Craig Shakespeare closes in on Leicester City job

Leicester's owners have been suitably impressed by the job Shakespeare has done

Craig Shakespeare is still waiting to learn whether he has got the the manager’s job permanently for next season.

Talks have begun with Leicester City over the extension of his managerial contract. Many had expected an announcement this weekend, but that did not happen.

He still has a year remaining on his assistant manager’s deal, but the Foxes board has opened negotiations for him to stay on as manager.

Shakespeare was with the club’s owners in Nice and at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. This gave the owners and caretaker manager an opportunity to get to know each other better and discuss plans about the squad, transfers and the future.

Shakespeare’s revival of Leicester after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri seems likely to win him a long-term contract. Leicester won seven out of their 13 Premier League games with Shakespeare in charge.

Shakespeare is already planning recruitment for the summer and will work on appointing new backroom staff if he lands the job, with former Leicester defender Chris Powell emerging as an early contender.

Leicester City chairman Srivaddhanaprabha said before the final game of the season with Bournemouth: “We asked Craig to take charge until the end of the season and agreed that we would discuss the situation then.”

“There are many things to consider and to talk about – both for the club and Craig himself – but it is only right that we have those conversations with Craig before discussing the situation publicly.”