Next Leicester manager betting odds: Roberto Mancini favourite for Foxes return

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri - less than a year since winning the Premier League title.

Leicester manager Claudio RanieriLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City have tonight confirmed that they have parted company with manager Claudio Ranieri, just nine months after he guided the Foxes to the Premier League title.

Leicester were the story of last season as they stunned the world by winning the Premier League title, despite having been viewed as relegation candidates before the start of the season.

Ranieri was the mastermind behind the title win, taking a modest squad of players to what was akin to a football miracle, but less than 12 months on, the Italian has lost his job.

Whilst he guided Leicester through the group stages of the Champions League, Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Sevilla proved to be his final game in charge, with the Foxes hovering just one point clear of the Premier League relegation zone ahead of Monday's home game with Liverpool.

Bookmakers have already started pricing up odds for who could replace Ranieri at the King Power Stadium, and here are five of the main names in the mix with Sky Bet this evening...

Roberto Mancini: 2/1

The early favourite for the job is another Italian who has won the Premier League title, with Roberto Mancini the 2/1 frontrunner. Mancini, who guided Manchester City to the title in 2012, was a well-liked figure in England and could return to Leicester having made five appearances for the club during his playing days. The 52-year-old is currently out of work having been sacked by Inter Milan back in August 2016, and could be the perfect fit for the Foxes given his Premier League experience and his ties to the club, though it's unclear how he would cope in a relegation battle.

Alan Pardew: 5/1

Sacked by Crystal Palace back in December, Pardew could be looking for a swift return to management. The 55-year-old has bags of Premier League experience, but long-lasting success was hard to come by for him at both Newcastle United and then Palace. Appointing Pardew – a generally divisive figure – is always a gamble, but at 5/1, he could be an option for Leicester as they bid for Premier League survival.

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Nigel Pearson: 5/1

A bizarre name in the frame right now is Nigel Pearson, the man who left Leicester to set up Ranieri's arrival in the summer of 2015. Pearson not only guided Leicester to the top flight in 2014, but then pulled off a great escape to keep the club in the Premier League, only to leave the club amid internal controversy. Most recently appointed and sacked swiftly by Derby County earlier this season, Pearson is out of work and would surely be interested in a possible return to the King Power Stadium.

Gary Rowett: 8/1

Birmingham took the bemusing decision to sack Rowett in December despite being just outside the Championship play-off places, and they're paying the price as replacement Gianfranco Zola has struggled so far. Rowett, 42, remains one of the most highly-rated young managers in England, and he has ties to Leicester having made almost 50 appearances for the club as a player. At 8/1, Rowett could be a dark horse for the job, but his lack of Premier League experience may count against him given Leicester's battle against the drop.

Mark Warburton: 14/1

Warburton departed Rangers in a sea of confusion earlier this month, with the 54-year-old struggling for results but allegedly chose to resign – though Warburton denies that. The former Brentford boss started his playing career in the youth team at Leicester before a career in non-league with Enfield and Boreham Wood, and has largely built up a strong reputation in coaching after quitting his job as a city trader to work in football. His spell at Rangers may put some fans off though, and at 14/1, he isn't a strong favourite for the job right now.

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