​Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has been sacked by the club following a concerning start to the new season.

The Foxes lie 18th in the Premier League table after winning just one of their opening eight matches, and the decision appears relatively hasty given that they are only one win away from mid-table at such an early stage.

Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha ​said: "Craig has been a great servant to Leicester City – during his spells as an Assistant Manager and since taking over as Manager in challenging circumstances in February. His dedication to the Club and to his work has been absolute and the contribution he made to the most successful period in Leicester City history is considerable.

"However, our early promise under Craig’s management has not been consistently evident in the months since and the Board feels that, regrettably, a change is necessary to keep the Club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, Board and owners."

Shakespeare took over on an interim basis from title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri after he was controversially sacked in February following a run of poor results, and he managed to keep the club in the Premier League, as well as over turn a first leg defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League, before crashing out to Atletico at the quarter-final stage.

He was then given the job permanently during the off-season after the board became impressed with how the players performed for him in the last couple of months of the 2016/17 season.

His sacking may not come as too much of a surprise to many given that the club's Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wielded the axe on Ranieri after a fairly similar run of results earlier this year.