Claude Puel is a former AS Monaco defensive midfielder that is now the manager of Premier League team Leicester City. A Monaco legend, the one club man who epitomised loyalty and class as a player transfers these traits across all walks of his life. A charismatic leader and personality, Puel has managed 5 teams including his beloved Monaco before taking the reins at the King Power Stadium.
As a player, Claude Puel was renowned for his tremendous defensive capabilities where he specialised In tackling opponents to regain possession for his team. Winning two Ligue 1 titles and three Coupe de France trophies during his playing days, Puel also led the same team he played for to a Ligue 1 title in his first year in management in addition to winning the Trophée des Champions, a trophy he has won as a player and coach for the French club. Currently leading former Premier League champions, Leicester City, Claude Puel works extensively as a football speaker across the nation.
Playing a staggering 601 official matches for Monaco during his illustrious and decorated playing career, Claude Puel is perfectly placed to explain how to achieve peak performance and the keys to maximising success, areas he discusses while performing as a football speaker. Following his retirement, Puel initially became the physical trainer and manager of Monaco's reserve team before progressing to become first team manager.
Leading the club to the French Championship in 2000, Puel had become one of few people to win the title as both player and manager, a feat he is incredibly proud of and passionately discusses during his work as a football speaker. Surprisingly to many however, following 24 years of service to the club as player and coach, Puel was extraordinarily dismissed from the club despite the league success just a year before. This astonishing revelation is avidly recollected upon during his performances as a football speaker with Claude Puel sharing the trials and tribulations he went through at the time along with the resilience, drive and determination he was required to show to bounce back and prosper.
Puel went on to join Lille as manager where he became one of the longest serving managers in the French league following 6 years at the club before spending a further 3 seasons in charge of OGC Nice. His appointment as manager of Southampton FC was his first in England and Puel deliberates the differences in French and English domestic football during his work as a football speaker highlighting fascinating differences that always mesmerise and educate guests.
In his only season in charge, Southampton reached the League Cup final and recorded an 8th-place finish in the Premier League however somehow this was seen as not enough and Puel was sacked with immediate effect with poor performance and his defensive style of play the major reasons behind his dismissal. While working as a football speaker and in addition to sharing inspirational and motivational anecdotes, Claude Puel breaches the subject of his bizarre removal from the club and highlights the clubs admirably unreasonable expectations as a vital factor in their decision making.
Puel was appointed as manager of Leicester City in 2017 and led the club to a top half finish. There was a lot of speculation surrounding Claude's departure from the club at the end of the season however he still remains in the role. A natural leader and born winner, Claude Puel has had an extremely successful and respectable career within the game and has garnered a tremendous understanding and knowledgebase over the years that he is able to relay to guests.
Equally adept a discussing both the playing and management side of the game, Puel's fascinating content and engaging delivery allow him to effortlessly captivate and resonate with guests to ensure an unforgettable performance. The charismatic, thought-provoking and inspirational Claude Puel is available to hire as a football speaker for events across the UK where he is sure to be a fantastic addition to any occasion.