Some early Christmas presents were delivered today (December 18) when Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United. There had been plenty of bets laid on ‘The Special One’ being the next Premier League boss to leave his club, but who’s likely to be next to leave? With Leicester City struggling for goals and points, Claude Puel may well be the next to go.
Leicester City have had a traumatic season of course but they are also a club who want results. They at least want to be in contention for a Europa League place or winning a trophy. Since winning the Premier League, Leicester City have finished 12th and 9th and sacked two managers. Claude Puel had previously been in charge at Southampton and joined Leicester in October 2017. He wasn’t the most popular of choices when appointed and a year after joining the club, the club are 12th in the table.
This evening sees them in the Carabao Cup quarter finals but with a home tie against Manchester City, chances of success aren’t looking good. They are ten points clear of the relegation zone but that gap will narrow if they can’t find some form.
City only have one point from their last three league games. While a defeat by Tottenham was perhaps expected, the other two games should have produced better results. They only drew away at bottom of the table Fulham and lost away at Crystal Palace.
Just one goal in those three games and there are rumours that Jamie Vardy could be on his way in January. A look at their upcoming fixture list is worrying for Puel with games against Chelsea and Manchester City up next. It’s 2/1 at SkyBet that Puel is the next Premier League boss to leave his club and a poor December and January could just see those odds justified.
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