Thriving Foxes’ Shakespeare: We never set a points target

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Craig Shakespeare has led Leicester City to 22 points in 10 matches since taking over for Claudio Ranieri, and not only are the defending champions now safe for 2017-18 but they’re looking like themselves again.

Leicester handled Watford with relative ease on Saturday, boosting its points total to within striking distance of eighth place West Bromwich Albion.

[ RECAP: Leicester City 3-0 Watford ]

With Man City, Spurs, and Bournemouth left it won’t be easy to keep climbing the table, but the turnaround is remarkable for a side that also made it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

From the BBC:

“When I took over, the most important thing was to be competitive, climb the table and never set a points target.

“The remit was to take it (the manager’s job) until the end of the season and we will then sit down and discuss it. I’ve not been told anything else so that’s what we will do.”

It’s a tricky situation for Leicester’s hierarchy, which has seen its players respond to the coaching change but also knows there’s plenty of experienced bosses out there looking for work. But the Foxes look terrific these days, and have a base to build on for next season.