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Puel on the brink: Boss faces Southampton axe after less than a year in charge

Date Posted,June 6, 2017

Southampton are set to sack boss Claude Puel.

The Frenchman guided the club to eighth in the Premier League last season as well as the EFL Cup final.

But his negative tactics disillusioned the St Mary’s faithful, with the players booed off after the final day defeat to Stoke.

The Saints board began searching for Puel’s successor at the end of the campaign and are now in the process of negotiating a pay-off.

Puel had been linked with a return to his homeland with St Etienne, but opted against taking the role.

Puel’s tactics frustrated fans (Photo: REUTERS)
Southampton lost to United at Wembley (Photo: The FA via Getty)

That would have prevented Southampton from forking out a hefty sum for the remaining two years of Puel’s contract.

Former Leeds boss Garry Monk is the favourite to take over while the Saints are also keen on Thomas Tuchel.

The German left Borussia Dortmund last week but Southampton face a tough task in persuading him to make the move.

Tuchel is on Southampton’s wishlist (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the club have asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutch international was flown to Blackpool for a meeting with Klopp, as Liverpool tried to persuade him his future should be at the club.

And after their unauthorised meeting Klopp then messaged him regularly.

The South Coast club are now digging their heels in and insisting they will not sell the Dutch defender this summer, even for £60m and are preparing to report Liverpool.

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