With just eight matches played in the premier league, Leicester City, 2015 champions, have, for the second time in the last eight months, sacked its manager. Craig Shakespeare, who succeeded Claudio Ranieri after he was relieved of his duties in February for poor performance, has become the latest managerial victim in the competitive English league . A statement on Leicester City’s website says the club has parted ways with the man that, just yesterday, oversaw the club’s match against West Brom in the Premiership. The match ended 1-1 and left Leicester with six points and third from bottom in the league table. The parting of ways happened just four months after Shakespeare was confirmed as coach, having previously served in acting capacity. Obviously, Leicester’s management were unimpressed with his performance this season, after steering the team out of relegation last season following Ranieri’s exit.
In his place, Michael Appleton will take charge as manager in acting capacity and would have his first test on Saturday against Swansea City.
The release quotes Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, as saying:
“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.
“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.”Follow Us on Social Media