Leicester speed up recruitment plans after Everton sack Ronald Koeman

Leicester are accelerating their plans to appoint a new manager in the wake of Everton’s decision to sack Ronald Koeman, Sky Sports News has been told.

Officials at both clubs fear they could be targeting the same candidates in their recruitment process with Leicester looking for a replacement for Craig Shakespeare.

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They sacked Shakespeare a week ago but were initially satisfied that, in caretaker Michael Appleton, the squad had been left in good hands in the short-term.

But Koeman’s dismissal, and continuing doubts over the future of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, are fuelling Leicester’s desire to make a quicker appointment.

One man interested in talking to both Everton and Leicester, Sky Sports News understands, is former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Ian Wright and Jamie Redknapp say they do not know what Leicester’s owners want after they sacked Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday.

Pellegrini is currently manager of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, and money could be the stumbling block in any move to appoint the Chilean.

Hebei would want a significant sum in compensation for Pellegrini, who has two years left on his contract after the Chinese season ends this coming weekend – his wages in China are also far higher than Leicester and Everton have ever paid for a manager, Sky Sports News understands.

Sean Dyche remains a front-runner for both Leicester and Everton, while Ryan Giggs told Sky Sports on Monday that he is interested in both roles.

The two teams meet at the King Power Stadium this weekend and that game is part of a Nissan Super Sunday double-header.