Ranieri's sacking a warning to rugby, says England coach

27 February, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • BREAKING Claudio Ranieri sacked as manager of Leicester City

The Foxes sacked Claudio Ranieri after seeing their side go from Premier League champions to relegation battlers in just nine months.

Leicester, who lost 2-1 at Sevilla in a Champions League last 16, first-leg tie on Wednesday, lifted their first top-flight league title in May having after starting the season among the favourites for relegation.

Liverpool manager says sacking of Claudio Ranieri the latest in a series of odd decisions.

"Georginio Wijnaldum sustained a calf problem in training in the week but it is not expected to keep him out of the Liverpool side making the trip to the King Power Stadium".

But when asked about what would happen if Leicester were to contact him and gauge his interest in returning, the 64-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "I wouldn't be going".

"Yesterday my dream died", Ranieri said.

Despite the pain of his abrupt exit, Ranieri was determined not to sound a bitter note.

"Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club".

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Leicester's Thai owners took the drastic measure with soccer's ultimate fairytale threatening to have an unhappy ending. "Nobody can delete the history you wrote", said Mourinho, whose last game in charge of Chelsea ended in defeat by soon-to-be champions Leicester.

Kasper Schmeichel denied that such a meeting took place, while striker Jamie Vardy described the claims as "extremely hurtful" as he paid tribute to Ranieri's efforts in a heartfelt social media message. "My aim is to restore that confidence quickly", he said.

Chris Sutton says it is a "disgrace" if player power really did get Claudio Ranieri the sack at Leicester City.

The sacking stunned all of English football after Leicester's extraordinary exploit in winning the Premier League title by 10 points last season.

It was a very different story in the 2015/2016 season when the small East Midlands club stunned the world by beating off the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United to win the title.

"Disgusting", former England and Leicester player Gary Lineker said of the decision taken barely two weeks after the owners had given the Italian boss "unwavering support" despite the team's troubles.

However, judging by the team's performance this season, this would arguably be a good thing.

I think if there's one person that hasn't changed in that dressing room this season it's the manager.

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