So, there we have it. Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Leicester manager, getting less time in the job than Steve Kean got at Blackburn Rovers despite, oh you know, winning the fucking Premier League.
It had been speculated the move was in the offing, and the rumblings grew louder once Ranieri got the dreaded vote of confidence from the club's ownership earlier this month. Today, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha announced that Ranieri had got the axe on the team's website:
"This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club's long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.
"Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have 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.
"It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games."
Ah well, the good news is that Alan Pardew is in the running, so everything will doubtlessly turn out alright in the end.