English champions, Leicester City have terminated the contract of their legendary coach, Claudio Ranieri just nine months after helping the Foxes to an “edge of sporting immortality”.
Ranieri took over the team in 2015 and signed a new a four-year deal a year later and will later guide the team to what has been described as an “unbelievable achievement”, “the biggest story sporting shock” and “the best story of all time” in football despite an unfavourable 5,000-1 odd at the start of the 2015/2016 campaign.
His outstanding managerial and motivation skills will later turn the Leicester City players to legends after winning the league for the first time in the club’s history.
But the Foxes are now one point above the relegation zone on 21 points and have lost their past five league matches. They are the only club in the Premier League not to have scored a goal in the league in 2017.
His sacking was announced just a day after the team lost in their champions league first leg tie to Sevilla by 2:1 on Wednesday, a decision the club describes as “…the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City.”
An official statement put out by the club describes his sacking as painful but necessary considering the fact that the club is battling with relegation.
“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. However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club’s Premier League status under threat.”
Former player of Leicester City, Gary Lineker and strong supporter of the Italian has condemned the decision considering what Ranieri has done for the club and revealed that he shed tears as news of his sacking became official.
“I shed a tear last night – I shed a tear for Claudio, I shed a tear football and I shed a tear for my club. It is inexplicable to me, it’s inexplicable to a lot of football fans who love the game.
“And I suppose you can explain it in terms of a panic decision, but for me [it was] a wrong decision and it is very sad.”
The Foxes will lock horns with Liverpool on Monday, February 27 in a post Ranieri era as they look to turn their sinking season around.