English Premier League defending champions Leicester City have sacked their manger Claudio Ranieri. The announcement was made last night via their twitter handle @LCFC with the club statement reading that they had parted company with their manager. Leicester City who were Premier League champions last year in what proved to be the most miraculous event in the league made the decision after their 2-1 loss at Sevilla the previous night in the first leg of the Champions league last 16.
Claudio Ranieri who guided Leicester to their maiden title last season had come under fire recently following his team’s continued dip in form this season. Leicester have won only 5 of their topflight games this season and if the trend continues they might just get relegated to the championship. They have collected a dismal 21 points and now lie 17th in the premier league table.
According to BBC Sport, the manger had been given unwavering support earlier this month by being offered a 4 year deal. Former Club striker Gary Lineker had also said it would be a shame for the club to sack him after he had done the impossible and won them the league for the first time. After the decision to sack him was made public last night the striker tweeted via his twitter handle @GaryLineker that after all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him was inexplicable, unforgiving and gut-wrenchingly sad.
The sack cannot be explained clearly but according to the club’s vice chairperson Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabah the decision was made for the good of the club. With 13 games remaining to the end of the season the vice chairperson thought it was time for change in management to salvage the clubs fortunes.
Claudio Ranieri’s record was tremendous last year when they won the league after Tottenham slipped out of the race by drawing with Chelsea. His miraculous win led him to being named manager of the year at the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards on 18th December last year.
The club has not yet named his replacement meaning assistant coach Craig Shakespear will oversee their next premier league game on Monday against Liverpool.