Leicester City ‘part company’ with Claude Puel

Steven Chicken
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Leicester City will be looking for a new manager after parting company with Claude Puel.

The 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday was the final straw for the Frenchman, who replaced Craig Shakespeare as manager in October 2017.

Leicester’s shock Boxing Day win over Manchester City and an away win at Everton on New Year’s Day had temporarily relieved some of the pressure on Puel, but his side have not won since.

In that time they have lost to League Two Newport County in the FA Cup, and in the Premier League against Puel’s former club Southampton, Wolves, Manchester United, Tottenham and Palace. Their only point since January 1st came in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

They currently sit 12th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

A statement on Leicester’s website reads: “Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.

“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.”