Claude Puel's Southampton future uncertain with club poised to review their options

Matt Law
Claude Puel guided Southampton to the EFL Cup final - Rex Features

Claude Puel faces an anxious wait over his Southampton future with the club set to consider their options at the end of the season.

Southampton handed Puel a three-year contract last year, but it is not yet certain that the Frenchman will remain in charge for next season.

With the club currently in ninth place in the Premier League table and in danger of finishing below South Coast rivals Bournemouth, Puel desperately needs a good finish to his first campaign.

The draw with Hull City did not help his chances of staying on, particularly as the St Mary’s crowd booed his substitutions.

Southampton have taken great pride in making progress in each season in recent years, regardless of managerial changes, but there is a fear they are heading in the wrong direction under Puel.

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Despite reaching the final of the League Cup, in which they were unlucky to lose to Manchester United, the Saints have not met expectations in the League.

And with three of their remaining four fixtures against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, Southampton could easily slip into the bottom half of the table.

That would be considered a failure for a club who aim to finish top of the second tier of clubs in the Premier League and regard seventh place as an achievable target.

Southampton constantly update a list of managerial targets should they be forced into or decide to make a change and club chiefs will study which names on it could be available.

Southampton face a summer struggle to keep defender Virgil van Dijk Credit: Reuters

Whether or not they feel they can get in the right man to replace Puel could ultimately decide whether the 55-year-old stays or goes.

Southampton are already facing a tricky summer with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all chasing central defender Virgil van Dijk, and left-back Ryan Bertrand understood to be interested in a move away.

Bertrand has hit the radar of City, who are in the market for two new full-backs, Liverpool and his former club Chelsea. The 27-year-old still lives next to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares has attracted the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona, among others.

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