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Southampton act as Eric Black set to be named in ongoing Telegraph football investigation

Eric Black. Credit: PA

Southampton have pledged to assist the Football Association and the Premier League after releasing a statement saying assistant manager Eric Black is set to be named in the Daily Telegraph's ongoing investigations into football.

Saints pre-empted the newspapers' latest round of articles under the strapline 'Football For Sale' by saying they had requested details from the Telegraph - a request they said had been turned down.

The club's statement read: "Southampton Football Club has today been made aware by The Daily Telegraph that, as part of their ongoing investigation, the club's assistant first team manager Eric Black will feature as part of an article in tomorrow's paper.

"The club immediately requested to be sent, by The Daily Telegraph, the details of this article, but the newspaper declined to share any further information.

"We have today contacted The FA and The Premier League, and intend to work closely with both bodies on this matter when the facts become clear.

"Southampton Football Club is fully committed to investigating any situation that directly or indirectly relates to our club, employees or the wider community."

Black was appointed to Southampton's coaching staff during the summer as assistant to Claude Puel.


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Southampton boss Puel targets first Premier League win of season

Saints boss Claude Puel. Credit: PA

Manager Claude Puel is confident his Southampton players will finally get the rewards their performances deserve with a first Premier League victory of the season when Swansea visit St Mary's on Sunday.

The Saints kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 home win against Sparta Prague on Thursday after Puel made seven changes to his starting XI.

While Puel, appointed following the summer departure of Ronald Koeman, feels the squad have produced some solid displays in each Premier League game, turning those into all three points has so far proved illusive.

Both other league matches at St Mary's have ended in 1-1 draws, while there were defeats at Manchester United and then Arsenal last weekend, albeit to a somewhat controversial penalty deep into stoppage time.

Nevertheless Puel has seen enough to remain confident that first Premier League triumph is close.

"It was a good result for us in Europe, now it is important to carry on the same work in the Premier League," said the French coach, who had spells in charge of Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice.

"It will be important for us and our fans also, because it is important to keep a good efficient team, to score and be rewarded for all of the many good things we can make in our game.

"We have the possibilities to play against the football of every opponent."


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