Shakespeare’s time to dream

By Rhys Shipman

Craig Shakespeare has taken a giant leap in his quest to become Leicester City’s new manager after his side’s 3-1 triumph over fellow strugglers Hull City.

The Englishman who was assistant to the recently-sacked manager of last season’s Premier League champions, Claudio Ranieri, has had his odds vastly reduced in bookmakers with SkyBet now placing him as the ¼ favourite for the job.

The win has put Leicester 5 points clear of the relegation zone following their first back to back wins of the season.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Shakespeare kept his cards close to his chest: “I am comfortable. We have a few days away now. I have been kept informed. I am told we will have a chat at the end of the week.”

The icing on the cake for Leicester and Shakespeare is the return to the scoresheet for Riyad Mahrez who produced a scintillating goal that was all too familiar in last season’s title triumph. The goal was Mahrez’s first from open play this season and will be seen as the turning point from a personal point of view.

Social media had more of a negative view of the Foxes’ win as many users labelled the players, who were reported to have revolted against Ranieri, ‘snakes’ for since producing drastically improved performance.

Next up for Leicester is the Champions League round-of-16 2nd leg against Sevilla with the era of Craig Shakespeare very likely to begin soon.

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