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Leicester sack Sousa, Eriksson and O'Neill keen?

Leicester City have sacked manager Paulo Sousa, with the decision reportedly taken by owner Milan Mandaric after the 4-3 defeat to Norwich on Tuesday night.

Sousa leaves less than three months after being appointed at the Walkers Stadium and only a week after he was told that his future at the club was secure. The Foxes have made a disappointing start to the season, winning just one of their first nine games in the Championship, and slipped to the bottom of the table following their midweek defeat at Carrow Road.

A club statement read: ''The decision has been taken as a result of the club's poor run of results this season. The club would like to state that Paulo Sousa is a first-class individual, but that this decision has been taken in the best interests of the club and our ambitions to move up the Championship. The search for a new manager begins immediately and the club anticipates a quick appointment.''

Sousa, who steered Swansea to eighth place in his first full season in charge at the Liberty Stadium before switching to Leicester in the summer, expressed his disappointment at his dismissal.

He said: ''To be sacked after being told that there was a long-term strategy at the club and after only nine games in charge is something that I find very surprising.''

Current goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell and coach Chris Powell will take temporary charge of the first-team for the home match against Scunthorpe. But reports have linked former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson with the role, while ex-Foxes boss Martin O'Neill is also said to be keen to return to the club where he won two League Cups in 1997 and 2000.

Meanwhile, the League Managers Association have launched a scathing attack on the decision.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: ''How can a chairman expect to deliver success at a football club when a talented manager is recruited and dismissed within three months, at the start of the season and is given only nine league games to put his own imprint on the squad and the club?

''Knee-jerk dismissals and the chopping and changing of managers will not deliver success on the field and is incredibly destabilising to the entire club.

''Paulo's sacking is even more disappointing in light of the chairman's comments on Paulo's appointment, in the summer, when he stated he was 'delighted to acquire a manager of such great calibre'.

''Leicester City Football Club has had 14 managers since 2004 and six while the current chairman has been at the club. Clearly the club has to examine its manager recruitment strategy as their current approach does not work. It is damaging to the club and its fans and is an inappropriate way to treat talented managers and their careers.''

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