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Southampton sack Puel

Southampton have sacked manager Claude Puel after just one season in charge.

Puel was appointed in June 2016 and led Southampton to eighth in the Premier League last season as well as their first major final since 2003 in the League Cup where they lost 3-2 to Man Utd.

A statement from Southampton said: "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."

Puel took over from Ronald Koeman, who led Southampton to sixth in the table in 2015-16.

Southampton were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United in the League Cup final in February.

The club statement added: "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 last three years, following Mauricio Pochettino's departure for Tottenham and Koeman's move to Everton.

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