A file photo taken on October 15, 2016 shows Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri gesturing on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City (Photo: AFP)
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just months after leading the club to the Premier League title, the Midlands side announced Thursday.
The Italian's position has come under intense scrutiny this season during a slump that has left the Foxes, who started the 2015/16 campaign as 5,000/1 title no-hopers, just a point above the relegation zone and battling for top-flight survival ahead of this weekend's matches.
Not even a gutsy 2-1 loss away to Sevilla in the first leg of a Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday was enough to spare Ranieri the sack.
The Thai-owned club announced: "Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its first-team manager, Claudio Ranieri.
"Domestic results in the current campaign have placed the clubâs Premier League status under threat and the board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the clubâs greatest interest."