Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, just 9 months after the club’s historic Premier League title. Leicester defied all the odds to walk away with the trophy last season, with their tale warming the hearts of football fans across the world.
Fast forward to this campaign and Leicester are struggling, however. The side sit in 17th position, and are in real danger of being relegated from the Premier League.
The side’s current league position appears to have triggered his departure from the King Power Stadium, with the historic achievements less than a year ago seemingly not playing a role in the decision. Ranieri was informed about his sacking after the club’s 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
In an emotional statement released today, Ranieri spoke publicly for the first time since his departure.
“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 thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.”
Ranieri added: “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 into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. No one can ever take away what we together have achieved.
“I hope you think about it and smile every day 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.”
The favourite to replace Ranieri is former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew and Gary Rowett are also in the frame.