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Southampton have confirmed that manager Gordon Strachan will leave the club in the summer.

The club confirmed in a statement that the 46-year-old former Coventry boss had decided not to extend his contract beyond the end of the season.

The club said the 46-year-old Scot’s decision had been for “medical and other personal reasons” and was not due to any rift with chairman Rupert Lowe.

“Gordon and I have fully discussed the situation and are comfortable with his decision,” said Lowe.

“Despite the fact that we may appear an unlikely partnership, I have very much enjoyed working with Gordon over the past two and a half years.

“His enthusiasm and commitment have inspired everybody and the club has moved forward during a crucial period after leaving The Dell and moving to the Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium.

“Gordon has assured me that he will give 110% for the balance of this season in order to capitalise on our current position in the league.

“Our fans will be sad to see a man, whose passion matched theirs, taking time out of the game.”

He joined the club just over two years ago, after being sacked by Coventry. He led the Saints to the FA Cup final last season, when they lost to Arsenal.

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