Claudio Ranieri is out as Leicester manager. And while the Foxes would probably like to take a minute to be sad about the ouster of the man who took them to the top of the Premier League, they're in a relegation fight and need to turn things around ASAP.
Who could they turn to for that?
Roberto Di Matteo
Di Matteo took over Chelsea midseason and led them to the Champions League/FA Cup double so he's proven he can handle coming into a tough situation. Whether Di Matteo is actually a good manager is up for debate after rocky stints at Schalke and Aston Villa at his last two steps, but he is available and Leicester will probably consider him.
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Hodgson hasn't shown a ton of interest in managing again since walking away from England in the summer. That said, he has experience in relegation fights and his straightforward tactics and man management probably lend themselves to the situation in Leicester. Whether he's at all interested in the Foxes will probably determine how this one plays out.
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He played for Leicester and is unemployed so he will almost assuredly be linked to the opening at some point.
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The Italian opened as the bookies' favorite for the job, but it's tough to see him being especially interested. Leicester are in a bad spot and it's not as if Mancini is desperate for any job. He's a great manager with an impressive CV that makes finding a job no problem.
O'Neill has a good gig leading Ireland so it won't be easy to pry him away, but the lure of the Premier League could be enough to get him to Leicester. He did a terrific job with Aston Villa and got off to a great start with Sunderland so he's had moments of brilliance in the league. His teams don't exactly play beautiful soccer, but they can be very effective.
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An Englishman with loads of experience, and specifically relegation fight experience, makes him a candidate. He's available since Crystal Palace let him go and would be a pretty normal choice for a Premier League club's midseason replacement.
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Ranieri took over for Pearson, ending Pearson's second stint with the club, so he is very familiar with the Foxes. However, his last term ended because of a clash with the club board and fallout from the release of a racist orgy video that included Pearson's son, so this one would be messy, to say the least.
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The former Rangers boss helped get the club back into the top flight and, before that, did very well with Brentford. He's untested in the Premier League, but he's rather well-regarded and will have people making his case to Leicester.