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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The papers are dominated by speculation surrounding who could replace sacked Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare. The Mirror reports that the club do not have anyone immediately lined up, and says former boss Nigel Pearson, who has taken over at Leuven, Leicester’s sister club in Belgium, will not be considered. The paper says names reportedly in the frame include former Foxes boss Martin O’Neill and former England manager Sam Allardyce. According to the Daily Star and the Daily Express, Sean Dyche is top of the shopping list for Leicester, with the club looking to offer a £2million per year deal, while the Telegraph reports that the club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, wants to sign a “big name” from outside the current staff. The Sun reports that Wales manager Chris Coleman is the early favourite for the job, with the second favourite being current Leicester assistant boss Michael Appleton.

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