Friday 20 April 2018

Shakespeare enhances job prospects

Leicester City 3 Hull City 1

Hull City's Adama Diomande challenges Leicester City's Islam Slimani. Photo: Reuters
Hull City's Adama Diomande challenges Leicester City's Islam Slimani. Photo: Reuters

Craig Shakespeare is waiting to learn if he has done enough to become Leicester manager on a permanent basis after again making a strong case to be promoted from his stand-in role.

The former assistant to Claudio Ranieri has won both matches in interim charge by a 3-1 margin. Goals from Christian Fuchs and Riyad Mahrez and a Tom Huddlestone own goal overturned the lead given to Hull by Sam Clucas and gave the defending champions back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. The Foxes moved five points clear of the relegation zone. Hull are second bottom, four points adrift of safety.

Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye fends off Leicester City's Danny Simpson. Photo: Reuters
Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye fends off Leicester City's Danny Simpson. Photo: Reuters

Leicester are still sounding out potential replacements for Ranieri, with former England manager Roy Hodgson reported to be among the names being explored. Yet it could now be difficult to look beyond Shakespeare given the marked improvement under his stewardship. The 53-year-old, who wants the job, appears to have the backing of the majority of the fans, as well as the players. He is also highly regarded by director of football Jon Rudkin.

Leicester are now set to fly off to Dubai for a four-day training camp and Shakespeare will meet the club's owners afterwards to discuss his prospects.

"I don't expect anything, I have an open mind," he said after the match. "My position was made clear - I would be in charge for the Liverpool game and the Hull game. My remit was to win these two games and that's what we've done."

Leicester City's Robert Huth charges ahead of Hull City's Oumar Niasse. Photo: Reuters
Leicester City's Robert Huth charges ahead of Hull City's Oumar Niasse. Photo: Reuters

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