Sport Foxes close to Appleton deal

18:21  19 june  2017
18:21  19 june  2017 Source:

Craig Shakespeare Signs Three Year Leicester Deal

  Craig Shakespeare Signs Three Year Leicester Deal Leicester have announced this afternoon that intern boss Craig Shakespeare has signed a three-year deal with the club to become Leicester’s new permanent manager after the brutal sacking of Claudio Ranieri. The deal was done after a meeting with the club owners this afternoon. Shakespeare was given the job on a temporary basis in February after the departure of Ranieri. “‘This is a really exiting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career’” Shakespeare won 8 of his 16 games in charge and guided the Foxes to the Champions League quarter-finals. As reigning champions, Leicester was only one point off the relegation zone with 13 league games remaining when Ranieri departed the club. Shakespeare picked up 23 points in the league including winning all of his fist five league games in charge to guide the Foxes to a 14th place finish. Leicester beat Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League but were knocked out in the quarter-finals by a strong Atletico Madrid side.

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Leicester are close to agreeing a compensation package with Oxford United to make Michael Appleton their new assistant manager, according to Sky sources.

Craig Shakespeare worked alongside Appleton as a coach at West Bromwich Albion, and targeted him after being given a new three-year contract as Leicester manager.

Appleton was appointed Oxford manager in July 2014 and achieved promotion to Sky Bet League One in his second season with the club.

The 41-year-old, who has also managed Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn, has twice led Oxford to the Football League Trophy final, losing on both occasions.

Sky Sports News HQ also understands Leicester are still looking to sign another centre-back, despite the £17m acquisition of Harry Maguire from Hull last week.

Leicester had a £10m bid for West Brom's Jonny Evans turned down, according to Sky sources, and have since been linked in the national press with a move for Manchester United's Chris Smalling.

Chelsea facing fresh competition for Alex Sandro .
Over the last few weeks, Chelsea have been trying to finalise a deal to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus. At one stage, a club-record £61m deal which would see Sandro become the most expensive defender of all time was reportedly close to being completed, but now it seems there could be some complications. Those complications come in the form of clubs rivalling the Blues for the Brazilian as Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio states that both Manchester City and PSG have entered the race to sign Sandro this summer. Sandro has spent the last two seasons in Serie A with Juventus following a £23m switch from Porto in 2015 and has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the game today. Chelsea have been negotiating personal terms with Sandro and a deal is close to completion, but now with more clubs reportedly looking to sign him, that could slow down the transfer process once again.


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