Leicester City Have Fired Manager Claudio Ranieri Only Months After Winning EPL Title

Less than a year after leading Leicester City to an improbable Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager.

The Daily Mail broke the story, and Leicester have put out a statement confirming that they have indeed let Ranieri go. Some quotes from that statement:

Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.

However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest.

This decision to fire Ranieri is more sad than it is shocking, though the timing is a little strange. The Foxes did pull back an away goal against Sevilla to keep their hopes alive of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals. But, Leicester City’s league form has been atrocious. They have earned just 21 points from their first 25 matches and sit just one point outside the relegation zone. The Foxes have been outscored 12-0 over their last five league matches.

Leicester is almost experiencing last season in reverse. The Foxes have struggled scoring goals. They are averaging (0.96 per match) vs. (1.79) in 2015-16. Their defense has also become more porous. They are allowing (1.72) goals per match compared to (0.95) per match.

It’s hard to pin Leicester’s downfall on one player or a particularly Ranieri decision, though losing tireless French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté has exposed the players playing around and, particularly, behind him. Kanté, arguably the player of the season thus far, has been central to Chelsea’s revitalization. After finishing 10th last season, the Blues are eight points clear at the top.

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