Leicester City today announced that they have decided to part company with manager Claude Puel.
The 57-year-old French coach took over from Craig Shakespeare in October 2017, with the Foxes hovering around the relegation zone, and guided the East Midlands side to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League.
However, the former Southampton boss was never really a popular figure among the Leicester City faithful, and rumours of strained relationships with several of his players – notably star striker Jamie Vardy – have been dominating the headlines in recent months.
Leicester slipped to a record-breaking fourth successive top-flight defeat at the King Power last night after losing 4-1 to Crystal Palace, and the club announced today that they decided to end Puel’s time as their manager.
Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.https://t.co/VoZnGBJ8Up
— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 24, 2019
“Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect,” a statement on Leicester’s official website reads.
“The Club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career.
“Assistant Manager Jacky Bonnevay also departs with the Club’s best wishes.
“First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler, supported by the Club’s established backroom staff, will assume responsibility for the senior squad while the Club begins the process of appointing a new manager.
“The Board will make no further comment until this process is complete.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been installed at the early favourite to replace Puel at the King Power.