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Football news - Claude Puel pays tribute to late Leicester chairman after sacking

Puel pays tribute to late Leicester chairman Khun Vichai in statement after sacking

25/02/2019 at 22:03Updated 25/02/2019 at 22:07

Former Leicester City manager Claude Puel paid tribute to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his departure from the King Power Stadium.

Puel was sacked after just 16 months in charge following the 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, with the club 12th in the Premier League table, and a statement has been released on his behalf by the League Managers Association.

The Frenchman wrote: "It was my honour to work for the late and much loved Khun Vichai, who gave me the fantastic opportunity to manage his club and share some great moments with him.

" My mission at Leicester City Football Club ends here but I will continue to follow the performances of the team and wish the club all the best for the future."
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was behind the decision to appoint Puel in October 2017

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was behind the decision to appoint Puel in October 2017Getty Images

Puel saw his side beaten in five of his last six league games, and both Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez have been linked with the vacancy.

The 57-year-old guided Leicester to a ninth-place finish last season, but the Midlands outfit are now seeking a fourth permanent manager in 23 months.

He added: "I would like to thank everyone that I worked with at Leicester City Football Club. It was a privilege to work with the players, the staff and the management.

" I would also like to thank the fans for their fantastic support as well as their understanding as the team developed."

"I really appreciate the willingness to learn and work ethic of all of the players and I have no doubt that they will all have bright futures."

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