The Leicester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by Claude Puel’s impact since he arrived at the club in October, so it’s no surprise that supporters are growing concerned by reports which claim he will be sacked in the near future.
Following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare, the resident Foxes propping up our bar were perplexed by the appointment of Puel following his relatively unsuccessful stint at Southampton last season, but so far he has silenced his doubters by leading Leicester into the safety of mid-table obscurity. Naturally, he is far from establishing the popularity which is afforded to Claudio Ranieri in the Midlands and it will take something truly miraculous for him to achieve that.
Despite Leicester’s title-victory in 2016, they need to be careful in over-estimating their capabilities, as recent reports suggest the club are about to make a foolish decision. The Daily Mail believe that Puel will be sacked at the end of the season unless he can restore the level of performance which characterised the early stages of his tenure at the King Power Stadium.
Although Leicester’s 5-0 humbling against Crystal Palace was a dismal day for the club, the hierarchy need to ensure they avoid making rash decisions based on merely a handful of results. Like any top-flight club Leicester need stability to ensure they retain their long-term Premier League status, and sacking Puel would certainly jeopardise their chances of remaining in the top-flight next season.
Leicester’s results of late do not make for pretty reading, but their dip in form is a natural consequence of having very little to play for at this stage in the season. The tactics Puel implemented into the team after he took over from Craig Shakespeare enabled the club to play exciting, attacking football and steer clear of a relegation battle and, considering Leicester’s stature, there’s very little more the club’s hierarchy can expect of the manager.
Leicester’s heroics during the 2015/16 season will forever go down as one of the greatest footballing stories in the sport’s history, but the club need to ensure they do not get greedy and become the architect’s of their own downfall by making an irrational decision to sack Puel this summer.
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