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Ex-Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare diagnosed with cancer

Former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has been diagnosed with cancer. 

Shakespeare was part of Leicester’s backroom staff that sealed the Premier League title in 2016. 

The Championship outfit released a statement on their official website, confirming his diagnosis. 

The club’s chief executive Susan Whelan said: “Everyone at the club sends their strength and support to Craig, his wife Karen and their children Elle and Jed.

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

After Claudio Renieri’s dismissal the following year, the 59-year-old was appointed as their interim boss before being handed the permanent role. 

He guided the Foxes to Premier League survival but departed the club in October 2017 after a poor start to the season. 

Shakespeare joined Everton to be a part of Sam Allardyce’s backroom staff in December 2017 but they were sacked the following year. 

The English boss has also worked as an assistant coach for Hull City, Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich City. 

His only other job as first-team coach came at West Bromwich Albion as interim manager for a single game in 2006. 

Shakespeare returned to Leicester earlier this year, joining Dean Smith’s coaching staff in April until the end of the season. 

But they failed to keep the Foxes in the Premier League as the team finished two points behind Everton in 18th place.

Shakespeare spent most of his playing career at Walsall but also had stints at Sheffield Wednesday, West Brom, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United.

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