Can Craig Shakespeare write a new script for Leicester City?by Jack Kitson / 28 February 2017, 10:30Tweet
Claudio Ranieri’s savage sacking last week had somewhat of a Shakespearean-esq tragedy to it, but the ruthless and fast-paced nature of modern day football means that Leicester City believed that the change was necessary in order to avoid becoming the first defending champions to plummet out the top-flight since Man City in 1937/38.
Leicester, so abysmal in 2017, conjured up one of their performances of the season on Monday in a 3-1 battering of a sorry Liverpool side, which was overseen by caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare.
Shakespeare was out at 20/1 in the betting before Monday’s clash at the King Power Stadium, but within moments of the final whistle tooting he’d been propelled up the market into pole position for the job.
And now this morning (Tuesday) the 53-year-old is as short as evens with Sky Bet, and a best-priced 17/10 with Paddy Power.
Meanwhile, the likes of ex Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink (5/1), former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson (5/1), Roy Hodgson (10/1) and Alan Pardew (25/1) are now trailing in his wake.
A defeat to Liverpool may well have left Shakespeare in the shadows, but the stunning upset has subsequently thrust him into contention for the hot seat, and in the aftermath of the match the interim boss revealed that he wanted to carry on in charge.
The former assistant manager knows the club inside and out, having been first team coach for eight of the last nine years, and is believed to be popular with the players.
It’s now looking likely that he’ll bag the job until the end of the campaign.
Next up for the 15th-placed Foxes is a huge six-pointer with their relegation-rivals Hull, who are three points and four points behind them in the table with 12 matches remaining.