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‘Baffling’ – Saints fans react as odds tumble on surpirse managerial contender

The Southampton fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are eagerly awaiting any news coming through the doors of who could be coming in to replace sacked manager Claude Puel, and there is a surprise name rising up the list.

Former Arsenal man and current New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira has seem his odds tumble to become favourite to take the helm at St. Mary’s before the start of the news season.

While the backing has come out of the blue, with no tangible links in the mainstream press, it could well make sense. Puel was dismissed largely due to his negative style of football, with the Saints only outscoring Sunderland at home last season.

With that in mind, a more expressive manager would need to succeed the sacked Frenchman. Under Vieira, NYCFC are playing a creative, aggressive and attacking brand of play, however, that could largely be down to the general standard of the MLS, where sides more often than not have weak defences and look to outscore each other.

The Saints fans at the bar are unsure if the former Gooner is the man to take the club forward, and it seems that sentiment has spread to social media…

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