Southampton boss Claude Puel unconcerned by speculation regarding his future

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Although Southampton reached the final of the EFL Cup, they failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League and will finish the Premier League season with their lowest points tally in four years.

Saints take on Manchester United at St Mary's this evening looking to finish the season on a high, but it remains to be seen if Puel will be in charge for the next campaign.

"The manager, Les Reed, Ross Wilson [the director of scouting and recruitment] will be together doing their analysis".

The Frenchman has grown unpopular with the fans due to his negative and defensive approach - their 0-0 draw with Man United on Wednesday was the fourth consecutive home game in which they have failed to score.

Krueger is confident that they will conclude that highlight of the season was the League Cup final - "we are trying to develop a winning culture and I think that experience will have an immeasurable value" - and they will also take into account how the Europa League made consistency of selection so hard.

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"I think it's unusual because someone asked me about speculation and all of the questions about how I will improve the club", Puel said. "The most important thing is to think about finishing strong in the Premier League".

The former Monaco midfielder however, moved to play down those suggestions on Friday. Meanwhile, the Mirror is saying players are deeply unhappy at the quality of his training sessions, favourable treatment to certain Saints stars, and how Puel only names his team shortly before kick-off, meaning the team aren't preparing properly for games. I don't know what it is, and it's not interesting for me to comment.

He has also had to work for a good portion of the season without centre-back Virgil van Dijk and striker Charlie Austin, two of his most influential players.

"I am satisfied about the strong work all season because it's a long season with many games".

"I say congratulations for all this good work all season".

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