- Claudio Ranieri sacked with Leicester one point outside relegation zone
- Italian led the club to their first ever Premier League title last season
- But champions have struggled this season and are in a relegation battle
Claudio Ranieri has been sensationally sacked as Leicester City manager, Sportsmail understands.
The brutal decision to dismiss the man who lead them to arguably the greatest triumph in English football history was made after the 2-1 Champions League defeat in Seville.
Sportsmail attempts to confirm this with the club have proved unsuccessful tonight with representatives unavailable for comment.
Leicester City have sacked Claudio Ranieri, just months after he won the Premier League
Ranieri has been dismissed with Leicester just a point outside the relegation zone
The 65-year-old’s appointment was met with criticism when he replaced Nigel Pearson in July 2015 but he sensationally inspired a team which had narrowly escaped relegation to their first-ever Premier League title.
His remarkable achievement with a squad worth just £55million saw him named FIFA Coach of the Year.
But the Italian was unable to replicate his success this season.
While Leicester initially shone in the Champions League — winning their group — they desperately struggled in the Premier League.
The Foxes are yet to score a goal in the Premier League in 2017 and have picked up just one point from a possible 18.
They needed a replay and extra-time to get past Derby in the FA Cup fourth round only to be humbled by Millwall of League One in the last 16.
Ranieri led the club to their first ever Premier League title last season
Despite their woeful form, Leicester had continued to back Ranieri and gave their beleaguered boss a vote of confidence earlier this month.
A club statement read: ‘Leicester City would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for Claudio Ranieri.
‘While there is a collective appreciation from everyone at the Club that recent form needs to improve, the unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome even the greatest of challenges.
‘The entire club is and will remain united behind its manager and behind its players, collectively and firmly focused on the challenges ahead.’
His achievement with a squad worth just £55m saw him named FIFA Coach of the Year
The Foxes are yet to score in the Premier League in 2017 and have picked up just one point