Southampton fans divided on Claude Puel sacking ahead of his St Mary’s return

Former Southampton manager Claude Puel returns to St Mary’s for the first time since he was sacked in June as his Leicester City side look for their fourth successive Premier League win, and Saints fans are still divided on the decision to relieve the Frenchman of his duties.

The south coast outfit decided to give the 56-year-old the boot despite the fact he led them to the League Cup final and an eighth-place finish in the English top flight, but a lack of goals and entertainment – they failed to score in their final five home matches last term.

However, the jury is still out on new boss Mauricio Pellegrino while Puel has led Leicester above Saints and up to eighth position in the table after replacing Craig Shakespeare in October.

Southampton fans were quick to have their say on the former Lille chief ahead of his return to the south coast, and they are still divided with their opinions on his sacking six months after it happened.

While one said “he lost the team”, another said he “should’ve been given more time as we haven’t improved”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…