Craig Shakespeare is Leicester manager until end of season

Leicester City caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare will be offered the role of permanent manager at the club until the end of the season.

Shakespeare, 53, was former manager Claudio Ranieri’s assistant until the title-winning manager was sacked in February.

After failing to register a single goal in the Premier League since the turn of the calendar year, Shakespeare took charge of the Foxes from Ranieri and the team won both their league games since — beginning with a 3-1 victory over 4th placed Liverpool.

Previously lagging at the relegation zone, the wins lifted Leicester 3 places above and five points above 18th place Middlesbrough.

Shakespeare, who was brought to Leicester by Ranieri’s predecessor Nigel Pearson, has no experience in managing at full-time capacity. Nonetheless, the instant turnaround of player performances and match results would ease pressure on the club owners and Jon Rudkin, the director of football, as they look to recruit a permanent and long-term replacement for Ranieri before the end of the season.

On the other hand, while it is clear that Shakespeare’s appointment is a temporary solution and primarily to ensure Premier League survival, he could yet improve his chances to stay on as Leicester takes on Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie next week.

With a precious away goal in the first leg, a 1-0 victory over Sevilla at the King Power stadium could send the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals in what will be the most important fixture in their 133-year history.

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