Celtic and Newcastle both left worrying as Leicester reportedly form two-target wish list

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on January 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United...

Leicester City could sack Claude Puel after another defeat.

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on January 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United...

According to The Times, Leicester City have formed a two-man shortlist to replace Claude Puel – and it features Celtic's Brendan Rodgers and Newcastle's Rafael Benitez.

Leicester were embarrassed at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, as they were hammered 4-1 by Crystal Palace in an absolute thrashing.

The Foxes are now as close to the relegation zone than they are to the top eight, and Frenchman Puel has been under pressure for months now.

 

Some believe that this latest defeat will prove to be his final stand, and The Times report that Leicester already have two names in the frame for the job.

It's stated that Leicester have just two targets right now; Newcastle boss Benitez and Celtic's Rodgers, with summer moves more likely than anything imminent.

Benitez is out of contract at Newcastle this summer, so Leicester may feel that they can tempt him away from St James' Park with a big transfer budget.

Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the friendly match between Newcastle United and CSKA Moscow at Pinatar Arena on February 16, 2019 in Murcia, Spain.

Yet having been loyal to Newcastle for nearly three years now and after signing Miguel Almiron for a club-record fee in January, it would almost be a surprise to see Benitez move on now.

Rodgers is on the cusp of a third straight league title at Celtic, and he could even land a third domestic treble in a row too. With European success evading Rodgers though, he may yet fancy a return to England, and Leicester's interest leaves both Celtic and Newcastle left to sweat over Leicester's plans.

Coach of Celtic Brendan Rodgers during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Valencia FC and Celtic at Estadio Mestalla stadium on February 21, 2019 in Valencia,...

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