Leicester City fire Claude Puel — What went wrong for the Frenchman?

Former Premier League champions Leicester City have shown Claude Puel the exit door after an unexpected 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Foxes conceded the first goal of day but they got back into the game via Jonny Evans’ 61 minute goal but it doesn’t last long as Wilfred Zaha netted a brace after nine minutes.

Schmeichel was booked for a foul in his box in the 79th minute and Milivojević stepped up convert the resulting spot kick. The game just doesn’t end well for Leicester City, it equally ended up as Puel’s last match at the King Power stadium.

Puel’s dismissal wasn’t a quick decision from the club’s board of directors, rather, it was a decision that was proposed and hastened by the Foxes supporters.

His introduction to the team at the latter stage of last season, when he permanently replaced Craig Shakespeare 16 months ago, was cheered by the fans and he recorded a massive turnaround with the team as they moved from being a relegation-threatened team to an eight-placed club at the end of the campaign.

However, the former Southampton boss couldn’t count on fans support from the start of this season as result of his inability to get the best out of the young and huge potentials at his disposal.

The Frenchman alter new changes to the team’s usual counter-attacking style of play and he introduced a new style of play which make the team possess the ball more often.

This new formation was contrary to what the players are conversant with, hence, they need to adapt to new life under Puel.

Despite their hard work to get used to the Frenchman’s plan , the players failed to implement Puel’s tactical discipline which affect Jamie Vardy’s goal return. The former Three Lions striker has scored just 8 goals in all competitions since the turn of the season.

Further more, The King Power outfits couldn’t make their home a fortress like what it used to be in the days of Claudio Ranieri and Shakespeare’s early reign. They lost too easily to their Premier League counterparts including Southampton, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, and Tottenham.

Saturday’s defeat was their fourth consecutive defeat at King Power stadium and the board felt they’ve had enough of Puel and his uninspiring results.

To be fair to Puel, the Frenchman recorded some unexpected win over Chelsea and Manchester City, but the victories weren’t enough to regain the fans trust, neither were they good enough to lift them above 12th position in the League standings.

Leicester City are eight points above relegation zone and must do everything possible to improve their current form as soon as possible else the risk dropping to the Championship next season.

They are reportedly targeting a move for former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers ; former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez and former Huddersfield manager David Wagner.

As for Claude Puel, the Frenchman need to move elsewhere in search of a new job before the end of this campaign or before next season.

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