The Sacking Of Claudio Ranieri Proves There Is No Sentiment In Football Anymore
Posted by Bryan | Published on February 24, 2017
This week marks another sad day in football. as the greatest fairytale in modern day football ended in dust and the dreaded swing of the managerial axe.
This time? Claudio Ranieri.
“The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement from Leicester City.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 23, 2017
With that, Claudio Ranieri, the fabled engineer behind the Leicester fairytale that captured the attention of the world, has just been brutally axed by the very club where he wrote history and is undoubtedly regarded as their most successful manager ever.
Such is the popularity of Claudio Ranieri that his sacking prompted a barrage of disgust directed at the club’s owners as fans and neutrals alike were shocked at the cruel treatment of a man who had just written the footballing fairytale of their lifetimes.
After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 23, 2017
And Leicester did struggle. The loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has proved to be a critical blow in midfield that the Foxes failed to recover fully from.
The misfiring Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez did little to help the cause as their floundering form this season took a massive toll on Leicester’s ability to find goals this year.
Once again, the general belief was that Ranieri would be given all the time and support he needed even if the Foxes were dragged into a relegation fight which they are now following their results’ turn for the worst since the new year.
After all, the Italian had just masterminded the club’s proudest ever achievement barely a year ago and surely that deservedly earned him an almost unlimited backing from the owners or at least some sentiment?
But sentiment simply does not exist in football, well, not anymore.