Claudio Ranieri was fired as the manager of English champion Leicester on Thursday, nine months after guiding the club to the most improbable title triumph in Premier League history. Leicester's Thai owners took the drastic measure with the team just a point above the relegation zone with 13 games remaining in a dreadful title defense. "We are duty-bound to put the club's long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment," Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said, "no matter how strong that might be." Leicester, with a team of journeymen, cast-offs and previously unheralded players, won the Premier League last season at odds of 5,000-1, a feat generally viewed as one of
West Ham United will definitely have Andy Carroll back for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on 6 March but he remains a doubt for Saturday's meeting with Watford. Carroll, 28, missed the Hammers' last game, a 2-2 draw with West Brom, due to a groin injury. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road, manager Slaven Bilic has not ruled out his striker returning in time for that match, but is wary of rushing him back too soon.
Blackburn Rovers have appointed Tony Mowbray head coach on an 18-month contract after sacking manager Owen Coyle earlier this week, the Championship strugglers said in a statement. Coyle was sacked on Tuesday with Rovers currently second from bottom of the Championship, in danger of relegation to English football's third tier for the first time since 1980. The 53-year-old Mowbray has managed in both England and Scotland, with spells at Middlesbrough, Celtic and West Bromwich Albion, and was last in charge of Coventry City.