Leicester City confirm the appointment of Dean Smith as manager until the end of the season
Leicester City confirm the appointment of Dean Smith as manager until the end of the season as former Aston Villa boss insists Premier League survival is ‘very much achievable’
- Leicester have confirmed that Dean Smith will be manager until the season ends
- Smith is to be aided by John Terry and City’s Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell
- The Foxes sit 19th in the Premier League, and face real threat of relegation
Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of Dean Smith as their manager until the end of the season.
The Foxes dismissed Brendan Rodgers as they look to fight off Premier League relegation. Leicester currently sit in 19th place in the table.
The club confirmed Smith’s appointment, alongside ex-England captain John Terry, who he previously worked with at Aston Villa.
Craig Shakespeare also returns to the Leicester City dugout. He saw off the threat of relegation when the Foxes were in peril in 2017, as well as taking the club to a UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final.
City’s current First Team Coaches Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell will also be on hand to help Smith oversee the final eight fixtures of the league campaign.
Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of Dean Smith as manager until the end of May
Smith will be assisted by John Terry, after the pair worked together previously at Aston Villa
Their first task in the bid to keep Leicester in the Premier League is a trip to Manchester City
Smith’s first match in charge is a tricky trip to Manchester City, who are in the hunt for a treble this season.
Smith told Leicester City’s official club website: ‘I’m really happy to have the opportunity to lead the team during these final weeks of the season.
‘The challenge in front of us is clear, but it’s one myself and my coaching team have experienced before and, with the quality in this squad and the number of games remaining, it’s very much achievable.’
Leicester City Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha accepted that the club had ‘endured a challenging season’, but Smith’s arrival would be critical to keeping the club in the top-flight of English football.
He added: ‘His leadership, coaching and motivational qualities will be vital assets for us in the coming eight games as we fight to secure our Premier League status.’
The club confirmed that Smith will meet the First Team squad and take training on Tuesday, ahead of the trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
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Smith previously managed Norwich, Aston Villa and Brentford across 600 games in charge
Leicester are currently in the Premier League’s relegation zone after a torrid run of form
Smith told the club’s official site he was ‘really happy to have the opportunity to lead the team’
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