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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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Fans react on Twitter to shock news of Ranieri sacking

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Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri less than nine months after he guided them to a historic Premier League title.

The club say they are "duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be."

Fans and sports stars have been reacting to the news on Twitter:

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BREAKING NEWS: Leicester City sack manager Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri less than nine months after he guided them to a historic Premier League title.

The decision comes 24 hours after the Foxes bravely fought back from 2-0 down at Sevilla to keep their Champions League last 16 tie alive heading into the return leg.

Ranieri leaves Leicester 17th in the Premier League table, one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches remaining this season.

A statement on Leicester's website read:

"Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.

Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.

However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest."

– Leicester City Club Statement.
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