Report: Rudi Garcia emerges on Southampton shortlist; Eddie Howe no longer a candidate

General view before the match

Bournemouth boss Howe will not be joining the Saints, it seems.

General view before the match

Roma boss Rudi Garcia is being seriously considered as a candidate to replace Ronald Koeman as manager of Southampton, the Telegraph reports.

However, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe, one of the early favourites to take over at St. Mary's, is said to have been cut from the Saints' shortlist.

It is claimed that both parties were uneasy about the move, which would have seen Howe move 30 miles up the south coast.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe applauds fans after the gameHowe has led the Cherries to three promotions

Garcia, meanwhile, has shot straight to the top of the list of bookies' favourites, having led Roma to Champions League qualification in each of his two full seasons at the Olympic Stadium.

Despite this, the Frenchman was sacked in January following a poor run of form and is currently a free agent.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGarcia has managed at the highest level

Previously, Garcia spent five years in charge of Lille, where he delivered a league and cup double in 2010-11.

the Telegraph reports that Frank de Boer remains in contention, having left Ajax in May, but former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas Boas was never considered a viable candidate.

Koeman leaves behind sizeable shoes to fill, having led the Saints to record Premier League finishes in each of his two seasons as boss.

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanKoeman left for Southampton on Tuesday

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