Daily Echo:

SAINTS have this evening announced that they have sacked manager Claude Puel after just one season in charge.

St Mary’s bosses have been deliberating over the future of the Frenchman and, after an end of term review, decided that he was no longer the right man to take the club forward.

It is understood Saints' hierarchy have actively been hunting for a replacement in the weeks after the campaign finished.

Puel led Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League and to the League Cup final, but the lack of goals and conservative style of play have contributed to the club’s decision to dismiss the 55-year-old just one year into a three year contract.

A club statement said: "Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect.

"Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year.

"The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final, a day our fans will always treasure.

"We wish Claude well for the future.

"The search for a new management team is underway. We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long term vision of the club."