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Leicester City name ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel as new man at the helm

The club confirmed the news this evening, saying the Frenchman is ‘a perfect fit’.

New Leicester City boss Claude Puel.
New Leicester City boss Claude Puel.
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LEICESTER CITY HAVE appointed Claude Puel as their new manager following last week’s sacking of Craig Shakespeare.

The 56-year-old Frenchman has penned a deal to keep him at the Foxes until 2020, and his first fixture in charge of the 2015/16 Premier League champions comes on Sunday as they host Everton at the King Power Stadium.

Puel has previously managed AS Monaco, Lyon and Southampton and has also had managerial stints at Lille and Nice.

Michael Appleton meanwhile, keeps his role as assistant manager.

“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 the club’s official website today.

“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.”

During his previous time in the Premier League, Puel guided Southampton to an eighth-place finish, as well as overseeing their Europa League campaign and leading the club to the EFL Cup final.

He was sacked in June after just one season in charge though.

Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said of the appointment:

“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.

“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.”

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