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Ranieri Sacked

Discussion in 'Leicester City' started by bocadillo, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. bocadillo

    bocadillo Mr Tambourine Man


    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.
  2. TornadoShaunUK

    TornadoShaunUK Well-Known Member

    I feel for him but I agree with the decision. Let's be honest, despite the respectable result it still wasn't a great performance. Defending was slapstick throughout the match as usual. We have been so so poor this season and it's continued like that half a year with no up turn in the standard of our performances. Ultimately it's the league position that's the worry. Personally I thought it was pretty clear that Ranieri wasn't going to turn this around and if we do get relegated I don't think he'd necessarily be the best choice to take us back up either...
  3. bocadillo

    bocadillo Mr Tambourine Man

    So much for the recent 'vote of confidence'
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  4. H T B

    H T B Well-Known Member

    Of all the sackings, in all the years I've supported LCFC, this one hurts the most
    Thank you Claudio, good luck wherever you go
  5. Lako42

    Lako42 Well-Known Member

    Dowie spotted at the ground
  6. Miles Away

    Miles Away Well-Known Member

    I feel sick with this. Next appointment better be good.

    RHYDAL Well-Known Member

    May I be the first to say H from Steps.
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  8. Micky

    Micky Well-Known Member

    He'd lost the players. Too much tinkering and players not knowing what to think. Rumours that Shakespeare and Walsh were at the heart of last season.
  9. bocadillo

    bocadillo Mr Tambourine Man

    Not funny - not funny at all!

  10. Blaarev

    Blaarev Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Claudio! You made the impossible possible.
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  11. camberwell fox

    camberwell fox Well-Known Member

    **** off LCFC you disloyal bastards.
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  12. Micky

    Micky Well-Known Member

    Really sad news but I was certain we would go down with him in charge. Now we may have a chance.
  13. Borderfox

    Borderfox Well-Known Member

  14. Dunmow Fox

    Dunmow Fox Member

    I agree
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  15. Robin127

    Robin127 Well-Known Member

    Martin Allen is available
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  16. Miles Away

    Miles Away Well-Known Member

    Bollocks to rumors. He was the manager when we won the league. Don't let anything distract from that.

    He's been awful this year and under normal circumstances deserves the boot. But that doesn't change what he accomplished last year.

    I hope the fans show Claudio the respect he deserves this weekend. And the players the respect they deserve too.
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  17. Durham Fox

    Durham Fox El Dude Brother.

    Thank **** for that. Hoping the timing indicates we've been arranging a replacement and that is nearing conclusion.
  18. glyn

    glyn Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they thought last night's result gives us a chance of QFs with a new manager bounce....

    Just cannot see who next.
  19. Dorset Fox

    Dorset Fox Member

    Welcome back Nigel?
  20. Brown Nose

    Brown Nose Well-Known Member

    I'm desperately sad at this decision. It has almost brought me to tears.

    However, the owners are spot on. I feel fortunate that we have such brave owners at a time like this.

    I turned only a few days ago and saw today as the right day to do it. He's clearly lost the players and coaching staff. Shakespeare had fallen out with him according to Sky. It's inevitable when the players and staff have lost confidence that he has to go.

    What a lovely man he is though. It's been a privilege and an honour to cheer your name Claudio. Good luck for the future.
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