Sources: Major update on Dean Smith's Leicester City future
Dean Smith has told friends he doesn’t expect to be at Leicester City next season, sources have told Football Insider.
The 52-year-old was appointed early in April on a short-term contract running until the end of the season.
But even if Smith oversees a remarkable escape from relegation, he is not expected to land the managerial post on a permanent basis.
The former Aston Villa manager has let it be known to those close to him that he anticipates he will be looking for another job for the 2023-24 campaign.
A well-placed Leicester source has told Football Insider that the Foxes have instead made ex-Chelsea boss Graham Potter their number-one target for the hot seat.
On Sunday (21 May), this site revealed that the Midlands club are planning to approach Potter about being their next permanent manager.
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The Englishman was sacked by Chelsea in early April and is expected to field offers from leading English and foreign clubs this summer after a short break from management.
Smith has overseen just one win and two draws in six games since taking charge at the King Power Stadium.
That form leaves Leicester on the brink of relegation to the Championship just seven years after their famous Premier League title triumph.
The Foxes are three points from safety with games against Newcastle and West Ham still to play.
Smith landed the job at Leicester despite being sacked by Championship side Norwich City earlier this season with the Canaries sitting fifth in the table.
The one-time Premier League winners are likely to undergo a huge rebuild if they are relegated to the second tier.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month (6 May) that up to 10 stars are expected to quit the club in the event of relegation.
In other news, Newcastle open preliminary talks with Leicester star.