Claude Puel

Manager Profile


Personal Details

  • Country of Birth
  • Status
  • Joined Club
    30 June 2016
  • Age
    55 years 237 days
  • Date of Birth
  • Premier League Seasons
  • Premier League Debut Match
    Watford (h),
    13 August 2016, Drawn 1 - 1

Manager Bio

Claude Puel was appointed Southampton manager in June 2016 with the Frenchman bringing his coaching skills to England for the first time.

Puel spent his entire professional playing career at Monaco, amassing over 450 appearances, including a seven-year spell under Arsene Wenger.

As a player, he won Ligue 1 on two occasions and lifted other silverware such as the Coupe de France and Trophee des champions.

A one-club man, the Frenchman spent time managing Monaco’s reserve team before being handed the top job in 1999.

Just a year later he led the side to the Ligue 1 title and success in the Trophee des champions.

After reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2001, Puel  departed Monaco at the end of his contract - ending a 24-year association with the club.

A second management role followed at Lille, where he spent six seasons and helped nurture a host of young talent, including Eden Hazard.

In 2008 Puel took on the top job at Lyon, who he managed to guide to a first ever UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance in 2009/10.

The Frenchman left the Stade de Gerland in the summer of 2011, subsequently signing a deal to take charge of Nice.

Despite narrowly avoiding relegation in his second season at the helm, Puel was behind two fourth-place finishes during his time at the club before leaving at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

The 2016/17 campaign will present a first opportunity for the Southampton manager to make his mark on the Premier League.

On 30 June 2016, Puel was announced as Ronald Koeman's successor at St Mary's Stadium.

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  • Southampton manager Claude Puel ahead of the match

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