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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:16 am 
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I saw him scoring 2wice against brazil .. and was pretty good in Fifa 12 ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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Did he play against Utd for CSKA last season?

Sure it was him who gave us problems in one of the games very direct and reckon he'll do well at Leicester.


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Yup specially away game and he cause few troubles at OT too .. he is direct has lots of pace and tricks ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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So, it was not all a weird dream; Leicester really did win the Premier League. They took on the established elite and not only lived to tell the story, but they became the story. The history-makers must now embark upon the uncertainty of the second chapter. Sunday’s Community Shield final was the foreword.

Defend deep. Counter-attack with pace. Score. Win. It is the blueprint which inspired the most remarkable league-title victory of the modern era. Simple but effective. Reductive but destructive. Archaic but somehow modern. Leicester have no need to change a winning formula, but surely their opponents have finally created a plan of their own to counter it?

It was a view many shared. “Leicester will struggle to replicate their stunning run to the title last season now that teams are wised up to the tactics employed by Claudio Ranieri,” said Rio Ferdinand last week, discussing the counter-attack as if it was Rinus Michels’ Total Football. “How are Leicester going to deal with teams who know exactly what to expect? Can they still produce the results they did when people know to expect Vardy to be running behind, Drinkwater to play balls into the channels for him?”

Necessity may be the mother of all invention, but consistency is the father of Leicester’s success. For those in doubt as to whether Claudio Ranieri would attempt to change a winning formula, the starting line-up told all. Just 11 players made 30 appearances or more for the Premier League champions last season; ten of them started. The other, N’Golo Kante, was replaced by Andy King, the club’s longest-serving player. The departed Kante has been replaced almost like for like by Nampalys Mendy, who impressed in his brief cameo.

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ was Ranieri’s motto when leading a band of misfits to a league title. Despite claims of Leicester being ‘found out’, he has no reason to change that. On Sunday, the Foxes were close to their lethal best: Defend deep. Counter-attack with pace. Score. Save for Zlatan, it might well have been another win. With just 41% possession, they had ten shots on goal to United’s nine. This was not strong enough evidence to suggest Leicester have been found out. On another occasion, they would be lifting more silverware. But defeat on this stage will not deter the club from what they know best.

Lightning almost struck yet again at Wembley. Lightning, of course, will be the word most often used to describe a forward line of Vardy, Musa and Mahrez, supplemented by Gray. Club-record signing Musa has impressed in pre-season, and will add considerable threat to an already impressive attack. Vardy showed signs that he can replicate his poacher’s form, and while Mahrez was nowhere near his best, the Algerian was still effective.

Leicester’s approach is no top-secret weapon; they have been playing the same way since last September. Tottenham knew it when they challenged them for the title and tripped up at the finish line; Arsenal knew it when they soiled themselves at the halfway point; the Manchester clubs both knew it when they parted with their respective managers as a result. And each club will know that Leicester will not change their ways this season. The onus is not on the Foxes to redesign themselves, but on the rest to provide evidence that they can be countered.

“How are Leicester going to deal with teams who know exactly what to expect?” In the exact same way, as it happens. Even though an opponent has identified your approach, there is no need to change unless they show they can nullify it completely. Lionel Messi would not transform into a deep-lying midfielder just because Phil Jones knows he’s a tricky little b*stard, and Leicester should not adapt a winning formula unless someone changes the numbers.


I think it's the defence that could let them down without Kante in there if teams can run at them through the middle now that defence has got problems maybe Mendy will provide more of a shield than King did yesterday.

I think Musa could be a big upgrade on Okazaki if they can get Musa and Vardy together up top defenders will be bricking it as they're so direct you'll need to be on your toes for 90 minutes as they don't give you any rest and if they can get link up play going they could be a great partnership.

Surely as Champions they'll be shown respect and teams will setup to stop their counter attacks now and it'll be interesting to see how they deal with that this season as they're not longer plucky little Leicester they're Premier League Champions.


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IMO United Chelsea City have all strengthen and have added quality players ...They lost Kante and added few but to me in comparison they have stood still ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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Mahrez has signed a new deal

My guess is despite rumours there was no real interest in him at the price Leicester were asking guessing he's got pay parity with Vardy on around £100k a week but will be interesting to see if it has any special clauses that kick in from next summer.

Heard from a mate who's pretty ITK on Arsenal saying they were never really in for him was just paper talk coming from his agents


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What else would xpect from araenal fan ... Great signing for Leicester and from what i read there is no release cause on his contract. ...

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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in talks to seal a whopping 50m deal for Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani from Sporting.

wonder what nigel farage would make of Islam coming to Leicester :D

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he is "very, very angry" his team cannot replicate their Champions League form in the Premier League.

Riyad Mahrez's goal secured a 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday to leave the Foxes one victory from qualifying for the Champions League last 16.

But the English champions, unbeaten in Europe with three wins in three, are 13th domestically after four losses.

Ranieri said it is a "psychological" problem and the league is his priority.

Leicester are only the fifth Champions League debutants - after AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Juventus and Malaga - to win their opening three games.

"I'm very proud of the side from one side but from another, when I think of the Premier League, I am very, very angry," said Ranieri, 64.

"In my career this has happened. When you are in the big competition for the first time you grow and then you lose something when you go back into your own competition.

"When you play in the Champions League you are switched on, very, very smart and focused on every situation. You use up a lot of mental energy in the Champions League.

"We want to change this though because the Premier League is our priority."

Leicester have already lost more games in the Premier League this season than they did in their title campaign - and conceded 14 goals.

But in Europe, the Foxes have become only the third team to begin a Champions League campaign with three straight clean sheets, and they can secure a place in the last 16 with a win in Denmark on 2 November, having already guaranteed at least a Europa League spot.

"It is good to go into the Europa League but we are in the Champions League and we go step by step," added Ranieri.

"We have to stay calm now and change our mentality in the Premier League because we have Crystal Palace coming up - a tough, tough match."


The players are cheating the fans in these league matches but the fixture list hasn't been kind to them prior to CL matches they've played Liverpool, Utd & Chelsea all away from home but anyone who's watched those games has seen a team that clearly isn't fully focused and I'd say some players playing at half ar*e.

No one expects them to defend their title but you expect them to put up a bit more of a fight for it.

People highlight the lack of Kante and yes it's obviously made a difference to them but I think it gets over hyped in these bigger games where they've just had guys on the pitch either not focused or not trying because they don't want to risk injury before European games.


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Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater will serve a three-match ban after he accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

The 26-year-old elbowed Watford's Valon Behrami in the 67th minute of the 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday and is banned with immediate effect.

The incident was not seen by the match officials, but was caught on video.

The England player will miss Premier League games against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Manchester City.


Didn't see it but the reporting suggests once he was charged the ban was inevitable but they'll miss him.

Now they've sorted Europe out they need to get their sh*t together in the league and get themselves back up the table over the next few months before the knockout rounds start again.

Players have clearly been slacking off in the games before CL matches they've had some tough fixtures in those weeks but it's been obvious that players have been saving legs for mid week matches and not really putting it in.


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Moving down to 16th position in the Premier League; losing at home to an Everton team who are themselves in a bit of bother; dropping your best attacking player; handing out 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks to protest against a red card. Leicester City’s difficult second series continues. Triumph has become tragicomedy.

It’s one thing for the reigning PFA Player of the Year to suffer a loss of form, but another entirely to be dropped in favour of Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton. We felt obliged to include Mahrez in our list of 2016’s best Premier League players, but his fall from grace since May is far more surprising than Leicester’s collective decline.

Rather than play down the Algerian’s absence from Leicester’s starting XI on Boxing Day, Claudio Ranieri expanded upon it: “He’s not in good form now and I wanted to stimulate him. I didn’t see him do well during the training.” No more pizzas and no more Mr Nice Guy.

It was a pointed message from a manager who must be thoroughly sick of Leicester’s 2016/17 before it is even half-completed: At a time of crisis, nobody gets a free pass. The spring brought adoration from Premier League supporters and the summer reported interest from Barcelona, Arsenal and Paris St Germain, but autumn and winter have seen a loss of Mahrez’s standing both in England and abroad. Is this funk the result of a player realising that his chance for a big move has passed?

You can see why Ranieri is demanding more. In the league this season (1,371 minutes), Mahrez has created 25 chances, provided two assists and scored no non-penalty goals. In his first 1,371 league minutes last season, Mahrez created 28% more chances, provided seven assists and scored nine non-penalty goals. The assist against Manchester City, deft and disguised, indicated that the talent remains. Its rarity this campaign shows that the application and consistency have been sadly lacking.

Still, Ranieri’s gamble hardly paid off. Against Everton, Leicester forced only two shots on target and three corners. Gray, Mahrez’s direct replacement, failed to create a single chance and sent both of his shots off target. Nine of the 14 players Ranieri used gave the ball away with at least a third of their passes. The danger of publicly calling out Mahrez is that it only risks damaging the morale of an under-performing squad now ‘fighting’ relegation.

Leicester’s away form is appalling (two points from a possible 27 this season), but their results at home are hardly more inspiring. Having taken seven points from their first three games at the King Power Stadium (only dropping points against Arsenal), it is eight points from six matches since. Like Mahrez’s delicate cushioned pass to Jamie Vardy, the magnificent 4-2 victory over Manchester City is the oasis in an arid desert, their only victory in nine league matches. West Ham at home on New Year’s Eve has suddenly become must-win.

No team is too good to go down, and Leicester aren’t even close to too good. They are a personification of their best player: Jaded, demotivated and coasting towards a relegation fight for which they have not trained effectively. Triumph is no inoculation against collapse, as Ranieri and Mahrez are learning only too well.

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He's almost as bad this season as Hazard was last season is he sulking or was he a one season winner?

I think he regrets not making the move and is sulking but teams are also watching him a lot more closely and he doesn't have the space he did last season


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This time last year, Leicester won 3-1 at Manchester City to move five points clear at the top of the table and put them on course for an unexpected title.

Now they are 38 points behind leaders Chelsea with reports suggesting manager Claudio Ranieri has lost the support of his players.

Schemeichel would not comment on the speculation but Ranieri insisted his squad is behind him.

"We're together. I'm happy with the players and they're happy with me. We have to stay together and keep fighting," he said.

Leicester full-back Christian Fuchs said the players must start to show more fight if they are to pull away from trouble.

"We keep our heads high, we have to fight as a team and give everything until the last game," he said.

"We have to stick together. We are not there to stick our head in the sand, we want to fight back."

Former England international Jermaine Jenas, speaking on Match of the Day 2, said: "Watching the game against Manchester United, it was not a great performance, but I didn't see players downing tools, or players that had completely given up on a manager.

"I saw players low on confidence and not given much direction of where to play.

"In the stadium there seemed to be no atmosphere and the longer that continues, the more they will be in trouble."


People were saying they were surprised to see him speak out but you could see his frustration in the game at basic things not being done it seemed obvious that players had stopped listening to the managers instructions and were doing what they wanted. Also, it's obvious but without Kante protecting the defence we now see how bad that back 4 actually is

If they don't get the points in the league soon they are going down they are the ones on the slide and the teams at the bottom have started to get results pulling them in they are the team who are sinking they are 2 points off the bottom now

Carragher made a great point on Sky saying basically it would be a shame if they went down because it will taint the fairy tale story it'll be impossible to mention this great story without saying yeah but the next season they were relegated.


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Leicester City have given their "unwavering support" to manager Claudio Ranieri despite the reigning Premier League champions being just one point above the relegation zone.

The Italian had been under pressure after a run of just two wins in their last 15 Premier Leagues games.

However, the Foxes said in a statement that "the entire club is and will remain united behind its manager".

"This is not a crisis," Ranieri said following the club's backing.

"When you aren't winning you lose confidence, it is normal."

Leicester are 16th and are without a league win in 2017.

Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel called the club's title defence "embarrassing" after Sunday's 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.

Leicester acknowledged that "recent form needs to improve", but said Ranieri would be given the opportunity to turn things around.

"The unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome the greatest of challenges," the club said.

Ranieri has 'fantastic' relationship with players

Ranieri guided Leicester to the Premier League title last season despite the Foxes being 5,000-1 shots.

They won the league by 10 points but face becoming the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938, after winning just five league games so far this season.

Recent reports suggested Ranieri had lost the support of his players, with the 65-year-old's squad tinkering and supposed ban on chicken burgers angering some of the Leicester squad.

However, Ranieri denied any unrest and said he has "a fantastic relationship" with his squad.

"The dressing room is fantastic," he said.

"Never have I seen a chicken burger, only deep fried chicken. It's fantastic.

"The dressing room is fantastic. We try to do our best, but this season everything is wrong."

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BBC Radio Leicester's Jason Bourne:

"Claudio was upbeat and thoroughly charming as he showed no signs of pressure during his news conference this afternoon.

"Leicester City are struggling in the Premier League and haven't scored a goal in the competition since 31 December, but you wouldn't know it from speaking to him today.

"He suggested the club's statement was for us in the media rather than for him - but what it does show is that the club are prepared to be patient with him.

"Nigel Pearson initially struggled in his first season in the top-flight but the club backed him and he led them to the 'greatest escape'.

"Here's my concern, though. There was real evidence of fight then but I'm not so sure that steeliness and determination is as prevalent now. I fear for the club this season, but they do have the capability to stay up. I hope they go out there and prove themselves once again.

"Kasper Schmeichel has come out with some strong words and the rest of the players could do well to heed his advice."


You just hope all those new contracts that were handed out to Vardy, Mahrez etc included relegation clauses to slash their wages if they went down as these guys should be forced to stay if the club wants to keep them if that happens as they should be embarrased about the drop off this season.

There is a pattern emerging though amongst teams who've won the league with 3 or 4 games to go being terrible the following season. Utd, Chelsea & Leicester I think all wrapped up their titles with 3 games to go and basically had a party for 2 weeks until the end of the season and the following season they were awful. You wonder if wrapping it up early has some strange effect as all of a sudden the intensity is gone.

City won the league on the last day by 1 point under Pellegrini but they also had a big drop off the following season and I don't think they were ever that close to Chelsea who steam rollered it from start to finish.

We (Utd) sort of took for granted that relentless winning machine mentality that allowed us to challenge year after year it seems now that clubs are really struggling in the 2nd season obviously no one has quite had the drop off Leicester have had but it's good that the club have backed him.

I wonder if he would walk away as he will probably know if it's reached the point of no return but I guess a top manager will always back themselves to put it right and sort the problem out.


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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri showed the first signs of shedding the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ image after watching his side slump to defeat at Swansea.

The Italian led the Foxes to the Premier League title last season, but now finds himself in serious danger of the drop with the club just a single point above the relegation zone.

He has, however, always appeared reluctant to criticise his players – until now.

“I wanted the start of a ‘new season’ today, but it is the same, it is unbelievable,” he told Sky Sports.

“We started well but their first two shots on goal are goals, it is very difficult to come back from that. It is unbelievable this season.

“We have two problems. Conceding goals, and not scoring. We have to speak together to find the solutions, it is not possible to continue in this way.”

Despite Leicester’s precarious position and Ranieri’s clear frustration, though, he insists he remains hopeful of their chances of survival.

“The machine is not broken but when you don’t play at a maximum level it is a difficult battle. They were more determined than us, that’s the truth.

“We stay together, we work very well in training but we need a little luck to move our confidence. I am very strong, very confident. I believe in everything.

“It just takes the right moment to turn this around.”


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Think it's right but the players are to blame they've quit on him and sadly he has to go but the club can't just do nothing and accept relegation.

Players apparently want Pearson back but Mancini is the favourite he played for Leicester and you wonder if he'll take a short term deal like Silva at Hull to try and keep them up.


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Leicester’s senior players told the club’s owners they were unhappy with Claudio Ranieri after the Champions League defeat at Sevilla, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News HQ understands the players met with the owners on Thursday morning following Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in Spain.

The meeting was called by the owners - not the players - and they were told by the senior professionals that the relationship between Ranieri and the other members of the coaching staff, including assistant manager Craig Shakespeare, had broken down.

Ranieri was sacked on Thursday evening, just two weeks after the owners gave him their "unwavering support".

First team coach Paolo Benetti and sports science coach Andrea Azzalin have also left the club with Ranieri.

A statement released by Leicester on Thursday night confirmed that the "painful but necessary" decision to sack the Italian had been taken because of the growing threat of relegation.

With Claudio Ranieri now gone it is time for Leicester's players to put up or shut up

Shakespeare and first team coach Mike Stowell are expected to be in charge for the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Monday, which is live on Sky Sports.


This is so similar to last season at Chelsea good players have clearly stopped doing the things that made them great players last year at Chelsea we saw it with Hazard, Costa, Fabregas, Matic they all went off a cliff in terms of performance levels and basicaly took the year off which resulted in the manager getting sacked this season those guys look back to their best again under a new manager.

It seems like it's almost impossible to keep players attention for more than 2 seasons these days as eventually some of them decide they don't need to do the basics anymore which is hard work and once you stop working as hard performances drop off. No managers these days seem able to arrest these slumps as thanks to Bosman players have all the control as they are the valuable assetts not the managers.

Football almost has an upside down heirachy where the true power lays with the workforce not the management as the workforce are less likely to be sacked by the owners whereas in real life if you stop doing your job your managers can easily get rid of you.

I think sadly he had to go the club can't afford to risk relegation and it's clear he can't solve the problem he's been given more time than maybe another manager would have most the other relegation clubs changed managers 6-8 weeks ago.


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Jose Mourinho says his sacking by Chelsea was "peanuts" compared to Claudio Ranieri's dismissal by Leicester.

Ranieri was sacked on Thursday evening, 298 days after guiding Leicester to an astonishing Premier League title.

Mourinho - who wore a training top with the letters 'CR' on it at his pre-EFL Cup final press conference on Friday - was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015, seven months after he won the title. But the Manchester United boss says Ranieri's departure is far more of a shock than his own exit.

"I thought last season, when I was sacked as a champion, I thought it was a giant, negative thing," he said. "Now I realise that was peanuts compared with what happened to Claudio."

"My words are my shirt - with his name. My little homage to somebody who wrote the most beautiful history in the Premier League.

"[He is] somebody that probably deserves to have the Leicester stadium named 'The Claudio Ranieri [Stadium].' And he's sacked.

"Leicester made history two years in a row. One year, because he did the most beautiful thing - one of the most beautiful histories in football history. And now, a decision that has almost everyone in football united, because it is very, very difficult to accept."

Mourinho says the fate of Ranieri is a lesson for all in the increasingly insecure world of football management.

On Friday morning Mourinho had posted on Instagram: "Champion of England and FIFA manager of the year sacked. That's the new football Claudio. Keep smiling."

And he told the assembled media: "Sometimes it is good for all of us to realise how football is. We need to adapt to it. My Instagram was a little homage. My shirt is another one. I don't think he needs more homages. Nobody can delete what he did."


I expect the other managers will come out in support of Ranieri today but it's a cut through industry Mourinho basically stalked Van Gall for the last 6 months of his Utd career waiting to take his job.

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson is interested in talking to Leicester City about the vacant manager's job, Sky sources understand, but it is unclear whether they consider Hodgson a candidate.

Claudio Ranieri was sacked on Thursday despite the Italian guiding them to a shock title win last season, after the Foxes were drawn into a relegation scrap following a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats.

Only four people - Leicester's chairman Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, vice chairman Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive Susan Wheeler and director of football Jon Rudkin - are involved in discussions about the future manager, although none of those are divulging any information about the process.

It is thought Craig Shakespeare will continue in his role as caretaker manager for Saturday's game against Hull, after leading the team to an impressive 3-1 win against Liverpool on Monday night.

Shakespeare has made it clear he is interested in taking on the job full time.

Nevertheless, Leicester's bosses are drawing up a shortlist of possible candidates, and they plan to reassess the situation after Saturday's game, when they have a 10-day gap before the Champions League, last-16 second leg against Sevilla.


He'd be a safe pair of hands and his style would suit the squad but not sure how much he'd inspire the fans they'd probably prefer to have Shakespeare if he can impress the owners I think he'll get a shot at being the main man


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Leicester City have named Craig Shakespeare as first-team manager for the remainder of the season, with the club’s hierarchy impressed by the team’s “positive response” since the 53-year-old took caretaker charge almost three weeks ago. Claudio Ranieri’s former No2 was put in charge in the wake of the Italian’s sacking and has convinced the club’s owners he is the right man to steer the club to Premier League safety after wins in the two matches he has so far overseen, against Liverpool and Hull City.

Leicester sounded out several candidates for the manager’s job, including the former England manager Roy Hodgson, but the upturn in form under Shakespeare eased the pressure on the owners and Jon Rudkin, the director of football, to immediately recruit a long-term replacement for Ranieri.

Shakespeare assumed caretaker charge following Ranieri’s exit and guided the club to an impressive 3-1 home win over Liverpool four days later. Leicester then beat Hull by the same scoreline and during that victory, when Leicester came from behind to win for the first time this season, the fans chanted Shakespeare’s name and urged the board to “sign him up”.

Shakespeare’s primary task will be to secure the club’s top-flight status, with the club 15th in the table and just three points above the relegation zone with 10 league matches to play.

Shakespeare, who was part of the Football Association’s coaching setup for the England senior team under Sam Allardyce, has been part of the Leicester coaching staff for seven of the past eight seasons, working under Ranieri as well as Nigel Pearson. He left West Bromwich Albion to become Pearson’s assistant in 2008 and has been with Leicester ever since, except when he followed Pearson to Hull City in 2010.

He will continue to be supported by the existing backroom staff, including the long-standing goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell. “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,” the club’s vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, said. “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.”

Shakespeare’s next match in charge will be in the Champions League on Tuesday, when Leicester take on Sevilla in the second leg of their last-16 tie in one of the most high-profile matches in the club’s 133-year history. Leicester currently trail 2-1 on aggregate, although Jamie Vardy’s vital away goal in Spain – the day before Ranieri was relieved of his duties – means the quarter-finals are not out of reach.


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