Appleton admits Leicester players upset by Shakespeare sacking

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Appleton admits Leicester players upset by Shakespeare sacking

Leicester City's players demanded to know the reasons behind Craig Shakespeare's dismissal and voiced their displeasure during a meeting before Thursday's training session that turned the focus on the club's board and left Michael Appleton, the caretaker manager, admitting he was unable to answer their questions.

Leicester, Premier League champions in 2015-16, are third bottom of the table after failing to win in their past six games. "I'm sure in the coming days and weeks he'll start thinking positively".

The Foxes sacked Craig Shakespeare just four months into his three-year deal following the 1-1 home draw against West Brom on Monday night.

"My honest thanks to the players, who have always been a pleasure to work with", Shakespeare said in a statement to the League Managers Association.

Appleton, who described Shakespeare as "a top guy", said he was surprised by the sacking but concentrating on picking the best team to face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Many names have been suggested as a possible candidate at Leicester and one of the favorites for the job is the former Fulham manager and current Wales boss, Chris Coleman.

"Yes, it would interest me and yes I would take the Leicester job - but not at this time".

Dyche said it is "no story", adding: "I'm not aware of any approach".

"In a way you're flattered by these links because it's some form of recognition".

Swansea managed to pick up their second win of the season last time out, beating Huddersfield 2-0, and the hosts will be confident of putting a run together.

"Whoever gets the opportunity to come in and take this group of payers, it's a good dressing room, there's some very good players, it's very appealing", he said.

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