Southampton set deadline for managerial appointment

Southampton officials have set a deadline on their search for a successor to sacked manager Claude Puel as they look to finalise the appointment ahead of the new season.

According to reports from the Southern Daily Echo, the Saints chiefs are looking to have someone in place within ten days, before the players return for pre-season fitness tests on 29th June.

The south coast side sacked Puel after the Frenchman had lost the backing of the majority of fans due to his style of football, despite having lead the club to 8th in the Premier League and their first major cup final in 14 years.

As things stand, the Echo claim that former Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer and Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino are the front-runners to be the fifth boss at St. Mary’s since the club’s return to the Premier League in 2012.

However, reports over the weekend suggested that Pellegrino is more interested in the vacant Crystal Palace role than a move to Southampton.