Southampton have appointed Claude Puel as Ronald Koeman’s successor on a three-year contract.

Former Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice coach Puel, 54, has never worked outside of France and spent his entire playing career at Monaco where he was coached by Arsene Wenger.

Notable achievements include winning the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2000 and reaching the Champions League semifinals with Lyon.

More recently Puel spent the last four seasons in charge of Nice whom he led to fourth place in Ligue 1 last term and qualification to the Europa League where they could face Southampton.

He inherits a Southampton side that achieved consecutive best-ever Premier League finishes over the past two seasons after finishing seventh and sixth, but without Victor Wanyama, who joined Tottenham in an £11 million deal, and Sadio Mane, who is set to complete a move to Liverpool for a fee of up to £36m.

It was reported Manuel Pellegrini, Rudi Garcia, Eddie Howe and Vitor Pereira were other contenders for the manager’s job at St Mary’s.