Champions Leicester City sack manager Ranieri

English Premier League champions Leicester City have shocked the football world by dumping manager Claudio Ranieri, with the club announcing the move in a statement on Friday (AEDT).

Ranieri, whose side is currently a point and a place above the relegation zone, leaves less than a year after clinching a remarkable title triumph.

Last year Leicester won the title by 10 points from Arsenal, to deliver one of the greatest sporting shocks in football history.

The Foxes were defeated 2-1 by Sevilla in the Champions League earlier this week, but are still in with a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

"Claudio 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," the statement said.

"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."

The board called the decision a painful one but says it feels duty-bound to make the call.

"This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City," vice-chairman Aiyawatt 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."

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first team coach Mike Stowell will take over the managerial duties until a new coach is found, starting with this weekend's Premier League match against Liverpool.

English Premier League

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GD

Pts

1

Chelsea

25

19

3

3

34

60

2

Manchester City

25

16

4

5

22

52

3

Tottenham Hotspur

25

14

8

3

28

50

4

Arsenal

25

15

5

5

26

50

5

Liverpool

25

14

7

4

24

49

6

Manchester United

25

13

9

3

17

48

7

Everton

25

11

8

6

13

41

8

West Bromwich Albion

25

10

7

8

3

37

9

Stoke City

25

8

8

9

-6

32

10

West Ham United

25

9

5

11

-9

32

11

Southampton

25

8

6

11

-3

30

12

Burnley

25

9

3

13

-9

30

13

Watford

25

8

6

11

-13

30

14

Bournemouth

25

7

5

13

-14

26

15

Swansea City

25

7

3

15

-23

24

16

Middlesbrough

25

4

10

11

-8

22

17

Leicester City

25

5

6

14

-19

21

18

Hull City

25

5

5

15

-27

20

19

Crystal Palace

25

5

4

16

-14

19

20

Sunderland

25

5

4

16

-22

19

 

Author: 
www.abc.net.au