Claudio Ranieri

Leicester win without Ranieri

Jamie Vardy's first Premier League goals since December 10 and Danny Drinkwater's sensational volley handed the beleaguered champions their first victory since New Year's Eve, as interim boss Craig Shakespeare got his tenure off to a winning start.

Despite easing their relegation fears - Leicester now 15th, two points clear of the bottom three - the victory asks serious questions of the Foxes, who rekindled the spirit of their title-winning season so soon after Ranieri was relieved of his duties.

Ranieri dumped in desperate move as it all falls apart for Leicester

For Claudio Ranieri, this is his grim reality as the board of Leicester City called an end to the Italian's time at the Foxes with a club statement.

In May last year, Ranieri was close to the most popular man on the planet. Everyone's favourite unofficial grandfather, whose catchphrases like "dilly-ding, dilly dong!" had captivated fans and pundits alike, Ranieri was standing in Leicester's home ground on a stage with singer Andrea Bocelli celebrating the title.

Champions Leicester City sack manager Ranieri

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.