Who Will Replace Claude Puel As Leicester Manager?
The pressure on Claude Puel has tipped the clubs hierarchy over the edge, and following their disastrous result over Crystal Palace the club decided to relieve the Frenchman of his duties. The most damaging of all results in past weeks was undoubtedly the 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup third round against Newport County.
Puel fielded a much-changed lineup but even so, the starting eleven still boasted eight Premier League winners. The players have begun to question the Frenchman’s tactics, and with fans wanting a more attacking and entertaining style of play; who will replace Puel when he is inevitably relieved of his duties?
The ex-Liverpool manager received his fair share of criticism when he departed the Reds, but let’s not forget he led the Merseyside club to within inches of their first Premier League title. Jurgen Klopp had a worse record than Rodgers over his first 100 games with the club. Since his departure from Liverpool, the Irishman has found success with Scottish champions, Celtic.
The Scottish giants have won seven significant honours under the stewardship of Rodgers, including two Scottish Premierships. It is no wonder that he is at the front of most football betting markets. He plays attractive football and allows for freedom of movement from his players; something that Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Demarai Gray need to flourish.
Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to move back to the Premier League; with Celtic’s grip on Scottish football too tight to make for an exciting title race. This season, however, sees Rodgers face his biggest task as manager of the Hoops as Rangers- coached by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard- putting up a fight for the Premier League title. It looks unlikely that he would leave mid-season, meaning that the Foxes may have to wait until the end of the season should Rodgers be the outstanding candidate.
The Englishman has enjoyed an excellent career at Burnley; with the club achieving their best top-flight season since 1974 in the 2017-18 season as they finished in the seventh position. Dyche has been touted as a possible future England manager due to his fine managerial style, passion, and brutal honesty. It has been a difficult season for the Clarets so far this season, but they seem to have turned a corner in recent weeks; in no small matter down to the fact that Dyche is flexible with his tactics.
Their poor start is highly thought to be down to their inability to adjust to playing in the Europa League, while also being competitive domestically. But, you can’t expect the Foxes board to consider this season as his achievement to bring the Clarets back to the Premier League and then cement their place as a Premier League team on a tight budget; is nothing short of a minor miracle.
Dyche is deserving of a chance to manage a team of a higher calibre of Burnley to see if he can achieve success; something that undoubtedly a safe bet. His player management would see players within the Foxes set up flourish. He also can restructure a defence that has needed work since Leicester’s Premier League success. The Foxes board could do a lot worse than the Burnley man.
The ex-Huddersfield Town manager worked miracles during his time at the Terriers. Huddersfield were among the favourites for relegation from the Championship in the season that they were promoted. The Terriers stormed the beginning part of the season, reaching the summit of the Championship table in September; while also beating Newcastle United in the fourth round of the League Cup.
They eventually had a dip in form and had to make do with a playoff berth; an unprecedented achievement for a team with a negative goal difference. Against all the odds the Terriers won the playoffs after a penalty shout out victory against Reading. They were made the shortest price of any team in the Premier League era to be relegated; something that bookmakers soon regretted. A win over Newcastle followed a 3-0 victory on the opening day.
The Terriers eventually finished 16th in the Premier League, something that The Guardian said was “the Premier League’s greatest ever survival story”, with Wagner undoubtedly the reason behind the success. Second season syndrome has hit Huddersfield, and the German-born American international has left the club. Wagner would be an instant hit with fans at the King Power Stadium; primarily down to his charisma and intelligence of the game. He would surely get the best out of the players that are currently at the club.