After a run of six Premier League games without a win, Leicester City have sacked manager, Craig Shakespeare, just four months after appointing him as a permanent replacement for title-winning boss, Claudio Ranieri.
Monday night's draw at home to West Bromwich Albion has left the Foxes in the bottom three with just six points from their opening eight league games. The 2015/16 champions have won just once in the league this season, but, their 2-0 win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion back in August is now just a distant memory.
Despite leading Leicester City to the Premier League title the season before, Claudio Ranieri was dismissed in February because, like Shakespeare, he had gone six consecutive league games without a win. Ranieri's assistant, Shakespeare, was initially given the manager's job on a temporary basis but after staving off the threat of relegation to eventually finish 12th he was confirmed as the permanent Leicester City manager in the summer.
Shakespeare's sacking further emphasises the ruthlessness of the modern day Premier League. It could be argued that Leicester City's currently Premier League position is not a fair reflection of their potential. No team outside of the top eight has scored more goals this season than Leicester City and their four defeats have been at the hands of four of the league's biggest teams; Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Shakespeare has seemingly paid the price for three draws against Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and most recently, West Bromwich Albion.
Former England manager, Sam Allardyce, has been installed as the bookies' favourite to take over at the King Power Stadium, whilst Wales boss, Chris Coleman, could be tempted into a return to domestic football following his failure to lead Wales to next summer's FIFA World Cup.
Next permanent Leicester City manager (odds courtesy of SkyBet):
Sam Allardyce - 7/4
Chris Coleman - 5/2
Nigel Pearson - 4/1
Michael Appleton - 7/1
Roberto Mancini - 10/1
Alan Pardew - 12/1
Sean Dyche - 12/1
Carlo Ancelotti - 14/1
David Moyes - 16/1
David Wagner - 16/1