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Leicester WILL sack Claude Puel for TWO reasons – Michael Owen makes huge claim


Puel’s side were thumped 4-1 by Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night and are now without a win in seven games in all competitions – six of them defeats.

This was was perhaps their worst result since they were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Newport County last month and Puel appears to be on borrowed time.

Fans could be seen leaving the King Power in droves long before the final whistle after watching Michy Batshuayi, a Wilfried Zaha double and a Luka Milivojevic penalty condemned them to another defeat.

Batshuayi put Palace in front five minutes before half-time with a fortunate opener when he deflected James McArthur’s long-range shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

Jonny Evans gave the hosts some hope when he fired home Harvey Barnes’ cross on 64 minutes but Zaha finished at the far post just six minutes later to restore Palace’s lead.

Luka Milivojevic made sure of the three points with a penalty after Evans brought down Jeffrey Schlupp and Zaha compounded the misery for Leicester as he outpaced the Foxes defence before beating Schmeichel at his near-post three minutes into added time.

And Owen thinks that will be the final nail in the coffin for Puel.

“I don’t think he’s going to last long,” the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker said on BT Sport.

“I don’t think the fans like him and I don’t really think the players like him.

“That’s a bad combination and I don’t think he’s got long.”

Owen’s fellow BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves agrees the pressure is now mounting on the Frenchman.

“You can’t lose this game 4-1,” he said. “You can’t. You know, maybe worst case you get a draw, but 4-1 at home?

“You wouldn’t have thought that in the first 30 minutes of the game.

“Of course the manager is going to get some criticism for that because you can’t afford to lose a game 4-1 with the position they’re in, the run they’ve been on.”

Leicester’s target at the start of the season was to finish seventh in the Premier League.

But with 32 points, they are now 12th in the table and as many points (eight) behind Watford in seventh as they are ahead of Southampton in 18th.



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