Thomas Tuchel rules himself out of Southampton job

Thomas Tuchel during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln at Signal Iduna Park
Image: Thomas Tuchel is not understood to be keen on a move to Southampton

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager's job at Southampton, according to Sky sources.

The 43-year old was the bookies' early favourite to take over at St Mary's, following Wednesday night's sacking of Claude Puel.

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Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has backed the club's decision to sack manager Puel

We understand Tuchel has not ruled out a move to the Premier League, but the role at Southampton does not appeal to him.

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Jeremy Langdon reports from St Mary's Stadium, where Southampton are beginning their search for a new manager after sacking Claude Puel

Tuchel is known to want to continue managing a team in the Champions League.

Tuchel's departure from Dortmund came just three days after he led them to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final. They also finished third in the Bundesliga.

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James Ward-Prowse says Puel, who has been sacked as the club's manager, gave him the chance to play regular first-team football

Puel secured an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League with Southampton and guided them to the final of the EFL Cup, where they lost in the final to Manchester United.

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