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Friday 22 June 2018

Foxes appoint Puel

Claude Puel. Photo: Getty Images
Claude Puel. Photo: Getty Images

Claude Puel has been confirmed as Leicester's new first-team manager.

Just 133 days after being sacked by Southampton, the 56-year-old Frenchman is back in a Premier League hotseat.

Puel has been confirmed as Craig Shakespeare's successor at Leicester, penning a deal at the King Power Stadium until June 2020.

The former defensive midfielder's first match at the Foxes helm will be Sunday's home game against Everton, while the club has confirmed Michael Appleton will retain his role as assistant manager.

"It's a great privilege to become the new manager of Leicester City - a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own," Puel said.

"The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I'm looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success."

Puel moved into management with Monaco - the only club he represented as a player - in 1999 and won the Ligue 1 crown the following year.

Spells with Lille, Lyon and Nice followed before the 56-year-old replaced Ronald Koeman as Saints boss in 2016.

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