Claude Puel is the new Leicester City manager
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Former Southampton manager Claude Puel has been appointed new Leicester City manager, the Premier League club have announced.
The 56-year-old Frenchman, who has also managed Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice, was fired by the Saints during the summer after a solitary season in charge at St Mary’s.
Despite leading the club to the EFL Cup final, and a respectable eight-placed finish in the league, the style of Southampton’s play under Puel was derided as boring, a view confirmed by Saints legend Matt Le Tissier on talkSPORT on Wednesday.
Puel will take charge of Southampton for Sunday’s game against Everton and Michael Appleton will revert back to his role of assistant manager.
“It’s 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 new manager to the club website.
“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.”
Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “When we began the process of identifying a new manager, the board quickly established the profile of candidate we needed to take the club forward and Claude Puel was a perfect fit.
“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.
“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”