Five things you need to know about Southampton's new manager Claude Puel

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Southampton have today announced the appointment of Claude Puel as their new first team manager.  

The Frenchman takes over from Ronald Koeman, who joined Premier League rivals, Everton, earlier this month.  

The Saints have appointed a new boss that is not very well known in England, so we're going to run you through five things that you'll need to know about the new man.  


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Puel has been in management for 17 years

The 54-year-old began his management career with Monaco in 1999.

He was there for three years before moving to Lille in 2002, where he spent six years, leaving in 2008.

He went on to manage Lyon for three years, before taking over at Nice in 2012. He's been there ever since, until signing with Southampton.    

During his management career, he's won a few honours

Despite not managing the best clubs, Puel has tasted success as a manager.

He won the French Ligue 1 during his first year as Monaco boss, and also won the Trophee des Champions (the French equivalent to England's Community Shield) the following season. In the same year, he guided Monaco to runners-up in the Coupe de la Ligue (the French Cup).  

However, since his early success, Puel has failed to reach the same heights with his other teams. 

The closest he came to success again was with Lyon, where he guided them to a Champions League semi-final in 2010.

Last season Nice finished fourth in the French League, meaning they will miss out on European's top competition again this year.

His management style appears calm and composed, but he will speak his mind in the dressing room

According to Erik Bielderman, the chief football writer for French newspaper L'Equipe, Puel will not give too much away to the press. 

Bielderman describes him as a "quiet guy" with the media and says he is a man that will "not give great headlines".

However, when it comes to the players themselves, Puel "speaks his mind" in the dressing room.

Arguably, it appears that Southampton have appointed a man not too different in style to Koeman, who found success with the Saints. 

Puel had a successful playing career in France

Before retiring from playing professional football in 1996, the new Southampton boss won a lot of silverware in France.

He ended his career with two French League titles, three French Cups and was a runner-up in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup during his 17-year spell with Monaco.

Very much a one-club man, he made 488 appearances as a defensive midfielder, scoring just four goals for the French side.

He will be hopeful he can get his new defensive midfielders scoring a little more frequently that he managed during his time as a player.

He may not choose to stay at Southampton for a long spell 

Managing four different French clubs during his career might be an indication that Puel is not one to overstay his welcome, and Southampton, who have a reputation of selling their star players just as their team is looking stable, may have the wrong philosophy for him. 

Bielderman suggests Southampton's style may not appeal to Puel in the long run, especially if they offload more players this summer. 

"In a club like Southampton, you maybe expect to have a couple of years with some consistency.

"Claude Puel is the kind of guy to have three, four seasons, but when he feels uncomfortable, which was the case at Nice and also at Lyon, he is not the guy who will fight to stay. He will say, 'This is not for me anymore - bye bye'.

Puel has signed his contract and takes charge of Southampton ahead of pre-season, which begins when the players start returning to training on the 1st July. 

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