EPL: Leicester fires manager Craig Shakespeare after 4 months in charge

Lynette Rowe
October 21, 2017

Shakespeare, part of Leicester's coaching set-up since 2011 and an integral component in the club's first English league title, won his first four games in charge in all competitions as the team eventually recovered to finish in 12th spot.

Leicester this week sacked Craig Shakespeare with no immediate replacement lined up and Michael Appleton stepping in on a caretaker basis.

His dismissal brought to an end eight years of service at Leicester, interrupted briefly by a short spell at Hull, which had seen him undertake roles as first team coach, assistant manager and ultimately manager prior to his unexpected exit this week.

But the 2015-16 champions have struggled this season and are third from bottom of the table with a single league win.

"Having spoken to the players today, they are obviously a bit raw as you can imagine", said Appleton, 41.

"My honest thanks to the players, who have always been a pleasure to work with", Shakespeare said in a statement to the League Managers Association.

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"Craig is a little bit raw as well, but I'm sure he'll start reflecting and looking forward positively".

Wales manager Chris Coleman, Burnley boss Sean Dyche and former England chief Sam Allardyce are reportedly among the British candidates. I'm never been aware of any approach. I'm more focused on what I am trying to achieve here.

"It's not the first time I've been linked", Dyche told a news conference on Thursday. I have been flattered.

Appleton hopes any players who feel Shakespeare was hard done by can channel that emotion into helping Leicester to a much-needed win against Swansea. The group is very positive despite a tough start to the season.

"These players want to win games, they want to win games of football for their manager, and if what's happened over the last couple of days is the motivation that they need to get the three points, then great".

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