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Leicester City players are unhappy over Shakespeare sacking, says Appleton

• Squad voice displeasure and turn focus on club’s board
• I’m not the person to answer questions, caretaker Appleton says

Leicester City’s players demanded to know the reasons behind Craig Shakespeare’s dismissal and voiced their displeasure during a meeting before Thursday’s training session that turned the focus on the club’s board and left Michael Appleton, the caretaker manager, admitting he was unable to answer their questions.

Appleton described the players as “cheesed off” and “a bit down in the dumps” when they convened at the training ground for the first time since Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday. 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.

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