Leicester caretaker wants another British manager

Date published: Thursday 19th October 2017 3:48

Caretaker boss Michael Appleton hopes Leicester’s owners appoint a British manager to replace Craig Shakespeare.

The Srivaddhanaprabha family are searching for a third manager in eight months after sacking Shakespeare on Tuesday, just four months into the three-year contract he signed in the summer.

Despite speculation, a successor is not lined up but conversations have taken place between Leicester’s Thai owners and club officials in England about what direction the club should take.

The likes of Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, both of whom have been unsuccessfully targeted in the past, Chris Coleman and Sean Dyche have already been linked with the position.

Former Oxford boss Appleton, brought in by Shakespeare as assistant manager in June, will take charge against Swansea on Saturday but hopes another British boss gets the opportunity at the King Power Stadium.

“I’ll be an absolute hypocrite if I said any differently,” said Appleton. “That was one of the reasons why I came here, although the biggest was Craig.

“I walked away from a stable environment at Oxford but I felt like an opportunity like this might not come around again as working in the Premier League is obviously a pull.

“One of the things I say is that there is a lack of opportunities for British coaches at the top end of the game so if it does go to a British coach I wish them all the best.”

Leicester have won only one Premier League match this season and sit in the bottom three after Monday night’s 1-1 home draw with West Brom, which was Shakespeare’s last game in charge.

But Appleton feels the job will appeal to many managers and whoever gets it will be inheriting a good squad.

“There are a lot of people out of work and this job will be exciting to a lot of people. A lot of people out there will see it as very attractive,” he said.

“Whoever gets the opportunity to come in and take this group of payers, it’s a good dressing room, there’s some very good players, one or two hungry lads, it’s very appealing.”

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