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Claude Puel 'cannot understand' speculation over Southampton future

Claude Puel 'cannot understand' speculation over Southampton future

Southampton will finish somewhere between eighth and 11th in the Premier League after a slightly-disappointing but far-from-disastrous first season under Puel and the boss wants a strong finish.

"The manager, Les Reed, Ross Wilson [the director of scouting and recruitment] will be together doing their analysis".

"I can not be distracted about the speculation", Puel said.

Puel is unpopular among the club's supporters - he was subjected to boos during Southampton's 0-0 draw against Manchester United earlier this week which marked the club's fourth consecutive match in which they have failed to score - while they have grown frustrated with his negative tactics, too.

The Red Devils have lost their last two Premier League games against Arsenal and Tottenham to end their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

"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".

When quizzed about the mentality of his squad both in training and on match-day, Puel remained tight-lipped on the matter, instead praising his squad for a good season.

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

"I keep my conversation about the team private, and to prepare for this last game", Puel added. After that, I can not make comments about speculation. I am happy here, with the directors, the staff and the players but the most important to continue to improve. Sometimes it was fantastic, and they always give a good attitude and good spirit in every training session and every game, sometimes without the good reward.


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