Is Claude Puel another shrewd appointment by Southampton?

Is Claude Puel another shrewd appointment by Southampton?

Southampton have been the envy of a lot of clubs outside the top six since they returned to the Premier League under Nigel Adkins. They have an excellent recruitment system, play good football and have a knack of appointing quality managers. They bought Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman to the Premier League, both of whom have moved onto other clubs in the league. Their latest appointment is Claude Puel, who won't be known to a lot of fans in England, …
Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

Who Is On The Tottenham Chopping Block?

One of the strangest managerial departures of the last few seasons came in January 2013 when Nigel Adkins’ contract was terminated with Southampton. After 3 progressive and successful years at the club, Adkins secured The Saints back-to-back promotion and was steadily climbing away from the relegation zone when the axe fell. Southampton were quick to replace the former Scunthorpe United manager with Argentine, Mauricio Pochettino, who came to the Premier League off the back of being terminated from La Liga …
What have Southampton learnt from Swansea? | City 3 Saints 2 | Opta Stats

What have Southampton learnt from Swansea? | City 3 Saints 2 | Opta Stats

Although very early days, there have been a lot of comparisons between Southampton and Swansea since the south coast side gained promotion from the Championship last season – with many tipping Southampton to ‘emulate’ Swansea’s achievements last year and finish the highest placed promoted team come the end of the season. Swansea began their first Premier League season last year by playing Manchester City away; the very same scenario Southampton faced upon their return to the top flight. Swansea lost …
Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

[caption id="attachment_16133" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Adam Lallana - future England International?"][/caption] The 2012/2013 English Premier League sees the return of Southampton FC to the Premier League. Despite (unbelievably!) never winning Manager of the Month in the Championship last season, Nigel Adkins' Southampton side now face life in the Premier League after finishing 2nd behind Reading (but achieving their second successive promotions in the process). Adkins has well and truly flipped the fortunes of Southampton Football Club with efficiency and style, whilst …