Top manager turned down Leicester because of Ranieri treatment

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Claudio Ranieri’s sacking did not cast Leicester in the best light.

The Foxes went from being football’s favourite underdogs to the villains of the piece, with rumours that player power had led to the dismissal of the club’s most successful manager of all time.

However brutal that decision may have been, it sadly looks as if it was the right one.

Under Craig Shakespeare, Leicester have won every game, including a shock victory over Sevilla that took them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

In the short-term, Shakespeare looks like he’ll be a success, and if they keep playing like this, they should easily stay up.

Looking ahead, though, the board may already be thinking about whether they could have appointed a more notable manager, especially as they have only installed Shakespeare until the end of the current campaign.

Given the manner and unpopularity of Ranieri’s sacking, it was always going to be difficult for the club to attract a really world-class coach.

In fact, that was a major factor in former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli turning them down.

“I immediately said no,” he told French TV station SFR.


“You don’t accept a job like that. You don’t go there after seeing how Ranieri was treated. I am not going there. Full stop.”

Prandelli, who left Valencia earlier this season, can’t be the only one thinking like that.

The football world has rallied around Ranieri since his unceremonious axing, and Leicester will have to make any long-term candidates forget about it very quickly.

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