Remember When Leicester City Won The Most Improbable Championship In The History Of Sports 9 Months Ago? Well, They Just Fired Their Manager.
SportingNews- Leicester City has fired manager Claudio Ranieri months after he led them to a remarkable Premier League title. The 65-year-old's position has come under increasing scrutiny this season, with Leicester unable to get close to the standards it hit during last season's historic run to the top.
"Domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest," the team said in a release announcing the move.
Despite the more encouraging performance in Wednesday's 2-1 loss, the club has decided to part company with the manager who led Leicester to title glory only nine months ago.
The decision comes just 16 days after Leicester released a statement in which it expressed "unwavering support" for Ranieri, despite recent poor form. Ranieri replaced Nigel Pearson in July 2015 and steered Leicester to arguably the most unexpected title triumph in the history of England's top flight.
The Foxes finished 10 points ahead of closest rivals Arsenal, with Ranieri's side winning 23 and losing only three of their 38 matches. They then topped Group G with four wins from six games in their first foray into the Champions League this season.
Never forget that sports are a "what have you done for me lately?" business. I don't know why you would given the quickness with which the trigger gets pulled in firing highly decorated leaders. However, now you absolutely can't question how forever wavering the job security of coaches is when the man that helped a team overcome 5,000-1 odds(!!!!) to win an EPL title is currently unemployed 298 days later. Talk about setting the bar too high. Claudio Ranieri took his team on a run that was nothing short of miraculous, and was rewarded with a pat on the ass and a request for a repeat. He turned the sky into the limit, and his employer assumed the sky was now the standard.
The term "thankless job" gets thrown around quite a bit, but it doesn't fit any situation better than it does this one. Shit, David Blatt might even have to consider LeBron's mid-season dismissal of him fair after hearing this story. This guy did what even Las Vegas thought was impossible and was kicked to the curb because doing it again didn't seem probable. Congrats on making history Claudio, but you didn't make it repeat itself within the calendar year so kick rocks.
I don't know all that much about international soccer and losing Premier League status kind of seems like a death sentence, but Claudio Ranieri is one of the only reasons that the name 'Leicester City' will live forever in sports lore. Poor bastard was instrumental in helping his club do something that was as likely as winning the lottery, and they barely let stay around long enough to cash in the winning ticket. Dude basically climbed Mount Everest without a safe harness and when he got to the peak there was someone waiting at the top to say "Eh, beginner's luck. Go back down and do it again or I'm kicking you off the mountain".