Leicester City sacked manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday, just nine months after he led the club to their first Premier League title.
Ranieri guided Leicester to the most unlikely of title wins last season and went on to claim FIFA’s Coach of the Year for the achievement.
However, Ranieri and Leicester have struggled this season, with the club sitting just one point and one position above the relegation zone, having failed to score a single league goal in 2017.
Leicester still have a chance of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals following Wednesday’s 2-1 round-of-16 first-leg defeat to Sevilla, but as the prospect of Premier League relegation would mean losing over £100 million, the club opted to remove Ranieri ahead of Monday’s clash against Liverpool.
A Leicester statement read: “Leicester City Football Club has tonight [Thursday] parted company with its first team manager, Claudio Ranieri.