March 14, 2017 10:55
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Craig Shakespeare leads Leicester to Champions League Quarter-Finals; Antonio Conte's Chelsea remain on top of English Premier League
Popular Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was recently fired on February 23, 2017. Italian Foxes boss Ranieri led his side through a fairy-tale campaign all the way from near relegation to the Premier League title and a spot in the prestigious Champions League last season. His assistant coach Craig Shakespeare was named as his replacement.
Today Leicester City continued their remarkable run as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat titan Spanish La Liga club Sevilla to reach the Champions League Quarter-finals on an amazing night of football at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes were behind going into the match after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Spain that seemed to cause the sacking of boss Claudio Ranieri who had been at the helm getting the Foxes into the elite European tournament after winning the Premier League nine months ago. With interim boss Craig Shakespeare in charge, Leicester appear to be transformed as team captain Wes Morgan opened the match scoring to give the Foxes a first-half lead.
Following wins against Liverpool and Hull City, the newly hired replacement for Ranieri Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says he is "not looking beyond this season". Shakespeare was appointed Foxes boss for the remainder of the season on Sunday, having been caretaker boss since Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February. Leicester won both of their Premier League games under Shakespeare who is being backed by his players to get the job longer term.
"On behalf of all the players we'd love to see him get the job long term," said Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater. "We were all very happy to see him get it short term - I'm sure it would be the same reaction longer term."
Shakespeare said the club would "have plenty of time in the summer to take stock and evaluate".
Leicester hosted Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, trailing 2-1 from the first leg but with an away goal thanks to Jamie Vardy's strike in Spain. Asked whether Premier League champions Leicester could win the Champions League trophy this spring, Shakespeare reolied, "Why not? We're in it and we have to try to be competitive every game. I’m expecting the team to take the momentum from the last two results and really play off the front foot."
Shakespeare, 53, was Ranieri's assistant last season after being brought to the club by the Italian's predecessor, Nigel Pearson. Shakespeare said he has not spoken to Ranieri since his hiring was confirmed on Sunday and said there were "no grudges" between the two men. Shakespeare has never managed full-time and was brought to Leicester by Ranieri's predecessor Nigel Pearson.
"I bear no grudges, Claudio bears no grudges. We have to try and move on as a football club," said Shakespeare.
The Foxes defeated EPL club Hull 3-1 on Saturday. Speaking after his side moved five points clear of the relegation zone, Shakespeare said: "My remit was to win these two games and that's what we've done," he said. "The owners will make a decision for the good of the club and until I talk to them I don't know what that will be. But as I have said previously, I'm comfortable with that. I can't control it and there's no point worrying about it."
Englishman Leicester had not scored a league goal in 2017 until Shakespeare took charge, but have now scored six in two games - twice as many Premier League goals as they did in their last 10 matches under Ranieri.
Shakespeare has never managed a club before but has a long association with the Foxes as assistant manager to Nigel Pearson for two years from 2008, following Pearson to Hull in 2010 before they both returned to Leicester a year later. After Pearson's sacking in 2015, Shakespeare remained at the club as Ranieri's assistant.
The battle for a top four spot in the Premier League has intensified with seven matches left to decide the winner. Chelea (manager Antonio Conte) are out in front with 66 points, Tottenham Hotspur (manager Mauricio Pochitinni) is tied for second with Manchester City (manager Pep Guardiolo) with 56 points, Liverpool Jurgen Klopp) has 55 points, Arsenal (manager Arsene Wenger) has 50 points, Manchester United (manager Jose Mourinho) has 49 points, and Everton (manager Ronald Koeman).
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As of March 2017, here is an up to date full list of each football club manager league-by-league.
Premier League Club - Manager Name - Appointed - Predecessor
Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, 30 Sept 1996, Bruce Rioch
Bournemouth, Eddie Howe, 12 Oct 2012, Paul Groves
Burnley, Sean Dyche, 30 Oct 2012, Eddie Howe
Chelsea, Antonio Conte, 5 Aprl 2016 Guus Hiddink
Crystal Palace, Sam Allardyce, 23 Dec 2016, Alan Pardew
Everton, Ronald Koeman, 14 June 2015, Roberto Martinez
Hull City, Marco Silva, 5 Jan 2017, Mike Phelan
Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare, 12 Mar 2017, Claudio Ranieri
Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, 8 Oct 2015, Brendan Rodgers
Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, 1 July 2016, Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, 27 May 2016, Louis van Gaal
Middlesbrough, Aitor Karanka, 13 Nov 2013, Tony Mowbray
Southampton, Claude Puel, 30 Jun 2016, Ronald Koeman
Stoke City, Mark Hughes, 30 May 2013, Tony Pulis
Sunderland, David Moyes, 23 Jul 2016, Sam Allardyce
Swansea City, Paul Clement, 3 Jan 2017, Bob Bradley
Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, 27 May 2014, Tim Sherwood
Watford, Walter Mazzarri, 21 May 2014, Tim Sherwood
Watford, Walter Mazzarri, 21 May 2016, Quique Sanchez Flores
West Bromwich Albion, Tony Pulis, 1 Jan 2015, Alan Irvine
West Ham United, Slaven Bilic, 9 June 2015, Sam Allardyce
Jose Mourinho, Manager Man United, former Manager Chelsea v Antonio Conte, Manager Chelsea
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Everton Manager Ronald Koeman at White Hart Lane
Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp, Manager Liverpool
Olivier Giroud of Arsenal shakes hands with his Manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger
Craig Shakespeare, new Leicester City Manager wins 2017 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Leicester City and Sevilla FC at The King Power Stadium