Premier League managers are today reeling from the news that Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City.
Given how highly regarded he is among his colleagues, and his title-winning achievement at Leicester, the news has been met with absolute shock within the Premier League.
While Leicester’s season has been a big disappointment on the back of winning the title last term, the timing of the sacking is the most curious thing: they’d just produced arguably their best performance of the season at Sevilla.
Ranieri releases statement, thanks the players
Ranieri has now released a statement on his shock sacking, and it makes for interesting reading.
Given all the talk and speculation about the players ‘stabbing him in the back’ and asking the owners to sack him, you’d have to say it’s very magnanimous and classy of Ranieri to thank the players in his statement.
Because if the back-stabbing story is true, he could have been forgiven for ignoring Vardy and co in his statement.
“Yesterday, my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be. I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never ending support during my time at Leicester. My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner and Franco Granello for bringing me the opportunity to become a Champion….”
“Mostly I have to thanks Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football. My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved. But mostly to the supporters, you took me in to your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile everyday the way I always will. It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you.”