Appleton is new Leicester assistant

Michael Appleton

Leicester City have appointed Oxford United manager Michael Appleton as assistant to Craig Shakespeare.

The 41-year-old, who has previously managed Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, joins the Foxes after three years with The U's where he secured their automatic promotion from League Two alongside two Football League Trophy finals.

He also worked with Shakespeare on the coaching staff at West Bromwich Albion for a number of years, and joins Leicester on a three-year deal.

On the appointment, Shakespeare told the club's official website: "I am delighted that the Club have been able to bring a coach of Michael’s standing to Leicester City.

"Michael and I worked together at West Bromwich Albion and it quickly became clear that he possessed all the qualities and the integrity required to enjoy a successful coaching career.

"During his transition from a player to a coach, before later becoming a manager, Michael has already achieved great success in the game. Over the course of his three years at Oxford United, he has been acknowledged by many as one of the most talented and knowledgeable coaches in English football.

"I am sure that he will be a huge asset to Leicester City as we strive to achieve our objectives over the coming seasons."

Appleton will link up with his new team for pre-season training ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.