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Leicester City have confirmed that Craig Shakespeare will remain manager of the club for the remainder of 2016-17.
Claudio Ranieri was sacked on February 23 as Leicester languished near the bottom of the Premier League table, just nine months after their euphoric and unexpected title win.
Shakespeare had served as Ranieri’s assistant manager during their Premier League winning season, having previously held the same position under predecessor Nigel Pearson.
Following Ranieri’s departure, Shakespeare was initially handed the reins at the King Power Stadium on a temporary basis, guiding the Foxes to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in his first game in charge.
Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed the news, praising Shakespeare’s leadership of the club since taking temporary charge.
“Craig’s skills as a coach and the high regard in which he is held by everyone the club were well known to us. We always knew the team would be in good hands when we asked him to take charge a fortnight ago,” Srivaddhanaprabha told the club’s official website.
“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.”