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Dean Smith appointed Leicester City manager

Dean Smith has been appointed Leicester City’s manager until the end of the season.

Smith will have Craig Shakespeare and John Terry as part of his coaching staff.

He led Aston Villa to the Premier League in 2019 and was sacked as Norwich’s boss in December.

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Smith replaces Brendan Rodgers with Leicester 19th in the Premier League, two points from safety.

The Foxes dismissed Brendan Rodgers last week after the club dropped into the relegation zone.

They have lost both games since – a 2-1 loss at Aston Villa and a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth. And leaves them 19th in the table, two points from safety.

“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to lead the team during these final weeks of the season,” Smith said.

“The challenge in front of us is clear, but it’s one myself and my coaching team have experienced before and, with the quality in this squad and the number of games remaining, it’s very much achievable.

“Our first job is to rebuild confidence and instill belief in the team and I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players this week.”

Smith’s first assignment is an ominous one, with Leicester travelling to Manchester City on Saturday.

They also face Wolves, Leeds, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham before the end of the season.

“Saturday will be a big test, but it’s the kind of occasion that reminds us all what it means to be a Premier League club, competing on the biggest stages against the best players in the world.

“I know we’ll be well supported by our travelling fans. We have to connect with them and give them a performance they can be proud of. We go there positive, looking for points.”

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