The Italian's sacking comes just a fortnight after the club's Board had issued their "unwavering" support for him and less than 24 hours after Leicester grabbed a lifeline in their Champions League tie with Sevilla.
Jamie Vardy's away goal means that Leicester will take an away goal back to the King Power stadium where a 1-0 win would be enough to cancel out the Spanish side's 2-1 lead from the first leg.
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1 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:17:30
2 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:22:21
3 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:27:58
4 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:29:47
5 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:37:13
What are the chances of former Evertonian, Gary Rowett, being in the frame?
6 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:45:46
7 Posted 23/02/2017 at 20:49:59
One draw and five losses with zero goals scored in their last six Premier League matches is about as bad as it gets. Even our FA Cup gift to them proved short-lived.
8 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:11:01
I will be interested to hear what the Leicester fans think; it will also be interesting to hear what the players have to say. Henry Winter is saying that he had lost the players.
9 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:14:16
10 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:17:25
For all the stick (including from me) Kenwright gets, he is not trigger-happy... in fact, as in the case of Brown Shoes, he got too much time.
I feel sorry for Ranieri but, as is the revolving door of football management, he'll walk into another job.
11 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:18:23
12 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:24:38
13 Posted 23/02/2017 at 21:27:20
They aren't in the relegation zone yet and I thought their result last night wasn't that bad to be honest & gives them a great chance in the 2nd leg.
Sometimes football makes you feel sick. I hope Leicester fall flat on their face now.
14 Posted 23/02/2017 at 22:19:02
15 Posted 23/02/2017 at 22:19:17
Boo fucking hoo.
16 Posted 23/02/2017 at 22:19:33
17 Posted 23/02/2017 at 22:38:28
What they did was wonderful and I was pleased for their fans and the manager. But to expect them to consistently finish high up the table was just unrealistic. It was a perfect storm but storms eventually end.
18 Posted 23/02/2017 at 23:02:51
Okay, he lost a valuable player in Kante but failed to bring in the right players to solidify the squad for this season, knowing full well that last season was a fluke with the ''no-names'' he had. People like Musa, Amartey and Slimani have failed miserably although Slimani has been missing of late.
Of the others, one has to point fingers at Vardy and Mahrez who have looked very poor all season and also the central defenders have looked jaded to say the least.
Only for the good results in Europe I think he may have been sent packing earlier. The money gained from any further advancement in Europe may not compensate money lost for any amount of time spent in the Championship.
19 Posted 23/02/2017 at 23:13:07
I genuinely hope they are relegated, a fucking absolute disgrace in my opinion.
20 Posted 23/02/2017 at 23:13:50
They soon became employed again as Ranieri will.
21 Posted 23/02/2017 at 00:10:46
Two days ago, I put this very thing to a couple of sensible Leicester supporters, they thought the same. The Premier League was last season, we savoured it, but it'll never happen again.
The Champions League is jam on the cake and all very good, but not if it means Relegation from the bread and butter.
The team is slowly sinking and only seems to pull themselves up for the Champions League. You can't sack all the players and we saw similar with Martinez. They couldn't leave it any longer.
They only had good words for the Owners and don't see them as Venky-esque.
Their main worry was who the replacement would be from all the usual poor suspects.
They didn't rule out Pearson baggage and all, coming back. He 'gets us' and had some part in laying the foundations Ranieri improved on... In fact, they said that was part of the problem. He seems to be able to put a gloss on a three-quarter finished project, but I'd not use digging foundations in the muck.
23 Posted 24/02/2017 at 05:17:15
The bloke got all the credit for a remarkable happenstance when it all came together somewhat miraculously?
So you reckon he now gets a free pass to cash in those chips for how long exactly? 9 months, too short? 18 months... 36 months... who writes these rules?
The righteous Injustice League screams and yells and stamps their feet... complete lack of perspective. This is the Premier League, FFS... It should be all about results.
24 Posted 24/02/2017 at 05:55:08
I say well done on last year's achievement. But they need a change in manager if they're going to stay up.
25 Posted 24/02/2017 at 07:18:09
I seem to remember, in the main, watching shite from the end of Martinez's first season until he was binned.
26 Posted 24/02/2017 at 07:18:18
27 Posted 24/02/2017 at 07:32:49
There was discussion last night on 5Live. Two fans on. One indicating that in a results business it was harsh but probably on balance it was just. The other took the romanticised view that he should be allowed the chance to continue to get away from relegation places. Look what he has done for Leicester as a club and for the city as a whole etc. He has put the city on the map.
First guy's response was on the lines that Ranieri wasn't there to help tourism.
Football always full if surprises.
Wonder if pinching Steve Walsh didn't help...
28 Posted 24/02/2017 at 08:01:57
Football is big business and the owners won't want to go down without a fight. I can understand their point of view so I don't understand what all the fuss is about.
29 Posted 24/02/2017 at 08:19:40
What would you want Everton to do in this situation?
30 Posted 24/02/2017 at 09:00:22
Having said that, it is an incredible timeframe – from hero to the boot in nine months – but football is two games: the Sentimental Game for the fans, based on irrational emotion, and the Business Game for the owners and employees of the clubs.
Mind you, there is a third game too - the Bellend Game, because that's what the owners usually are. This decision was a combination of the Business Game and the Bellend Game.
31 Posted 24/02/2017 at 09:34:26
I don't gamble myself, but I was idly wondering what the odds would have been at the end of last season on Ranieri getting the boot before the end of this season?
32 Posted 24/02/2017 at 09:56:07
If they'd kept him they'd be nailed on to go down. If this were Everton then my head would be saying 'sack him' despite my heart wanting to give him more time.
33 Posted 24/02/2017 at 11:40:20
They should be the ones who shoulder the blame; if they have been playing to get the man sacked, then they should not be able to get away with it.
34 Posted 24/02/2017 at 12:11:13
"Claudio Ranieri is clearly experienced, but this is an uninspired choice by Leicester. It's amazing how the same old names keep getting a go on the managerial merry-go-round".
Has anyone ever heard a tv pundit do anything other than back a failing manager (he's doing/done a great job")?
[Footnote for Eugene: not my fault if hyphens not used correctly – I copied what was written!]
35 Posted 24/02/2017 at 12:25:31
Speaking of Martinez, I see that some above are incredulous that many Leicester fans evidently support the sacking of Ranieri I'd remind them that many outside our city were similarly incredulous when we belatedly sacked Martinez.
36 Posted 24/02/2017 at 13:52:34
37 Posted 24/02/2017 at 14:44:02
Obviously it's not just his fault, as the players are the ones not performing. In a way, I feel that they lost the appetite to compete in the league. It looks like they aren't interested and maybe it's a mental block that's causing this. To win the Premier League is the pinnacle for most players, and unbelievably these players did it. Possibly many of them may not have the motivation to do it again as they feel they've reached the top and won the prize. Probably the reason why they've done so well in the Champions League as it's a different competition.
38 Posted 24/02/2017 at 15:14:18
I think that they had a total of 18 penalties last season, 13 in the League, compared to four the season before. We had 5. They had two against us and one was, in my opinion, a dive.
Vardy is a horrible little shit who has used this trick to his advantage many times but he doesn't seem to be getting his own way this season. Just watch "Gerrard diving" on YouTube for an example of what I mean. Or "Vardy diving" for some articles on the same topic. I'd be delighted to see them go down.
39 Posted 24/02/2017 at 15:25:37
40 Posted 24/02/2017 at 15:32:08
My guess, about 11 years.
As for anything 'iffy' about their title win, my opinion would be 'bollocks'.
That said, I'd love to find a little piece I read last year about... erm... oxygen in blood... or... something (that thing cyclist Lance Armstrong was... um... up to).
I read something that 'linked' (almost certainly maliciously) Leicester to such goings on but paid no attention.
Anyone remember reading anything similar?
41 Posted 24/02/2017 at 15:37:12
42 Posted 24/02/2017 at 15:38:20
43 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:03:22
The TV money has made football bordering on farcical.
44 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:16:33
Cheating in both penalty areas helped them a lot, but you're not allowed to say that, are you?
45 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:17:33
46 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:22:21
It has to be said that Leicester won the Premier League based on a brilliant system of counter-attacking, high energy, and the rub of the green with major decisions by-and-large going their way as far as penalties at either end of the pitch were concerned.
The margins in the Premier League are so fine that that, combined with a certain amount of complacency, are enough to tilt the balance, turning a Championship-winning team into relegation prospects. That's why all teams need to regenerate to a certain extent each and every season.
47 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:44:22
However, I also insisted right up until the bitter end last season that they would not be Champions so what would I know? Call me sceptical but I feel their success was aided by the media and referees. It was a huge story and the fairytale was selling the Premier League product worldwide. I felt they got a bit of the Man Utd at Old Trafford ‘luck' passed their way on more than one occasion.
I'm not suggesting the sport is fixed or rigged but there are a few occasions I feel that the referees can influence an outcome to the media/money men's approval. We as Evertonians are more than familiar with that! Pierluigi Collina anyone? Perhaps I'm just paranoid!
48 Posted 24/02/2017 at 16:59:14
Seems a lovely bloke probably too much so to be a long-term manager at a club and it seems that his players turned on him rather than accept responsibility themselves.
With the potentially huge loss of revenue if they get relegated I think the owners had to do this as it's easier to get rid of the manager than the underperforming players.
49 Posted 24/02/2017 at 17:59:20
You can claim he's not a 'top' boss but he achieved something that almost every other manager, pundit and piss can, has spent the last 20-odd years telling anyone who would listen is an absolute impossibility.
He led a raggedy-arsed club, who by rights should have been scrapping for survival last season, to the very summit and stayed the course, whilst the more monied Sky-wanked sides (who thought they had the monopoly on Premier League success well and truly stitched up) could only stand by all slack-jawed, worried and confused.
Such an unexpected and rapid rise was never going to magically imbue a club, whose past honours amount to oneLeague Cup and a certificate for 'Best Club Shop Carrier Bag Sporting The Fucking Mug Of A Small To Medium Sized Omnivorous Mammal', with rock solid foundations or a guarantee of further success to follow. It was always going to be a 'grab the tail and enjoy the shit out of it for every single minute you can, while you still can' whirlwind ride.
For those at the top to turn round and say "Soz mate. We've got to think of the financial implications of possible, but far from guaranteed relegation" to the very same guy who has just given their club the sort of windfall, worldwide exposure and name recognition most owners could only imagine in their most manic, red pill popping, Matrix moments, strikes me as short-sighted kecks-shitting of the most cowardly sort.
How many times have people on here pointed out the pitfalls of a Europa League campaign and the distracting, damaging effect it can have on a club's league form, particularly on a squad not used to battling on two fronts, brimming with numbers or blessed with plentiful talent in reserve?
Well, little 'got lucky' Leicester were still having a good go at it in the Champions League last time I looked. Once their exit from the 'glamour' competition was finally confirmed, I would have fancied their league form to improve enough to pull clear of the relegation pack. Now? Not so sure and certainly not arsed.
One thing I am sure of though, I would swap Leicester's last two campaigns of 'league win against all odds' immediately followed by 'arse clenching relegation battle' for any two of Everton's 'best of the rest' bollocks of recent years. Hell, make it any two over the last thirty years. Without hesitation.
50 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:10:20
51 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:19:48
Then Arsenal played mind games by trying to buy Vardy and Mahrez two of the best forwards in the Premier League last season. All of this led to the demise of Leicester in the league and the eventual sacking of Ranieri.
52 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:27:49
What Ranieri helped Leicester achieve last season was the stuff of dreams and if there is any truth in the rumour that he had lost the players after this, then it shows you how far loyalty has sunk in modern day football. The caretaker, who has taken over, sounds more like a politician, than a football coach, after listening to him speak just now on Sky.
53 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:33:15
54 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:35:10
55 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:41:16
Sounds like charmer Pearson may be on his way back. Hope so, he gave great interviews.
56 Posted 24/02/2017 at 18:53:02
I know that Rob Halligan put a tenner on Leicester going down at the start of the season, Les. I think the odds were 10/1. Lower than the odds for them to win it again.
58 Posted 24/02/2017 at 19:04:05
59 Posted 24/02/2017 at 19:16:13
Easier to sack one manager than a squad of players.
60 Posted 24/02/2017 at 19:45:25
61 Posted 24/02/2017 at 19:55:05
I hope Leicester recruit gobby Pearson back and enjoy the midtable position he'll give them.
62 Posted 24/02/2017 at 20:48:27
For anybody to think Rainieri should be sacked because Leicester are struggling is crazy. If the impossible hasn't happened last season and they'd just survived relegation you'd be saying he's doing well this season and likely they'll stay up again.
There's no way Ranieri has under achieved and he's definitely a top top manager.
I have never remebered us winning the league/. My earliest memory was going to 1989 FA Cup Final when his turned 10. I would without doubt put myself in Leicester City's position now if it meant we won the league last season the league unbelievable!
63 Posted 24/02/2017 at 22:07:50
To suggest Leicester's win last season was dodgy is without substance. If they did and it worked then, why not do it now to preserve their Premier League status? Doesn't add up for me.
Difficult decision with Ranieri; if he's lost the senior players as Martinez did, then there's little option available to the owners, because there's no transfer window left to replace the players.
65 Posted 25/02/2017 at 04:26:47
That's what gives me hope re Koeman and Moshiri. Like I do, they surely know that to win things we don't need a squad of £100k per week charlatans. They/we need character and enterprise. Hopefully after our first Champions League qualification we're able to sell one or two ageing stars to replenish with Europe's finest young players.
That's their aim after all, isn't it?
66 Posted 25/02/2017 at 10:21:18
It was a fluke last season and I like Ranieri as when he's portrayed himself at Chelsea and Leicester. Football is all about money and has no ethics and morals that, as a rational society, we would use ourselves.
Still, let's focus on us: I hope we win today, results go our way this weekend and The RS lose. Here's to a good 1st anniversary for Moshiri, and let's hope good news on all fronts for all Evertonians this year.
67 Posted 25/02/2017 at 11:29:13
When we lost 3-1 to them after they won the league, they showed grace again, saying this is not Everton, we can do a lot better than that, etc. So I have nothing but admiration for Ranieri and the supporters. So his sacking is sad, and it's not clear that it even makes good business sense.
I don't understand all this business of managers supposedly 'losing' the dressing room. Players are supposed to be professionals, paid to do a job. They're not supposed to be drama queens. Ranieri is the same manager this season as he was last season. Something has changed, but it's not Ranieri.
68 Posted 25/02/2017 at 12:32:32
This as opposed to last year where there was a piece (discussed in a good thread on here) regarding how it was made clear to Ranieri that he was to trust the setup (staff, training, diet, all the sports science stuff) that Pearson assembled.
Now obviously the media will make the story fit the situation, and it's pretty clear that some things have to evolve with times and requirements, but maybe there is something to it.
69 Posted 25/02/2017 at 15:10:30
Strange time to sack a manager and a very experienced one too but if it gets the team competitive enough to stay up then it could be the right decision.
70 Posted 25/02/2017 at 17:05:22
71 Posted 25/02/2017 at 23:28:38
Also it is natural to relax a little after such a remarkable achievement, and the team and it's fairly simple methods have been analysed to death. They have been worked out, and the new faces have failed to keep them at last season's level. However, to think of the wonderful success the manager brought them, it is sickening to see such a lack of loyalty from the owners.
I agree with Lineker, that he deserved more time. If Koeman wins the Premier League next season, then I will be happy as long as we stay up the season after.
72 Posted 26/02/2017 at 09:06:56
73 Posted 27/02/2017 at 03:50:19
They then appoint Ranieri who beyond all expectations wins them the title.
The players all got 1 million bonus and BMW i8 sports cars from the board and when the big clubs came sniffing Kante got off and Vardy and Mahrez were unsettled by potential moves away.
Some of the players thought they were better than they are and stopped working so hard and hey-ho they are back in 17th place but this time the owners do not back the manager despite him achieving the only big success they have had in their history.
What a shallow world...
74 Posted 01/03/2017 at 09:29:34
After the performance and result against Liverpool, it's about the most accurate thing anybody could've said.
To cap it all, there's momentum building behind Hodgson as their next manager...
75 Posted 03/03/2017 at 14:23:03
For me, this could have been written about Martinez or Moyes, well, except without actually winning the Premier League, of course.
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