English champ Le­ices­ter fires man­ager Ranieri

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Clau­dio Ranieri was fired as the man­ager of English cham­pion Le­ices­ter on Thurs­day, nine months af­ter guid­ing the soc­cer club to the most im­prob­a­ble ti­tle tri­umph in Premier League his­tory. Le­ices­ter’s Thai own­ers took the dras­tic mea­sure with the team just a point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone with 13 games re­main­ing in a dread­ful ti­tle de­fence. With a team of jour­ney­men, castoffs and pre­vi­ously un­her­alded play­ers, Le­ices­ter won the Premier League last sea­son at odds of 5,000-1, a feat gen­er­ally viewed as one of the great­est in all of sports. Ranieri was last month voted as Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion coach of the year. How­ever, the Ital­ian man­ager has come un­der heavy pres­sure in re­cent weeks as Le­ices­ter slipped closer to the bot­tom three in the Premier League and re­port­edly fell out with some of his play­ers. Le­ices­ter hasn’t scored a goal in six league games in 2017, and could be in the rel­e­ga­tion zone by the time the team plays its next match, at home to Liver­pool on Mon­day. As­sis­tant man­ager Craig Shake­speare and first-team coach Mike Stow­ell have been placed in tem­po­rary charge of the side. Ranieri took charge of Le­ices­ter in July 2015.

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