Tragedy: Leicester boss receives cancer diagnosis

Shakespeare worked at King Power Stadium as an assistant manager three times.
Following Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal, the former coach was also named manager.
His most recent position was with Dean Smith during Leicester’s relegation struggle.

Craig Shakespeare, the former manager of Leicester, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Shakespeare,59, who has served as the team’s assistant manager for three successive stints, is reportedly receiving therapy, according to the Foxes.

“Former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that he has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment,” the club said in a statement posted on X (previously Twitter)

Craig is really appreciative of the well wishes he has been receiving as well as the privacy extended to him and his family during this trying time.

Shakespeare, a former midfielder for West Brom and Walsall, served as Nigel Pearson’s assistant at Leicester twice. He continued in that capacity under Claudio Ranieri, helping the team win the Premier League in 2016.

After Ranieri was fired in 2017, Shakespeare took over as the Foxes’ interim manager. He was later appointed manager for life before being fired after just four months.

He returned to Leicester in 2023 as Dean Smith’s assistant following stints as coach at Everton, Watford, and Aston Villa. However, the two left after failing to keep the team from relegation.

“Everyone at the club sends their strength and support to Craig, his wife Karen, and their children Elle and Jed,” stated Susan Whelan, chief executive of Leicester.

“As Craig continues his treatment, they will all be in our prayers and thoughts, surrounded by the love befitting his place in the hearts of the Leicester City family and the wider game.”

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