Leicester appoint ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as new manager

Leicester City have appointed former Southampton boss Claude Puel as their new manager.

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

However, Leicester have offered the 56-year-old a return to the Premier League.

Puel becomes the Foxes’ third manager this year, replacing Craig Shakespeare who succeeded Premier League title winner Claudio Ranieri in February.

Puel, who has also managed Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice — winning the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2000 — reportedly beat off competition from Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and ex-Manchester United player Ryan Giggs for the Leicester job

Shakespeare, who was named permanent Leicester boss in June, was dismissed earlier this month after leaving the club in the relegation zone with six points from eight games.

Michael Appleton was placed in charge following Shakespeare’s sacking and has since guided Leicester to a 2-1 victory over Swansea to leave them 14th in the table, as well as a 3-1 Carabao Cup fourth-round victory over Leeds.

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