Michael Appleton departs Leicester


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Leicester City have confirmed that assistant manager Michael Appleton has left the club as Claude Puel restructures his staff ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

The former Blackburn and Oxford coach joined Leicester in June 2017 on a three-year deal as he became Craig Shakespeare’s number two.

Appleton then took the reins when Shakespeare was sacked in October and he won two matches in charge before former Southampton boss Puel stepped in.

The Frenchman used Appleton as one of his two assistants last season but he has now decided to mix things up at the King Power Stadium.

Jacques Bonnevay replaces Appleton and he brings a wealth of international experience to the role. He spent three years with the Japan national team and has also been working in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

Pascal Planque, Mike Stowell and new first-team coach Adam Sadler complete the senior coaching team.

Speaking about Appleton’s departure, Puel told the club’s official website: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Appleton for everything he has done to help me during his time with the club.

“He’s a good man, a strong character and an excellent coach with the leadership qualities to continue building a successful career.

“We all wish him well in his future career. As we prepare to welcome the players back for the start of pre-season, I’m delighted to have a strong team of experienced, skilled and dedicated staff working to prepare the squad for the season ahead.

“Between our coaching, sports medicine, sports science and operational staff, we have a very good mix of characters and experience that will give great support to our players throughout the season.”

Leicester start their season away to Manchester United and they are 9.00 outsiders to win. The Red Devils are 1.36 favourites, while the draw is priced at 4.75.

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