Current Premier League title holders, Leicester City, has announced that they have sacked manager, Claudio Ranieri, after a string of poor performances by the Foxes.
Despite taking the ‘underdog’ Leicester to Premier League glory last season – and writing what many referred to as a fairytale win for the club – the Thai owners of Leicester City felt the need to make a stand after the club was slipping dangerously close to relegation level.
However, the news of Ranieri’s sacking was not well received by many, including fans and critics alike.
Veteran Leicester City player, Gary Lineker, tweeted that the decision to sack Ranieri is ‘unforgivable’:
“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” he tweeted.
Former Manchester United player and England international, Michael Owen, also tweeted his disappointment over Ranieri’s sacking:
“I’ve lost a lot of love for the beautiful game today. The players and fans of Leicester have been massively let down.”
Perhaps one of the biggest personalities voicing his disappointment in Ranieri’s sacking was Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, who also tweeted his praise for Ranieri, and said that nobody would be able to take away the winning title from Ranieri.
Posting a picture of himself and Ranieri smiling on Instagram, Mourinho wrote:
“CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR. Sacked. [sic] That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling AMICO. Nobody can delete the history you wrote”.