Could Leicester City Sack Claude Puel? Mikel Arteta, Nigel Pearson, And Sam Allardyce Wait In The Wings After Foxes Fall To Southampton
Leicester City manager Claude Puel is hanging onto his job by the smallest of threads after his former club Southampton came back to haunt him at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The struggling Saints, who had 10 men for over half the game, clung on to record a nerve-shredding 2-1 win in the East Midlands as they piled the pressure on their ex-gaffer who remains the hot favourite for the sack.
A number of Leicester fans made their feelings known before, during and in the aftermath of the dismal defeat, with one supporter even having a “Puel Out” sign confiscated by a steward - see below.
Next up for Leicester is a tricky trip to Wolves next Saturday lunchtime, but whether Puel will still be in the dugout is open to debate.
The Foxes are currently 8th in the table, but many supporters have been left disappointed at the manner of some of their defeats this season, with the Saints loss coming straight after last weekend’s humiliating 2-1 reverse at Newport in the FA Cup third round.
Puel has also come under-fire for his style of play. Leicester have notably struggled for goals, scoring twice in a single game in only two of their last 16 matches in all competitions, although during that run they have beaten both Man City and Chelsea.
Should Leicester decide to wield the axe upon the Frenchman, a look at the next Leicester City manager market informs us that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is the surprise 7/2 favourite, although it’s difficult to envision the Spaniard swapping Premier League jobs at this stage of the season. But not out of the question.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers also features, however a move south of the border also appears unlikely, given that he is currently bidding to win a third SPL title in three seasons.
With that said Mikel Arteta is an interesting name in the frame, with the Man City assistant priced at 7/1 to make his managerial bow with Leicester.
Elsewhere, former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson is a 12/1 shot to make a shock return to the club, while you simply can’t rule out that man Sam Allardyce at the same price, whereas Thierry Henry is a 14/1 shot.