Southampton terminate contract of coach Claude Puel “with immediate effect”

“Southampton football club can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“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.”

Claude Puel replaced Ronald Koeman as head coach of the Saints last summer, and Puel led the club to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League table last season.

The 55-year-old also steered Southampton into the final of the 2016-17 League Cup.