Shakespeare appointed permanent Leicester City manager

Leicester City have appointed Craig Shakespeare as the club’s permanent manager on a three-year deal.

Shakespeare replaced Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, who inspired Leicester to their unlikely title triumph in the 2015-16 season.

Although Leicester ended the campaign without a win in their last three games, Shakespeare won eight of his 16 Premier League matches in charge.

The 53-year-old also led Leicester to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where his side were narrowly beaten by Atletico Madrid, exiting the tournament 2-1 on aggregate.

“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” said Shakespeare.

“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.”

The club’s vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Craig has shown all the qualities in leadership, motivation and talent management that are required to be successful in this role.”

“Those qualities, aligned with his first-class coaching acumen, his knowledge of Leicester City and its philosophy, and the respect he has earned at every level of the club make him the ideal choice to help take us forward.”

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