Claudio Ranieri Sacked! EPL Defenders Leicester City Sack League-winning Manager
Leicester City has sacked Manager Claudio Ranieri, nine months after leading them to secure the Premier League title.
Presently, Leicester sits just one point away from the relegation zone with 13 EPL games left.
A statement released by the club said:
“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest.”
Sixty-five year-old Ranieri managed the Foxes to win the league title in 2016 despite being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign.
Ranieri’s Sack is coming barely 24 hours after they lost 2-1 to Spanish side Sevilla in their UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg match.
Last season, the Foxes won the Premier League title 10 points clear of the runners up.
Sadly, this season they have won just five top-flight games and could become the first defending champions to face relegation since 1938.
Leicester have lost their last five league games and are the only team in the top four English divisions who are yet to score a league goal in 2017.
Claudio Ranieri Sacked As Leicester Struggle In The EPL
The club’s statement continued:
“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.
“The board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed.”
In early February, Leicester gave their “unwavering support” to Ranieri, who was appointed manager in July 2015.
Manager Ranieri signed a new four-year deal with the Foxes in August 2016.
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Former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker had this to say about Ranieri’s sack:
“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.”
On Monday, Leicester will be playing their next game against Liverpool in their fight to stay in the Premier League.
Following Ranieri’s sack, Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the team until a new manager is appointed.
Ranieri’s compatriots Paolo Benetti and Andrea Azzalin, both key members of his coaching staff, have left the club.