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Leicester Tigers take on last season's champions Saracens in the Aviva Premiership Semi-final.

The Tigers are hoping for their first championship since 2013.

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh sign new contracts with Leicester City

Leicester City have announced that assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh have signed new contracts with the Club.

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh Credit: Leicester City Football Club

Key members of backroom staff both Craig and Steve have become "vital components" in the Club’s football management since returning to King Power Stadium in November 2011.

With Craig taking a lead coaching role and Steve taking up the Club’s player recruitment process, the pair have helped "lay the foundations both for the Club’s unprecedented recent success and for its exciting future."

When I arrived at Leicester, I could never have expected to find a group of staff so well equipped to take a Club forward. Craig and Steve have been very important to this and I am very pleased to have had their support in understanding the players and helping them to understand my philosophy.

They are great men doing fantastic jobs for Leicester City and I am very happy that they have committed further with the Football Club.

– Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City Director of Football Jon Rudkin said: "We’re absolutely delighted that they have agreed new contracts as part of our journey going forward.”

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Rob Page appointed new Northampton Town manager

Rob Page appointed new Northampton Town manager Credit: Port Vale FC

Port Vale's Rob Page has left the Club to take up the manager’s position at Northampton Town.

Performance Coach John Harbin will also join up with the Cobblers as part of Page’s backroom staff.

Port Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite said:

We are disappointed at Rob’s decision to leave but we would like to thank him for his hard work over the last 20 months and wish him the very best for the future.

The search for a new manager is already underway and we, as a club, will do our utmost to ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed.

– Norman Smurthwaite

Aston Villa's new owner begins search for manager

Arsenal v Aston Villa match on Sunday Credit: PA

Aston Villa's new owner is beginning his search for a manager this morning.

It was confirmed yesterday that Chinese businessman Dr Tony Jiantong Xia had bought the club for a reported sum of £60 million.

In a statement Villa revealed that his main objective is to return the club to the Premier League.

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