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Leicester appoint Shakespeare to top job on permanent basis after impressive trial

The 53-year-old has agreed a three-year deal.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare.
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare.
Image: Martin Rickett

LEICESTER CITY HAVE appointed Craig Shakespeare as their permanent manager following his interim spell in charge towards the end of last season.

Shakespeare succeeded Claudio Ranieri in the Foxes hot-seat last February, following the Italian’s dismissal just nine months after guiding the club to a shock Premier League title.

The club were in danger of relegation at that point in the season but won their first six games on Shakespeare’s watch to eventually finish 12th in the Premier League table.

Shakespeare had previously been Ranieri’s assistant at the club, and has now signed a deal to remain in the top job permanently for the next three seasons.

The 53-year-old had previously worked as an assistant manager at Hull City, before taking on roles under Nigel Pearson and then Ranieri at the King Power Stadium.

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“This is a really exciting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career and to continue to work with a club and a group of staff I’ve grown extremely close to,” Shakespeare told the club’s website.

“I’m grateful to the owners and the board of directors for their continued faith and support.

“Our preparations for pre-season and the new Premier League campaign have been ongoing for some time, but we can now move on with certainty and ensure we are well equipped to compete at the levels now expected of a club like Leicester City.”

Shakespeare is now expected to ramp up his recruitment planning for next season with Swansea’s Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson believed to be one of his primary targets.

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