Claude Puel

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Claude Puel
Personal information
Full name Claude Puel
Date of birth (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Castres, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nice (head coach)
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– Nice

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Claude Puel (born 2 September 1961 in Castres) is a French football manager and former player. He spent 17 years playing for AS Monaco and is the current head coach of OGC Nice in the Ligue 1.

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 courted controversy on 20 February 2007 in a UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United in Lille.[citation needed] After Ryan Giggs scored a quickly taken free-kick late in the game, Puel was thought to be encouraging his players to walk off the pitch in protest,[citation needed] although the game eventually continued after a short delay. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described the incident in an interview with ITV after the match as 'disgraceful' and 'intimidation of the referee'". He's a young guy so he will learn to hold it down soon. Hopefully he doesn't learn the hard way."[this quote needs a citation] Puel joined French club Olympique Lyon on 18 June 2008.[1] 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 semifinal of the Champion's 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.[2]






Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 10 January 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Monaco January 1999 July 2001 113 56 24 33 49.56
Lille 1 July 2002 17 June 2008 299 119 94 86 39.8
Lyon 18 June 2008 20 June 2011 156 76 44 36 48.72
Nice 23 May 2012 Present 151 59 31 61 39.07
Total 729 310 193 216 42.52

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Puel appointed Lyon manager". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Accord de principe avec Claude Puel". Retrieved 24 May 2012.