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Leicester officially fires Craig Shakespeare

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The loyal servant to the club is out after just four months on the job.

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Craig Shakespeare has been sacked by Leicester City, according to Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.

The Foxes have just one win in their first eight Premier League matches and currently sit 18th in the table with six points. It was mere months ago, though, that the 53-year-old Enlglishman took over in relief of Claudio Ranieri to save Leicester from a situation similar to the one they are in now.

In his 16 games as manager at the end of last season, the Foxes won eight games - including the round of 16 of the Champions League - and finished 12th in the table after being relegation-threatened.

The move comes as a surprise as there were no reports of locker room turmoil; there were several such stories in the build up to Ranieri’s sacking. The Foxes are also coming off of the back of a hard-fought draw with West Brom, where they seemed to be the superior team for the entirety of the match.

In addition to all of that, Leicester’s losses this season came against the Premier League elite. Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool are responsible for handing the Foxes these losses, though the team remained competitive in each of these affairs.

Leicester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Craig Shakespeare contemplating the cruelness of the Premier League’s managerial conveyor belt.
Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Still, it seems none of these factors were enough to save Shakespeare’s job.

The servant of the club will be missed by its supporters, and we here at Fosse Posse would like to thank him for contributing to the remarkable growth of the club over the duration of his tenure.


Update: The club has confirmed the move.