According to reports in The Telegraph, Southampton are reportedly on the verge of sacking manager Claude Puel, once they have a replacement lined up.
Despite finishing in eighth position and reaching the EFL Cup final in his first season at charge, fans became disillusioned at the style of football that saw them score just 17 times in 19 Premier League home games, ending the campaign 17 points worse off than when they finished sixth last term.
The likes of former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel and former Leeds United boss Garry Monk have already been linked with the post, but no decision seems to be close on who will replace the Frenchman, with the story also suggesting that he could still yet stay if the south coast outfit don’t find a suitable successor.
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and many were unsurprised and relieved that he is set to leave St Mary’s.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Simply We lost our Identity under puel,
Un attractive football, Severe lack of goals & an unhappy dressing room, Negative Style cost him
— Tony Stubbs (@Stubbzy3608) June 6, 2017
17 home goals in 19 home games is tragic. he gotta go. Thomas Tuchel mate ????
— J-Rod (@JamieSFCx) June 7, 2017
Its been on the cards since Xmas. Puel & family are not happy living in England & his football style aint suited to the way the club play.
— Andrew Douglas (@AndyDouglas79) June 6, 2017
— Saint Harris (@PushAndPuel) June 6, 2017
— Kane Simpson (@KaneSimpson93) June 7, 2017
#SaintsFC Puel's position is 100% untenable now but Saints have really acted quite poorly in allowing situation to linger so badly
— simon thorpe (@dankiz1) June 7, 2017
Thank god Puel has gone! Thanks for the final, but your boring, naive tactics where one step too far. Thank you and goodbye. #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) June 6, 2017