Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rudi Garcia falls off Southampton radar

Rudi Garcia is unlikely to be the next Southampton manager
Rudi Garcia is unlikely to be the next Southampton manager

Rudi Garcia is no longer a candidate for the vacant Southampton manager's job, Press Association Sport understands.

Ronald Koeman's drawn-out departure reached a conclusion on Tuesday when confirmation of his move to Everton was announced.

Southampton are understood to have received around £5million of compensation for the Dutchman, whose comments at Friday's unveiling did not go down well with the St Mary's hierarchy.

Koeman's suggestion that it was a case of sign a new deal or leave Southampton angered the Saints board, who are now assessing who best to succeed the former Holland international.

Ex-Lille and Roma manager Garcia emerged as favourite for the vacant St Mary's hotseat, but Press Association Sport understands such a move is now extremely unlikely.

The 52-year-old spoke to Saints but the club do not feel he would be the best fit at this stage.

Former Monaco and Lyon manager Claude Puel, ex-Ajax boss Frank de Boer and Fenerbahce coach Vitor Pereira have been mentioned as potential targets, with Southampton keen to get a manager in place before the players return for pre-season testing in a fortnight.

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