Danny Simpson: We Got So Much Stick It Made Us Angry
Posted by Bryan | Published on April 8, 2017
Danny Simpson says Leicester City players got so much stick for Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal that it made them angry.
Popular manager Claudio Ranieri was cruelly axed after a spirited 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League, compounded by poor league results that had seen the Foxes’ title defence crumble into a relegation scrap. It was a move that drew sharp criticism from all over the footballing world, with rumours persisting that the players had a part to play in the popular Italian’s dismissal.
Danny Simpson, in an interview with The Times, revealed: “We were getting it from all angles, even from some of our own fans. We were called ‘Snakes’.”
“It was disappointing to see Claudio leave and we got that much stick it made us angry. We felt it was unjustified. We appreciated what he’d done, he’s a top man, an infectious character.”
While the move taken by Leicester’s owners that day sparked a worldwide condemnation, it has undoubtedly seen a sharp resurgence in the club’s fortunes of late. Interim manager, Craig Shakespeare has not looked back since taking the reins, with his side leaping clear of the drop zone after five successive league wins.
The Leicester defender also mentioned his bitter row with ex –Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Twitter, claiming that the ex-Red should have clarified his facts first before jumping in on the rumours about the players’ meeting.
Simpson said: “I had a little spat with Jamie Carragher on Twitter. And he kept bringing it [the meeting] up, but I couldn’t reply, because there wasn’t a meeting.”
“Carragher’s been in a dressing room, so before he jumps on the bandwagon at least try and get the information, he will know somebody who knows somebody [in the Leicester dressing room].”
“We beat his team [Liverpool] that night, didn’t we, anyway?”
“I respect Carragher 100 percent: he captained Liverpool, won the Champions League, played for England. I’ve watched documentaries on him, saw him go round his old estate, a similar council estate lad like me, just wanted to play football.”
The 30-year-old also revealed that the Leicester players didn’t take too well to Claudio Ranieri’s diet change.
“After games, we’d have chicken burgers and potato wedges and he changed them to sweet potatoes and pasta.”
“I understand his point but the lads liked what we were used to, chicken and wedges.”
Leicester travel to Goodison Park to face Everton this weekend, as they seek to continue their resurgent form under Craig Shakespeare.