Leicester full back Danny Simpson has praised his team's new manager, claiming that Craig Shakespeare has given the Foxes their identity back, and called for him to stay in charge next season.

Shakespeare was thrown in at the deep end when replacing Leicester's former manager Claudio Ranieri in February. The Englishman was tasked with steering the league champions away from relegation and has done a remarkable job - winning five of his seven Premier League games in charge.

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Speaking to TalkSPORT (via the Daily Star), Simpson spoke highly of his new manager.

“Craig is Leicester. He has been there for years, all the lads love him, and he has been top class since he took over," the right back said.

“It is only what we expected when he did take over. It is a shame for him we couldn’t get over that next step (in the Champions League) and get into the semi-finals."


Though only initially intended to take the helm until the end of the season, rumours have suggested a long term contract for Ranieri's replacement is a distinct possibility.

“But there will be no complaints from the players or anyone if he does get the job. Leicester have got their identity back and people back supporting us. We have got to finish the season strong and see what happens,” Simpson added.

Shakespeare led the Foxes into the quarter-final of the Champions League, where they lost to Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid, and has almost certainly guided Leicester to safety - with the Premier League champions currently sat in 12th.