Leicester City sack manager Craig Shakespeare - reports
Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare after just four months in permanent charge
Shakespeare took over at Leicester when title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February, and oversaw an upturn in fortunes that pulled the club away from the relegation zone.
But the Foxes have endured a tough start to the new campaign, winning just one of their opening eight matches.
And Monday night’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion was seemingly the final straw for the Leicester owners who removed Shakespeare from his position with immediate effect.
The news initially broke via rumours from leading British journalists. And two hours later Leicester confirmed the news in a statement on the club's website.
Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said:
" Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the Club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable. However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, Board and owners. Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club."
Leicester have not made any indication of a replacement at this stage, with the statement saying: "The Club will now begin the process of identifying and appointing its next First Team Manager and will make no further comment on the process until the appropriate time."