Belfast Telegraph

It's time to bring some stability to Leicester, says new boss Puel

New manager Claude Puel aims to bring some consistency to Leicester.

A roller coaster few years for the midlands club have seen them win the Championship title, stave off relegation against the odds and become Premier League champions, bringing Champions League football to the King Power Stadium.

But the cycle has seen Leicester begin to struggle again, with Puel replacing Craig Shakespeare as manager following a six-match winless run in the league which left them in the relegation zone.

Puel wants to find the right balance to put the club back on an even keel.

"Leicester is still a young club that is evolving, it's not long since they were promoted from the Championship," said the former Southampton boss as he addressed the media for the first time on Friday.

"I think the team need confidence and a little more consistency. This club has lived fantastic moments in the past few years, winning the Premier League and playing in the Champions League. And low moments again perhaps at the beginning of this season, but it is important to find a good consistency and balance."

Michael Appleton won both games during his short spell as caretaker manager, with the win at Swansea lifting Leicester out of the relegation zone and the victory over Leeds putting them in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Puel, whose first game in charge is at home to Everton on Sunday, wants to maintain the momentum Appleton has built and says his assistant has an important role to play during the early part of his tenure as manager.

"We will try to keep the confidence and the feeling of the last two games without changing a lot of things, because it is important to keep the habits from these games," said Puel.

"It is important to take points and to come back if possible in the top half of the table and step by step work with the players and improve the quality of the team.

"That is why it is important to work with Michael Appleton as he knows very well the team and the structures. It is important for me to have a trainer who can help me with the relationship with the players as it helps prevent bad decisions."

Puel also confirmed that Pascal Plancque, who worked with him at Southampton, would be joining him at Leicester.

"Pascal is the same importance as Michael - he is a good person also like Michael and a good trainer," said Puel.

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