Leicester City have parted company with Craig Shakespeare after the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion left them in the relegation zone after eight games.
Michael Appleton will be take caretaker charge of the first-team for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Swansea City. He’ll be joined by first-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler.
Leicester’s start to the season (Premier League)
- 11/8/17: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City
- 19/8/17: Leicester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 26/8/17: Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City
- 9/9/17: Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea
- 16/9/17: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City
- 23/9/17: Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool
- 30/9/17: Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester City
- 16/10/17: Leicester City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Shakespeare leaves with Leicester currently two points adrift from safety. Only West Ham United (14), Stoke City (18) and Crystal Palace (18) have conceded more goals than the Foxes this season.
City picked up just one win in the league – against Brighton in August – and have gone six without victory. Although all four defeats came against the ‘Big Six’, Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha revealed Shakespeare’s sacking was due to flirting with relegation early on.
He 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.
“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.”
The decision to let Shakespeare go was met with dismay and anger from supporters and pundits, who believe the Leicester hierarchy wielded the axe too soon.
Appleton, Wales manager Chris Coleman and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini have been mentioned as potential replacements for the 54-year-old.