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Southampton sack manager Claude Puel

Claude Puel
Claude Puel

Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel, the Premier League club have announced.

In a brief statement the club said: 

"Southampton Football Club 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. 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."

Puel managed the Saints to an eighth place finish in his debut season for the club.

The former Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice manager had signed a three-year deal at St Mary's last summer.