Craig Shakespeare: Leicester City caretaker boss to be offered manager's job

And then he was ironically replaced by a chap called Craig Shakespeare, who will oversee the defending champions until the end of the season.

Since taking over, the Foxes have won back-to-back games and have edged away from relegation - now sitting in 15th place.

Shakespeare was appointed interim-manager at the King Power Stadium following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri last month and has since guided the reigning Premier League champions to successive league victories against Liverpool and Hull City and eased the club's relegation concerns.

A number of big-name managers, including Roy Hodgson and Roberto Mancini, have been linked with the vacant post, but the players have spoken warmly of Shakespeare during his caretaker tenure and the Leicester supporters sang his name during the weekend's 3-1 win over Hull.

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Undoubtedly Ranieri's greatest achievement was leading 5,000/1 underdogs Leicester to the Premier League title last term, but he has also lifted silverware with the likes of Valencia, Fiorentina, Monaco and Cagliari.

Shakespeare has never managed full-time, but has been assistant to Ranieri and his predecessor Nigel Pearson. But as I have said previously, I'm comfortable with that.

But the Birmingham-born coach is widely respected within the game and has already received the public backing of the Leicester players, with England midfielder Danny Drinkwater the latest to offer his support.

"I'm quite a calm person at times. But I didn't feel under pressure".

  • Lawrence Cooper