Claude Puel has to prove to Leicester City that he is the right man to lead the club into next season amidst growing unease about his management style and the poor run of results that has led to the first signs of supporter unrest.
Thus far, Leicester have won only four of their past 17 league matches and there is growing concern within the club that they are in danger of heading into a critical summer, when there is expected to be a significant turnover of players.
Their final four games of the campaign — against Crystal Palace, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur — could be critical in terms of whether Leicester decide to stick with Puel.
Puel was appointed as Craig Shakespeare’s successor in October, but the second half of the season has fallen well short of expectations and it is also clear the Frenchman’s approach to the job has gone down badly among some of the playing squad.
Nonetheless, players have been left bemused by Puel’s chopping and changing of the team, not least because it is not his style to explain the thinking behind his decisions to those who are left out, and that have also been questions over the intensity of his training sessions.
It was a lack of communication is understood to be an issue across the board, with Puel described as distant.
The supporters made their thoughts clear last Thursday at the end of an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Southampton, a result which was greeted with loud booing as Leicester dropped points at home for the fifth game in succession, with three of those opponents now in the bottom four.