Claude Puel's future at Southampton under threat

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 May 2017, 10:04

The future of Southampton manager Claude Puel has been in the headlines over the last couple of days following reports that players have become disillusioned with the Frenchman’s style of play.

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On Saturday the Saints played out a drab goalless draw with relegation-threatened Hull, which extended the club’s winless run to three matches following defeats to Man City and Chelsea, while they’ve now only picked up one win from their last five home games - failing to score in three of the last four on their own patch.

Puel was notably booed in the aftermath of the match, while he’s since reportedly had a bust-up with the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond (Daily Star) who have become increasingly frustrated with the 55-year-old’s tactics.

The Tigers stalemate officially ended any hope the south coast side had of finishing in the top-7, but a fourth consecutive top-8 finish remains a possibility.

However, the 9th-placed Saints could well finish in the bottom-half of the top-flight table for the first time since the 2012/13 season (14th), with tricky games against the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd still to play.

The signs aren’t particularly promising for the Saints who have failed to beat a single one of the current top-6 teams in nine attempts so far this season.

If Southampton do part ways with Puel in the summer it will mean that the club will be on the hunt for a fifth boss since returning to the Premier League in 2012: Nigel Adkins was sacked, while Mauricio Pochettino moved to Tottenham, and Ronald Koeman switched to Everton.

Hull manager Marco Silva has been touted as a possible replacement. The Portuguese coach was a surprise appointment in January, but his reputation has since soared as he bids to lead his troops to Premier League safety.

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