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Southampton FC manager sacked 'with immediate effect'

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Southampton Football Club has tonight confirmed it has terminated manager Claude Puel's contract with immediate effect.

In a statement, the Club said:

"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."

Fastest hat-trick in Premier League history?

Aston Villa's fans react to the second of three goals by Southampton's Sadio Mane Credit: PA

Southampton winger Sadio Mane has scored what's believed to be the fastest three goals in Premier League history.

He scored the hat-trick in just two minutes and 56 seconds during their match against Aston Villa - beating the previous mark set by Robbie Fowler, which clocked in at four min 33 secs against Arsenal in 1994.

The Saints' Shane Long has scored a fourth goal since.


Cortese stays at Southampton

Southampton Football Club's Chairman Nicola Cortese and its owner Katharina Liebherr have announced their commitment to its future. It follows speculation that Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino would be leaving the club if Nicola Cortese quit.

The Argentine manager was recruited by Cortese in January. But there were rumours this week Cortese could be on his way out amid differences over the way key decisions are made within the club.

"We are now in a position to move forward with our ambitious plans for the Club and I would like to thank Katharina for the very helpful manner in which she approached our talks about long term strategy. This matter is now resolved. "We can now focus 100% on our preparations for next season. The last few days have shown me the unity that we now have across the Club in the players, the First Team Manager, the staff and the Chairmanship. I have always believed that to create this unity would make us a very strong Club and it is one of which I am unashamedly proud. "

– Nicola Cortese - Southampton Chairman

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