Who Should Replace Claude Puel?

With Claude Puel sacked following Leicester’s 4-1 thrashing by Crystal Palace, questions are now being asked about who should take over at King Power Stadium.

Here, we take a look at three potential candidates who could be in contention depending on the Srivaddhanaprabha’s plans for the club.  

 

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Leicester’s owners have been one for surprises in recent seasons when it comes to managerial appointments, and Arsene Wenger fits that bill perfectly. 

With the Foxes fighting for seventh and full of talent, Wenger would be a solid candidate for taking them up to that next level needed to get Europa League football. In regards to talent, having his name attached to the club could help to attract some medium sized top foreign players in summer as he rebuilds the squad. 

Whether he still has the tactical nuance needed to win big matches and trophies is certainly questionable based on recent years, casting some doubt as to if he is worth appointing. 

Either way, he would be a surprise candidate yet at same time slightly unsurprising depending on whether you’re a neutral or Leicester fan. 

Manager potential: 4/5

 

Gary Rowett

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Tipped as one of the best young managers around, Gary Rowett surely has to be in the frame despite having no Premier League experience.

In his previous managerial jobs aside from Stoke, he has done a solid job with the squads that he had in terms of finishing in top half, which is something which Leicester are capable of if he can produce consistent results even if he lacks experience of Europe. 

His top flight inexperience and lack of youth promotion however makes him a risky choice, although he would be reunited with Demarai Gray from their time together at Birmingham City. 

Manager potential: 2/5

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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If Leicester decide to wait until summer before appointing a new permanent manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surely should be in the running. 

Admittedly his Cardiff spell a few seasons ago wasn’t decent but he has shown considerable improvement aboard at Molde since then, which is now paying off with Manchester United who are playing the sort of football which Leicester could excel at. 

Understandably we are yet to see his quality when it comes to promoting youth but at Molde, he promoted Eirik Hestad from their youth ranks. Solskjaer also runs some soccer schools in Norway, which could be beneficial in long-term of producing new talent for Leicester. 

Realistically Ole is a risk but if he has really turned a corner from his Cardiff reign, I don’t see why he shouldn’t produce results at Leicester with the right squad at his disposal. 

Managerial potential: 3/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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