Ranieri Sacked – Football’s Gone Mad

I was going to write this last night, immediately after Ranieri was sacked by Leicester City. I decided to sleep on it and try and see their point of view – I failed. Ranieri delivered a miracle last season, nobody would have thought they would have even come close to winning the league. The fact is and I have said this before, if Leicester hadn’t have won the league last season – where they are now is where you would expect them to be. Of course they would want a few more points, but if you forget last season you would think this is where Leicester should be.

We all know when a chairman or board of directors say they completely back their manager, it usually means the opposite. That is exactly what happened a few weeks ago when Leicester gave their unwavering support to the Italian. A creditable 2-1 defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday night proved to be Ranier’s last game in charge.

Reports this morning say that senior players told the board they were not happy with Ranieri. What I would say to that is – the players shouldn’t be happy with themselves never mind Ranieri. I accept Ranieri may not be the greatest manager and tactician out there, however I don’t think any one of those players can stand up say they have put in the effort this season. The success of last season has clearly gone to their heads. Vardy, Mahrez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs and Drinkwater – all of whom were outstanding last season, do not seem to care this time around. The only player that seems to show a bit of passion for the club is Kasper Schmeicel. He has faced the media on a few occasions over the last couple of weeks, being brutally honest in the process.

Managers always take the fall, they aren’t the ones on the pitch. If those players played to even half the standard of last season, they wouldn’t be where they are now. Ranieri’s career has usually been in around the top four – the players in that Leicester squad haven’t been anywhere near that level. Those players owe Ranieri an awful lot, to go to the owners and say they aren’t happy with the manager is nothing short of a disgrace.

The other problem I have is, the club don’t have a ready made replacement. If you look around, who out there could do a better job than Ranieri? I can’t think of anyone. Mancini, Pardew? They wouldn’t have won the league with that team last season. If the players start putting in good performances under the new manager, it will make them look even worse. You would think, why weren’t they playing like this under Ranieri?

There will be a lot of neutrals out there that will want Leicester to be relegated now. Unfortunately for Leicester I can see it happening, Hull City and Swansea look good under their new management. Leicester do not have a ready made replacement to come in and put their ideas across. I wouldn’t have liked it, however it would have made a lot more sense to me if they had a manager ready to replace Ranieri.

Last night just rubber stamped the fact that there is no loyalty in the modern game.