SPORTS: Southampton Name Claude Puel As New Manager

SPORTS: Southampton Name Claude Puel As New Manager

Southampton have officially appointed a new manager, naming Claude Puel as Ronald Koeman’s replacement.

Koeman left the Saints for the Toffees on June 14. And the search for a replacement has proved positive, as they announced the signing of the Frenchman on a three-year deal.

Puel who has only ever worked in France, has managed Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice. With his job in Southampton his first out of France.

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.

“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.

“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.

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