Leicester to name Claude Puel as manager

Premier League club Leicester City are expected to name Frenchman Claude Puel as their new manager later today.

Claude Puel
Claude Puel will be making a return to management with Leicester, after being sacked by Southampton last season

The French manager, who was sacked by Southampton last season, held advanced talks with Foxes chiefs yesterday, and it is now expected they will unveil him as their new manager in the coming hours.

The Foxes have been hunting for a new manager since the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, who led Leicester to Premier League safety after the sacking of title winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

He will become the third Leicester manager in the space of 12 months, and Foxes chiefs are hoping he brings some stability to the club.

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was front runner for the job, but it is understood he turned the job down as he wants to manage a team in the Champions League and fighting for titles.

Other managers linked to the post where, Burnley manager Sean Dyche, Marco Silva of Watford and Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner.

Since the sacking of Shakespeare, Leicester have been managed by caretaker manager Michael Appleton who had hoped he would be given the chance to manage the team.

Appleton lead Leicester to their second Premier League win of the season, beating Swansea 2-1 over the weekend, which moved Leicester out of the relegation zone.

Puel will be hoping for better luck this time out with Leicester.  He was sacked at the end of last season after guiding Southampton to eighth place in the league and the League Cup Final which they lost to Manchester United.

Southampton supporters where underwhelmed by the style of play under the Frenchman, which in the end led to his sacking.  Whether he brings the same style of play to Leicester City, will have to wait and see.