Leicester City are doing nothing to dispel the notion that their Premier League title success in 2016 was little more than a fluke.
The Foxes sacked the man responsible for that remarkable triumph, Claudio Ranieri, with the club lying in 17th place in the table last season.
Craig Shakespeare arrived to rescue Leicester but, following a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Monday that leaves the club in the relegation zone, the decision has been made to fire Shakespeare, too.
Shakespeare is left to reflect on a start to the campaign which has seen Leicester win just one of their opening eight league matches.
Nobody will ever forget what the Foxes achieved in 2015-16, and their run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League was also very impressive, but there’s been little to cheer on a domestic front since Ranieri hoisted the trophy.
Michael Appleton will take charge when the team take on Swansea City on Saturday but the hunt for a permanent manager is already underway.
Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson have all been put forward as potential candidates to succeed Shakespeare, with former England manager Allardyce the favourite amongst many bookmakers.
Allardyce has a proven track record of keeping clubs in the Premier League. He performed heroics at both Sunderland and Crystal Palace, either side of that humiliatingly brief spell as England boss.
And one man who seemingly gets Allardyce’s backing is football presenter Richard Keys.
Keys sent a bizarre tweet
Keys, formerly of Sky Sports and now working for beIN Sports, wrote on Twitter in the aftermath of Shakespeare’s dismissal that the Foxes should “stay British”.
“I’m sad to see Craig Shakespeare lose his job,” Keys wrote. “Seems to me there are some fairly deep problems to sort out at Leicester. #staybritish”.
Umm, what? Seems Keys is forgetting that the man who won the Premier League title with Leicester hails from Italy.
Fans on Twitter couldn’t wait to rip Keys for his tweet, even spotting that he sent it from Doha, Qatar.
The idea that Leicester should ‘stay British’ is an odd one, and not just because of what Ranieri accomplished at the King Power Stadium.
Take Marco Silva, for example. The Portuguese gave Hull City a fighting chance of staying up last season when many had already written them off, and Silva’s Watford are currently sitting in fourth place in the table having just beaten Arsenal.
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