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Southampton hires Claude Puel as manager

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Southampton has hired Claude Puel as manager of the English Premier League club after being impressed with his command of French side Nice.

The 54-year-old Frenchman has agreed on a three-year contract to succeed Ronald Koeman, who quit to join Everton this month.

Puel, a former Monaco player, secured a fourth-placed finish last season for Nice before leaving.