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Only nine short months ago, Leicester City were on top of the world having won the Premier League title in a 5000/1 shocker. To say that things have turned sour since then could be seen as an understatement of epic proportions, given that the Foxes now sit just one point above the relegation zone and have just sacked their manager.
Ranieri oversaw one of the biggest upsets not just in English football but in the sporting world in general when he led his side to the title, however they have subsequently struggled badly and things unravelled further when the Foxes were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One side Millwall last week.
With Leicester City staring relegation to the Championship squarely in the face, is sacking a manager who recently led the side to success in the Premier League a wise thing to do? That is the question which will undoubtedly be asked amongst supporters and football pundits, however the fact that this has happened so quickly might lead some to suggest that a successor has already been lined up.
What do the bookies think?
11/4 – Roberto Mancini has been installed as an early favourite, the former Inter boss possessing no shortage of experience following spells with Galatasaray, Manchester City and Lazio.
8/1 – Alan Pardew is also amongst the early frontrunners, the former Eagles boss also possessing no shortage of management experience following spells at West Ham United, Southampton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
12/1 – Frank de Boer is also amongst the favourites, the Dutchman jobless since his departure from Serie A side Inter Milan. De Boer was sacked by the Italian club after being in charge for only 85 days, however many feel that he would be just the man to replace Claudio Ranieri.
8/1 – Gary Rowett is a distinct possibility, the former Birmingham City boss being sacked under controversial circumstances. Rowett played in defence for the Foxes and would certainly prove a popular choice despite never before managing in the top flight.
10/1 – Nigel Pearson is also very much in the frame to return to Leicester City for a third spell in charge. Pearson left the Foxes after his first stint at the club following disagreements with chairman Milan Manderic, however he returned to Leicester in November 2011 following Mandaric’s departure and remained until 2015 when he was unceremoniously sacked. Could he return for a third spell?
16/1 – Mark Warburton has also emerged as one of the early frontrunners, the former Rangers boss having recently departed Ibrox following a period of success with the club which included a league and cup double. Warburton would also prove a popular choice for the now vacant position, however given his lack of experience at this level, it remains to be seen whether the board feel that he is the right man for the job.