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Claudio Ranieri Bids Farewell To Foxes

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Leicester, England – Today Claudio Ranieri bid farewell to the players and staff of Leicester City after being sacked by the club on Thursday morning. Ranieri, who won the league title with Leicester in May of last year, returned to the clubs training ground earlier today to thank everyone who had been with him during his journey. In a statement made by the Italian himself on Friday Ranieri stated that “my dream died”, after he was sacked by the club that he done the impossible with last season.

There has been mass outrage at the sacking of Ranieri. Many well respected football analysts have expressed their disgust at the decision made by the owners of Leicester. Jamie Carragher went on record to blame the players for the dismissal of the manager. In an article written by Carragher for the Daily Mail he stated, “I’m so furious and I hope the players are ashamed.” Carragher is not the only one to voice his disapproval. Gary Lineker took to Twitter to vent his frustrations, stating” After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable,unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad”.

The decision to sack Ranieri is not a completely strange one. There was reason behind it. Leicester sit 18th in the Premier League table, a point from safety albeit with a game in hand. But to have no fate in a man who won the clubs first league title in their 133 year history is the reason the decision has been met with so much outrage and despair. Claudio Ranieri won the award for best manager in the world by FIFA in January. Fast forward a month and he’s out of a job.

The story of Ranieri’s sacking highlights everything that’s wrong with modern day football. We may never see a story the likes of Leicester’s title winning campaign again and the fact that the mastermind behind it has been fired kills the beautiful fairy-tale just that small bit more. A bad day for Leicester. An even sadder day for football in general.