His sweeping rotation policy and cautious approach is said to be causing tension between the Frenchman and his squad as Hull’s Marco Silva looks set to land Saints job
SOUTHAMPTON boss Claude Puel insists he is comfortable at St. Marys despite rumours speculating his future at the club.
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.
He is also said to be causing tension between himself and the squad due to his constant tinkering and changing with the squad both before and during matches.
And despite reaching the final of the EFL Cup, many have suggested that it has been a disappointing first season for Puel, who signed a three-year contract last summer.
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 55-year-old said via talkSPORT: “I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton,”
“My work and my wish, is just to stay concentrated about this last game and finish well.
“We have an opportunity to finish up in the table and it’s a good thing after this long and difficult season. We are lucky about this and that 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.
“I keep my conversation about the team private, and to prepare for this last game,” Puel said.
“Other things I don’t want to comment about. I don’t know what it is, and it’s not interesting for me to comment.
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“Just the other day, I saw good work in training and good concentration and this is the most important for me.
“I am satisfied about the strong work all season because it’s a long season with many games. 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.
“I say congratulations for all this good work all season.”
Should Puel be sacked this summer, Hull City boss Marco Silva would be firm favourite to take over after impressing during his first Premier League season despite seeing his side relegated.