Poor Claude can't seem to catch a break. Claude Puel's job at Leicester City is hanging by thread, with a number of players and staff members unhappy with his work at the club.
The Telegraph are reporting that the Frenchman could be about to lose his position, due to a mixture of poor results and discontent amongst playing personnel. He is also rumoured to have fallen out with a number of his coaching staff in recent weeks.
Puel was almost sacked at the end of last season, but was given another summer to build the team by now-deceased owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. There has been no real improvement in the squad however, and now the manager's role is back in the spotlight once again.
He would not have been helped by a recent interview given by Jamie Vardy, who claimed he did not enjoy the style of play under the current boss. When asked by Sky Sports if Puel's style of play suited the striker, he had this to say:
Does it? No, but is that down to me to adapt to it? Yes. And, obviously, the only way I’m going to do that and keep progressing is working hard on the training field.
It does get a bit frustrating, but we are transitioning into a different style of play. I think we’ve just got to keep working hard on it and eventually it will get us going forward that bit quicker because, when we get into attacking positions, eventually the ball will get picked out for some of my runs.
With tough fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City on the horizon, Puel's position is unlikely to look secure any time soon.
While you could argue he is being slightly hard done by here, it would not be his most unjust dismissal. Puel was famously sacked by Southampton at the end of the 2016/17 season despite finishing 8th in the Premier League and reaching the League Cup final.
Brendan Rodgers is believed to be the club's first choice to replace him, and the former-Liverpool boss is likely to leave Celtic at the end of the season. If they are unable to lure him away before then, Leicester will likely appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.