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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."

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Saints fans prepare for EFL cup final

Thousands of hopeful Saints fans travelled up to Wembley this morning for the much anticipated EFL cup final game against Manchester United. The team have only made it to the final once before and that was nearly forty years ago. Juliette Fletcher was with the fans as they set off.

Southampton FC suspend Osvaldo for 2 weeks

Southampton Football Club have suspended player Dani Osvaldo after an incident at the club's training ground.

The club say they have 'taken swift and proper action for what it considers a breach of the conduct expected of its players."

The 28-year-old will sit out of the FA Cup forth-round tie with Yeovil this weekend.

He will also miss out on playing against Arsenal and Fulham in the Premier League.

Dani Osvaldo will sit out of the FA Cup game against Yeovil this weekend Credit: Press Association

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Saints player 'on the sidelines'

Jack Cork in action at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Credit: PA Wires

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork has confirmed he faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. The 23 year old limped off in the 81st minute of Tuesday's 2-0 Capital One Cup third round victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

It was Cork's first match back from an ankle problem suffered in pre-season. He was seen today at St Mary's in a leg brace and has confirmed via his Twitter account that he faces another stretch on the sidelines.

He said: "Another 4-6 weeks, with my left knee. Luck's just not going my way this season. Could be worse, but was so close to getting back from the ankle."

Saints star faces drink drive charge

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Southampton footballer Guly Do Prado has been charged with drink-driving after he was stopped by police in his Porsche. The Premier League striker was detained after he was reported to be driving 'erratically' in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 30-year-old, whose full name is Guilherme Do Prado Raymundo, was subsequently charged with drink-driving. The Brazilian-born player has been bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on September 12.