In a statement on their website, Leicester City confirmed the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, by stating: “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.”
The statement added: “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.”
In all honesty, the move doesn’t seem that much of a surprise, considering that the club that, under Claudio Ranieri, clinched the Premier League title in memorable fashion just two years ago, once again sits awkwardly in the relegation zone at the moment.
Hailing his efforts, the side declared: “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.
“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.”
Further, the outfit also revealed that Michael Appleton will be the temporary caretaker manager, and will be assisted in his efforts by senior team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.
Supporters of the Foxes will be eager to know who will lead them next, and speculation is already ripe with the names of Sam Allardyce and Chris Coleman reportedly in contention.
Shakespeare’s successor will have a tough job at hand, since the side has managed just one win in eight Premier League matches so far. It also goes without saying that the board, which has tasted both Premier League glory and Champions League football, will be expecting more than just top-flight survival.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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