The decision to sack Claude Puel proves that vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is still very much in charge at Leicester City.
After the tragic death of his father Khun Vichai in October, his youngest son, known as Top, has taken control at City and at King Power, and it was his decision to sack the 57-year-old Frenchman following the 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace yesterday.
Top made the decision to end Puel’s 16-month reign following a run of no wins in six league games, four consecutive home defeats and the shock FA Cup third round defeat at League Two Newport County.
City hadn’t planned on making a change this season as the club is still coming to terms with the loss of Khun Vichai, and Top was an admirer of what Puel was trying to do as he oversaw the transition from the 2016 title-winning side to a younger squad that had the potential to grow and develop.
However, since the away win at Everton on New Year’s Day City have been on a poor run of results, despite some encouraging performances at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
After the defeat to Palace, City were left eight points above the relegation zone and Top decided he needed to act to avoid the club getting dragged into the fringes of a relegation battle.