MEET The New Southampton Boss, Claude Puel

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New Southampton Manager, Claude Puel
New Southampton Manager, Claude Puel

Ronald Koeman ditched Southampton to take up the vacant managerial job at Everton, but the Saints have moved on by appointing Claude Puel as their new manager.

The former Lyon and Nice manager has signed a three-year deal at St Mary’s and becomes Ronald Koeman‘s successor following his move to Everton.

Koeman departed the club on June 14 to join the Toffees, and the Saints have now brought their hunt for a new manager to an end by luring Puel to the south coast.

Following Puel’s appointment, Eric Black has been confirmed as the club’s new assistant manager, while Pascal Plancque joins as the first-team’s assistant coach.

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“The process to appoint a new First Team Manager has been diligent and meticulous,” director of football Les Reed told the club’s official website. “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.

The statement on the club website further read; “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.

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