Southampton have terminated the contract of manager Claude Puel.
The Frenchman led an uninspiring campaign at St Mary’s, despite leading the Saints to the EFL Cup Final and an eighth placed finish.
A statement released on the club website reads:
Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect.
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.
The search for a new management team is underway. We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is the early favourite to replace the Frenchman.