Give him the job! 6 caretaker bosses who defied expectations to do the business

Craig Shakespeare

With Craig Shakespeare off to a flier as temporary Leicester boss, Amit Katwala looks at other stand-ins who shone

Shakespeare probably wouldn't be in a job had Leicester finished 10th instead of top in 2015/16, but he's made a fine job of the caretaker gig so far, continuing the 100 per cent record he started while in temporary charge of West Brom in 2006 (played one, won one).

Shakespeare, who's been at the King Power Stadium since 2008, oversaw a tremendous 3-1 win over Liverpool on Monday night, with Leicester performing as they did so often last term. Could 'Shakes' write another miracle? The Foxes can no longer win the league, but a place in the top four isn't yet mathematically impossible. Stop sniggering over there.

1. Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)

Chelsea won the FA Cup, beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final, before claiming their maiden Champions League crown by defeating Bayern Munich

Roman Abramovich probably only hired well-liked former Chelsea player Di Matteo because he'd already paid severance packages to every big-name manager in Europe. The Italian stepped up from assistant manager in March 2012, after Andre Villas-Boas turned out to not quite be the new Jose Mourinho as many had hoped.

He started well, winning four games in a row, including a 4-1 Champions League victory over Napoli to turn around a seemingly lost tie. The season finished with a Double which would have seemed unthinkable when Di Matteo took charge: first, Chelsea won the FA Cup, beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final, before claiming their maiden Champions League crown by getting the better of Bayern Munich.

The wheels came off pretty quickly for Di Matteo, though, with Abramovich wielding the axe in November. Still, two trophies in eight months isn't a bad haul.

2. Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)

An eight-place finish in the Premier League was the club's lowest since 1994, and it wasn't enough for the board to keep him on

Dalglish proved wrong the old adage about never going back - for the most part, anyway. The Scot had been a legendary player and manager at Liverpool in the 1980s, before returning as boss following Roy Hodgson's sacking in January 2011.

He lost his first match against Blackpool, but results soon stablised and King Kenny was rewarded with a permanent contract at the end of the season. The following year, he led the Reds to the League Cup - their first trophy in six years - and the final of the FA Cup, where they lost to Chelsea.

An eight-place finish in the Premier League was the club's lowest since 1994, however, and it wasn't enough for the board to keep him on. The acquisition of Luis Suarez for £22.8m came on his watch, though, although it's best not to mention the £35m splurged on Andy Carroll. Nor Charlie Adam.

Kenny Dalglish, Luis Suarez

Dalglish was in charge when Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax

3. Tony Barton (Aston Villa)

Villa went on to avoid relegation and win the European Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Bayern Munich

Barton’s remarkable spell at Aston Villa in 1982 has some parallels with the current situation at Leicester. The reigning First Division champions were making a mess of their title defence, which led to the departure of manager Ron Saunders when Villa fell to 15th in the table - just six points above the drop zone.

Chief scout Barton took temporary charge and made an instant impact, guiding the Villans to four consecutive triumphs and securing their place in the European Cup final in his fifth game in charge, a 0-0 draw with Anderlecht. Villa went on to avoid relegation and win the continent's premier prize with a 1-0 defeat of Bayern Munich - so don't rule out Leicester in the Champions League just yet.

Tony Barton

Barton lifts the European Cup after Villa's defeat of Bayern Munich