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 By Ben Jacobs

Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel in the frame for Leicester City job

Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the future of Leicester City after Craig Shakespeare was sacked just four months into the job.

Keeping on Craig Shakespeare beyond the end of last season was always high-risk, but given the now ex-Leicester boss did everything right over the summer makes his departure look pretty cutthroat. Shakespeare held on to Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy and landed better offseason signings than Claudio Ranieri did in 2016-2017, despite the latter having the carrot of Champions League football to dangle. Shakespeare had some tough early season fixtures to navigate and will rue...

Craig Shakespeare saved Leicester, now they are looking for a new saviour

Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the future of Leicester City after Craig Shakespeare was sacked just four months into the job.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare praises his team's fight after they came back to earn a draw against West Brom.

It is a tragedy for him, a comedy for his vanquished foe and marks the completion of an extraordinary story in the history of the Premier League. Craig Shakespeare, the assistant who stepped forward to replace his manager Claudio Ranieri at Leicester (after he was sacked a few months after winning the title in 2015-16), has been sacked. It is a tale just three witches short of a Macbeth reboot.

Shakespeare's demise comes as a huge surprise, but this is not the first time that the Srivaddhanaprabha...

 By Chris Wright

Half-and-half scarf at Leicester-West Brom bosses begs question: why?

The half-and-half scarf is truly a curious beast.

To some, it's simply a memento of a particular fixture; to others, it serves as the manifestation of all that is wrong with modern football: the transient loyalties, the rampant commercialism, etc.

Just when you thought you'd seen football merchandise reach its nadir, Monday night's Premier League clash between Leicester City and West Brom coughed up a curious evolution of the game's most derided souvenir.

Presenting, the managerial half-and-halfer.


 By Chris Wright

Leicester give Adrien Silva No. 14 after missing transfer deadline by 14 seconds

Leicester give Adrien Silva wears No. 14 after missing transfer deadline by 14 seconds
Adrien Silva's proposed summer move to Leicester missed the transfer deadline by just 14 seconds.

He may still be unable to actually play for his new side, but Adrien Silva has at last been able to join the Leicester City squad to train alongside his teammates.

Leicester signed Silva from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day but missed the registration deadline by just 14 seconds thus leaving the midfielder in a state of footballing limbo.

The Foxes then appealed to FIFA to grant an International Transfer Certificate and thus allow the £22 million deal to go through only to see their plea rejected,...

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How can clubs avoid the Premier League relegation battle?

Ian Darke weighs in on Crystal Palace's winless and goalless start to the Premier League season.

After seven rounds of matches, the relegation situation is taking shape in the Premier League. While Crystal Palace's historic awfulness takes the headlines, there are plenty of others looking over their shoulders, including recent champions Leicester and Everton who, after a summer of spending, would have aspired for the top four.

ESPN FC assesses the bottom 10 clubs' credentials in reverse order (20-11).

Crystal Palace - 0 points

What sends them down?

Irredeemable damage may already have been...