Leicester City appoints Puel as Shakespeare successor

Claude Puel has been confirmed as Leicester City's new manager, taking over from the sacked Craig Shakespeare.

Claude Puel, who had earlier managed Southampton, will be at the helm of Leicester City.   -  AFP

Leicester City has confirmed the appointment of Claude Puel as its new manager following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare.

Puel takes over a contract until June 2020, with Michael Appleton remaining as assistant manager.

The club dismissed Shakespeare last week following a poor start to the season which saw it pick up just one win in its first eight Premier League matches.

Appleton took over on an interim basis and guided Leicester to a 2-1 triumph at Swansea City on Saturday and a 3-1 EFL Cup win over Leeds United three days later, but the former Blackburn Rovers manager has not been deemed the right man to take over full-time.

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That opportunity has been given to Puel, who finds himself back in a job following his dismissal by Southampton in June.

"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," Puel told Leicester's official website.

 

"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," he added.