Leicester City on lookout for third boss of 2017 after sacking Craig Shakespeare

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Shakespeare has guided Leicester to just one Premier League victory this term (Source: Getty)

Leicester City are on the hunt for their third manager of the calendar year after sacking Craig Shakespeare with the club languishing in the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The Foxes dispensed with Shakespeare less than 24 hours after their 1-1 draw with West Brom at the King Power Stadium, which left the Midlands club 18th in the table with only one league win this season.

Shakespeare succeeded Claudio Ranieri, who had guided Leicester to a shock Premier League title nine months earlier, in February, initially on a temporary basis before being handed the reins full-time in June.

The 53-year-old steered the Foxes away from immediate danger and secured a 12th-place finish but has struggled to find a winning formula this season despite outlaying close to £60m during the summer.

Former Oxford United boss Michael Appleton, who had been Shakespeare’s assistant, remains at the club and is expected to be placed in caretaker charge. Leicester’s next game is an away fixture against Swansea on Saturday.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce has been installed as the early favourite to replace Shakespeare, while the likes of former Leicester player Roberto Mancini, Nigel Pearson and Carlo Ancelotti are other potential candidates.

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