Former Saints boss Claude Puel new favourite for Leicester post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 October 2017, 10:05

Managerless Everton are currently hogging the spotlight following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but let’s not forget that Leicester City are also still searching for a new manager after axing Craig Shakespeare last week.

Leicester ended Shakespeare’s chapter at the club exactly a week ago (Tuesday), but evidently had no one lined up as a replacement for the Englishman, with a feast of managers coming-and-going in the Next Leicester Manager Market.

Former Southampton boss Claude Puel emerged as a surprise candidate last Friday, but the unemployed Frenchman has today been installed as the surprise odds-on favourite for the post, ahead of the likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Chris Coleman and caretaker boss Michael Appleton, who led the Foxes to a 2-1 victory at Swansea last weekend.

Puel replaced the departed Koeman in the Saints dugout in the summer of 2016. The former Lyon boss went on to lead the south coast outfit to 8th spot and a League Cup final - they narrowly lost 3-2 to Man Utd - however, the Hampshire side opted to part ways at the end of the season in order to appoint a manager with a more high-tempo and attacking philosophy.

But, a change in style has not yet been evident under Puel’s successor Mauricio Pellegrino.

There’s no doubting that to some extent Puel was unfortunate to lose his job, however the Saints were mind-numbingly boring at times, especially towards the end of last season.

After leaking in goals for fun so far this season Leicester could do with a solid defence, and according to The Daily Mail the Midlands club and Puel have already held talks, and if the betting is to be believed, then those negotiations appear to have gone well for both parties.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Leicester could opt for Matias Almeyda, a former Argentina teammate of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently in charge of Mexico side Guadalajara, while he’s previously managed River Plate and Banfield.

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