Former Marseilles chief Alain Perrin has declared his desire to work in the English Premiership.

“I have always wanted to manage in the Premiership and it is something I want to do before my career is over,” said the 47-year-old Frenchman.

“I like English football and the way the game is played impresses me.”

Perrin has been linked with the manager’s job at Southampton after being sacked by Marseilles earlier this month. Southampton are on the lookout for a new boss after Gordon Strachan’s shock decision to quit the job and take a rest from football at the end of the season.

The former Manchester United and Scotland player said he wanted a break from the pressures of management at the highest level and wishes to spend more time with his family.