Wednesday 21 March 2018

Stage set for Shakespeare to get Foxes job

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare

John Percy

Craig Shakespeare is on the verge of being named Leicester City's manager for the rest of the season.

Shakespeare's appointment will be confirmed this week after talks with the Leicester hierarchy, with his first game to be the Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Sevilla.

Leicester controversially dismissed Claudio Ranieri last month and Shakespeare, the Italian's former assistant, has guided the champions to successive 3-1 victories.

Crucially, he has also united the dressing room and repaired team spirit and Leicester's board believe his appointment will represent continuity.

Roy Hodgson and Michael O'Neill have been interviewed for the post but the search has now been called off until the summer because of Shakespeare's impact. It is believed that Shakespeare will be given every chance over the final 11 Premier League games of the season to put himself in contention for the post on a long-term basis.

And his appointment is a huge statement of faith from Leicester's owners and director of football Jon Rudkin, with the Sevilla game on Tuesday arguably the biggest in the club's 133-year history. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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