New Leicester City manager Puel targets top half of table

London, (GNA/dpa) – New Leicester City manager Claude Puel said on Friday that his first task is to get his team into the top half of the table.

The ex-Southampton, Lyon, Monaco and Lille manager this week signed a deal with the former Premier League champions until 2020, having replaced Craig Shakespeare in the role.

“This club has a young feel about them,” the Frenchman told a press conference on Friday.

“They got promoted to the Premier League just a few seasons ago and they have made rapid progress to win the title.

We want to keep the identity of Leicester City and to bring more consistency into proceedings.”

Puel spent one season at Southampton and described games in the Premier League as like playing against Champions League sides week in, week out.

But the 56-year-old, who takes charge for the first time against Everton on Sunday, said that getting Leicester into the top half of is his first aim.

“This season, we will go step by step,” he said. “We will try and perform on the pitch and have good results and to find our way to the top half of the table.

“This is not a dream, this is a reality. After, we will see if we can do other things in January and February.”

Puel said that Wes Morgan would remain captain.

“Wes is the captain for me, he has the respect of the players,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency