What Craig Shakespeare said to his Leicester players at half-time v West Brom

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It has certainly been a strange few years for Leicester on the Premier League circuit.

In 2014/15, the newly-promoted Foxes looked destined to drop back down to the Championship after they struggled to adapt to life in the top-flight, however, Nigel Pearson miraculously steered them to safety.

Then, he was sacked and controversially replaced with Claudio Ranieri, who somehow guided the relegation candidates to the Premier League title - still hard to believe that actually happened.

But, in 2016/17, the Foxes looked a spent force, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy well out of form and it looked as if they would be relegated.

So, the Italian was fired and replaced with Craig Shakespeare who, like Pearson, made sure they stayed in the top-flight.

And, to top it all off, he has now been sacked after Leicester managed only one win in the league so far this season.

Shakespeare's last game in charge was against West Brom at the King Power, with many aware that anything bar a win would put him in danger.


They couldn't get three points, drawing 1-1 with the Baggies.

Nacer Chadli's free-kick condemned Shakespeare and it turns out, the boss was aware of the enormous pressure on his shoulders.


The Sun have revealed what he said to his misfiring stars in the dressing room at half-time: "Win this or I'm getting fired."

They just couldn't deliver, with Michael Appleton now temporarily taking over the role of manager.

He has actually said the Leicester players look "raw" after Shakespeare's departure.


"They've lost someone they respected highly and someone they also get along with very well," Appleton said.

"Craig is a little bit raw, but I'm sure he'll start reflecting and looking forward positively."

Appleton faces a huge test of his credentials on Saturday as the Foxes take on Swansea in Wales.

"I hope the players don't need lifting," he said. "I don't believe there is unrest. The group is very positive despite a tough start to the season.

"It's a good dressing room. There are hungry players who want the opportunity."

He's got a huge task on his hands, although, because if they fail to put a winning run together, the threat of relegation will become very real.

Robert Huth
Wes Morgan
Kasper Schmeichel
Premier League
Leicester City

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