West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has expressed his desire to see Craig Shakespeare do well ahead of his side’s trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.
Shakespeare was initially appointed as a caretaker manager at Leicester City after the sacking of title winner Claudio Ranieri in February 2017; however, the 53-year old almost single handedly turned the Foxes’ dire campaign around, winning his first five games in charge, and in the process, becoming the first British manager to do so.
Shakey, as he is called by the fans, also led Leicester to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they nearly knocked Atletico Madrid out. Such an impressive run of performances convinced the City owners that he was the man to take the club forward.
The decision came as a surprise to many since the expectation was to see a big name take over and more importantly, someone who is not English. For Tony Pulis, however, the appointment was quite amusing, with a lot of English managers being overlooked by the Premier League clubs.
The former Crystal Palace manager therefore wants Shakespeare to do well and prove a point, though not tonight. He said:
"“It’s very difficult for English managers now to get Premier League jobs unless they bring Championship clubs up, I think that’s fact.“So Craig getting the job is brilliant, he’s made a good fist of it and long may that continue, except on Monday night.“I just think every manager in the Premier League is under pressure from week to week and day to day apart from maybe the two Manchester clubs at the moment.”"
Craig Shakespeare is almost certain to take a trip down the memory lane as his side take on West Bromwich Albion, the club where he got his first coaching job. He took charge of the Baggies as a caretaker manager back in 2006 for one game, winning 2-0 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.