Leicester City, desperate to stay, appointed manager Dean Smith to put out an urgent fire.

Leicester announced on their official website on the 11th (Korean time) that they would appoint Dean Smith as their new manager and sign a contract for the rest of the season. 

Dean Smith became the official manager in 2011 after coaching the lower league Walsal Academy, where he grew as a player in 2009, and four years later, coached Brentford and became Aston Villa manager in 2018. 

Dean Smith, who led Villa, which was a member of the Championship League (second division) at the time, and succeeded in promotion to the Premier League, was eventually sacked in November 2021 for poor performance. 

Shortly after, Smith became manager of Norwich City, but was relegated after failing to save a team that was in last place. He was invincible after leading Norwich until December last year and resigning. 

Leicester said: “Smith has a lot of experience and is an expert in this role and with his division he will help our goal of staying in the remaining eight matches.” 

Along with Smith’s appointment, Craig Shakespeare, who had previously coached Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri, will also return as head coach. In 2017, when manager Ranieri was sacked, Shakespeare saved the club from relegation and led it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA (European Football Federation) Champions League. 

Here, Chelsea Academy coach John Terry joins Smith’s division. The two ate together at the villa. Terry was the manager at the end of his playing career at Villa and later moved to Smith’s division when Terry was promoted to coach. 메이저사이트

Speaking to the club, Smith said: “I’m really happy to have this opportunity at the end of the season. The challenge ahead of us is clear, but it’s what me and the coaching staff have experienced before. There’s a quality squad and a lot of games,” Smith said of the club. The first mission is to regain confidence and build trust in the team.” 

Currently, Leicester City is in 19th place with 7 wins, 4 draws and 19 losses and 25 points. It is only 2 points from 17th place Everton (27 points), which is the remaining ranking, and only 6 points from 13th place Wolverhampton (31 points), which is still enough to challenge remaining. 

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