Southampton players turn on Claude Puel

Southampton manager, Claude Puel, faces an uncertain future at St Mary’s after rumours of a bust up with a number of first team players.

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Puel faces an uncertain future with Southampton. Via instagram (@southamptonfc)

The Frenchman has reportedly fallen out with Ryan Bertrand and Nathan Redmond over Puel’s failure to adapt his playing style.

A source within the club told The Daily Star on Tuesday: “The next few weeks are critical to Puel.

“Recent performances have not been good and he is under the spotlight.

“The board are aware there are a lot of unhappy players in the dressing-room and that is far from ideal going into the summer.”

The story comes after Southampton’s boring goalless draw with Hull on Saturday and what many are calling a ‘negative approach’.

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It is reported that Nathan Redmond has expressed his discontent to director, Les Reed. Via Instagram (@southamptonfc)

Southampton have only scored 39 Premier League goals this season, the seventh lowest in the league.

They are also the third lowest home scorers, behind relegated Sunderland and strugglers Middlesbrough.

It is understood that players have met with director of football, Les Reed, to discuss the management of the club.

Saints also got knocked out of their Europa League group, despite it being deemed as ‘easy’ by many of their fans.

Van Dijk could be departing St Mary's if Puel doesn't leave. Via Instagram (@virgilvandijk)
Van Dijk could be departing St Mary’s if Puel doesn’t leave. (@virgilvandijk)

The main reason for fans’ concerns is the possible departure of Virgil Van Dijk if Puel stays on.

Recent reports have linked the Dutchman with a number of top clubs, including Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Van Dijk joined Southampton in September 2015 for a reported £13 million. He has since become one of the Premier Leagues’ best defenders.

Despite Southampton’s League Cup run, which saw them advance to the final, it looks like Claude Puel will be leaving sooner rather than later.