Leicester may have won four games in succession since Craig Shakespeare took over, but the mood around the camp hasn’t entirely lifted just yet.
The sacking of Claudio Ranieri did not cast anyone in a good light.
Rumours quickly emerged that senior players had spoken to the board in Sevilla about the possibility of removing the Italian as manager, despite his role in their 5000/1 title triumph.
Jamie Vardy was at the centre of those rumours, and has now revealed he and his family have received death threats over the saga.
“It is terrifying,” he said, per BBC Sport.
“I read one story that said I was personally involved in a meeting after the Sevilla game when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours.
“But then the story is out there, people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything.”
Leicester are now six points above the relegation zone thanks to wins over Liverpool, Hull, and West Ham. It’s still the worst title defence in Premier League history, but under Shakespeare, it at least looks as if they should beat the drop.
The stats show that Vardy’s work rate has massively increased since Ranieri’s departure, but he clearly isn’t alone in that.