Could Claude Puel break an unwanted Premier League record?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 August 2018, 13:29

Frank de Boer suffered the ignominy of the sack at Crystal Palace just four matches into the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The Dutchman, who previously led Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie trophies, had replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer as the Eagles attempted to transform the club's playing style, a decision which spectacularly backfired.

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Four top-flight defeats and zero goals later he was axed in the early days of September, and in the process broke the record for the shortest Premier League managerial tenure ever (in games).

De Boer also became the ninth manager to lose his job within four matches of a new Premier League season - Paul Sturrock (Southampton, 2004) and Kenny Dalglish (Newcastle, 1998) hold the joint record at two top-flight games apiece.

Now, nearly a year after De Boer was given the boot, another Premier League manager is in stark danger of losing his job in the opening stages of the season: Claude Puel.

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Puel, who has been in charge of Leicester since October, is obviously in no danger of breaking the shortest tenure record, however he could set a new record in terms becoming the victim of the earliest ever sacking at the start of a Premier League season, although for that to happen he’ll have to be toast before Leicester’s clash with Wolves on Saturday (3pm).

It’s worth noting that we have already witnessed an early managerial casualty down in League One, with Gary Bowyer resigning from his post last week, just one game into the campaign.

Puel came under severe pressure towards the back end of last season, but clung onto his job and was subsequently allowed to splash out £100million in the summer transfer market.

Now after only one game into the new season, the 5/2 favourite for the sack is reportedly on the cusp of losing his job at the King Power.

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Leicester lost their opening game 2-1 away to Man Utd, however the visitors could take many positives away from the game.

But Puel has since been plagued by reports that Leicester are already considering making a managerial change, with the Daily Mirror stating that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is being touted as a potential replacement.

Martinez, the 5/2 favourite in the betting, is followed by his Belgium assistant Thierry Henry at 11/2, while the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce also feature in the market.

Next up for Leicester is the visit of newly promoted Wolves, while he then makes what could turn out to be a very unpleasant trip to his former employers Southampton.


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