Shakespeare ready to write new chapter at Leicester
FOOTBALL: Leicester City has confirmed that Craig Shakespeare will remain as manager for the rest of the English Premier League season.
Shakespeare has overseen 3-1 victories over Liverpool and Hull City since taking over from Claudio Ranieiri who was sacked last month by the club's Thai owners less than a year after taking the Foxes to an unlikely EPL title last season.
Leicester had been in the bottom three but those wins have now pulled the champions three points clear of the relegation zone in 15th spot.
"Leicester City Football Club is pleased to confirm Craig Shakespeare as its first-team manager for the rest of the 2016/17 season," a club statement said.
First-team and goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell remains on board, as do the rest of the backroom staff.
Leicester's first match since the 53-year-old Shakespeare's confirmed appointement will be next Wednesday's (AEST) Champions League last 16 second leg tie at home to Sevilla, where the Foxes will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg in Spain.
"Craig's skills as a coach and the high regard in which he is held by everyone at the club were well known to us," Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.
"We always knew the team would be in good hands when we asked him to take charge a fortnight ago.
"He has initiated the type of positive response that we hoped change would bring, showing great leadership qualities and composure under considerable pressure to produce two very important results.
"We have asked him to continue to lead the team this season and we are very happy that he has accepted."
Shakespeare joined Leicester as assistant to then manager Nigel Pearson in 2008, spending a season with Hull City in 2010/11 before the Srivaddhanaprabha family brought him back to the club as part of Pearson's reappointment in 2011.