Walker set for Leicester post

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Mike Walker will return to football tomorrow after a 13-month exile when he fills the vacancy at Leicester City left by the departure of Mark McGhee.

The 50-year-old former Everton manager has had talks with the Leicester chairman, Martin George, and is due to meet him again tomorrow before watching Leicester play Norwich in his role as a television commentator. An announcement is due to be made after the game.

After a 24-year goalkeeping career, Walker moved into management with Colchester in 1983, spending three years as assistant before taking over at Layer Road in 1986. When he was sacked the following year, Walker became reserve coach at Norwich, where he was promoted to manager in 1992. He resigned in January 1994 to sign a three-and-a-half year contract with Everton, but he failed to end the Merseyside club's slump and was dismissed in November 1994.

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