Italian press blast 'ungrateful' English after Ranieri sacking

by Lawrence Cooper February 27, 2017, 0:24

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri applauds the fans after the Champions League round of 16 soccer match between Sevilla and Leicester City.

"I think somewhere along the way, you have to take a little bit of criticism. They are fantastic. Thank you", he said when asked for a quick word by Sky Sports News as he drove away.

Philippe Coutinho has warned his Liverpool team-mates they can not afford to slip back into bad habits ahead of their trip to Leicester City on Monday.

"Nigel (Pearson) did a fantastic job before Claudio took over and it wouldn't surprise me if he were to come back to the club". "There's still 13 games to go, they could still have a run of games and finish in mid-table and they could still get through to the next round of the Champions League, which again would be a remarkable season".

"Sadly this was not to be".

Despite that unprecedented success, the 65-year-old still fell victim to what appears to be a trend: win Premier League title one season and get fired the next.

The Italian had admitted his "dream had died" when he was sacked by Leicester, but thanked those associated with the club for what he called "the greatest story in football". "My little homage to somebody who wrote the most lovely history in the Premier League", Mourinho continued.

Mancini is available to step into the Leicester job immediately after leaving Inter Milan a year ago, but on Friday he was quick to express sympathy for Ranieri's sacking.

He added: "At the worst time of my family's life, the manager helped me achieve something I didn't think in my wildest dreams would be possible".

Whether managers set themselves up to lose by winning is now a very real question in the league, one that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who was also baffled by Ranieri's sacking, brought up on Friday. What I would say is they've trained well over the last few weeks especially. Do I have to understand it all the time - obviously not. I wouldn't be going [to Leicester].

Smith, himself a former England forward, said Leicester's players also had to take their share of responsibility for Ranieri's departure. "If this happened, it means that the club is poor, without power".

But Foxes caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare dismissed the rumours of dressing-room unrest.

There was a lot of frustration because of the results, but he had not lost the dressing room.

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