Leicester City announced the appointment of Claude Puel as the Club’s new First Team Manager on 25 October, 2017.
The 56-year-old Frenchman arrived at King Power Stadium with a wealth of experience at elite levels of the game, having managed teams in France’s Ligue 1, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, signing a contract to June 2020.
The former AS Monaco, Lyon and Southampton manager is supported by Assistant Managers Pascal Plancque and Michael Appleton.
Claude is familiar with the challenges of Premier League football, having led Southampton to an eighth-placed finish during the 2016/17 season, while managing both a UEFA Europa League campaign and a run to the EFL Cup Final against Manchester United.
He began his managerial career with AS Monaco – the club he represented nearly 500 times in Ligue 1 as a combative midfielder – taking the reins in 1999 and winning Le Championnat a year later, adding to the two titles he won in the principality as a player.
After 24 years with Monaco, Puel began a six-year spell with Lille, whom he guided to a highest-ever Ligue 1 finish as runners-up in 2005, followed by third place in 2006.
That success persuaded Lyon to come calling for his services in 2008 and he continued to build his impressive reputation with a top-three finish in each of his three seasons in charge of the French giants.
While impressing domestically, it was in the UEFA Champions League where Puel’s tactical acumen was turning heads across Europe.
Having locked horns with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the competition during his time at Lille, Puel steered Lyon into the semi-finals in 2010 – masterminding a 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid along the way.
Immediately prior to joining Southampton, Puel was able to deliver two fourth-placed finishes in four seasons as manager of Nice, with current City midfielder Nampalys Mendy among the ranks.
Puel took charge of his first game as City boss on Sunday 29 October, leading his side to a 2-0 Premier League win over Everton.
Following a 15-year playing career as a midfielder for French outfits Lille, Auxerre, Laval and Pau, Pascal took on his first coaching role in 1995.
He has since gone on to manage at four teams – Arin Luzien, Pau, Lille B and Boulogne.
The 54-year-old Frenchman was also part of Claude Puel’s coaching staff at Southampton during the 2016/17 season.
He will work alongside Michael Appleton as Assistant Manager.
Michael Appleton, 41, joined Leicester City as Assistant Manager on a three-year contract in the summer of 2017.
It was 23 years previously when Appleton broke onto the scene as a youth graduate at Manchester United. He didn’t make a senior appearance at Old Trafford but enjoyed a succession of positive loan spells with Wimbledon, Lincoln City and Grimsby Town.
In 1997, a permanent switch to Preston North End presented itself and he would go on to make 121 appearances in the North West, scoring 12 goals from midfield, as the Lilywhites booked promotion to the First Division in May 2000.
But it was at West Brom, first as a player and then a coach, that Appleton’s made his greatest impact. He only made 33 appearances at The Hawthorns before an injury cut his career short ahead of the 2003/2004 campaign. He swiftly moved into the backroom team, working for the youth side for over five years.
Two years later, following a promotion to the position of first team coach under Roberto di Matteo and a one-game stint as caretaker manager, Appleton left The Hawthorns to take charge of Portsmouth in the Sky Bet Championship.
Spells with Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers shortly in the second tier. His brief spell at Rovers will be remembered for a Fifth Round victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium but it wouldn’t be long before he joined Oxford United. They gained promotion from Sky Bet League 2 as runners-up in 2016.
His side registered 24 victories, 14 draws and just eight defeats across the 2015/16 campaign. During his three-year tenure at the Kassam Stadium, Appleton’s Oxford also became known as a side capable of defeating teams from higher divisions in both domestic cup competitions.
In January, 2017, they overcame eventual Championship champions Newcastle United 3-0 at home in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. Twelve months earlier, whilst still in League 2, the Oxfordshire outfit also enjoyed a memorable 3-2 Third Round triumph over Premier League side Swansea City following an earlier 4-0 success away at second tier Brentford in the First Round of the EFL Cup in August 2015.
Appleton joined the Foxes with a reputation as one of the country’s most dynamic young coaches having also taken Oxford to consecutive Football League Trophy Finals over the past two seasons.
During 2016/17, the U’s finished in eighth place on their maiden campaign back in League 1, just four points off the play-off positions.
First Team Coach & Goalkeeper Coach
Goalkeeping coach, Mike Stowell, enjoyed a successful playing career before hanging up his gloves and concentrating on coaching. The former Wolves stopper began his career at Preston North End but ended up making a name for himself after impressing in non-league football.
Mike was soon snapped up by Everton and spent the next five years at Goodison Park. During his time with the Toffees, Stowell spent time on loan at several clubs, including Manchester City, Port Vale and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After impressing at Molineux, Mike was snapped up by Wolves on a permanent deal in 1990 by manager Graham Turner. Stowell went on to spend over ten years as the West Midlands club's number one, making over 400 first team appearances.
During his time at Wolves, Stowell was part of the team that won the 1988/89 Football League Third Division title and was also called up to the England B squad.
In 2001, Mike left Molineux and signed for Bristol City, spending the next four seasons at the club before hanging up his gloves and taking a role as Leicester City's goalkeeping coach in 2005.
During his time at King Power Stadium, Stowell has also acted as Assistant Manager and caretaker manager.
First Team Player Liaison Officer
Jon has served Leicester City in a number of roles since first joining the Club in 1999, and currently holds the position of Player Liaison Officer, which he took on during the summer of 2014.
Educated locally at de Montfort University between 1993 and 1996, Jon first joined the Club as Website Co-Ordinator in 1999 before progressing to the position of Head of Media in 2006.
After a spell as Club Partnership Manager and Head of Marketing and Commercial Operations for the Football League from 2009 until 2014, Jon returned to Leicester City in his current capacity, which predominantly sees him provide off-the-field support to the players.
Jon acts as a communication link between the squad and management, while his duties also include, but aren't limited to player relocation and integration, away travel co-ordination, player support, player appearances and administration.