Report: Southampton to hire Claude Puel

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Southampton are reportedly closing in on a replacement for Ronald Koeman.

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According to The Mail, Southampton will appoint Claude Puel as manager by the end of this week.

Southampton have been without a manager since Ronald Koeman left to join Everton earlier this month.

A whole host of names were touted to replace him but, according to The Mail, the Dutchman's successor at St Mary's will be the Frenchman.

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The report goes on to claim that the 54-year-old was mentored by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during their time together at Monaco.

He led Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in his first season in charge of the French giants in 1999, before going on to enjoy spells with Lille, Lyon and Nice.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier in the stands

Since leaving Monaco in 2001, Southampton's potential new manager has never spent less than three years at a club, which Saints fans might like as their previous two head coaches - Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino - did not spend long on the South Coast.

Pochettino was there for 18 months before taking the Tottenham Hotspur job, while his successor Koeman quit within two years of replacing him.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

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