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Craig Shakespeare reveals he has recently been diagnosed with cancer

The former player turned manager and assistant Craig Shakespeare reveals he has recently been diagnosed with cancer and being treated for.

The 59 year old, who was most recently assistant manager of Leicester, launched a playing career with Walsall and had spells with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, West Brom, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Telford and Hednesford.

As a coach, Shakespeare has previously worked at West Brom, Leicester and Hull City. He was briefly caretaker manager at the Baggies in 2006 and took a similar role at Leicester in February 2017 before being named manager in March. He was appointed permanent manager of the Foxes on the 8th of June 2017 after signing a 3-year deal.

He has since served as assistant manager for Everton, Watford, Aston Villa and the England national team.

The following statement has been issued by the League Manager’s Association on behalf of Craig Shakespeare.

Former Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that he has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

Craig is very grateful for the kind well-wishes he has been receiving and for the privacy that he and his family have been shown during this challenging time.

Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “Everyone at the Club sends their strength and support to Craig, his wife Karen and their children Elle and Jed. They will all be in our thoughts and prayers as Craig progresses with his treatment, surrounded by the love befitting his place in the hearts of the Leicester City family and the wider game.”

Aston Villa tweeted: “Everyone at Aston Villa is thinking of our former Assistant Head Coach Craig Shakespeare at this time. You have the full support of everyone at Villa Park and Bodymoor Heath, Craig. 💜”

Everton wrote: “Everyone at #EFC sends their support to our former Men’s Senior Team coach Craig Shakespeare in his battle with cancer. 💙”

Norwich City said: We’re all with you, Craig 💛 Former Norwich City coach Craig Shakespeare has revealed he has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

Grimsby Town: We are sad to hear of former player Craig Shakespeare’s recent cancer diagnosis. Shakey made over 100 appearances for the Mariners between 1993 and 1997. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family 🙏 #GTFC #GreaterTogether

Fans on social media also wished Craig Shakespeare all the best as he reveals he has recently been diagnosed with cancer…

@MikeyMcMahon: Terrible news this morning about former Mariner, Craig Shakespeare. All the best for your fight against cancer Craig. I’m sure all Town fans are thinking of you and your family. #gtfc

@AVFCJono: Awful news. Get well soon.

@theavfcfaithful: All the best Craig 💜💜

@jameseharlow: Sad news hope the treatment goes well Shaky

@martin1evans: This is tragically sad news, wishing Craig i speedy recovery 🙏💙

@FoxyN77: Get well soon Shakey 🙏 #avfc

@hilarymotteram: Wishing you all the very best, get well soon Shakey 🙏🏻

@VilladanishDK: Best wishes, Craig 💪❤️🦁🔥

@not3bad: All the best wishes to Craig Shakespeare for a full recovery. 🙏

@UpTheVilla566: All the best Craig. Wishing you a good recovery. We are all with u ❤️

@IanTaylor7: What a great guy. Thinking of Shakey and all his family. 💜💙🙏🏾

@DeanBamford5: Craig Shakespeare. A truly good person. Thinking about you pal. Ps:23 as always.


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