Report: Leicester offer job to Craig Shakespeare

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Multiple reports state Leicester City have offered their vacant managers job to current interim boss Craig Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare, an assistant at Leicester for the past six seasons, has led the Foxes to two-straight 3-1 win against Liverpool and Hull City since standing in for Claudio Ranieri after the Italian coach was fired 12 days ago.

Sky Sports are reporting that Leicester’s owners have met with Shakespeare in Dubai — where the reigning Premier League champions are currently on a warm weather training break — and have told the Englishman they want him to take charge until the end of the season.

It is believed that more formal talks will be held between the owners and Shakespeare on Wednesday when the squad return from Dubai.

The 53-year-old has galvanized the struggling Foxes as he took over when they had dropped into the relegation zone last week but has now got them back to basics with two impressive displays which suggest the title-winning form of last season wasn’t a fluke.

It is understood Shakespeare wants to know more details about the length of the contract as he still has 15 months to run on his current deal as an assistant, but given the huge turnaround in Leicester’s performances over the past two games both the board and Shakespeare will be confident he can at least secure PL status for another season.

This seems like the smart move for now and then Leicester’s board can reassess things in the summer and potentially go for a bigger name coach. With Roberto Mancini not interested in the position, plus Roy Hodgson’s name mooted as a potential candidate, the Foxes should take their time to get this appointment correct.