Claudio Ranieri Sacked – Is there any Loyalty Left in Football?

By Holly McDonnell – Contributing Writer

In May 2016, Claudio Ranieri guided Leicester City to the Premier League title, one of the biggest shocks in sporting history.  Less than a year later, the club has chosen to sack the manager.

At odds of 5000/1 at the start of the 2015/2016 campaign, Leicester City made the impossible possible.

Unfortunately for the club, results have not gone their way this season.  They are currently just one point above the drop zone, with 13 games left to go.

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Last month, Claudio Ranieri won FIFA Coach of the Year for guiding Leicester City to a fairytale season.

In a statement, Leicester City announced that they were parting ways with the 65-year-old manager, just nine months after winning the Premier League and gaining worldwide recognition.  

The Vice Chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, stated, “We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.”

One question arises after this shocking announcement – Is there any loyalty left in the game?

Time after time, managers who have led teams to victory, and made an outstanding difference to the club going forward arguably do not get the full credit and respect they deserve. They get sacked instead after a short run of poor results.

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The likes of José Mourinho at Chelsea, Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and now Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, all lose their jobs and are instantly to blame.  

The culture of football today has led us to sack managers who get poor results immediately, despite the fact that they have revolutionised the team and got their club silverware.

No matter how much Leicester City’s Vice Chairman emphasises how incredible Ranieri has been, it cannot be denied that the club panicked and clearly did not think it would be possible for the current manager to keep the team in the top flight.

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Claudio Ranieri Sacked – Is there any Loyalty Left in Football?