Premier League football fans were rocked by the news yet another top-flight manager had lost his job when Leicester City sacked Claude Puel after just 16 months in charge.
Claude Puel is The Latest Coach to Be Sacked
57-year-old Puel, who has had stints at Lyon and Southampton, left Leicester 12th in the table with a record reading nine wins and five draws against 13 defeats, the 32 points on the board eight better than the relegation zone. Who the club turn to next will be of the utmost importance as they must get the decision right to avoid the danger of being sucked down into the Championship.
Brendan Rodgers was favourite with bookmakers and got the job despite being the same man the recently fired Claude Puel told members of the press anyone betting on Brendan Rodgers replacing him will lose their money. It’s almost comical, if it wasn’t a man losing his employment.
Football is an unforgiving sport, especially at the top level of the game and managers aren’t afforded the luxury of time to settle in to the job. The famous old tale of Manchester United sticking with Sir Alex Ferguson until he came good seems far-fetched in the modern game, with chairmen and investors preferring to pull the trigger at the first sign of trouble.
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Who is next?
It makes for interesting reading and no sooner has Puel cleared his office and gathered up his things, bookies are taking bets on the next to join him on the dole queue. Head of that list, at present, is Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri. An interesting one, although not completely unexpected.
The smoking Italian was only brought to Stamford Bridge in the summer and has them in the mix for a return to the top-four of the Premier League, The Blues also featured in the Carabao Cup final. They were beaten by Manchester City in that Wembley showpiece, however, and a shambolic argument with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga – who refused to come off when substituted by his boss – got tongues wagging about a player revolt.
The Spaniard’s future at the club looks unclear, as does Sarri’s and the money men have him as odds-on favourite to be the next manager to leave his post. There’s as tight as 2/7 with some major firms and that tells the story of how confident traders are.
If not Sarri, then who? Marco Silva is never far from the headlines with Everton again failing to live up to expectations and challenge for major honours, despite splashing millions in the transfer markets. Silva watched on as his side failed to win 12 of their first 27 starts, dropping to 11th in the table as a result. With serious investment comes increased expectation and Marco’s boys aren’t meeting that at present. 9/2 says he’ll go next.
The only other real contender in the race no one wants to win is Claudio Ranieri, who famously won the title with Leicester City against all the odds, before being sacked less than a year later. Now at the helm of London club Fulham, he hasn’t brought about the instant revival his employers would’ve hoped and The Cottagers appear to be on a fast-track to relegation.
Fulham have lost each of their last three at the time of writing and sit second from bottom of the charts, already eight points off Cardiff City and safety. It’s looking increasingly unlikely Ranieri will work his magic and drag Fulham out of the bottom three and the blame for that will surely be left at his door come the end of the season.