Claude Puel

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Claude Puel
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Personal information
Full name Claude Puel[1]
Date of birth (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 56)[1]
Place of birth Castres, France[1]
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City (manager)
Youth career
1970–1977 Castres
1977–1979 Monaco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1996 Monaco 488 (4)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Monaco
2002–2008 Lille
2008–2011 Lyon
2012–2016 Nice
2016–2017 Southampton
2017– Leicester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Claude Puel (French pronunciation: ​[klod pɥɛl]; born 2 September 1961) is a French football manager and former player who is currently 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.

Playing career[edit]

Puel started his football career as a youth with Castres FC, where he was spotted by AS Monaco, joining their training centre 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. During his time at Monaco, he won two championships and three French Cups.[2] 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!".[3]

Managerial career[edit]


Before being appointed as the manager of Monaco, he was the physical trainer and manager of the Monaco's reserve team. He was appointed as the manager in January 1999. He won the French Championship in 2000, 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.


In July 2002, he was appointed manager of Lille, where he became one of the longest serving coaches in the French League (serving for six consecutive seasons).


Puel joined French club Olympique Lyonnais on 18 June 2008.[4] He signed a four-year contract with the seven time French champions. He also became Lyon's 4th different manager in the last 4 years. In 2010, he helped the club reach the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time in its history. Lyon terminated his contract on 20 June 2011, although he had one year remaining on his contract with the club.


On 23 May 2012, Puel reached agreement on a three-year deal with OGC Nice to take a coaching job.[5]


On 30 June 2016, Puel was appointed the manager of Southampton on a three-year deal.[6] On 14 June 2017, Puel's contract was "terminated with immediate effect".[7][8][9] 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.[10] Sports journalist Paul Doyle called Puel "a victim of Southampton's admirably unreasonable expectations".[11]

Leicester City[edit]

On 25 October 2017, Puel was appointed as the new manager of struggling Premier League side Leicester City, replacing recently sacked Craig Shakespeare, on a contract running until June 2020.[12] He thus made a return to the league since his dismissal from Southampton, four months earlier.[13] His first game in charge came on 29 October, when they beat Everton 2–0 in the Premier League.[14]

Having joined City when they were in eighteenth place, he helped the club climb up the table to finish in an improved ninth position.[15][16] After the season concluded, it was speculated that Puel would be leaving the club, though remained on as manager.[17]



As a player[edit]


As a manager[edit]


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 August 2018[19]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Monaco 13 January 1999 30 June 2001 91 44 16 31 048.4
Lille 1 July 2002 17 June 2008 298 119 94 85 039.9
Lyon 18 June 2008 20 June 2011 154 74 44 36 048.1
Nice 23 May 2012 24 May 2016 167 68 37 62 040.7
Southampton 30 June 2016 14 June 2017 53 20 13 20 037.7
Leicester City 25 October 2017 Present 37 14 10 13 037.8
Total 800 339 214 247 042.4


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  2. ^ "Five things you need to know about Southampton's new manager Claude Puel". 
  3. ^ "Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recalls moment he was tackled by Southampton boss Claude Puel in Monaco training". 
  4. ^ "Puel appointed Lyon manager". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Accord de principe avec Claude Puel". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Puel appointed Saints' First Team Manager". Southampton FC. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Club Statement: Claude Puel". Southampton FC. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Claude Puel: Southampton sack manager after one season in charge". BBC Sport. 14 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Claude Puel sacked as Southampton manager after one season in charge". Guardian. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Jeremy (14 June 2017). "Claude Puel sacked by Southampton with Thomas Tuchel on list of potential replacements". Telegraph. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Doyle, Paul (15 June 2017). "Claude Puel a victim of Southampton's admirably unreasonable expectations". Retrieved 15 June 2017 – via The Guardian. 
  12. ^ "Leicester City Confirm Claude Puel As First Team Manager". Leicester City F.C. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Claude Puel: Leicester City appoint ex-Southampton manager". BBC Sport. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Leicester City 2–0 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  15. ^ Retrieved 10 June 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Retrieved 10 June 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Retrieved 10 June 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "C. Puel: Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Managers: Claude Puel". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 February 2017.