Who could replace Ranieri?
Leicester City's are searching for a new manager having sacked Claudio Ranieri, just nine months after leading the club to the Premier League title. The 65-year-old Italian took Leicester from expected relegation candidates to Premier League champions, despite being offered at a price of 5000-1 to win the league at the start of the season. However with the club struggling this time around, the club's owners have decided to dispense of Ranieri's services.
Ranieri's achievement with the Foxes was one of the greatest in the whole of sport, never mind football but the club's title defence has been nothing short of shambolic. Not many expected Leicester to reach the same heights of the 2015-16 season but the club had not scored a single league goal in 2017 under the Italian and the chances of them becoming the first defending champions to be relegated in English football since Manchester City in 1938 appeared very realistic. There has also been suggestions that the players had become disilusioned with Ranieri's methods and had gone to the club's owners to voice their discontent following the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.
Craig Shakespeare has been appointed as Ranieri's successor on a caretaker basis but Italian's former assistant boss is the bookies' favourite to get the job on a permanent basis. He is thought to be well respected by the players and in his first game in temporary charge recorded a 3-1 victory over Liverpool. That result will have not done any harm to his chances and given he is already at the club and proving himself capable, it's no real major surprise to see him lead the market.
At present, Shakespeare is a short price favourite of just 13/8 with William Hill to take the reigns and it certainly appears a justified price at present, given the lack of any clear alternatives. That being said, there are some other names in the mix who are worth looking but they have to be considered outsiders at present. Guus Hiddink is the second favourite and the veteran Dutchman could come in on short-term basis, much like he did at Chelsea last season. However the 70-year-old spoke of desire to retire after departing Stamford Bridge and whether or not he would be willing to return to management for a relegation battle remains to be seen. In places he is as short as 3/1 to be the next Leicester manager though BetVictor have him at a best price of 6/1.
Former England boss Roy Hodgson is a recent addition to the market and a name that seems to be gathering pace. He has experience in taking over a club in this situation with both Fulham and West Brom and his knowledge of the Premier League would appeal to the Foxes owners. Roberto Mancini had been targeted before stating he would have no interest in the role whilst there has also been talk of a return for Nigel Pearson.