Leicester City set to name Claude Puel as their new managerby Jack Kitson / 25 October 2017, 12:13Tweet
Everton’s search for a new boss has sparked Leicester City’s own manager hunt into life as it emerges that the Foxes are now in advanced talks with the former Southampton manager Claude Puel, who is expected to be named as Craig Shakespeare's replacement.
Puel emerged as a surprise contender for the post last Friday (20/1), before coming in at 2/1 at the start of this week. On Monday night the Frenchman became the odds-on favourite for the job, and now today (Wednesday) a number of bookmakers have suspended betting on Puel becoming the Next Leicester City Manager.
Providing negotiations between the parties go to plan then Puel could be even be appointed ahead of Leicester’s league clash with Everton on Sunday.
Puel has been out-of-work since leaving Southampton in the summer after a single season at the helm. The 56-year-old led the Saints to 8th in the table, a League Cup final, and a historic win over Inter Milan in the Europa League, however his style of play was deemed too negative for the south coast club who subsequently replaced him with the equally negative Mauricio Pellegrino.
A number of Leicester supporters have been underwhelmed by the potential appointment of Puel, but it’s worth remembering that Claudio Ranieri didn’t exactly receive an open-armed welcome, and the Italian went on to conjure up the most stunning season in the club’s history.
I’m by no means saying that Puel will replicate this, or even come close, but while it didn’t quite work out for him at Southampton, he could well prove to be a hit at Leicester.
Meanwhile, the club's caretaker boss Michael Appleton is expected to become Puel's No.2 at the King Power. The former Oxford manager has a 100% record since he was placed in charge of the Foxes first-team, leading his side to back-to-back wins over Swansea (league), and Leeds (cup).