Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester City just four months after becoming permanent manager

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Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as the manager of Leicester City only four months after succeeding Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis.
Leicester’s players were not informed of the decision by the club on Tuesday, and only found out as the story was broken by MailOnline Sport.
Sportsmail understands the 53-year-old was called to a meeting with the club hierarchy on Tuesday to be told a decision has been made to dismiss him after a run of one win in 10 Premier League games that leaves the 2015-16 champions in 18th place this season.
Craig Shakespeare has been sacked as the manager of Leicester City only four months after succeeding Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis.
Leicester’s players were not informed of the decision by the club on Tuesday, and only found out as the story was broken by MailOnline Sport.
Sportsmail understands the 53-year-old was called to a meeting with the club hierarchy on Tuesday to be told a decision has been made to dismiss him after a run of one win in 10 Premier League games that leaves the 2015-16 champions in 18th place this season.
The move has not been well received among senior players in the dressing room.
Shakespeare is a popular manager and has been well respected since taking full-time control from Claudio Ranieri.
Established members of the title-winning team believe he has been a victim of the problems the club had in replacing recruitment chief Steve Walsh, who moved to Everton.
With the amount of coverage on TV and radio, social media and online comment, it’s normal now to be questioned after four games.
‘The key thing is don’t try and get too agitated and upset if people don’t like the way you’re doing things – of course it’s lovely to be well liked but for every pat on the back there’s a kick up the bum coming in a week’s time.
‘As long as you’re quite level with your highs and lows, you’ve got to maintain that because ultimately it’s the players and the owners who will have a bearing on how you succeed.’
SHAKESPEARE’S RECORD
As caretaker (2016-17):

Played: 16

Won: 8

Drawn: 3

Lost: 5

Goals for: 27

Goals against: 16

Win ratio: 50 per cent

As manager (2017-18):

Played: 10

Won: 3

Drawn: 3

Lost: 4

Goals for: 16

Goals against: 14

Win ratio: 30 per cent

Shakespeare’s job was not believed to be under immediate threat, but Leicester’s Thai owners chose to act after watching Riyad Mahrez secure a point late on against the Baggies.
Speaking prior to Monday night’s game at the King Power, Shakespeare admitted that any Premier League boss could be as little as four games away from the sack.
‘It’s the reality, we all understand that you can draw four games on the trot and the spin becomes that you haven’t won for four games,’ he said.

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