June 30, 2015 22:17:12 UK
Leicester City have announced that they have sacked Nigel Pearson, despite him keeping the Foxes in the Premier League.
The Midlands club had looked doomed to relegation when sat at the foot of the table early in the year, but Pearson turned things around and pulled off the great escape.
Leicester won seven of their last ten games and were safe before the final day, when a 5-1 victory over QPR saw them secure a 14th-place finish.
But the Foxes owners have decided that it is time to find a new manager, citing “fundamental differences in perspective” between Pearson and the board.
Whilst a club statement acknowledged the “considerable contribution” that the 51-year-old had made to the team, it added that the board of directors felt the “working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”
The Foxes say Pearson’s assistant Craig Shakespeare and first-team coach Steve Walsh will take charge of first-team duties whilst they begin their search for a new manager.
Leicester will start their 2015-16 Premier League campaign with a home fixture against Sunderland on the opening weekend, before an away clash at West Ham on 15th August.
Leicester can be backed at 4.00 to be relegated next season, while they are 13.00 to finish bottom of the table and 1.20 to finish in the bottom half of the table.
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