Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

New Leicester boss Puel names Plancque as No2

Ronald Koeman and Craig Shakespeare Ronald Koeman and Craig Shakespeare
Elias Hubbard | 30 October, 2017, 02:21

Leicester's victory handed Claude Puel a winning start to his tenure as manager following his appointment on Wednesday.

Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray discuss Leicester City's approach to their win over Everton in Claude Puel's debut as manager.

"It is down to me to create that environment where these players want to thrive and stay and be happy and to enjoy themselves, their football and the plans that we have".

Leicester won the title under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16 but parted company with the Italian in February and despite a good recovery under Shakespeare at the end of last season, they are only a point above the relegation places this term.

Another challenge that Puel faces is trying to convince Riyad Mahrez to stay at the King Power Stadium amid interest from several clubs but the former Southampton boss has said he is confident that he will be able to "seduce" the Algeria global.

But the 56 year old former Southampton boss was given a rousing reception prior to kick off as his new support got behind their third boss in a year. The boys know if we score the first goal we can be flying from there.

Vardy revealed that Puel "didn't want to change too much" for his first game in charge, and added: "He's just put a few tactical tweaks in there and it's paid off for us today".

"But we gave them a head start and in the first half we didn't perform".

"It was a little more hard in the second half because Everton is a good team", Puel said. We showed we are capable of defending a lead.

When asked about his chances of getting the job permanently, Unsworth told Sky Sports: "I honestly don't know, but I do know that whoever gets the honour of being Everton manager - myself included - needs time with this set of players".

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