Craig Shakespeare have been sacked by Leicester City after four months in charge, while assistant, Michael Appleton is expected to take temporary charge for trip to Swansea on Saturday.
Shakespeare’s 4-month reign was abruptly ended when he was sacked on Tuesday, with more than two and a half years left on his contract, following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Brom.
Leicester are third from bottom, with six points from eight games, and Michael Appleton, Shakespeare’s assistant, has been asked to take charge of the team for Saturday’s game at Swansea as the board start the process of putting together a short-list with a view to appointing a replacement before the winter transfer window.
A release by Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the club’s vice-chairman, read:
“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.”