Friday’s Fan Polls: A week of rumours

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Fans from Japan hold up pictures of Maya Yoshida of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary's Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Fans from Japan hold up pictures of Maya Yoshida of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary's Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images) /
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HULL, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Watford at the KCOM Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
HULL, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Watford at the KCOM Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images) /

Monday-Tuesday

The week started for the Saints with intense speculation regarding Claude Puel’s long-term future at the club. A host of media sources hopped on the back of the rumour that the Frenchman would be sacked at the end of the season.

Instantly the favourite to replace him was Marco Silva, with odds as low as 7/2 that he would replace Puel, something which didn’t exactly upset the fan-base.

Instead as many as 88 percent of the 111 voters said they would be happy for the 39-year-old to replace Puel, with his attacking and free-flowing style of football evidently impressing the supporters.

But Silva wasn’t the only name linked with the Saints job, as Alan Pardew, Brendan Rodgers and Eddie Howe were all high up the list of replacements. However the second-favourite to Silva was Unai Emery. Formerly of Sevilla and now of PSG, Emery was linked with the job last summer and was many fans number one pick for the job.

Despite this Silva is still the popular vote, albeit by the narrowest of margins. However with Emery having enough fans as a potential successor it seems like the Saints have plenty of viable options if Puel does get given his marching orders.