CLAUDIO RANIERI HAS BEEN RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES AT REIGNING CHAMPIONS LEICESTER CITY
Leicester City took the astonishing decision to sack Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night only nine months after the Italian guided them to the greatest title win in English football history.
The club’s Thai owners appeared to back their manager earlier this month when they insisted his position at the club was secure. He was given their ‘unwavering support’.
But after a Champions League defeat in Seville followed six Premier League games without scoring, Ranieri was summoned to the King Power Stadium. There, Leicester confirmed the brutal call to part company.
Ranieri achieved the impossible by guiding a team who narrowly escaped relegation the previous season to the Premier League title in May at odds of 5,000-1.
But with the team a place and a point above the relegation places with 13 games of the season left, Leicester decided a change was needed.
The news was broken Online and revealed by sources in Italy before the club issued a statement at 8pm on Thursday, saying: ‘The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest.
His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.’
The club’s vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha added: ‘This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City.
‘But we are duty-bound to put the club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.
‘We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us achieve. Survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign.
‘But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.’
LEICESTER’S STATEMENT IN FULL
Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.
Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.
However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest.
Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: ‘This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.
‘Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the Club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.
‘It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.’
First Team preparations for Monday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool will resume on Saturday, with Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare and First Team Coach Mike Stowell taking charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.
Assistant Manager and First Team Coach Paolo Benetti and First Team Sport Science and Conditioning Coach Andrea Azzalin have also parted company with the Club and leave with our thanks for their service and best wishes for the future.
The Board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed.
culled from dailymail