Claude Puel 'comfortable' at St Mary's despite exit reports

Southampton manager Claude Puel has faced speculation about his future at St Mary's

Southampton manager Claude Puel has faced speculation about his future at St Mary's

Matches on Wednesday night against Manchester United and then on Sunday with Stoke City will have an influence and, while Puel's European experience and willingness to promote young players has been one popular aspect of his management, it can hardly be said that he has forged a connection with the Southampton fans.

Southampton will finish somewhere between eighth and 11th in the Premier League after a slightly-disappointing but far-from-disastrous first season under Puel and the boss wants a strong finish.

"I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton", Puel said.

At times this season, fans have not enjoyed Southampton's style of play and squad rotation under Puel but the Frenchman pointed to his relationship with the supporters as evidence that the club are behind him.

His season-long performance will be reviewed by executive director Les Reed next week.

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The Red Devils have lost their last two Premier League games against Arsenal and Tottenham to end their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.

"We have an opportunity to finish up in the table and it's a good thing after this long and hard season". After that, I can not make comments about speculation. I don't know what it is, and it's not interesting for me to comment.

"The League Cup final between the sides earlier in the season was a cracker, but I don't expect to see too many fireworks at St Mary's with the Saints without a home goal for 275 minutes".

"I am satisfied about the strong work all season because it's a long season with many games".

"When I spoke with our opponents' players and staff, they give congratulations about our players and our quality and all of this is a good response to the speculation".

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