Struggling Leicester City Fire Manager Claudio Ranieri

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 02/26/17 04:10AM EST

Leicester City made a major changed as the franchise keeps the struggling in the field. Manager Claudio Ranieri has been fired by Leicester, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title.

According to CBS Sports News, Leicester announced the moved on Thursday. Things haven't gone Ranieri's way this season, with the team fighting for its survival in the Premier League. Leicester currently sit 17th place, which is one spot above the drop zone.

ESPN Sports also reported that the club has lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions, with the only win in that span an FA Cup replay against Derby County. They were dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend by third-tier Millwall, which Ranieri hit out at his players after the game.

The Club reported that Ranieri who was appointed as the team manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the club's 133-year history last season, as the franchise crowned champions of England for the first time. Ranieri status as the most successful franchise manager of all time is without question.

"However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club's Premier League status under threat and the board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership. We admittedly painful, that is necessary for the club's greatest interest," a statement from the Leicester.

Club vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said that the club will forever be grateful to the Italian manager. Ranieri pulled off one of the most amazing runs last season with Leicester, winning 23, drawing 12 and losing just three league matches on the way to the Premier League title, as reported in BBC Sports News.

"Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skillful management, powers of motivation and measured approach has been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm, and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve," said Aiyawatt.

Facing relegation often results in a coaching change. The club also announced that the assistant Craig Shakespeare and the first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the team until a new manager is appointed.

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