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Mancini expresses sympathy for sacked Leicester boss

Mancini is the favourite to replace Ranieri at Leicester. Credit: PA

Roberto Mancini, the favourite to replace Claudio Ranieri as Leicester manager, has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot following his sacking.

Ranieri was dismissed in the wake of his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla on Thursday night, just nine months after leading the Foxes to the most improbable of Premier League title successes.

The Italian defied odds of 5,000-1 to land the title for Leicester, but this season has been a different story, with the club lying just one point above the relegation zone.

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take interim charge ahead of Monday's match against Liverpool, but former Manchester City manager Mancini, who had a short spell as a player with the Foxes and is available after leaving Inter Milan last year, is the favourite to replace Ranieri on a permanent basis.

Mancini said on Twitter: "I am sorry for my friend #Ranieri. He will remain in the history of @LCFC, in the heart of #Leicester fans and all football lovers."

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Former Leicester centre-back Matthew Upson "Leicester have taken action"

Former Leicester centre-back Matthew Upson has reacted to the sacking of Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri tonight, speaking to ITV Sport he said:

"It's a clear message that football just does not stand still, it doesn't matter what you did in a previous season or even in a previous game, it doesn't matter going forward and I just think that Leicester given their current Premier League form have taken an action on that."

– Matthew Upson.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Ranieri's sacking

Managers from football clubs across the country have joined fans to react to the sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri this evening. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said:

"He was nominated as the best manager in the world, and today, he was sacked, how the football world moves so fast."

– Mauricio Pochettino.
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