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Leicester sack manager Ranieri

Leicester sack manager Ranieri
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By James Edgar
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Leicester City have sacked their manager Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester City have sacked their manager Claudio Ranieri less than a year after he guided them to an unthinkable Premier League title.

Club statement: #lcfc and Claudio Ranieri part company: https://t.co/C5qnSVxDgUpic.twitter.com/VqlHy1I6Ut

— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 23, 2017

With the Foxes hovering just one point above the relegation zone, the Italian was relieved of his duties after the team returned home from a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla.

The club paid tribute to Ranieri as their “most successful…manager of all time” but said their perilous league position required action.

Last season, Leicester defied 5000-1 odds to lift the Premier League trophy just one season after a late escape from relegation.

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare will take interim charge alongside Mike Stowell while the club find a replacement.

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