Leicester City: Craig Shakespeare sacking is harsh, but not a surprise

Leicester City owners have once again showed their ruthless side by sacking Craig Shakespeare after just 21 league games in charge of the Foxes.

A six-game winless run has seen the 2015/17 Premier League champions drop into the relegation zone, leaving them in the same situation as when they sacked in February.

Shakespeare had brilliant start at the King Power, winning his first five Premier League matches in charge and mastermind one of the greatest nights in the Foxes’ history when they beat Sevilla out of the Champions League.

However, since Leicester beat Sunderland on April 4, they have only won three league games. The fixture list has not been kind but the Foxes Thai owners could point to a team like Burnley who took 5 points from away matches at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. The were spirited in defeat in a number of games against top sides but ultimately came away with nothing.

Shakespeare’s commitment to using 4-4-2 has also played a part in his dismissal. Teams have worked out how to play against the Foxes and they often lack of a plan B, as was evident against West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

The timing of his sacking though has caught many fans by surprise. If you include Monday’s game, the Foxes have 4 games in 13 days. They travel to Swansea on Saturday before two home games against Leeds in the Carabao Cup and then Everton.

It seems harsh that he was not given these games to prove himself against some of the lesser sides in the Premier League.

Shakespeare’s contribution to the football club though has not gone unnoticed. As a No. 2, the former boss was involved in League One, Championship and Premier League title wins and for that Leicester supporters are eternally grateful.

The owners have run the football club superbly since arriving in 2010 but are quickly getting a reputation for ruthless sackings.

Appointing Shakespeare’s successor could be the biggest decision they have had to make in their time at Leicester.

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