Claude Puel

Manager Profile

ClaudePuel

Personal Details

  • Country of Birth
    France
  • Status
    Inactive
  • Date of Birth
    02/09/1961
  • Premier League Seasons
    1
  • Premier League Debut Match
    Watford (h),
    13 August 2016, Drawn 1 - 1

Manager Bio

Claude Puel managed for one complete season in the Premier League, with Southampton.

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.

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.

Puel led the French club to two fourth-place finishes during his time before leaving at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

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

Under the Frenchman's guidance, Southampton reached the final of the EFL Cup, losing to Manchester United.

The Saints ended the 2016/17 Premier League season in eighth position, but Southampton announced the termination of Puel's contract on 14 June 2017.

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  • Southampton manager Claude Puel ahead of the match

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