Premier League champions Leicester City have parted ways with Italian manager Claudio Ranieri. Less than a year after guiding them to a Premier League title. Such a feat literally made the world stopped and look at Leicester in amazement.
The club have confirmed via a statement on their official website.
“Leicester City Football Club has tonight 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.”
The axing comes after the Foxes lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Wednesday. Jamie Vardy’s late goal handed the side a lifeline, but things look rather bleak for Leicester, who are now just one spot and one point above the relegation zone.
Ranieri guided the club to their first-ever Premier League title last year, but he could not keep up the act this season, and the Foxes are now facing the drop.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, The Foxes’ vice chairman 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.”
What a manager and amazing personality. Absolutely gutted for him as I’m sure he was already planning on the game ahead against Liverpool on Monday night.
All the best Claudio…