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Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester City?

Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester?
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Craig Shakespeare is reportedly sacked by Leicester City following the club's poor start to the season.

Craig Shakespeare has reportedly been sacked by Leicester City following the club's poor start to the new season.

The club have yet to officially confirm the news, but according to the Leicester Mercury, the 53-year-old was informed at a meeting today that his services were no longer required.

The Foxes have won just one of their first eight league games while losing four - a run that has seen them fall into the relegation zone for the first time since April 2015, when Nigel Pearson was manager.

Shakespeare took interim charge of the side at the end of February following Claudio Ranieri's dismissal, having served as assistant manager to the Italian and Pearson since 2011.

After guiding them to a 12th-place finish courtesy of seven wins in their final 13 games of the season, Shakespeare was awarded the job on a permanent basis over the summer on a three-year deal.

Shakespeare praised his side's "spirit" and "resilience" last night after they salvaged a point from their home encounter with West Bromwich Albion.

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