Danny Drinkwater backs Craig Shakespeare to keep Leicester job long term

14 March 2017 07:38

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has backed Craig Shakespeare to stay beyond the summer as the Foxes prepare for their Sevilla showdown.

New boss Shakespeare was named as the club's new manager until the end of the season on Sunday.

He replaced Claudio Ranieri after the Italian was sacked last month, just 24 hours after Leicester's 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg defeat in Seville.

Shakespeare, who was Ranieri's assistant, takes charge of his first game as a full-time manager in the second leg at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday and Drinkwater wants to see the new manager stay for a long time.

The England international said: "On behalf of all the players I think all of us would like to see him get the job long term.

"It's a great appointment. It's a good fit. We haven't got much time to turn things around but there's no better person for the job.

"I don't think it's changed an awful lot. He needs to take control more as manager and any changes he's made have been positive for the players.

"He's been a pleasure to work with as manager - but he's taken different roles as a coach. He helps us enjoy the football. It's not only for the players and manager but one of the biggest games in the club's history."

Shakespeare, 53, has been at the club for eight years, over two spells, and also worked with former manager Nigel Pearson.

He has insisted he has not thought about his long-term future ahead of the Sevilla game, where a 1-0 Leicester victory would see them through to the quarter- finals on away goals and Shakespeare feels they must aim to win the competition.

"Why not? We are in it, we have to try to be competitive in every game," he said.

"For me there is no free game in football, you have to try to win every game you go in to and show that determination and competitiveness and we need to show that in abundance."

Meanwhile, Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli believes Leicester have rediscovered last season's title-winning form under Shakespeare.

He said: "It looks like the same set-up as when they won the league the change is in terms of their emotion and morale - they seem a lot more decisive now, they are going for it again."

Source: PA