Leicester appoint Shakespeare as manager for the rest of the season

Craig Shakespeare has been appointed manager of Leicester City until the end of the season.

Shakespeare took charge of the team on an interim basis after Claudio Ranieri was sacked on February 23.

The 53-year-old has had a positive run of results so far leading the Foxes to back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Hull.

The decision was announced on the club’s twitter page today, with Shakespeare expected to speak to the world’s media early next week.

The opportunity is a huge moment for Shakespeare, and if he saves Leicester from relegation, there is every chance he could be given the full-time position in the summer.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “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.”

Leicester host Sevilla on Tuesday, nursing a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, which was Ranieri’s last game at the helm.