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Shakespeare to manage Leicester till end of season



Shakespeare to manage Leicester till end of season

Following the sack of FIFA Best Manager of the Year, Claudio Ranieri, England Champions Leicester City have confirmed on Sunday that caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare will stay in charge for the rest of the season.

Since the depature of the coach that saw them lift the Premier League trophy last season, Shakespeare has guided the foxes to two premier league wins over Liverpool and Hull City, and the club wishes to keep him as boss till the end of the current campaign.

A statement on the club’s website reads: “Craig, who has been part of the City coaching staff for seven of the last eight seasons, was put in interim charge of the First Team two weeks ago following the departure of Claudio Ranieri.

“Craig will continue to be supported by First Team Coach and Goalkeeping Coach Mike Stowell and the Club’s existing team of backroom staff during the campaign’s remaining fixtures, starting with Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Last 16 Second Leg against Sevilla.”

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Ranieri’s departure came just a day after their 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, as the spot for the quarter-finals is still beyond reach for the Foxes.
At the time, City, who won the League with 10 points last season, were one point above the relegation zone, as they had won just five league games in the campaign, and were in the verge of becoming the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.
Shakespeare, 53, joined the club in 2008 and was a vital member of the Club’s backroom staff under Ranieri.

Leicester Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was quoted to have said: “Craig’s skills as a coach and the high regard in which he is held by everyone at the Club were well known to us. We always knew the team would be in good hands when we asked him to take charge a fortnight ago.

“We have asked him to continue to lead the team this season and we are very happy that he has accepted.”

Leicester will host Sevilla on Tuesday for the return leg of their last-16 tie of the UEFA Champions League, with the hope of advancing to the quater-finals.

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