Leicester City have announce the appointment of Claude Puel as the club’s new manager.
Frenchman Puel replaces axed Craig Shakespeare on a contract until June 2020.
Puel who has managed at both Monaco and Lyon before joining Southampton and leading them to a respectable 8th place last season and the league cup final will be in the dugout against an equally embattled Everton at King Power Stadium this weekend.
Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said Puel wasthe “perfect fit” to take the club forward.
“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive,” he added.
“He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate and I am delighted we will have the opportunity to reinforce our long-term vision, aided significantly by his expertise.”
Puel said it was a “great privilege” to take on the role at “a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own”.
“The opportunity to help the Club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success,” he said.