Defending Premier League champions Leicester City have sensationally sacked manager Claudio Ranieri as the club attempts to stave off relegation.
Ranieri, the architect of the Foxes’ improbable triumph last year, had been under increasing pressure after his side lost five straight league games before being knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall.
Claudio Ranieri sacked????
Most disgraceful decision in the history of football. pic.twitter.com/DLtmW9U4AN
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 23, 2017
Leicester City released the following statement:
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.
Sitting in 17th – one point ahead of the relegation zone – Leicester are still favoured to avoid the drop with 13 games to go, but they need to reverse their current slide.
The club is, however, still alive in the Champions League, although they lost the first leg of their Round of 16 tie to Sevilla 2-1 midweek.
Claudio Ranieri, the man who led Leicester City football club to an unprecedented Premier League title.
Deserved better. pic.twitter.com/2BIzAypTCE
— All Football News (@AllFootballLive) February 23, 2017