Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said on Tuesday: "Craig has been a great servant to Leicester – 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 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 expectation of our supporters, board and owners.
Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester. Bring back Claudio.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 17, 2017
But he inspired the team to five straight league wins and they finished the season in a respectable 12th place. Shakespeare was given around £60m ($79m, 67m euros) to spend on players in the summer transfer window and splashed out on striker Kelechi Iheanacho, Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra. But Leicester's only Premier League win came against newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion in August.
BREAKING: Leicester City sack Craig Shakespeare. ✅Claudio Ranieri right now...?? pic.twitter.com/n4nFHxZFgx — SPORF (@Sporf) October 17, 2017
Their only other points have been picked up in draws against Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and West Brom, while Shakespeare oversaw wins against Sheffield United and Liverpool in the League Cup. He is the second managerial casualty of the Premier League season following the dismissal of Frank de Boer from the Palace job.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare sacked, had gone same length of time without a win as Ranieri before he was sacked, Leicester's owners showing their ruthless side again. Who next at KP? pic.twitter.com/asWe3Enm5k— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) October 17, 2017