- Claudio Ranieri was sacked last night only after 9 months of leading the Foxes to the Premier league title
- Pundits led by former striker Gary Lineker react angrily to the decision made by Thai owners
- Fans and the footballing world in shock as the champions fall into a tricky relegation battle following a poor run of form with 133 games left
Being Champion of England, Manager of the year and Leicester City’s ‘Greatest manager of all time’ were not enough to save Claudio Ranieri from the axe at the Foxes’ helm. The Italian was shown the exit last night, just 9 months after being crowned Champions of England for the first time in the clubs history.
Well, the news broke off last night and shocked the football world. Infarct it got some really boiling in rage after the much loved 65-year old was thrown out ruthlessly into the cold despite all his achievements last season. It has become something common in the footballing world with club owners caring less about sentiments and rather focusing on financial and club positions in the leagues.
History was written by Ranieri and his troops when the Foxes took the Premier League title by 10 points despite them being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign, However, they now have just won five of their top-flight games this season which prompted the Thai owners to press the panic button with 13 games left to the end of the season.
“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” They said in a statement.
However, this has not gone well with some the club ‘historicals’, pundits, fans and the general footballing family, with former Foxes striker and now match of the day pundit Gary Lineker leading the outrage with a vicious post on social media, condemning the ‘brutal’ act saying the decision to sack him is “inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad”
After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 23, 2017
Lineker who played for his hometown club for seven seasons, added that the Italian’s dismissal shows the “game’s gone” and many of his colleagues seem to agree with him with Ex-England striker and Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright saying the Leicester players may feel they are responsible for Ranieri’s dismissal.
“Unfortunate news,” Wright said on social media. “I wonder how I’d feel if I was a Leicester player right now? Could I have done more? At least Claudio left them as champions.”
Former Wales striker and Match of the Day pundit John Hartson said: “Very hasty and very harsh. The owner/board are obviously having a major panic and feel a change in a relegation battle is needed”.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said Claudio deserves a statue of himself at King Power Stadium for what he achieved at the club with the likes of Jose Mourinho also showing support for the Italian who won the hearts of all supporters with his good humour, class and dignity.
Former England striker Michael Owen said the sacking was a “total and utter disgrace”. He added: “I’ve lost a lot of love for the beautiful game today. The players and fans of Leicester have been massively let down.”
FOXES IN TROUBLE
Most of the reasons fronted by the board hinge around the club’s current precarious position on the table with relegation staring at them just around the corner as they stand a point ahead of the last three and could become the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.
Of course as things stand now, the stats are worrying. And one could argue that the owners are right to let their beloved manager go as Leicester’s dramatic fall from grace could even get worse this weekend. A win for any of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Hull City this weekend would put the Foxes in the relegation places. Wins for all three and they would be bottom by the time they face Liverpool on what will now be a highly charged occasion at the King Power on Monday.
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