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Leicester City sack Claudio Ranieri just 9 months after winning Premier League

The Foxes are currently just one point above the relegation zone.

Claudio Ranieri.
Claudio Ranieri.
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LEICESTER CITY HAVE sacked manager Claudio Ranieiri just nine months after the Italian guided the club to a shock Premier League title win.

The champions are in danger of suffering an embarrassing drop to the English Championship as they are currently languishing in 17th position of the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

The timing of the news comes as quite a shock considering Leicester earned a respectable 2-1 defeat away to Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie last night.

But in a statement released by the club this evening, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha indicated that protecting their “long-term interests” was behind the decision.

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

“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.”

The Foxes’s next assignment is a Monday night Premier League fixture against Liverpool. Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.

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