There's no way getting round the fact the 2016/17 campaign has been a disappointment for the majority of Southampton fans, though I would argue we've been spoiled by an over-achieving side in recent years.
Claude Puel hit hard in face with the ball #soumun pic.twitter.com/FlY3t6hTxb— Champagne Soccer (@SoccerChampagne) May 17, 2017
Saints coach Claude Puel has bore the brunt of grief emanating from the stands at St. Mary's, with boos ringing out at the final whistle on various occasions and even getting his substitutions roundly hollered. When Manchester United's Eric Bailly headed the ball straight into Puel's face on Wednesday evening, the crowd joyfully cheered.
Rightly or wrongly, Puel is deeply among Saints fans and now both the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror are reporting he is expected to be a goner once the season has wrapped up thanks to deteriorating relationships with the club's players.
According to the Daily Mail, Puel has repeatedly clashed with numerous players this season, who are unhappy at his erratic rotation policy. Meanwhile, the Mirror is saying players are deeply unhappy at the quality of his training sessions, favourable treatment to certain Saints stars, and how Puel only names his team shortly before kick-off, meaning the team aren't preparing properly for games.
A review of the season will be led by club exec Les Reed next week and it's likely Puel will learn of his fate then.