Maguire lavishes praise on Puel
Harry Maguire says ex-Leicester City boss Claude Puel only had a positive impact on his career.
Puel's time at King Power Stadium was brought to an end on February 24 following a string of disappointing results and he has subsequently been replaced by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman lost his first game in charge, going down 2-1 against Watford, but he has managed to secure three consecutive victories since, beating Fulham, Burnley and Bournemouth.
Although impressed with the new manager, England international Maguire has reserved special praise for Puel, saying the Frenchman helped him improve during their time working together.
"Claude was really good for myself," he was quoted as saying by the Leicester Mercury. "I thank him a lot. He helped my game, he brought me through and I feel like I improved by playing under him.
"He was very good defensively in the ways he wanted to work. I owe him a lot. He's the one I got the England cap with and I built into a World Cup and managed to start at a World Cup playing under him.
"I thank him a lot and wish him well for the future."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.