Simpson backs Shakespeare for Foxes post

Leicester defender Danny Simpson would welcome Craig Shakespeare as the club's new manager.

The 53-year-old Foxes caretaker, who was assistant to the recently deposed Claudio Ranieri, guided his side to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in his first match in charge.

He is also a long-term, dedicated Leicester employee, having been at the club since 2008 when he joined from West Bromwich Albion, although he did leave briefly for a spell with Hull, and Simpson has backed him to take over at the club on a permanent basis.

With a number of manager's including former England boss Roy Hodgson having expressed an interest in the post, Shakespeare has an opportunity to improve his chances of winning the role – in the Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Hull at home on Saturday.

Simpson was reported on Sky as saying: "Those decisions are nothing to do with us but, for me, [Shakespeare] has been really good.

"Since day one he has helped me a lot. He is a top coach, a top guy and he has taken it on naturally.

"He has kept it simple and told us what he wanted to do and we've done that so let's hope we can carry it on for him.

"He's always been in between whoever the boss is and us, so he's been good.

"He's taken it on well and it must have been tough for him. Everyone in the dressing room and at the club proved a little point [against Liverpool]."