Manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City Football Club nine months after leading them to their first ever Premier League title.
The sack comes in 24 hours after the Premier League defending champions were beaten 2:1 by Sevilla in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
The Foxes are one point above the drop zone with 13 matches left.However,the club owners vowed to back the manager during the dark days at the club recently and the sacking comes in contrary to what the club owners said earlier.
“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement.
The 65 year old Italian manager guided the Foxes to the title last season despite them being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign.
The Foxes won the Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season so far and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.
They have lost their last five league matches and are holding a poor record of being the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.
“His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question,”added the Foxes statement.
“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” said former Foxes striker Gary Lineker.
“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,” said Leicester vice chairman Aiyatwatt Srivaddhanaprabha.
“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skillful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City.
His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.
It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign.
But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximize the opportunity presented by the final 13 games,”this was according to the statement issued.
Leicester’s next game in their fight for Premier League survival comes when they host Liverpool on Monday as the assistant manager Craig Shakespear and first team coach Mike Stowell will take charge.