LCFC move swiftly to avoid further woes by sacking Shakespeare as manager.

Michael Appleton will be in charge of the First Team as Caretaker Manager for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City, supported by First Team Coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.

Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the Club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.

“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, Board and owners.

“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.

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looking back..

Leicester City have confirmed Craig Shakespeare on a three-year deal as the club’s permanent manager.

Shakes or Shakey as he is fondly known replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February on a short-term deal and won eight of his 16 games in all competitions, helping Leicester pull clear of the relegation zone.

“Craig has shown all the qualities in leadership, motivation and talent management that are required to be successful in this role,” Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.

This will be Shakespeare’s first stint as a full-time manager. He was Leicester’s assistant manager under Ranieri and predecessor Nigel Pearson, and had the same position at Hull.

Good luck Craig … Mr nice guy!