Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Which senior Leicester players called for Claudio Ranieri to be sacked?

Leicester players sack Claudio Ranieri

In the aftermath of the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, the football world has blamed the Leicester board for their callous handling of the man that won them the Premier League title.

Yet, according to the backpage of the Times on Friday, it was not the Leicester board and owners that ditched Ranieri but the players themselves.

The meeting that sealed Ranieri’s fate came between senior players and the Leicester owners in Spain, according to Gary Jacob, Henry Winter and Oliver Kay in The Times today.

Musa v Gray

The key paragraph in the article is as follows: “The grievances aired by Leicester’s players included frequent and unexplained changes to tactics and personnel — most recently the decision to start with Ahmed Musa, rather than the in-form Demarai Gray, against Seville on Wednesday — as well as concerns over alterations to their training and dietary regime.”

Gray was particularly impressive when he came on at Sevilla but you can understand why the Italian may see the young winger as an impact player.

This does beg the question of which Leicester players got Ranieri the sack?

According to the Times, it was “senior players” that did the damage which leaves the following:

Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Andy King and Jamie Vardy as the amongst the most likely to have been involved.

Back page of Friday's Times: Players force out Ranieri. All very sad and unedifying. It shouldn't have ended like this

A post shared by Oliver Kay (@oliverkay1) on

Click here for more World Cup betting tips