Date: 21st June 2017 at 8:13pm
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Late on Tuesday evening Leicester City confirmed the arrival of former Oxford United manager Michael Appleton as assistant manager to Craig Shakespeare.

The 41 year old was expected to join up given all the speculation and he comes in with experience of managing Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford over the last few years.

Shakespeare knows him well as they coaching alongside each other a number of years back at West Bromwich Albion’s Academy level and he will join up with the squad when they return for pre season training ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong later this summer.

Appleton has signed a three year deal at the club following three years as manager of Oxford, and Shakespeare told

‘I am delighted that the Club have been able to bring a coach of Michael`s standing to Leicester City. Michael and I worked together at West Bromwich Albion and it quickly became clear that he possessed all the qualities and the integrity required to enjoy a successful coaching career. During his transition from a player to a coach, before later becoming a manager, Michael has already achieved great success in the game. Over the course of his three years at Oxford United, he has been acknowledged by many as one of the most talented and knowledgeable coaches in English football.’


‘That expertise, as well as his excellent coaching acumen, made him the perfect choice as Assistant Manager. I am sure that he will be a huge asset to Leicester City as we strive to achieve our objectives over the coming seasons.’

During his time with Oxford he led them to League Two runners up in 2016 and they were quite the cup scalpers with victories over Newcastle United, Swansea City and Brentford during his time in charge. He also took them to two straight Football League Trophy Finals in the past two seasons.

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