Sacked Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has every confidence the club will avoid relegation this season. The decision to relieve Shakespeare of his duties only four months into a three-year contract has been greeted with a mixture of surprise and disappointment inside the club, leaving the board facing a backlash from within.
"Craig Shakespeare needs everyone behind him, players, staff and more importantly the people above just to show a little bit of patience with him to come through this hard period". "From my point of view it's all the questions that are for certain senior members and not myself. If there's a million and one questions thrown at me today regarding 'why this?' and 'why that?' then you're probably asking the wrong person". "But from my point of view, I'd rather those conversations take place not going into the buildup of a game".
"I'm hoping they don't need lifting because when a manager loses his job, there's a feeling of things not happening and I don't believe there's any of that".
"Coming off the pitch, from lads who were a little bit cheesed off and a bit down in the dumps in the meeting, they actually came off with smiles on their faces because they enjoyed the session".
"But having lost Drinkwater and Kante, that is a key area that they've lost for me, the middle of that midfield where they were excellent".
Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, remains one of the frontrunners for the post and admitted he is flattered to be linked with the position.
"There's nothing in my consideration other than Manchester City this weekend".