Super Eagles stars Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi will work under a new coach, as Leicester City today announced former Southhampton boss Claude Puel as new manager of the former English Premier League champions.
The club confirmed that the former Southampton boss has signed a contract until 2020.
Puel becomes Leicester’s third permanent manager in eight months, following the dismissals of Claudio Ranieri in February and Craig Shakespeare last week.
Michael Appleton retains his role as assistant manager, having joined the club from Oxford on a three-year deal in the summer.
Puel said: “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.
“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.”
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Leicester’s owners held talks with Puel over the weekend and were impressed by his vision for the club.
Puel will hold his first press conference as Leicester boss on Friday before taking charge of the Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.
The 56-year-old was sacked by Southampton in the summer, despite leading the club to eighth in the Premier League as well as the League Cup final, which they lost to Manchester United.
Puel was dismissed amid concerns over his style of play and uninspiring persona, which failed to galvanise the dressing room.
Puel does boast a strong record in his own country, though, having won Ligue 1 with Monaco in his debut season as a manager and he led Lyon to their first Champions League semi-final.
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “When we began the process of identifying a new manager, the board quickly established the profile of candidate we needed to take the club forward and Claude Puel was a perfect fit.
“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive.
“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”
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