Claude Puel Says Sacking Was Not Down To Sporting Reasons !
Tuesday, 20th Jun 2017 08:42 by Arron Sanders
Claude Puel claims he was sacked not for sporting reasons and the timing has cost him job opportunities. Arron Sanders looks at what he has said.
Claude Puel has spoken out about his dismissal as Southampton head coach, claiming the decision was not purely down to ‘sporting reasons’.
The Frenchman was relieved of his duties at the club last week, despite leading the side to a Wembley Cup Final,( although they were beaten by Man United,) and an eighth-placed finish in the League.
That was not enough to save his job though as Saints finished 15 points adrift of Everton, who finished 1 place above them in 7th and actually closer points wise to 17th position.
Claude had the following to say on his opinion of last seasons performance and his sacking.
“We had a very good year. I was able to discover different football – the fans, the players – it was really great.
“There can be misunderstandings. I think that my departure is for a little bit more than sporting reasons.”
Puel’s claims back up reports of training ground arguments with his players back in May, as his tactics came under fire from supporters at St Mary’s.
The Frenchman is unsure on his next managerial position but hopes it is somewhere he is appreciated, although he claims he enjoyed his time in England.
Puel's comments seem to back up other reports that he had serious interest from Ligue 1 sides in his services, With Saint Etienne and Nantes both linked with moves.
However the lateness in the decision to sack him, has cost him these opportunities with those vacancies now filled.
This compiled with the dignified farewell statement to the club and its supporters, really makes you feel sorry for the man and I hope he finds a position that suits him in the near future.
What do you think, where Saints slow in Sacking Puel ? Did it scupper his chances of a job in France ?
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