Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City.

The Italian guided the club to an incredible Premier League success just nine months ago.

Leicester were 5,000-1 at the start of last season to win the title and shocked the world of football to finish top of the pile.

But this season has been one to forget for Leicester, with the Foxes finding themselves just outside the relegation zone.

A club statement read: “Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time.

“His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.

“However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest.”
Leicester have lost their last five Premier League matches and are next in action against Liverpool on Monday night.

They find themselves just a point above the relegation zone after 25 matches.

Ranieri was given a vote of confidence from the Leicester board just a fortnight ago.

Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City.

“But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.

“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City.

“His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the Club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.

“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign.

“But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”

He was named FIFA Coach of the Year in January but that has not been enough to keep his job.

Credit: Mirror Sports

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