Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) - Defending Premier League champion Leicester City has fired manager Claudio Ranieri after tallying just five wins this season.
The firing came just one year after Ranieri led Leicester City to the Premier League crown in his first year at the helm.
"This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City," Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement.
"But we are duty-bound to put the club's long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be," he added.
Leicester is one point above the relegation zone, with just five wins all season.
According to Srivaddhanaprabha, assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge until a new manager is appointed.
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