12th June 2017. By Edward Stratmann. Craig Shakespeare's tremendous job steadying the ship following the unfortunate sacking of Claudio Ranieri as caretaker manager back in February has clearly been appreciated by the Leicester City hierarchy, who offered him a three year deal to take over the reigns on a permanent basis.

Shakespeare duly accepted the offer presented to him, which served as a deserved reward for his fine efforts over the closing third of the season. Winning eight of his 16 matches in charge, Shakespeare, who craig-shakespeare-leicester-managerserved as Nigel Pearson's and Ranieri's assistant, proved he was well and truly up to the task.

Getting off to a sensational, record breaking start, which saw him become the first British manager to win their first five EPL matches, plus overcome an exceptional Sevilla side to reach the Danny Drinkwater, the Foxes' midfield dynamo, expressed his support for Shakespeare, pointing out that he's brought simplicity in his message, something that the team has responded to handsomely. In addition, being so accustomed to the Tactically efficient and a brilliant man manager, Shakespeare's first full season at the helm will be fascinating to observe. Defensively, he's shown he can organise his backline in a vertically and horizontally compact manner, plus make life very difficult for opponents to pass out from the back by directing them towards the touchline and using the sideline as an extra defender. The latter tactic was implemented especially effectively in their win over Jorge Sampaoli's Sevilla in their memorable Champions League second leg.

Meanwhile, one of the key highlights of his attacking setup have come from the way he overloads one flank, usually the left, and then instructs a switch to the right, in order to isolate Mahrez in an advantageous 1v1 situation.

Clear in his methods and how he'll go about accomplishing his set aims, if his splendid stint at the end of last term is anything to go by, Shakespeare looks like he'll do just fine coping with the rigorous demands of the job next season.

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