Leicester City Appoint Ex-Southampton Boss As New Gaffer

Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.

The 56-year old replaces Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked last week after an underwhelming start to the season.

Shakespeare had earlier succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.

Claude Puel is not new to English football after he spent last season at Southampton. He led the Saints to eighth position in the league in addition to reaching the EFL Cup final with the team before being booted out in June.

Michael Appleton, who has won two games from his two games as caretaker manager, will remain as the assistant manager to the newly appointed Puel.

While speaking on the appointment of Puel, Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha revealed that he was “a perfect fit”.

In his words, he said:

“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.”

“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.” he added.

On his appointment, Puel said:

“The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”