Leicester City appoint former Southampton boss Claude Puel as manager


Leicester City have officially named Claude Puel as their new first team manager following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare last week.

The 56-year-old is well versed with Premier League football after guiding The Saints to an 8th place finish in the 2016/17 season, as well as reaching the League Cup final.

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Leicester City’s decision to sack Craig Shakespeare reveals the ruthless and unforgiving nature of top-flight football; The Foxes played Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in four of their first six Premier League fixtures. While there’s a possibility of low expectations surrounding those results, Shakespeare did not do enough in fixtures against Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and West Brom, only managing a point in each of those games.

“It is a great privilege to become the new manager of Leicester City – a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own,” said the Frenchman in his first interview as Leicester City manager.

“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”

The bulk of Claude Puel’s managerial experience comes in his home country of France, where he’s managed AS Monaco, Lillie, Olympique Lyonnais and OGC Nice.

His club honours as manager include a French Super Cup and Ligue 1 title with AS Monaco in 2000 – the last the club had won prior to their success this year.

Claude Puel’s first test as Leicester City boss will come from the visit of struggling Everton on Sunday.




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