Five names in the frame to replace Claudio Ranieri at Leicester Cityby Jack Kitson / 23 February 2017, 21:46Tweet
Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester City to the most astonishing title success in Premier League history, was this evening ruthlessly axed by the relegation strugglers.
The 5000/1 miracle man has now become the sacked man, despite Leicester putting on a positive performance in a 2-1 defeat to in-form Sevilla, during which they grabbed a valuable Champions League away goal.
However, in the end Leicester have decided to cut ties with the Italian, nine months after he led the Foxes to the top-flight title by a eye-popping margin of 10 points.
A multitude of managers have been thrust into contention at this early stage, five of which we take a look at below.
Ranieri's countryman and fellow Premier League winning manager, Roberto Mancini, has emerged as the stand-out candidate in the betting (5/4 Paddy Power). In truth, Mancini is by far the strongest and most logical option on the early list of contenders, and now could the former Fox return to the club in a time of desperation?
Mancini, like Ranieri, was axed the season after winning the top-flight title. After leaving Man City the 52-year-old went on to manage Galatasaray and Inter Milan, but has been out of work since leaving the latter back in August. He's available and no compensation would be required.
What a sensational story this would be.
Nigel Pearson (8/1), the man who led Leicester up to the Premier League, orchestrated a Great Escape, only to be savagely sacked in the summer of 2015. The no-nonsense boss laid the foundation for the club's future title success, but could he now storm back to the King Power and conjure up another miraculous survival story?
Hang on, what on earth is he doing here?
Yes, Alan Pardew (8/1) left Leicester's relegation rivals Crystal Palace after a truly shocking series of results in 2016. But, everyone knows that he's awful in the long-term - it's at the start of a tenure where the Silver Fox thrives.
Pardew could come in until the end of the season and galvernize the troops at their lowest ebb. The 55-year-old, whose been linked with Rangers, is available and ready to roll.
Gary Rowett (8/1) has been linked with just about every managerial vacancy since his unbelievably harsh dismissal at Birmingham City back in December. However, the bright, young boss has yet to be tempted back into the dugout, although that could very well change should Leicester come knocking on his door.
Rowett may not have any Premier League experience, but he's wanted for a reason, he happens to be a very good manager, and the 42-year-old could further bolster his ever-growing reputation by saving Leicester from the dreaded drop.
Another former Leicester City boss in Martin O'Neill is cheekily hovering on the outskirts at 25/1. The passionate Northern Irishmen enjoyed a memorable spell in charge of the Foxes between 1995 and 2005, during which led the club up to the Premier League and into the UEFA Cup, and hoisted two League Cups.
O'Neill is currently the manager of Republic of Ireland, but if the Irish FA allow it, he may well jump at the chance to juggle both jobs until the end of the season.