Caludio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City just eight months after clinching a the Premier League title in a fairy tale story that gripped the sporting world.
The Italian coach leaves the club in 17th place in the league, just one point above the bottom three with 13 matches remaining.
Ranieri’s final league match in charge of Leicester was at the Liberty Stadium as Paul Clement’s side ran out 2-0 winners in a match with huge implications at the foot of the table.
Following that defeat, Leicester went on to lose 1-0 to League One side Millwall in the FA Cup 5th round and were defeated 2-1 against Sevilla last night in the Champions League.
The 65-year-old’s departure now means that four of the bottom six sides in the Premier League have changed their manager this season- only Middlesbrough and Sunderland have kept faith with their original boss.
Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said:
“This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. 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.”
While the decision to part company with Ranieri has drawn harsh criticism from many, Swansea have shown that appointing a new man can help lift the clubs fortunes.
Paul Clement has won four of his six league matches in charge of the Swans.
However, both Crystal Palace have fallen further off the pace since the appointment of former England manager Sam Allardyce.