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Puel's track record with youth a key factor for Reed

Les Reed says that Claude Puel's track record of developing youth players was a key factor in appointing him.

Harry Reed is one of the players that can feel aggrieved with the lack of chances for young players in recent seasons but could get more of a chance under the new Saints manager.
Harry Reed is one of the players that can feel aggrieved with the lack of chances for young players in recent seasons but could get more of a chance under the new Saints manager.
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Les Reed says that Claude Puel's track record of developing young players was a key reason for the Frenchman being appointed as the new Saints boss.

During his spells at Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice, Puel helped develop many young players. including Eden Hazard and Alexandre Lacazette, which fits with Southampton's philosophy of developing academy players.

Under Ronald Koeman, youth players weren't given as much of a chance as they were under previous Saints managers. Executive Director of Football Les Reed says that appointing a management team of Puel, as well as former Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black and Pascal Plancque, that had a track record of developing young players was key for them.

He said: "Eric Black has an excellent pedigree as a coach and vast experience domestically and internationally. Pascal Plancque has an excellent record as a technical coach and, like Claude, has been responsible for developing many young French talents into top quality players.

"The development of our young Academy players and delivering a pathway to the first team is key to the role. We were keen to appoint a coaching team who would also work closely with Martin Hunter and Radhi Jaïdi in accelerating the development of our youngsters, as well as developing our current first-team squad as individuals and as a team.

"Claude has a fantastic platform to work from and is aware that our ambition is to repeat and improve on our performances in the Premier League over the past three seasons.
"Claude has a track record of improving the situations he has been presented with and we are confident he can repeat this at Southampton."