Claude Puel Biography
Claude Puel (Claude Jacques Puel ) is a French football manager and former player who is the manager of Premier League club Leicester City.
He spent his entire playing career with AS Monaco, before becoming manager of the club, leading them to the league title in his first full season in charge. He has also managed Lille, Lyon, Nice, Southampton, and Leicester City.
Claude Puel Leicester City News
Ben Chilwell has told Leicester supporters to get behind struggling manager Claude Puel.
Leicester have won just four home Premier League games this season and lie 11th, six points behind midlands rival Wolves in seventh.
Sections of supporters booed Puel when he took James Maddison off in the second half of Leicester’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as Leicester slumped to a fifth match without a victory in all competitions
Claude Puel Age
Puel was born on September 2, 1961, in Castres, France. He is 57 years old as of 2018.
Claude Puel Wife
Claude Puel’s wife is Corinne Puel.
Claude Puel Playing Career
Puel began his football career as a youth with Castres FC, where he was spotted by AS Monaco, joining their training center in 1977. He played his first professional game in the 1979–80 season. He spent his entire career at Monaco, playing 601 official matches in total and during this time, he won two championships and three French Cups. He also played under compatriot Arsène Wenger who jovially recalled being on the wrong end of a sliding tackle saying “Even on the morning of a Cup final he could tackle and even if it was the manager then no problem!”.
Claude Puel Managerial Career
Monaco: Before being appointed as the manager of Monaco, he was the physical trainer and manager of Monaco’s reserve team. He was appointed as the manager in January 1999 and in 2000 He won the French Championship, with players such as Ludovic Giuly and Marcelo Gallardo. In July 2001, his contract was not renewed and he left Monaco after 24 years at the club as a player and a coach.
Lille: In July 2002, he was appointed a manager of Lille, where he became one of the longest-serving coaches in the French league, serving for six consecutive seasons.
Lille was one of the winners of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, having defeated U.D. Leiria of Portugal 2–0 in extra time in the final after a goalless aggregate draw.
Lyon: Puel joined Olympique Lyonnais, the team that had won the last seven French league titles, on a four-year contract on 18 June 2008. In 2010, he helped the club reach the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time in its history. In his final game in charge in May 2011, he defeated his former club Monaco and ended their 34-year spell in the top flight. Lyon terminated his contract on 20 June 2011, although he had just finished third, as he had not won a trophy in his three seasons.
Nice: On 23 May 2012, Puel reached agreement on a three-year deal with OGC Nice.
Southampton: On 30 June 2016, Puel was appointed the manager of Southampton on a three-year deal. On 14 June 2017, Puel’s contract was “terminated with immediate effect”. His sacking yielded mixed reactions. In his only season in charge, Southampton reached the League Cup final and recorded an 8th-place finish in the Premier League, albeit with 17 fewer points than his predecessor Ronald Koeman attained the season prior. Puel was particularly criticised for his defensive tactics, with Southampton’s scoring record one of the poorest in the league. Sports journalist Paul Doyle called Puel “a victim of Southampton’s admirably unreasonable expectations”.
Leicester City: On October 25 2017, Puel was appointed as the new manager of struggling Premier League side Leicester City, replacing recently sacked Craig Shakespeare, on a contract expiring June 2020. His first game in charge came on 29 October, when they beat Everton 2–0 in the Premier League.
From 31 January 2018 until the end of the season, Leicester recorded only three wins from 14 league games, a dismal run that saw Puel accused of negative football. His decision to block Riyad Mahrez’s transfer to Manchester City on deadline day resulted in the player going absent from training for ten days. Nonetheless, having joined Leicester when they were in 18th place, Puel helped the club climb up the table to finish in ninth position. After the season concluded, it was speculated that Puel would be leaving the club, though he continued as manager.
Claude Puel Honours
As a Player
- Ligue 1: 1981–82, 1987–88
- Coupe de France: 1980, 1985, 1991
- Trophée des Champions: 1985
As a manager
- Ligue 1: 1999–2000
- Trophée des Champions: 2000
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2004
Claude Puel Managerial statistics
|Monaco||13 January 1999||30 June 2001||91||44||16||31||48.4|
|Lille||1 July 2002||17 June 2008||298||119||94||85||39.9|
|Lyon||18 June 2008||20 June 2011||154||74||44||36||48.1|
|Nice||23 May 2012||24 May 2016||167||68||37||62||40.7|
|Southampton||30 June 2016||14 June 2017||53||20||13||20||37.7|
|Leicester City||25 October 2017||Present||65||23||18||24||35.4|
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