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.