Claudio Ranieri’s sacking was one of the most shocking and remarkable moments of the Premier League season.
Given how highly regarded he is among his colleagues, and his title-winning achievement at Leicester, the news was met with absolute shock within the Premier League, both among neutral fans and his managerial peers.
While Leicester’s season has been a big disappointment on the back of winning the title last term, the timing of the sacking was the most curious thing: they’d just produced arguably their best performance of the season at Sevilla.
But to be fair, the Leicester owners are starting to look vindicated for their decision to sack Ranieri: the team has been transformed since the Italian left, and looks back to its best under Craig Shakesperare’s guidance.
Thinks he knows who got him sacked…
Speculation was rife at the time of the sacking that the players were behind his dismissal; it was reported that senior players had approached the owners and requested that the Italian be sacked – and Jamie Vardy even received death threats over it.
Speaking on Monday Night Football last night – where he trolled Jamie Carragher – Ranieri said he doesn’t believe this story, but he does think it’s possible that someone ‘behind him’ could have been responsible – and most saw that as an implicit accusation at his former assistant Shakespeare, who is now in charge of the team.
However, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport today, Ranieri basically backtracked and moved to clear up any implicit accusation at his former assistant:
“He always behaved in a loyal manner with me. He was a good assistant.”