CLAUDE PUEL has been sacked as Leicester boss.
The Frenchman paid the price after a disastrous run of results, the Sun can exclusively reveal.
Getty Claude Puel has been sacked as Leicester boss after a shocking run of results
His fate was confirmed this morning after yesterday’s heavy 1-4 defeat to Crystal Palace at home.
It is understood that Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers is the bookies favourite to take over at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester confirmed in a statement this morning: “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.
Getty Puel cut a frustrated and lonely figure on the touchline against Crystal Palace
“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.”
Puel had been under huge pressure after failing to win in the Premier League since beating Everton away on New Year’s Day.
The Foxes fans have been calling for his head for the past few months, and they have finally got their wish.
Leicester 1-4 Crystal Palace: Batshuayi, Zaha and Milivojevic on target as Palace pile pressure on Claude Puel
Puel was a surprise appointment for many when he replaced Craig Shakespeare in October 2017.
After an initial strong start, fans grew increasingly frustrated with his ‘boring’, possession-based football.
It was a stark contrast to the style used by the Foxes as they won the Premier League title in 2016 and the players never really looked able to adapt.
He was backed by the club’s hierarchy to splash the cash last summer, bringing in attacking full-back Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison.
Jonny Evans, Danny Ward, Rachid Ghezzal, Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic also moved to Leicester, totalling £89million.
Such spending needs results to back it up and unfortunately for Puel, that could not come.
Despite wins over Chelsea and Manchester City during the Christmas period, home defeats to Cardiff, Southampton and lastly Palace meant the board had seen enough.
Puel was under immense pressure earlier in the season but the helicopter tragedy in October – which claimed the lives of five including chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – united the club and the city.
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