The 2016 FIFA Best Manager of the Year, Claudio Ranieri, who won the English Premier League with Leicester City last season has been sacked by the club on Thursday.
Ranieri’s departure comes just a day after a 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, as the spot for the quarter-finals is still beyond reach for the Foxes.
But City are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left, as they have have lost their past five league matches and happen to be the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal since the beginning of 2017.
“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” said a statement.
“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.”
Though Leicester won the Premier League by 10 points last season, they have won just five league games so far this season, and are in the verge of becoming the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.
“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,” Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement.
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