Mourinho, Lineker react to Claudio Ranieri sacking


Even as brutal football sackings go, Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal as Leicester manager has shocked the game.

The Italian was booted out of the King Power on Thursday evening less than a year after helping the Foxes to the greatest achievement in the history of sport.

The decision is bound to divide opinion, with Leicester now dangling perilously close to the relegation zone.

Here’s how some of Ranieri’s allies reacted to the news – as you might expect, Leicester fan Gary Lineker was among the first to express his anger at the club’s treatment of the 65-year-old.

It remains to be seen who takes over from Ranieri, with his predecessor Nigel Pearson and former Man City boss Roberto Mancini the early favourites.

Whoever it is will also have to balance the Foxes’ survival bid with a Champions League last-16 tie against Sevilla.

Leicester need a massive reaction from the players – many of whom were rewarded with new contracts in the summer – if they are to avoid becoming the first champions to be relegated since Man City in 1938.

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