Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Craig Shakespeare said there were "no grudges" between himself
and Claudio Ranieri on Monday after he succeeded the Italian as
Leicester City manager.
Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester's
fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid
towards the relegation zone.
Shakespeare took over as caretaker manager and was on Sunday
confirmed as manager until the end of the season following 3-1
wins over Liverpool and Hull City in his first two games.
"Of course I'm part of that back-room team, but it's about time
we all moved on," Shakespeare told a press conference prior to
Tuesday's Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Sevilla.
"I bear no grudges, Claudio bears no grudges. We have to try and
move on as a football club."
Shakespeare previously worked as Ranieri's assistant.
Asked if he had spoken to Ranieri since his appointment as
manager until the end of the season was confirmed, Shakespeare
replied: "We haven't spoken since.
"But I said last week, when we spoke he wished me luck. We'll
probably be in contact and I have no problem with that."
Leicester are seeking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first
leg against Sevilla and Shakespeare says his players will
approach the match with renewed self-belief.
"It will be a special occasion at the King Power," he said.
"The atmosphere will be electric. I'm expecting the team to take
the momentum from the two results, to take the confidence they've
gained from that and really play on the front foot.
"That's not saying we'll be open as we know Seville have some
very, very world-class players. But it makes for a very
interesting game because of the away goal."