Leicester City have put together a 3 man shortlist including Rafa Benitez – Sky Sports
Sky Sports are reporting on Monday morning that Leicester City have put together an initial shortlist of three candidates to replace the sacked Claude Puel.
The broadcaster says that their information is that the Foxes are thinking the best course of action is to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season.
Little surprise that they might take their time with only 11 games of the season remaining.
Claudio Ranieri was sacked two years and two days ago (23 February 2017) and they have had Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel appointed and fired since then, as well as Michael Appleton who looked after the first team for a couple of games.
Sky Sports say that Leicester City think they stand a better chance of getting the right man if they wait until the summer, with all three on the initial shortlist currently in work.
Roberto Martinez is the manager of the Belgium national team, whilst Brendan Rodgers is at Celtic and of course Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
Newcastle fans (see below) not surprisingly worried with Rafa’s contract set to end this summer and ongoing worries as to whether Mike Ashley is really interested in offering him the necessary backing, which could convince the Spaniard to extend his stay.
The Mag – Sunday 24 February 2019:
Leicester City have sacked Claude Puel on Sunday morning.
An official statement (see below) confirming yet another one has left the King Power.
With a draw and five defeats in the six previous games, including Newport knocking them out of the FA Cup, a 4-1 home loss to Crystal Palace was the final straw on Saturday.
There has been repeated speculation that Leicester City are interested in Rafa Benitez as Puel’s replacement.
That speculation now intensifying with the sacking.
It looks sure that the Foxes will wait until the summer before making a permanent appointment.
Only 11 more Premier League games to go, the same for Rafa Benitez as it stands at Newcastle.
Recent days have seen Rafa (see below) tell Spanish media that he is looking for an ambitious ‘Future Project’, making clear that could be at Newcastle United…or elsewhere.
Leicester City would be daft if they didn’t look to tempt Rafa Benitez and the big question is, what is Mike Ashley now going to do to deter him leaving this summer, whether it is to Leicester or elsewhere.
The Mag – Saturday 23 February 2019:
Rafa Benitez talking to Marca:
“The owner [Mike Ashley] knows it, me and my team are looking for a future project, competitive and ambitious.
“Let’s see [once Premier League safety is assured] if we are in the same line.
“I stayed in Newcastle and it was a high risk.
“We could not save them that first year but the next we went up.
“It is a top club and to stay was a sign that we are professional coaches.
“We [Rafa and his backroom team] are in it to win titles.
“The idea was to invest to enter the top 10 but the money [for improving the first team squad] did not reach the expected level.
“Now we are once again solving a problem of that lack of investment.
“Each owner manages his club as he wants.
“Newcastle has everything to be there, in the top eight, but it is not happening.
“I hope that it is done in the future.”
Leicester City Official Statement – Sunday 24 February 2019:
‘Claude Puel Leaves Leicester City
Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.
The Club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career.
Assistant Manager Jacky Bonnevay also departs with the Club’s best wishes.
First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler, supported by the Club’s established backroom staff, will assume responsibility for the senior squad while the Club begins the process of appointing a new manager.
The Board will make no further comment until this process is complete.’
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