Leicester City has sacked their manager Craig Shakespeare, who was only four months into a three-year contract.
Shakespeare’s record as manager for Leicester reads 1 win, 3 draws and 4 defeats after eight games — and had remained third bottom in the Premier League table for several consecutive weeks.
While the Foxes had difficult fixtures in that period against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool which hardly helped Shakepeare’s tenure, it was clear that Leicester’s owners still expected more than only one league victory at this stage.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the club’s vice-chairman, said: “Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City — during his spells as an assistant manager and since taking over as manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.”
“However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward — consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners.”
Jon Rudkin, Leicester’s director of football, informed Shakespeare of the news at the club’s training ground, where the 53-year-old had overseen a friendly match against a Nottingham Forest side earlier in the day.
Michael Appleton, Shakespeare’s assistant, has been asked to take charge of the team for Saturday’s game at Swansea as the Leicester City board of directors puts together a shortlist with a view to making an appointment as soon as possible.
Leicester has also remained tight-lipped other than to categorically rule out the prospect of Nigel Pearson returning to the club. Pearson was recently appointed head coach of OH Leuven, the second-tier Belgian side owned by the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who also control Leicester.