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Shakespeare ‘favourite’ to replace Ranieri

Wed, 01 Mar 2017

London: Craig Shakespeare is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Claudio Ranieri as manager of Leicester City after taking charge of Monday’s impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool.

Assistant coach since 2011, Shakespeare is now 5-4 favourite ahead of Dutchman Guus Hiddink, former England manager Roy Hodgson and Nigel Pearson, the man who was succeeded by Ranieri.

“It appears that the shortlist for Leicester manager is down to four with Craig Shakespeare leading the way following Leicester’s victory over Liverpool,” a spokesman for bookmakers William Hill said yesterday.

As job interviews go, Shakespeare could hardly have done better on Monday as champion Leicester produced their best display of the season in the Premier League.

“Do I think I’m capable of it? Yes. Does it faze me? No,” Shakespeare said. “But I think it is the powers-that-be, the owners, who decide and do their job, it is their diligence to look.” 

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