Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff at Leicester City Football Club

Craig Shakespeare
Craig Shakespeare

Craig Shakespeare
First Team Manager

Craig Shakespeare was appointed as Leicester City's First Team Manager in June 2017 on a three-year deal, having previously managed the Club during the 2016/17 season. 

Within weeks of taking the job until the end of the season in February 2017, Shakespeare became the only British manager in history to win his first five Premier League fixtures and guided the Club to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. 

The 53-year-old briefly worked for England in 2016 and was an integral part of the Club's 2015/16 Premier League triumph. Over his two spells with City, Shakespeare has won the top three league titles.   

The midlands-born midfielder began his career with Walsall in 1981 where he played over 350 games – the highlight of which came in the 1987/88 season when he helped the Saddlers reach the third tier.  

In 1989, Shakespeare signed for Sheffield Wednesday for £300,000, featuring 17 times for the Hillsborough outfit before a 1990 switch to West Bromwich Albion, where he would later join the coaching team.  

After three years, a promotion and well over 100 games for the Baggies, Shakespeare took in spells at Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Telford United and Hednesford Town before finally retiring in 2000.  

Shakespeare stayed in the game however, taking up a role as an Academy Coach with former side West Bromwich Albion, and later taking charge of the reserves.   

In October 2006, Shakespeare took caretaker charge of the first-team for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, but eventually left to join Leicester City as Assistant Manager to Nigel Pearson in July 2008.  

Following promotion from League 1 in his first season at City, he joined Pearson for a brief spell at Hull City in 2010.   

Shakespeare then returned to take up his role as Assistant Manager once again in November 2011, helping the Foxes to the brink of promotion to the top-flight through the 2012/13 Championship Play-Offs.  

Despite an agonising Semi-Final defeat by Watford, City completed the job the following season with 102 points to win the second tier title and secure their return to the Premier League after 10 years away.   

Later going on to achieve perhaps the greatest escape from relegation in recent memory, with seven victories from their last nine matches, the Club was about to enjoy unprecedented success on two fronts.    

Under new manager Claudio Ranieri, Shakespeare remained a key figure in Leicester's backroom team. Despite all the odds suggesting another fight against relegation, City continued their excellent form.  

With memorable victories over the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, the Foxes transformed themselves from relegation candidates to title contenders in just 10 unbelievable months.   

Remarkably, despite pre-season odds of 5,000/1, they lifted the Premier League title for the first time in the Club's 133-year history in May 2016 with 23 wins, 12 draws and just three defeats all season.   

During the following campaign, Leicester were rewarded with a debut entry in the UEFA Champions League. On 12 March, 2017 Shakespeare was announced as manager until the end of the season.  

The impact was immediate and City went on to win their next six matches in all competitions. As a result, Shakespeare became the first British manager to win his first five Premier League fixtures.   

He also successfully guided the Club to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. With a 3-2 aggregate success over Spanish giants FC Sevilla, the Foxes next faced Atlético Madrid in the final eight.  

City came close to stunning the world again but a 2-1 aggregate defeat cut their maiden European Cup campaign short despite a determined and tactically astute performance in the second leg.

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Michael Appleton
First Team Assistant Manager

Michael Appleton, 41, joined Leicester City as Assistant Manager on a three-year contract in the summer of 2017.

It was 23 years previously when Appleton broke onto the scene as a youth graduate at Manchester United. He didn’t make a senior appearance at Old Trafford but enjoyed a succession of positive loan spells with Wimbledon, Lincoln City and Grimsby Town.

In 1997, a permanent switch to Preston North End presented itself and he would go on to make 121 appearances in the North West, scoring 12 goals from midfield, as the Lilywhites booked promotion to the First Division in May 2000.

But it was at West Brom, first as a player and then a coach, that Appleton’s made his greatest impact. He only made 33 appearances at The Hawthorns before an injury cut his career short ahead of the 2003/2004 campaign.

He swiftly moved into the backroom team, working for the youth side for over five yearz and would go on to work alongside Foxes First Team Manager Craig Shakespeare between 2003 and 2008.

Two years later, following a promotion to the position of first team coach under Roberto di Matteo and a one-game stint as caretaker manager, Appleton left The Hawthorns to take charge of Portsmouth in the Sky Bet Championship.

Spells with Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers shortly in the second tier. His brief spell at Rovers will be remembered for a Fifth Round victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium but it wouldn’t be long before he joined Oxford United. They gained promotion from Sky Bet League 2 as runners-up in 2016.

His side registered 24 victories, 14 draws and just eight defeats across the 2015/16 campaign. During his three-year tenure at the Kassam Stadium, Appleton’s Oxford also became known as a side capable of defeating teams from higher divisions in both domestic cup competitions.

In January, 2017, they overcame eventual Championship champions Newcastle United 3-0 at home in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round. Twelve months earlier, whilst still in League 2, the Oxfordshire outfit also enjoyed a memorable 3-2 Third Round triumph over Premier League side Swansea City following an earlier 4-0 success away at second tier Brentford in the First Round of the EFL Cup in August 2015.

Appleton joined the Foxes with a reputation as one of the country’s most dynamic young coaches having also taken Oxford to consecutive Football League Trophy Finals over the past two seasons.

During 2016/17, the U’s finished in eighth place on their maiden campaign back in League 1, just four points off the play-off positions.

Mike Stowell
Mike Stowell

Mike Stowell
First Team Coach & Goalkeeper Coach

Goalkeeping coach, Mike Stowell, enjoyed a successful playing career before hanging up his gloves and concentrating on coaching. The former Wolves stopper began his career at Preston North End but ended up making a name for himself after impressing in non-league football.   

Mike was soon snapped up by Everton and spent the next five years at Goodison Park. During his time with the Toffees, Stowell spent time on loan at several clubs, including Manchester City, Port Vale and Wolverhampton Wanderers.   

After impressing at Molineux, Mike was snapped up by Wolves on a permanent deal in 1990 by manager Graham Turner. Stowell went on to spend over ten years as the West Midlands club's number one, making over 400 first team appearances.   

During his time at Wolves, Stowell was part of the team that won the 1988/89 Football League Third Division title and was also called up to the England B squad.   

In 2001, Mike left Molineux and signed for Bristol City, spending the next four seasons at the club before hanging up his gloves and taking a role as Leicester City's goalkeeping coach in 2005.   

During his time at King Power Stadium, Stowell has also acted as Assistant Manager and caretaker manager. 

Flag waving at King Power Stadium
Flag waving at King Power Stadium

Paul McAndrew
Kit Manager

Jon Sanders
Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders
First Team Player Liaison Officer

Jon has served Leicester City in a number of roles since first joining the Club in 1999, and currently holds the position of Player Liaison Officer, which he took on during the summer of 2014. 

Educated locally at de Montfort University between 1993 and 1996, Jon first joined the Club as Website Co-Ordinator in 1999 before progressing to the position of Head of Media in 2006.   

After a spell as Club Partnership Manager and Head of Marketing and Commercial Operations for the Football League from 2009 until 2014, Jon returned to Leicester City in his current capacity, which predominantly sees him provide off-the-field support to the players.   

Jon acts as a communication link between the squad and management, while his duties also include, but aren't limited to player relocation and integration, away travel co-ordination, player support, player appearances and administration.

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