Leicester City appoint former Southampton boss Claude Puel

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 October 2017, 20:04

Claude Puel is back in the Premier League dugout with Leicester City, less than five months after he was sent packing by Southampton.

The Frenchman has tonight (Wednesday) been confirmed as Craig Shakespeare’s replacement at Leicester following a successful round of negotiations, which ended in the former Saint penning a three-year contract with the King Power club.

On his appointment at the East Midlands outfit Puel said:

"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.

"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.”

Puel becomes the third Foxes gaffer in the space of eight months, with former  manager Claudio Ranieri infamously sacked back in February just nine months after leading the 5,000/1 shots to Premier League glory.

Ranieri’s successor, Shakespeare, enjoyed a cracking start as interim manager, and was subsequently awarded a permanent three-year contract in the summer.

However, Leicester stuttered out of the blocks this season, and Shakespeare’s chapter at the club was slammed shut last week following a 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Michael Appleton stepped up from his role as assistant to take caretaker charge of the club, leading them to wins over Swansea and Leeds.

Appleton will now revert back to his job as assistant, this time to Puel, who will take charge of his first match on Sunday against managerless Everton, themselves looking for a new boss after axing Puel’s predecessor at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, earlier this week.

Puel spent just a single season in charge of the Saints despite leading the south coast club to a League Cup final and an 8th place finish in the Premier League, with his style of play deemed too negative.

However, the 56-year-old will hope he can inspire a turnaround in fortune at new club Leicester who have endured a difficult time since memorably becoming champions of England back in 2016.

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