Claude Puel says his Leicester future is not important
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 29/04/18 10:10am
Leicester manager Claude Puel says it is not the right moment to discuss his future and believes the players are still behind him.
Puel's position is under increasing scrutiny following the 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, their worst result of the season.
They have won just four of their last 18 fixtures but the Leicester boss is refusing to talk about his future.
"It is not my concern at this moment," he said. "It is not the moment to speak about this.
"My first feeling at this moment is to stay around and near my players and together to give a good reaction and response in the next game.
"Speculation about me and my future is not important and it is not the moment."
Puel was pressed on whether he thinks he has the support of the players. "It is a situation where we are together," he added. "The staff and players are together at this moment."It is a difficult moment but it is important to give a good response together.
"It is tough and difficult but we are good professionals and I have confidence in my squad they can give a response in the next game."
Leicester were outplayed for much of the game at Selhurst Park but Puel felt a "harsh" red card for Marc Albrighton's and a hamstring injury to Wilfred Ndidi which forced the midfielder from the field contributed to their downfall.
"We tried to make a tactical change at half-time and after five second-half minutes we lost Ndidi, it was a catastrophic scenario," he told Sky Sports.
"We didn't have a solution to that balance in the team. We tried to come back, but we conceded goals in the last 10 minutes, a catastrophe in the last few minutes. It's a shame for the team but we didn;lt show enough intensity and desire in the first-half."
On Albrighton's red card, he added: "I think it's not a red card because it's a battle between two players.
"The opponent also takes the shirt and pulls the arm of Albrighton. It's a duel and after we've seen the replay, it's harsh."
Leicester finish the season with fixtures against West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham and Puel wants to finish on a high, targeting a top-half finish.
"I hope we can have a good attitude and a good desire to finish this Premier League season well," he added.
"It's a shame because we've done a fantastic job but for the last game it's not enough. It's important for us to finish in the top half of the table."