Five Leading Candidates For The Leicester City Job After Claude Puel Sackingby Steve Chambers / 25 February 2019, 11:00Tweet
Leicester City sacked Claude Puel in the aftermath of their shocking 4-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, so the Foxes board will now have to kick off their quest in search of a replacement manager as they look to stop any chance of them getting sucked into a relegation battle in the top flight.
Rumours are starting to circulate who is in line to take up the reins at the King Power Stadium and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is a short-priced favourite with the bookmakers, but there are a host of contenders for the job and we pick out five of the candidates that will come close to the Leicester's shortlist.
Dominant during his time at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers may feel as if he has taken the Scottish club as far as he can possibly take them, so may jump at the chance of a new challenge and Leicester City could be an ideal fit.
The Northern Irishman blossomed at Swansea City and Liverpool in the Premier League and nearly steered the Merseysiders to the title, so with Leicester having sparkled in the English top-flight then he could well relish the opportunity to return south of the border and he has to be the frontrunner for the job.
It often seems that as soon as a Premier League manager is sacked the next available job will see that person linked with it, and that is certainly the case with David Wagner, who has only recently departed Huddersfield Town, but is now linked with a move to Leicester.
Wagner worked wonders to keep the Terriers in the Premier League last season, but just struggled to build on that this season, so while he is second favourite for the job it must be unlikely that the Foxes try to lure him to the club.
Nigel Pearson can take credit for igniting the Leicester City revolution in which they went from a lowly Premier League outfit to champions of the division. Pearson kept the Foxes in the division before Claudio Ranieri came in and masterminded a sensational title victory.
Pearson will be a popular choice among the fans, and has to be in the running for the job, but the Foxes board may just think they can aim higher in terms of their next boss, and may opt for a more exciting appointment.
A former star midfielder for Leicester City, Neil Lennon is currently on the lookout for a new managerial job having left Hibernian earlier this season, and he could be another popular choice among the Foxes fans, who are dreading getting dragged into a relegation battle.
The combative midfielder will bring a huge sense of positivity to the club, and could have an instant impact, but is he a candidate that can improve Leicester significantly, as they look to get back into challenging for European places.
A Premier League job is available, so Sam Allardyce is instantly named as a candidate for the job, but will the former England manager be the sort of boss the Foxes board will be looking to hire. I doubt it!
Allardyce's defensive style will not ideally suit the Leicester way and the likes of Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray, who relish the attacking side of the game, will most certainly have their game changed by Allardyce.
???? Rumours are rife that Claude Puel has been sacked by Leicester. Here are some of the names in the frame to replace the Frenchman...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) 24 February 2019
- Brendan Rodgers: 1/2
- David Wagner: 7/1
- Rafa Benitez: 8/1
- Nigel Pearson: 10/1
- Arsene Wenger: 33/1
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