Danny Drinkwater reckons Craig Shakespeare was Leicester’s secret weapon in their title success and hopes he is their boss next season too.
Shakespeare was confirmed on Sunday as the champions’ manager until the end of the season after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking.
He got the job after inspiring Leicester to successive 3-1 Premier League wins over Liverpool and Hull while caretaker.
Shakespeare’s promotion from long-serving assistant has delighted players who complained about Ranieri’s tactical tinkering to the club’s Thai owners.
Midfielder Drinkwater says Shakespeare’s role in their 5,000-1 title triumph has not been fully appreciated.
Asked about Shakespeare’s contribution to last term, Drinkwater ,27, replied: “He was huge.
“Last season he helped Claudio settle in and helped the link between the manager and the players which he has done all excellently since I’ve been working with him.
“On behalf of all the players, I think all of us would love to see him get the job longer term.
“We were all very happy when it got announced he was getting the job until the end of the season.
“And I am sure it would get the same reaction if it was long-term.
“It’s a great appointment, it’s a good fit.
“It’s been great, the results speak for themselves, two wins in two.
“He has been a pleasure to work with as a manager.
“As a manager as well he has taken on board everything and is passing what he can on to the players, which is perfect for us.
“He helps us enjoy our football, his team talk is just ‘enjoy your football, work hard, do the simple things and hopefully the rest will shine through’.”