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Who is Craig Shakespeare? The man in interim charge of Leicester City

Whether you agree with the decision or not (and you probably don’t), Claudio Ranieri is no more.

In charge for tonight’s match against Liverpool is assistant boss Craig Shakespeare.

Here is all you need to know about Leicester’s caretaker manager.

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Who is Craig Shakespeare?

Born in Birmingham, Craig Shakespeare enjoyed a solid career in lower league football as a creative midfielder.

He made 284 appearances for Walsall between 1981 and 1989, scoring 45 goals, and played 112 matches for West Brom between 1990 and 1993, with a return of 12 goals.

Shakespeare also appeared for Sheffield Wednesday, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

He has spent most of his coaching career at Leicester and West Brom.

How did Craig Shakespeare end up at Leicester?

Wherever Nigel Pearson goes, Craig Shakespeare tends to follow.

The Foxes assistant joined former club West Brom as Community Officer after his retirement from football in 1999.

He progressed to reserve team coach in 2006 before former Baggies assistant manager Pearson made him his number two at Leicester in 2008.

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Pearson then brought him to  Hull in 2010, before the pair moved back to the Foxes a year later.

Has Craig Shakespeare ever managed before?

What a question!

We are only talking about a man with a 100 per cent win record here…

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Craig Shakespeare took charge of one match as West Brom caretaker manager in 2006, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 away.

Coincidentally, Shakespeare was also part of Sam Allardyce’s England coaching team, with the pair winning their only match, in Slovakia.

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What was his relationship with Claudio Ranieri like?

Shakespeare says he has been made to feel “like the pantomime villain” over Ranieri’s sacking.

Following Pearson’s departure in 2015, Ranieri kept him on as assistant boss as the pair led Leicester to the title.

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But there are rumours that Shakespeare was barely on speaking terms with the Italian when he left.

However, he says his relationship with Ranieri “always has and always will be fine”.