Oxford United boss Michael Appleton reportedly set to join Craig Shakespeare at Leicester

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 June 2017, 14:23

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has reportedly told staff and players at the club that he's off to join Premier League side Leicester City as an assistant to their boss Craig Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was placed in interim charge of the Foxes back in February following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri - who is now managing Nantes - a move which was made permanent last week, with the 53-year-old signing a three-year deal.

If reports are to be believed then it now appears that Shakespeare has persuaded Appleton - with whom he worked with at West Brom - to join him as his Number Two at the King Power.

If so, then Appleton will leave Oxford after three seasons at the helm, during which he led the club to promotion to League One, and also a Wembley final in the Football League Trophy.

Prior to his tenure at Oxford Appleton held jobs at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn, but what will be Leicester's gain will be Oxford's loss, as they prepare to search for a new manager for the first time in three years.

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