Craig Shakespeare Believes Leicester City Will Avoid Relegation

Craig Shakespeare Believes Leicester City Will Avoid Relegation

Craig Shakespeare Believes Leicester City Will Avoid Relegation

Shakespeare, part of Leicester's coaching set-up since 2011 and an integral component in the club's first English league title, won his first four games in charge in all competitions as the team eventually recovered to finish in 12th spot.

Leicester's decline since winning the English Premier League intensified on Tuesday when Craig Shakespeare was sacked as its manager, with the Thai-owned club in the relegation zone after another rocky start to a season.

Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri.

But the 2015-16 champions have struggled this season and are third from bottom of the table with a single league win.

Manchester-born Appleton, brought in by Shakespeare as assistant manager in June, said: "I'll be an absolute hypocrite if I said any differently. I fully expect to come in tomorrow and have a mindset that is focused simply on what is needed for Saturday". "I'm sure in the coming days and weeks he'll start thinking positively". "People were disappointed and wanted questions answering, but I'm not the person for that", said Appleton, who was Shakespeare's No2 and has been asked to take charge of the team while the club search for a permanent replacement.

His dismissal yielded a mixed reaction from fans of the club, with many happy to see the back of his defensive tactics, while others were frustrated with the lack of time afforded to the Frenchman.

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Wales manager Chris Coleman and Burnley boss Sean Dyche are among the contenders to replace Shakespeare.

"I'm not aware of any approach from anyone in any time here".

"In a way you're flattered by these links because it's some form of recognition".

"I hope the players don't need lifting", said former Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn and Oxford boss Appleton.

Burnley are seventh in the standings and a return of 13 points from eight matches represents their best start to a Premier League season.

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