Leicester inks manager Craig Shakespeare to three-year deal

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A 12th-place finish isn’t what Leicester signed up for following their title run in 2015/16 but much of the club’s success towards the end of last season can be attributed to their manager.

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That’s why he’s been rewarded.

The club announced on Thursday that caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has earned a three-year contract after steering the Foxes away from relegation.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career and to continue to work with a club and a group of staff I’ve grown extremely close to. I’m grateful to the owners and the Board of Directors for their continued faith and support,” Shakespeare said in a statement released by the club.

“Our preparations for pre-season and the new Premier League campaign have been on-going for some time, but we can now move on with certainty and ensure we are well equipped to compete at the levels now expected of a club like Leicester City.”

After taking over for outgoing manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester went 8-3-5 under Shakespeare, before finishing in 12th place.