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Leicester City: Possible managerial replacements

In the wake of Craig Shakespeare's departure, where did it go wrong and who is likely to pick up the baton?

With yesterday’s news that the Foxes parted company with their manager Craig Shakespeare, it has been quite the fall from grace for the former assistant manager. Despite saving the club at the end of last season, Shakespeare has failed to improve the club this season and leaves them languishing in the relegation zone.

Since their famous Premier League triumph in 2015/16, Leceister City have been beset by problems many of which run far deeper than just the manager in the dug-out. Nonetheless, it is clear that Shakespeare never really had the owners full backing with his appointment a reaction to the short-term success he enjoyed as interim manager last campaign.

Since N’Golo Kante’s departure, Leicester have struggled to replace him with any sort of adequacy. As former boss Claudio Ranieri jokingly put it in the championship winning season: ‘we play Danny Drinkwater and Kante either side of him.’ The sale of Drinkwater in the summer has only accentuated the problem further as his absence has left Wilfred Ndidi looking horribly exposed at times.  

With injuries to Matty James and Vicente Iborra, and the club’s failure to register Adrien Silva before the transfer deadline, it is fair to say that much of Leicester’s woes were out of Shakespeare’s hands. However, the coach’s insistence to persist with the 4-4-2 formation with a rigid formality was certainly a factor in the club’s tumble down the table.

With the return of Nigel Pearson all but ruled out, and Roberto Mancini and Sam Allardyce dismissing rumours of any links to the club, RealSport look at some of the more promising candidates for the Leicester City job.


Chris Coleman

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As things stand, Chris Coleman is still the manager of the Welsh national team, although there have been rumours of his exit since the nation’s failure to qualify for Russia 2018. Notably, he has not managed in the Premier League since Fulham in 2007 and, up until he guided Wales to the semi-finals in 2016, he had a less than impressive CV.

That said, Coleman has galvanised his home country and showed a level tactical flexibility in doing so. He’s also managed to get the best out of star man Gareth Bale, creating a system where the Madrid star can flourish, something that will be of interest to a club who own a player like Riyad Mahrez.

Chance of being successful – 6/10

Alan Pardew

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Out of work since being sacked by Crystal Palace last December, Alan Pardew probably represents the least inspiring choice on the list. The 56-year-old does have a wealth of top-flight managerial experience, though, and not all of it unsuccessful. In 2012, for example, he guided Newcastle to a 5th placed Premier League finish.

Since then, however, there hasn’t been a great deal to shout about regarding Pardew’s managerial credential. He doesn’t strike you as the man to turn Leicester around and, as much as it may please Paul Merson, it’s hardly worth giving him the job just because he’s English.

Chance of being successful – 4/10

Sean Dyche

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The current Burnley boss has done extremely well in recent years at Turf Moor, overseeing two promotions and beating the drop last season. He may have a chip on his shoulder when it comes to how others view his tactics but the former defender is as solid managerially as he looks.

Dyche would certainly address any defensive frailties Leicester have and has proven to be a very astute man manager. His style of play may not be that appealing to the owners, though, despite the fact that it might suit the squad he’d inherit.

Chance of being successful – 8/10

Michael Appleton

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Having been thrown into the hot seat as caretaker manager after Shakespeare’s sacking, Michael Appleton will take charge of the Foxes trip to Swansea this Saturday. Appleton performed admirably in his previous job as Oxford manager, a stint which included 2 Wembley appearances for the Us.

Appleton clearly knows the club and players but, having never managed at this level and not really signalling too much of a change, it seems unlikely the owners will go for him. If Jamie Vardy bags a hat-trick in a 6-0 win at the Liberty, though, who knows?

Chance of being successful – 5/10

  1. Who would be the best manager for Leicester City going forward?

    1. Chris Coleman
    2. Alan Pardew
    3. Sean Dyche
    4. Michael Appleton
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Charlie Carmichael

Having graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2016 I now work as a freelance football writer, contributing to FourFourTwo and These Football Times. I am RealSport's Premier League correspondent and specialise in tactical analysis. Also a passionate Leicester City fan and season-ticket holder!

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Leicester City: Possible managerial replacements

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