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Puel under pressure as Southampton ends season with 1-0 loss

May 21, 2017

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Southampton lost 1-0 at home to Stoke on the final day of the Premier League on Sunday in what could prove to be Claude Puel’s final game as manager.

Southampton’s hierarchy will review Puel’s position in the coming days and has offered him minimal support.

It won’t help Puel that Southampton finished the season by failing to score in its final five home games, and there was hostility from the club’s supporters by the end as boos rang around St. Mary’s Stadium.

A 60th-minute header from Peter Crouch earned Stoke a win that helped the visitors to 13th place. Southampton finished in eighth place.

“Eighth in the table in a difficult championship, with all the good teams in the first places, is good,” said Puel, who led Southampton to the League Cup final, where it lost 3-2 to Manchester United.

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