Is Claude Puel living on borrowed time? Foxes boss favourite in ‘Sack-Race’ market

Claude Puel's position as Leicester City manager has been somewhat shaky since the start of the season

After twenty-one rounds of Premier League games, Leicester City sit a respectable seventh in the league table with hugely impressive back-to-back wins over Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks. Nevertheless despite enjoying a solid league position, many pundits are far from confident that manager Claude Puel will still be in the hot-seat at the King Power Stadium come the end of the season.

Leicester City may have been winning plenty of games but they have also been on the receiving end of some hugely disappointing defeats, the undoubted low-point coming at the weekend when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by a Newport County side which are sitting in the lower reaches of League Two.

Jamille Matt scored the opening goal for the home side at Rodney Parade just eight minutes into proceedings and while the Foxes thought they could force a replay at the King Power Stadium thanks to an equaliser from Rachid Ghezzai, it wasn’t to be and Padraig Amond secured the win for the Exiles with a well-taken penalty.

There were no excuses for Puel to make and he made clear his frustrations after the final whistle, the Foxes boss saying:

“There’s a lot of disappointment, frustration. It was a typical cup game and we didn’t find the solution to score more goals.

“We have had a good team, with eight players who won the title, a lot of experienced players and quality on the pitch. We cannot have excuses to change or to put other players in. We had enough quality on the pitch to get the qualification. I don’t have excuses about this.

I think we lost together. We are all together disappointed, frustrated after this game. It was an objective for us. It was important this competition.”

Leicester will be desperate to bounce back from this massive disappointment when they lock horns with Southampton next weekend, however the East Midlands side have lost five of their last eight competitive outings and as such the pressure is mounting on Puel.

With that in mind, it is no surprise to see the Leicester City manager chalked-in as 13/8 favourite with BetVictor Bookmakers to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League ahead of Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner at 2/1, the Terriers also being dumped out of the FA Cup in surprising fashion last weekend.

 

Next Premier League Manager to Leave – BetVictor Odds

 

13/8 –  Claude Puel

2/1  –  David Wagner

8/1 –  Rafa Benitez

10/1 –  Neil Warnock

14/1 –  Sean Dyche

20/1 –  Marco Silva

25/1 –  Roy Hodgson

25/1 –  Javi Gracia

25/1 –  Chris Hughton