Claude Puel’s methods are not going down well with his Leicester City squad, with players concerned over the Frenchman’s “constant chopping and changing” and reluctance to fully explain his managerial decisions, according to the Telegraph
The newspaper states Claude Puel’s job is not under immediate threat, but that the club’s owners are concerned at their recent run of four wins from 15 games.
Puel’s unpredictable team selections and alleged reluctance to communicate with players over decisions are creating tension and leaving the squad and staff bewildered.
Shinji Okazaki was surprisingly dropped for Saturday’s game against Newcastle, while there have been many other tactical decisions which have left players confused.
Claude Puel said after the Newcastle game that Leicester had “wasted a big opportunity” and admitted he shoulders the blame for the team starting games slowly.“I am the first one responsible because I am the manager,” he said.
“It is my responsibility to give them the good mentality, the good tempo, the good motivation to start stronger in our games. In the two last games it’s not enough. Our aggressiveness, our desire, our tempo in the play was poor and we have to improve all these aspects.”
There were similar accusations made over Puel’s handling of players at Southampton, with the 56-year-old leaving St. Mary’s last June after just one season in charge. Training under the Frenchman is also said to be monotonous and lacking intensity.