Leicester City FC have sensationally sacked boss Claudio Ranieri just nine months after winning the title.
The news came after there has been increasing fears that the club could be relegated.
The club are currently seventeenth in the Premier League table; just one point above the drop zone.
Ranieri was axed as manager after the team returned from Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions league defeat to Sevilla.
The club paid tribute to Ranieri when they announced his departure. They described him achievements as their ‘most successful manager of all time’, but said their perilous league position required action.
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha released a statement on the news. ‘This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years. But we are duty-bound to put the club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment’.
Assistant boss Craig Shakespeare and coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the team in the interim.
Reaction from the public to the news has been against the club for axing Ranieri. Former Leicester player and TV presenter Gary Lineker has shared his criticism for the club.
“Given what Claudio achieved, the extraordinary success of last season, Leicester are where they should be. The fact that they got in a reasonable position in the Champions League […] and the magic he gave Leicester last season, surely he deserves some empathy and time”, Lineker said.
He continued to say that the club have shown a lack of gratitude for what the Italian has done for both the club and the city of Leicester.
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