Leicester set to appoint Dean Smith as caretaker manager with Chelsea legend John Terry coming in as his assistant

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Leicester set to appoint Dean Smith as caretaker manager with Chelsea legend John Terry coming in as his assistant

DEAN SMITH is set to take over at Leicester – with Craig Shakespeare and John Terry his assistants.

The former Aston Villa boss, sacked by Norwich earlier this season, has spent today locked in talks with the Premier League strugglers and will be in charge until the end of the season.

John Terry worked alongside Dean Smith at Aston Villa

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John Terry worked alongside Dean Smith at Aston Villa

A surprise appointment following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, Smith, 52, has decided to give Shakespeare an emotional return to the King Power.

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Shakespeare, 59, was Claudio Ranieri’s assistant when Leicester won the title in 2016.

Equally, after the sacking of Ranieri in 2017, Shakespeare took over as boss and guided the club to a win over Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League before losing to Atletico Madrid – although he was sacked the following season.

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Smith is also set to bring in former Chelsea defender John Terry back to senior football after their time together at Villa.

He has recently been working part-time at Chelsea’s academy.

Smith took charge of Norwich in the Premier League after Daniel Farke was sacked last season and was unable to keep them in the top flight.

Smith was then sacked in December after the Norwich fans turned on him.

Now, the trio know they have a tough job ahead at Leicester.

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The club has won just seven league games all term and are two points from safety after a run of seven defeats in their last eight.

Leicester have spoken to a number of candidates including former Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch.

Caretaker managers Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell took charge of the midweek defeat to Aston Villa along with Saturday’s loss to Bournemouth.

If Smith keeps Leicester up, he would stand a good chance of keeping the job.

Craig Shakespeare managed Leicester following Claudio Ranieri's sacking

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Craig Shakespeare managed Leicester following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking