Leicester City Women have sacked manager Jonathan Morgan after the club’s winless start to their first top campaign.
Morgan led Leicester to promotion to the Women’s Super League by winning the league title last season, but has since overseen eight losses in eight WSL appearances so far.
He had been in charge since the 2014/15 season and signed a new contract in July this year, following last season’s campaign which was arguably the biggest in Leicester women’s football history, including a series of 12 victories and a qualification in the semi-finals of the Continental Women’s Tire League Cup.
Morgan was named the LMA Women’s Manager of the Year last season, but life in the top flight hasn’t been easy.
His side have scored three times in their eight top-tier games so far, conceding 19 goals to see them at the bottom of the 12-team table, one point behind safety.
Their closest relegation rivals Birmingham City have also changed managers in recent days, sacking Scott Booth on November 18 before bringing in their former male midfielder Darren Carter as interim head coach. Carter will be backed by former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Marcus Bignot.
The final two teams will meet in a massive WSL game on December 19, the last game for both teams before the division’s Christmas break.
Before that, Leicester will face league leaders Arsenal away from the WSL, as well as League Cup matches against Manchester United and Manchester City.