Southampton are look out for a new manager with a shared “long-term vision” after reliving Claude Puel of that position.
55-year-old Frenchman Puel, took charge of St Mary last summer and saw the team to the EFL Cup final, where they lost to Manchester United, and an eighth-placed finish in last season’s Premier League.
But the board has decided to make a change and dismissed the former Lyon and Nice boss.
A statement from Southampton on Wednesday evening said the club had “terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect”.
It continued: “Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year.
“The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup final, a day our fans will always treasure. We wish Claude well for the future.
“The search for a new management team is under way.
“We are confident that we will find the right fit in line with the long-term vision of the club.”
Despite the optimism around Southampton’s Wembley appearance in February, they lost 16 league games to move to eighth after Ronald Koeman had delivered sixth place before leaving for Everton.
Southampton also suffered an early exit from both the FA Cup and the Europa League.
When the final game of the season came, the lost to a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke, and the Saints fans appeared to have turned their backs against Puel, chanting “You don’t know what you’re doing” and booing the Castres-born tactician.
There were rumours of player unrest that continued into the summer and, on the day which saw the 2017-18 fixtures released, Puel – a Ligue 1 winner with Monaco in 2000 – has departed Hampshire just 12 months into a three-year contract.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, recent Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri have all been connected with Saints, although the Italian former Leicester manager is expected to take over at Nantes.
Reading’s Jaap Stam is reported to be among the contenders after seeing the Royals to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.