laude Puel remains likely to be sacked as Southampton manager but a definitive decision has not be made until the club have completed their search for a potential successor.

Puel is currently on holiday after a season which ended with Southampton eighth in the Premier League and having reached the League Cup final but, significantly in the analysis of the campaign, with 17 fewer points than last year.

Supporters are also restless over the style of football, which resulted in only 41 league goals. Only Sunderland ended the season with fewer home goals.

As revealed by Telegraph Sport last month, Puel’s future was already in serious doubt even at the start of May and Southampton were always planning to review his situation and see if they could make what they would regard as an improvement.

Southampton considered the former Hull City manager Marco Silva but decided against pursuing him and are now working their way through alternatives.