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Published: 15:47 | 17/10/17

Leicester sack manager Shakespeare

Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare just eight matches into the new Premier League season.

The 53-year-old succeeded Premier League title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February on a caretaker basis, before signing a three-year permanent contract in June.

Shakespeare won his first six matches in charge at the King Power Stadium, including a historic last 16 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League, but Leicester have struggled this season and currently lie in the Premier League relegation places, with six points and just one win in eight matches.  

However, the Foxes' four league defeats have come against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Leicester spent £60m on new players over the summer, including £17m for England defender Harry Maguire and £25m on Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

Michael Appleton will act as caretaker manager for Saturday's Premier League game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, alongside first-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.

"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," Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.

"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."

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