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Claude Puel’s pragmatism ‘may suit’ Leicester City, says Gerry Taggart

Claude Puel’s pragmatism ‘may suit’ Leicester City, says Gerry Taggart

Former Leicester goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer reacts to Claude Puel's appointment as manager

Claude Puel may not be “a sexy fit” at Leicester but his pragmatism could help him succeed at the King Power, according to former player Gerry Taggart.

Despite Puel’s appointment receiving mixed reviews, Taggart has been impressed by Puel’s previous record with Southampton and Lyon and is confident the Frenchman’s wealth of experience can help Leicester improve.

Puel guided Southampton to an eighth-placed finish in last season’s Premier League and took Lyon to their first ever Champions League semi-final in 2010.

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The 47-year-old Taggart told Sky Sports News: “When you get a team like Lyon to the Champions League semi-finals you know your business in terms of setting teams up and playing the game.

“You have to look at his record and the owners’ record in appointing managers. He may not be a sexy fit but he’s a bit pragmatic and that may suit Leicester, who in the past [have been] a counter-attacking team.

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“Puel likes to play his football. He didn’t do anything wrong at Southampton, he left them in a better place than they are now. Just give him a little bit of time.

“I think the key is if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Claudio Ranieri made a rod for his own back and tried to change too much and you saw the result of that when Craig Shakespeare took over and they won five on the bounce in the Premier League.”

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Taggart, a Northern Ireland international who played for Leicester between 1998 and 2004, continued: “At the minute they’re looking over their shoulder, not up, but the last two results under Michael Appleton will give the players great

“The football they played in those two games was exceptional.”

Puel is set to take charge of his first game as Leicester manager on Sunday against Everton, live on Sky Sports.


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