Claude Puel has spoken of his delight at becoming Southampton’s new First Team Manager.
Puel, who has enjoyed a successful career as both a player and a head coach in France, was today unveiled as the Saints boss, signing a three-year contract with the club.
In his first interview, he told Southampton’s official YouTube channel how he is looking forward to leading the team into an exciting 2016/17 season, which will include a Europa League campaign as well as the domestic competitions.
"I am very happy to be the new manager, because it's a good opportunity and a good challenge for me to come here to Southampton – a very good club and a very good organisation,” said Puel, who has extensive experience of managing in the Champions League, as well as the French top-flight.
“The challenge for me, and for the club also, is to continue the good results and to play games every three days.
“It's a new thing for the club, although not for me, because I know this, but it will be important to know the particularities of this season and I think it will be important to give success and to keep the philosophy of the club also – a squad with very good technique and a team that can give pleasure for the fans.”
Puel added: "I liked what the directors had to say, because it's important for the club to continue the philosophy of the game of Southampton. It's important to improve young players, but also to keep efficient with the results.
“It’s a very, very good challenge for Southampton, but for me also. I know the high level with different clubs in France, I know the Europa League, I know the Champions League.
“I hope that it's a possibility in the future for Southampton to play in the Champions League, but it's important to improve with these players. They know the high level with the Europa League and I hope with the Champions League for the future.”