Leicester boss Claude Puel says he has backing of owners

Date published: Friday 4th May 2018 4:11

Leicester boss Claude Puel believes the club must suffer short-term pain for long-term gain after being given the backing of the owners.

The Frenchman met with chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and son Top on Friday where the King Power Stadium chiefs offered him their support.

He has come under fire with the Foxes having won just twice in their last 11 Premier League games – including a 5-0 hammering at Crystal Palace last week.

Puel could also see the break-up of the remaining 2016 title-winning team with the futures of Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Simpson and Riyad Mahrez in doubt this summer.

But the former Southampton manager insisted any difficulties would be worth it to improve the club.

“We have to endure this short-term pain for long-term gain,” said Puel, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of West Ham.

“It’s a summary but it’s important because we’ve put in place the foundations, we’ve improved a lot but at the end of the season we wasted a little of the benefits.

“It (the meeting) is a normal thing at the end of the season to bring together all the energy for the last games. It was important to have this good support from our owner.

“It’s not just about me, it’s the support for all the people in the club.

“He (Vichai) has confidence in all people working for him and he gave his support because our last game was not good enough and we have to correct this.

“We understand the situation is not a good thing for the end of the season and we need to make amends and push up together.

“I’m not under pressure. I’m pragmatic, I know my work, I know what we need to do and what we want for the end of the season.”

Puel is without nine players for the visit of the Hammers with Marc Albrighton starting a ban after his red card at Crystal Palace.

Kasper Schmeichel (ankle), Shinji Okazaki (ankle), Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring), Danny Simpson (groin), Huth (ankle) and Matty James (Achilles) are out along with Ben Chilwell and Daniel Amartey.

Vicente Iborra (hamstring) has returned to training and will be assessed ahead of the game.


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