Leicester City appoint Craig Shakespeare until the end of the season

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 07 March 2017, 12:41

Leicester City have appointed caretaker Craig Shakespeare as their manager until the end of the season.

The 53-year-old has beaten off stiff competition from former England boss Roy Hodgson who at one point was as short as 1/7 to return to the dugout with the East Midlands club.

The likes of Guus Hiddink, Nigel Pearson, Roberto Mancini and Alan Pardew were also linked with the post.

Shakespeare was placed in interim charge of the defending Premier League champions following the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri over two weeks ago, and immediately stated that he was keen to succeed the Italian.

The Englishman has since rejuvenated last season's title winners, having been victorious in both of his top-flight games after leading the Foxes to back-to-back 3-1 triumphs over Liverpool and Hull - netting six goals in just two games, in contrast to only three in Ranieri's final 10 matches at the helm.

Leicester have subsequently moved out of the relegation zone up into 15th spot, and now three points above the relegation zone with 11 matches remaining.

Shakespeare will be hoping that his winning run continues on Tuesday when his troops tackle Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League clash.

Considering that they saved a penalty and were outplayed for the majority of the match Leicester came away from Spain with a respectable 2-1 defeat, and they can now be backed at 3/1 (Sky Bet) to progress through to the quarter-finals, while they are out at 80/1 (Ladbrokes) to go on an win Europe's elite competition.

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