After leading struggling English Premier League champions, Leicester City, to a pair of important home wins against Liverpool to ease their relegation fears, Craig Shakespeare has been named Foxes manager for the rest of the 2016/17 season.
An assistant coach under Claudio Ranieri during his roller coaster season-and-a-half at the King Power Stadium, Shakespeare was named interim manager when Ranieri was sacked by Leicester brass February 23rd.
Despite being linked with the likes of Roberto Mancini, Martin O’Neill and others, Leicester opted for familiarity, with vice chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, telling the club website they were left convinced that he’s the right man for the immediate future.
“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. He has initiated the type of positive response that we hoped change would bring, showing great leadership qualities and composure under considerable pressure to produce two very important results. We have asked him to continue to lead the team this season and we are very happy that he has accepted.” – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Shakespeare’s first game as permanent boss will be the second leg of Leicester’s round of 16 tie with Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League at the King Power on Tuesday, with the Foxes looking to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.