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Drinkwater backs Shakespeare to keep Leicester job

Danny Drinkwater says the players back the manager at Leicester City Credit: PA

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has backed Craig Shakespeare to stay beyond the summer as the Foxes prepare for their Sevilla showdown.

New boss Shakespeare was named as the club's new manager until the end of the season on Sunday.

He replaced Claudio Ranieri after the Italian was sacked last month, just 24 hours after Leicester's 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg defeat in Seville.

Shakespeare, who was Ranieri's assistant, takes charge of his first game as a full-time manager in the second leg at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday and insists he has not thought about the job beyond the end of 2016/17.

But Drinkwater wants to see the new manager stay for a long time.

On behalf of all the players I think all of us would like to see him get the job long term.

It's a great appointment. It's a good fit. We haven't got much time to turn things around but there's no better person for the job.

I don't think it's changed an awful lot. He needs to take control more as manager and any changes he's made have been positive for the players.

He's been a pleasure to work with as manager - but he's taken different roles as a coach. He helps us enjoy the football. It's not only for the players and manager but one of the biggest games in the club's history.

– Danny Drinkwater

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