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Puel’s Southampton future under threat as pressure mounts on Saints boss

Date Posted,April 30, 2017

Claude Puel is under mounting pressure at Southampton with his long term future uncertain.

The South Coast club take pride in making progress each season and are currently stuck in mid-table having finished sixth last year.

Puel also suffered an early exit from the Europa League and, despite reaching the League Cup final, there are some concerns as to whether the 55-year-old Frenchman can take the club forward.

Southampton are likely to face another battle to keep their best players with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all looking at Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk is in demand from several clubs (Photo: Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea and Liverpool are also watching developments on Ryan Bertrand with the England left back likely to be interested in a move to a bigger club.

Portuguese right back Cedric Soares has also attracted interest from Barcelona among others.

Puel is eyeing a strong finish this season (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Puel has done a steady job, brushing aside some early concerns and yet there are also suggestions in the French media that he could be on his way.

The club often do the recruiting and transfers and have a strong structure in place so if the manager does go then they have a succession plan in place.

Southampton will be determined to make a strong finish after a poor run and that could help determine Puel’s future.

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