Thursday 22 February 2018

4 Shakespeare titles that could link to Leicester's season

Craig Shakespeare has been given the Leicester job until the end of the season
Craig Shakespeare has been given the Leicester job until the end of the season

Craig Shakespeare has been appointed Leicester first-team manager for the end of the season after Claudio Ranieri's sacking last month.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the plays his namesake and playwright William Shakespeare wrote which could have fitted the Foxes' season.

The Comedy of Errors

Leicester's title defence has left a lot to be desired with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel labelling it embarrassing.

Defensively they have often been a shambles while Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have failed to hit the heights of last season while Ranieri's tactics were sometimes baffling.

All's Well That Ends Well

Leicester's Thai owners will be hoping Shakespeare guides them to safety in the final 11 games of the season and, possibly, take them to the Champions League quarter-finals.

They are three points above the relegation zone and have to face drop rivals Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth in the run in - after next week's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla.

As You Like It

The players wanted a return to the simple, high-pressing tactics which brought them the Premier League title last season and Shakespeare brought them what they wanted.

He canvassed opinion before their 3-1 win over Liverpool and the players squad - along with the fans - gave the caretaker manager their backing as well.

Much Ado About Nothing

Reports claimed several players met with Leicester's owners to speak to them about Ranieri's future before he was axed 24 hours after a 2-1 Champions League defeat in Seville.

It has all been denied and there has been little blame placed on the players by the fans who have received their full support in the two games since his exit.

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