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Shakespeare is delighted to take Leicester reins on full-time basis

 

Leicester have confirmed Craig Shakespeare as their new full-time manager on a three-year deal.

The Foxes had been in talks with Shakespeare since the end of the season and have now struck a deal after he took over on a short-term basis in February.

Shakespeare said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for me to continue along this new path in my career and to continue to work with a club and staff I've grown extremely close to. I'm grateful to the owners and the board of directors for their continued faith and support."

Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season after the Italian was sacked in February.

The 2016 Premier League champions were just a point above the relegation zone, but Shakespeare won five straight league games to pull them away from trouble and the Foxes eventually finished 12th.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: "Craig is the ideal choice to help take us forward."

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