Leicester City sack manager Claude Puel


Leicester City's French manager Claude Puel waits for kick off of the English FA Cup ...
Leicester City's French manager Claude Puel waits for kick off of the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Peterborough United and Leicester City at London Road stadium in Peterborough, eastern England, on January 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY

In Summary

  • Leicester City have sacked manager Claude Puel after 16 months in charge
  • City were beaten 4-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday in what proved to be Puel's final game

Leicester City have sacked manager Claude Puel after 16 months in charge.

City were beaten 4-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday in what proved to be Puel’s final game.

Puel, 57, leaves the club 12th in the Premier League having lost five of their last six league games.

The Frenchman guided Leicester to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season but the club are now looking for their fourth permanent manager in 23 months.

Saturday’s defeat meant Leicester have lost four consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since January 2000 and conceded the first goal in 19 Premier League matches this season – more than any other side.

Assistant manager Jacky Bonnevay will also leave the club, with first-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler set to take temporary charge of the squad.

Leicester’s next game is at home in the Premier League against Brighton on Tuesday.

Puel was appointed on a three-year deal in October 2017, succeeding Craig Shakespeare who in turn followed 2015-16 Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri in managing the club.

The former Lyon boss had been dismissed by Southampton in June 2017 and arrived at Leicester four months later with the club third from bottom of the league.

He led them to ninth in the table, just their second top-10 finish in the Premier League since 2000.

-Report by BBC Sport

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