Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Leicester City, the club have confirmed
The 65-year-old Italian masterminded the Foxes to their first ever Premier League title last season in what was arguably the greatest achievement in the history of the English top flight.
Speculation had been building that Ranieri would lose his job this term, with Leicester currently sitting 17th in the table and just one place above the relegation zone.
Thoughts than Jamie Vardy's goal in Seville last night might have sparked a revival have been dispelled by the club.
In an official statement the owners have said that this was the most difficult decision but has been taken in the long term interests of the club.
It seems an incredible turnaround after Ranieri lifted the Premier League title last season and less than two weeks ago the Board said they were firmly behind their manager.