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Leicester inks manager Craig Shakespeare to three-year deal

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Craig Shakespeare, Caretaker Manager of Leicester City watches his side warm up prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 27, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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A 12th-place finish isn’t what Leicester signed up for following their title run in 2015/16 but much of the club’s success towards the end of last season can be attributed to their manager.

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That’s why he’s been rewarded.

The club announced on Thursday that caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare has earned a three-year contract after steering the Foxes away from relegation.

“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 a group of 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 said in a statement released by the club.

“Our preparations for pre-season and the new Premier League campaign have been on-going for some time, but we can now move on with certainty and ensure we are well equipped to compete at the levels now expected of a club like Leicester City.”

After taking over for outgoing manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester went 8-3-5 under Shakespeare, before finishing in 12th place.