Claude Puel has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park.

The Frenchman lasted only one season at Southampton, arriving in June 2016 and exiting almost exactly one year later.

Last season Southampton finished 8th in the Premier League…

After Craig Shakespeare got the boot, Leicester City angered the English football media by ignoring the ‘obvious’ good old English idiots such as Pardew and Allardyce, appointing Claude Puel in late October.

Having got his feet under the table results have now picked up and the last two matches saw wins over Spurs and Burnley.

Leicester City now sit ninth on 20 points, five points and six places ahead of Newcastle.

Rather ominously, Jamie Vardy needs just one more to make it 50 Premier League goals.

On Thursday afternoon Claude Puel has given his pre-Newcastle press conference:

“We have a lot of respect for Newcastle.

They have a great manager with quality in the team.

“Difficult atmosphere with 50,000 people and another good challenge.

“We need to always try to have a good result and win the games – with good football and determination, good spirit and positive attitude.

“No new injuries. Just two players, Robert Huth and Matty James, who are not available at the moment.

“If we can help Jamie Vardy to reach 50 Premier League goals it will be a good thing. He’s a great player and now has a lot of experience.

“He is comfortable with the ball, intelligent and makes good runs. He can communicate with his team-mates – he is a great player.”