Leicester City have named experienced manager Claude Puel as their new head coach.
The 2016/16 English Premier League champions last week parted ways with Craig Shakespeare after an unsatisfactory start to the season, and have moved quickly to replace him, bringing in a wealth of experience in Puel.
“The former AS Monaco, Lyon and Southampton manager will take charge of his first Leicester City fixture this coming Sunday as the Foxes host to Everton at King Power Stadium in the Premier League.”
The 56-year-old has signed a deal until 2020, will be supported by Michael Appleton, who retains his role as assistant manager.
Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha feels Puel is the “perfect fit” for the Foxes.
“Leicester City are delighted to announce the appointment of Claude Puel as the Club’s new First Team Manager,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“When we began the process of identifying a new manager, the Board quickly established the profile of candidate we needed to take the Club forward and Claude Puel was a perfect fit,” 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.”
Puel, whose one year stint at Southampton has given him a taste of Premier League football already, says he is honoured by his appointment.
“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,” he 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.”
Leicester currently sit 14th in the EPL standings, with just two wins and nine points from their opening nine games.