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Ex-Wolves keeper takes the reins again at Leicester

Mike Stowell has been appointed caretaker manager at Leicester City for a fifth time.

The 53-year-old Foxes goalkeeping coach and first-team coach has been temporarily promoted again, this time with fellow first-team coach Adam Sadler, following the sacking of Claude Puel.

Puel, 57, who was in charge for 16 months, was dismissed after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace which left Leicester 12th in the Premier League.

Speculation had been rife for months that the Frenchman’s future was in doubt, with stories of players being unhappy with his distant management style and difficulties adapting to his possession-based game.

Stowell, who will take joint charge with Sadler for Tuesday’s visit of Brighton, will be hoping his latest stint is as successful as his last one.

Back in February 2017 when he took over from Claudio Ranieri, his Leicester team enjoyed 3-1 home wins against Liverpool and Hull City – the latter with one-time Wolves loanees Tom Huddlestone and Alfred N’Diaye in midfield – before Craig Shakespeare was appointed in what would become a run of six straight wins in all competitions.

In all, Stowell has won four and drew one of his seven games in charge.

The Portsmouth-born coach, who holds the Wolves record for goalkeeping appearances with 448 from 1989-2001, first took charge in 2007 from August 30 to September 13.

Straddling the reigns of Martin Allen and Gary Megson, he drew his only game, 0-0 against a Plymouth team containing future Wolves hotshot Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Stowell stepped up again in October 2010 after the exit of Paulo Sousa. This time his reign lasted just three days before Sven Goran Eriksson was appointed.

But there was still time for Stowell to make his mark, as a Leicester side – with one of his successors at Wolves, Carl Ikeme, playing one of his five games on loan for the Foxes – beating Scunthorpe 3-1, again in the Championship.

Reign number three is currently Stowell’s longest, as he took charge for 22 days in 2011 (October 24 to November 15) after the departure of Eriksson and before the first spell of Nigel Pearson’s tenure, again in the Championship.

After kicking off with a 3-2 defeat at West Ham, he presided over a 3-1 win at Burnley before a 1-0 home reverse to a Leeds line-up that included Andy Keogh on loan from Wolves.

Stowell has been something of a constant at Leicester, serving under 13 permanent managers since arriving in 2005.

He has worked under Craig Levein, his one-time Wolves colleague Rob Kelly, Nigel Worthington, Allen, Megson, Gerry Taggart, Ian Holloway, Pearson twice, Sousa, Eriksson, Ranieri, Shakespeare and Puel.