Leicester City say they dispensed with manager Craig Shakespeare after feeling he could no longer fulfil the club's 'early promise'.
Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri at the Foxes during a similar worrying spell of form last season – six games without a victory – and led the club to safety and the Champions League quarter-finals.
But just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis, he leaves the club third from bottom in the English top-flight.
Leicester Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha explained: "Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – 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 City 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 expectations of our supporters, Board and owners.
“Craig is and will remain a very popular, respected figure at Leicester City and will be welcome back at King Power Stadium in future, both professionally and as a friend of the Club.”
The statement continued: "The Club will now begin the process of identifying and appointing its next First Team Manager and will make no further comment on the process until the appropriate time."
Michael Appleton will take charge of side alongside coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler until a replacement is announced.
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