Craig Shakespeare has had the axe at Leicester.
Craig Shakespeare has had the axe at Leicester.

Much ado about something as Leicester sacks Shakespeare

FORMER England manager Sam Allardyce and ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini are among the contenders to replace Craig Shakespeare after he was sacked by Leicester City.

Just four months after being given a three-year contract following the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Shakespeare got the boot himself with the Foxes in third from bottom on the English Premier League ladder with only one win all season.

Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: "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.

"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.

"However, our early promise under Craig's management has not been consistently evident in the months since and 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.

"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."

Shakespeare's assistant - Former Blackburn and Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton - will take temporary charge for this week's trip to Swansea.

Allardyce is out of work after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, while Mancini is in charge at Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg.

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