Leicester City sack Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri

CLAUDIO RANIERI has been sacked by Leicester City just nine months after leading the club to the Premier League title.

“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement.

With Ranieri at the helm, the Foxes claimed the title despite the bookies placing 5,000-1 odds on them at the start of the campaign.

His departure was announced less than 24 hours after a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Former Foxes striker and BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted: “After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.”

Leicester currently sit just one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left, and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.

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