Leicester close to agreeing deal to make Michael Appleton assistant manager
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 19/06/17 3:19pm
Leicester are close to agreeing a compensation package with Oxford United to make Michael Appleton their new assistant manager, according to Sky sources.
Craig Shakespeare worked alongside Appleton as a coach at West Bromwich Albion, and targeted him after being given a new three-year contract as Leicester manager.
Appleton was appointed Oxford manager in July 2014 and achieved promotion to Sky Bet League One in his second season with the club.
The 41-year-old, who has also managed Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn, has twice led Oxford to the Football League Trophy final, losing on both occasions.
Leicester fixtures 2017/18
Leicester will play four of last season's top six in their first six matches of the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Sky Sports News HQ also understands Leicester are still looking to sign another centre-back, despite the £17m acquisition of Harry Maguire from Hull last week.
Leicester had a £10m bid for West Brom's Jonny Evans turned down, according to Sky sources, and have since been linked in the national press with a move for Manchester United's Chris Smalling.