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Leicester opt to twist rather than stick for a second time in eight months | Stuart James

Michael Appleton will take the 2015-16 champions to Swansea on Saturday, which is where Claudio Ranieri had his last stand before Shakespeare took over

The conversation lasted only a couple of minutes and there was little by way of explanation when Jon Rudkin, Leicester City’s director of football, delivered the news to Craig Shakespeare that he was out of a job only four months after he had been appointed manager on a three-year contract.

It was not the sort of day that the 53-year-old had in mind when he drove through the gates at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground earlier that morning and prepared to watch a number of his fringe players take part in a friendly match against a team from Nottingham Forest, totally oblivious to the fact that the best part of a decade of service was about to come to an end in the blink of an eye.

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