Thursday, 8 June 2017

Breaking News:Shakespeare agrees three-year Leicester City

Leicester City has named caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare as their permanent manager on a three-year deal.

Former number two Shakespeare was appointed Leicester manager in March following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, who sensationally led the Foxes to the 2015-16 Premier League title.

The 53-year-old Shakespeare told Leicester’s website: “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. 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 Foxes, who reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in their debut appearance in the competition, ultimately ended the 2016-17 Premier League season in 12th position - 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

One of Shakespeare's first tasks will be to address the future of Riyad Mahrez, who has expressed a desire to leave the King Power Stadium in this summer's transfer window.

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