Leicester City Sack Craig Shakespeare

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 17 October 2017, 16:05

Leicester City have lived up to their ruthless reputation after sacking Craig Shakespeare just eight games into the new Premier League season, with the Englishmen the division’s second managerial casualty following September's departure of Frank de Boer.

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The Foxes, who were crowned English champions in 2015/16, savagely axed their title winning boss Claudio Ranieri back in February, nine months after that stunning success.

Ranieri’s successor, Shakespeare - who many thought stabbed the ItalianĀ in the back - has experienced the same fate, meaning the trigger-happy East Midland’s outfit are now on the hunt for their third manager in the last eight months.

In truth the writing was on the wall for Shakespeare who had scraped only one win from Leicester’s opening eight league games, while Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to West Brom extended their winless run to six games.

Less than seven months ago Shakespeare was lapping up the praise after he became the first British manager to win his first five Premier League games.

However, football is a cruel game, and the 53-year-old now joins De Boer on the scrapheap after becoming the second victim of the Sack Race.

Attention immediately turns to the early contenders in the betting, with former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson catching the eye at 9/1. Pearson is currently in charge of Belgian second-tier side OH Leuven, who like Leicester are owned by King Power International…

Silver Fox Alan Pardew has been trying to sell himself on Sky Sports, but whether that has seduced the Leicester hierarchy is unknown. Zenit boss Roberto Mancini and Guus Hiddink also feature, while a number of bets are sure to be placed on the “retired” Sam Allardyce.

Elsewhere, the club’s assistant manager Michael Appleton will no doubt be in contention for the permanent position.


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