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Craig Shakespeare living up to expectations at his new role at Leicester City

The position of a football manager in the modern game is very fragile. One day he is guiding his team to various accolades and in the next moment he is under fire or sacked due to a run of poor results. The trophies which the manager won with his team and his style of play won’t matter then. The job of a modern football manager is such a harsh and unpredictable one. Especially for new managers who stepped into a role without gaining any experience. They are pressured from their club’s board to deliver results as soon as possible. A dysfunctional, impatient culture has made the career prospects of novices more fragile than ever.

Leicester City recently confirmed that Craig Shakespeare will manage the club until the end of the season. The new manager of Leicester City was an assistant manager to his predecessor Claudio Ranieri. His only stint as a manager was when he was a caretaker manager at West Bromwich Albion for the 2005-06 season.

Given the high expectations of the board to save Leicester City from the relegation drop with 12 games to go until the end of this season, one would say he has done really well. In his first game in charge, Leicester came up against Liverpool who were high on confidence with a win over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur. They dominated the whole 90 minutes and won 3-1 on the night. It was a huge win for the team as well as for Shakespeare mentally. His next game was against Hull City. 

 

 

Leicester City came out comfortable winners with the same scoreline. It was for the first time during the season they registered successive wins in the league. Everyone associated with the club and the fans were hugely impressed with the way Shakespeare has handled the responsibility. This prompted the board to back him and give him the managerial role until the end of the season with Premier League survival as the main and only objective.

 

The Foxes are now five points clear of the relegation zone and with home games against teams from the bottom half of the table remaining, retaining their Premier League status should be easy. Though Premier League will be their main focus, Craig Shakespeare would be eagerly looking forward to his side’s crucial Champions League home game against Sevilla FC tonight. It is arguably the most important game in the 133-year history of the club. Trailing 2-1 from the away leg, with an important away goal scored by Jamie Vardy, a 1-0 win would be enough to take them to the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition. 

Let's see if Leicester City can script yet another fairytale!

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