Craig Shakespeare

Former Southampton boss emerges as surprise contender for Leicester job

According to reports in the English press this afternoon, former Southampton manager Claude Puel has emerged as one of the leading contenders to take over at Leicester City.

Change afoot

The position at the helm for the Foxes is up for grabs after Leicester parted ways with Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday, following the club’s poor start to the season.

The 2015/16 Premier League champions have picked up just 6 points from their first 8 league fixtures, leaving the club in a lowly 18th place in the English top-flight.

Candidates

A number of big names have been heavily linked with the role in the days that have followed the news of Shakespeare’s firing, with the likes of Sam Allardyce and Frank De Boer having been touted as possibilities.

However, this pair were well down the list of favourites for the job released by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power earlier this week, with Roberto Mancini and Guus Hiddink joint favourites for the position at 7/1.

PL return?

And, as per a number of outlets in England today, another surprise name has joined the list of contenders for the hot seat at the King Power stadium, with former Southampton manager Claude Puel rumoured to be under serious consideration by the Foxes board.

Puel, an experienced 56-year-old French tactician, has been in management since 1999, and has previously taken charge of the likes of Monaco, Lille, Lyon, Nice, and, most recently, Southampton.

The former Monaco midfielder was appointed as manager of the Saints last summer, carrying his side to the League Cup final and a respectable 8th place finish in the Premier League table, but was nonetheless sacked in June of this year.

His dismissal yielded a mixed reaction from fans of the club, with many happy to see the back of his defensive tactics, while others were frustrated with the lack of time afforded to the Frenchman.

However, he could now be set to receive a second chance at testing his managerial talents in the Premier League, with a decision on the new manager at Leicester City expected to be made over the coming days.

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