Leicester City’s title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked by the club on Thursday following his current poor second season spell at King Power Stadium in the Premier League. Nine months after doing the impossible for Leicester City by winning the English Premier League trophy, the Foxes announced the sacking of the Italian manager.

Leicester have lost seven of their last nine matches. With only 5 wins in their 25 league games, it provides them just one point above in this season’s relegation zone.

The 65-year-old has been dismissed just 298 days after he led the club to their first ever Premier League title.

Ranieri cemented his name in the history books when he beat the odds by achieving the unthinkable by lifting the famous Premier League trophy despite being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the 2015-2016 campaign.

“Leicester City Football Club has tonight [Thursday] parted company with its first team Manager, Claudio Ranieri,” the club said in a statement.

“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,’’ vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement.

The Italian manager was axed less than 24 hours after Leicester’s 2-1 defeat from Sevilla at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last -16 tie.

First Published | 24 February 2017 10:26 AM
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