So, Claude Puel will be the man tasked with keeping Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Foxes have confirmed the appointment of the former Southampton boss, who has signed a contract until 2020.
“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 after replacing Craig Shakespeare, per Leicester’s website.
“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 takes over a team that currently sits 14th in the Premier League table following a sluggish start to the season.
Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swansea, which was overseen by Michael Appleton, was their first win in the league since August.
Puel, despite leading the Saints to an eighth-placed finish and the EFL Cup final appearance last season, wasn’t an entirely popular man at St. Mary’s and was sacked in June.
His appointment has prompted a funny tweet from Gary Lineker, who has poked fun at his reaction to the club’s appointment of Claudio Ranieri in 2015.
“Claudio Ranieri? Really?” Lineker wrote at the time.
Lineker reacts to Puel appointment
Of course, it would be Ranieri who led Leicester to the greatest triumph in the club’s history.
And Lineker has responded to Puel’s hiring with a similarly premature tweet.
“Claude Puel? Really?” he wrote.
The joke has gone over the heads of many of his followers, though.
Lineker’s no doubt hoping for a repeat of what happened last time he doubted a Leicester manager.
Although we could do without the Match of the Day appearance in just his underwear.
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