Southampton Bring in Claude Puel as New Manager


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Southampton FC have found their new boss. Claude Puel will be the man to replace Ronald Koeman, who left to replace Roberto Martinez at Everton. Thus we take on another spin on the coaching carousel as the Saints found their new manager in Ligue 1. Claude Puel will begin his regime on July 1st when the team opens training camp.

The club made an official announcement Thursday, with a statement from Executive Director of Football Les Reed reading:

“The process to appoint a new First Team Manager has been diligent and meticulous. In order to ensure we appointed a manager who would meet our needs as a club, feedback from the dressing room, as well as taking account of our culture, vision and values, was critical in drawing up our criteria for the appointment.” 

“As the process eliminated a number of excellent candidates, Claude clearly came out on top of a very impressive shortlist. We have not only got the best man, but the right coaching team to support him.” 
“Eric Black has an excellent pedigree as a coach and vast experience domestically and internationally. Pascal Plancque has an excellent record as a technical coach and, like Claude, has been responsible for developing many young French talents into top quality players.”
“The development of our young Academy players and delivering a pathway to the first team is key to the role. We were keen to appoint a coaching team who would also work closely with Martin Hunter and Radhi Jaïdi in accelerating the development of our youngsters, as well as developing our current first-team squad as individuals and as a team. 
“We have an excellent group of first-team players who are keen to take another step forward. There is already a confidence and excitement in the building as some of the squad has returned for testing and they are in great shape. 
“Claude has a fantastic platform to work from and is aware that our ambition is to repeat and improve on our performances in the Premier League over the past three seasons.
“Claude has a track record of improving the situations he has been presented with and we are confident he can repeat this at Southampton. 
“His Champions League and European experience will be valuable in our Europa League challenge this coming season and with the support of our excellent staff at the club I am sure he will do well.”
“We are once again excited about what the new season will bring, and we will continue to chase records as we have done in recent years.”
After guiding Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2000, Claude Puel spent six seasons with Lille before joining Olympique Lyonnais in 2008. Puel helped Lyon to their first ever Champions League semi-final in 2010, then going on to spend four seasons with Nice before departing in the summer.
Puel has won 319, lost 221 and drew 196 matches over his 746 game managerial career. The Frenchman spent 17 seasons as a player with AS Monaco.

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