Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Leicester City Sack Coach Shakespeare After Four Months In Charge

Craig Shakespeare has been sacked by English Premier League club Leicester City after only four months in charge of the club following the Foxes' 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Leicester dropped into the bottom three with that result, two points adrift of safety and the club's Thai owners have acted quickly, despite only eight games being played of the season so far.

Shakespeare was called into a meeting on Tuesday following the game on Monday night to be informed of the decision after a disappointing run of just the one win in 10 games.

Michael Appleton will take temporary charge of the club for Saturday's Premier League trip to Swansea City, assisted by first-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.

Shakespeare had assisted Claudio Ranieri during the Premier League title triumph in 2015-16 and then succeeded him, at first on a caretaker basis, in February before signing a three-year contract to take the job permanently in June.
"Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City - during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as manager in challenging circumstances in February," Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha told the club's official website.

"His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.

"However, our early promise under Craig's management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward - consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners.

"Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the club."

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