Vardy sal­vages Le­ices­ter but Shake­speare’s fu­ture un­clear

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Jamie Vardy res­cued Le­ices­ter City as the de­posed Premier League cham­pi­ons ended their roller­coaster sea­son with a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Sun­day.

Twelve months af­ter be­ing crowned kings of English foot­ball at the cli­max of an in­cred­i­ble ti­tlewin­ning cam­paign, Le­ices­ter brought down the cur­tain in far more se­date fash­ion at the King Power Sta­dium.

The Eng­land striker net­ted his 16th goal of the sea­son as Le­ices­ter fin­ished 12th af­ter a tur­bu­lent year that saw boss Clau­dio Ranieri re­placed by his as­sis­tant Craig Shake­speare, who led the team away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone and into the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals.

Ju­nior Stanis­las opened the scor­ing for Bournemouth af­ter just 57 sec­onds as the Cher­ries sealed ninth place — the high­est league po­si­tion in their 118-year his­tory.

Le­ices­ter’s at­ten­tion now turns to re­solv­ing the fu­ture of Shake­speare, with talks ex­pected this week over whether he will stay as boss be­yond June.

Shake­speare signed a deal un­til the end of the sea­son when he took over from Ranieri in Fe­bru­ary. AFP

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