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Southampton sack manager Claude Puel after one season

The Frenchman leaves after only serving one year of his three-year contract.

Southampton v Stoke City - Premier League Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

Southampton announced they have sacked manager Claude Puel earlier tonight, following just one season at the helm of the club.

It had been widely reported Puel was unlikely to stay on as Saints boss upon his end of season review, following rumoured bust ups with senior players and a negative playing style which had angered a vociferous section of Southampton supporters.

This is despite Puel leading Saints to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and an EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

The club's official statement reads: "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."

Southampton have been linked with former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel as Puel's replacement.