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Speculation over future is 'strange' - Southampton boss

Speculation over future is 'strange' - Southampton boss

Although Southampton reached the final of the EFL Cup, they failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League and will finish the Premier League season with their lowest points tally in four years.

Matches on Wednesday night against Manchester United and then on Sunday with Stoke City will have an influence and, while Puel's European experience and willingness to promote young players has been one popular aspect of his management, it can hardly be said that he has forged a connection with the Southampton fans.

The former Monaco-man will meet with the Saints' executive director Les Reed after their final game against Stoke this weekend, but Puel is not concerned for his future.

The Frenchman has grown unpopular with the fans due to his negative and defensive approach - their 0-0 draw with Man United on Wednesday was the fourth consecutive home game in which they have failed to score.

"I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton", he told reporters. "My work and my wish, is just to stay concentrated about this last game and finish well".

"I hope for Southampton that we will see this for next season but of course it will be interesting to continue this work because I think it's important to improve".

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He did not walk a batter in the contest and struck out five in what was a crisp, effective outing against the rival Giants. It was the 10th double of the season for Grandal, who has an extra-base hit in seven of his last nine games.

According to the Daily Mail, Puel has repeatedly clashed with numerous players this season, who are unhappy at his erratic rotation policy.

"We made seven changes and with a good result and good play and we saw all the squad play with good concentration and focus and this is the most important thing".

Mourinho is likely to be preparing his team for that crunch game against Ajax as the Red Devils look to secure their spot in Europe's elite club competition. After that, I can not make comments about speculation.

He has also had to work for a good portion of the season without centre-back Virgil van Dijk and striker Charlie Austin, two of his most influential players.

"I say congratulations for all this good work all season".


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