Southampton manager Claude Puel remains under increasing pressure over his position as he takes his side into the final game of the season with an 8th place finish still on the cards.
The French boss, who has lead his side to the club’s first major final since 2003 in his first season despite having to navigate more games than any of his predecessors, has faced the brunt of criticism from many Saints fans in recent weeks, with his style of play a big issue.
The Saints have scored just four goals in their last seven League home games and haven’t found the net in their last four, missing two penalties in that goalless run, first against Hull when Eldin Jakupovic saved late on from Dusan Tadic before an early Sergio Romero stop denied Manolo Gabbiadini from the spot against Manchester United.
Having been treated to fast flowing football under both Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, as well as – to an extent – Nigel Adkins, the fans at St. Mary’s are far from happy with what they’ve seen.
However, everything can be seen from a different perspective and local BBC journalist, Adam Blackmore, has revealed he’d be sorry to see Puel go this summer…
If that is my last pre-match interview with Claude Puel it is a shame.
8th in PL, Cup Final, key injuries & sales & he's put under a bus.
— Adam Blackmore (@AdamBlackmore) May 19, 2017
As you can imagine, with the fans on the south coast far from impressed with the former Lille boss, some haven’t taken kindly to his comments…
@AdamBlackmore we're 8th only best of average teams, cup final only papered over large cracks players don't look happy playing 4 him
— paulinpontypool (@paulinpontypool) May 19, 2017
@AdamBlackmore Sorry Adam but I like to watch entertaining football. Maybe if the goalposts were moved to the sidelines!
— Tony Browne (@tb7310) May 20, 2017
@AdamBlackmore You've been battering him all season ffs
— Michael Hopkins (@mhopkins86) May 19, 2017
— Dave In Stafford (@S13SFC) May 19, 2017