Sport Puel not interested by sack talk

20:05  19 may  2017
20:05  19 may  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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.

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.

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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."

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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