A Southampton statement read: “The search for a new management team is under way. We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long-term vision of the club.”
The club statement read: “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.”
Puel is the third manager to leave Southampton in the past three years, following Mauricio Pochettino’s departure for Tottenham and Koeman’s move to Everton.
Analysis – ‘Sacked for a poor end to the season’
Radio Solent体育编辑Adam Blackmore：
On the surface it looks a harsh decision, but what Claude Puel has really been sacked for is a poor end to the season and a lack of goals and ambition at St Mary’s.
They only scored 17 goals in 19 home games and didn’t score in six of their last seven home matches.
Despite that good league finish and the cup final, Puel never really convinced the fans and that was the biggest problem. They didn’t really have confidence in him by the time the season ended.