English Premiership

No Ranieri grudge, says new Leicester man Shakespeare

2017-03-13 16:56
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Leicester -  Craig Shakespeare said there were "no grudges" between himself and Claudio Ranieri on Monday after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester's fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

Shakespeare took over as caretaker manager and was on Sunday confirmed as manager until the end of the season following 3-1 wins over Liverpool and Hull City in his first two games.

"Of course I'm part of that back-room team, but it's about time we all moved on," Shakespeare told a press conference prior to Tuesday's Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Sevilla.

"I bear no grudges, Claudio bears no grudges. We have to try and move on as a football club."

Shakespeare previously worked as Ranieri's assistant.

Asked if he had spoken to Ranieri since his appointment as manager until the end of the season was confirmed, Shakespeare replied: "We haven't spoken since.

"But I said last week, when we spoke he wished me luck. We'll probably be in contact and I have no problem with that."

Leicester are seeking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Sevilla and Shakespeare says his players will approach the match with renewed self-belief.

"It will be a special occasion at the King Power," he said.

"The atmosphere will be electric. I'm expecting the team to take the momentum from the two results, to take the confidence they've gained from that and really play on the front foot.

"That's not saying we'll be open as we know Seville have some very, very world-class players. But it makes for a very interesting game because of the away goal."

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