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Leicester name former Southampton boss Claude Puel as new manager

Leicester appoint former Southampton manager as their new manager


Leicester City have appointed former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Puel, who was dismissed by Southampton at the end of last season, becomes the Foxes’ third manager this year, replacing Craig Shakespeare who succeeded Claudio Ranieri in February.

The 56-year-old led the Saints to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season as well as the League Cup final, but the Frenchman still lost his job in June, with his style of football coming in for criticism from the fans.

In a statement on Leicester’s official website, Puel said: “It’s a great privilege to become the new manager of Leicester City – a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own. 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.”

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said Puel was “a perfect fit”.

“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 added.

“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.”

The former Lyon manager takes over a Foxes side 14th in the Premier League table one point above  relegation zone.

The former Premier League champions have confirmed that Appleton will retain his position as assistant manager.

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