secure his services to become their new manager. If Saint-Etienne are to take Claude Puel off our hands, the deal could be great for all parties as rumours have often suggested that Puel’s wife is unsettled in Southampton and is struggling to adjust to the English way of life. So, speculatively speaking, this would be an easy move for her to accept as she could move swiftly back to home. Les Reed could get money for Claude’s services rather than paying him off as he still has a two-year contract. But the flip-side is Claude Puel could reject the chance to return to France or miss out to Claudio Ranieri, which would leave Les Reed back to square one and leave him with the decision to either sack him or even keep him in charge for another season. So many questions have been left unanswered as we head towards June but with a decision from Saint-Etienne due, we could soon know where the future lies for Puel and how this could impact Les Reed. Whatever happens, We March On.

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