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Report: Thomas Tuchel rules himself out of Southampton vacancy

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Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the running to be become Southampton’s next manager.

Tuchel had been considered the front-runner to replace Claude Puel, who was sacked late Wednesday, but the German manager has rejected interest in the job and will instead attempt to sign on with a club that will compete in the Champions League next season, according to Matt Hughes of the Times.

Although he was on the team’s shortlist of candidates, it’s understood that Tuchel was not considered to be Southampton’s first choice.

Former Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer and former Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino are believed to be in the running, while Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is also being considered, according to Sky Sports.

Tuchel, who departed Borussia Dortmund just three days after helping the Bundesliga club win the DFP-Pokal final, has not ruled out coaching in England, but he will likely be forced to search elsewhere for a job considering his preference to coach in the Champions League and the limited options among Premier League teams.

Puel’s time as manager ended exactly one year after Ronald Koeman left Southampton to become Everton coach. Puel’s dismissal allegedly came after Saints officials were left frustrated with the team’s poor finish to the season, having collected just six points in its final eight matches.

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