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Puel admits to his Southampton shortcomings

16th April 2019, 15:27 by Jack Ogalbe

Claude Puel has opened up on his spell at Southampton, suggesting he did not have the personality to win over the fans.

The Frenchman arrived at St Mary's in the summer of 2016 and despite leading the team to the EFL Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League, was given his marching orders after just one season.

During his spell in Hampshire, Puel often faced criticism for his style of play and quiet personality, issues that also cost him dear at Leicester.

Speaking to L'Equipe about his time in charge of the Saints, the 57-year-old has suggested his introverted showings on the sidelines meant he never won over the fans or the media while at his first club in England.

He said: "I arrived there (at Southampton) thanks to my results in France, my show in the Champions League (with Lille and Lyon) and the development of players.

"I was taken for what I could bring in the development of a team's game. But you have to bring something else, an image for the fans and the media."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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