The soccer world reeled from the shocking decision by Leicester City to sack Claudio Ranieri mid-season just a year after Ranieri took the Foxes to their first Premier League title as a 5000-1 shot. Ranieri known as the “Tinkerman” called it a dream to have pulled off the impossible. His dream turned into a nightmare this year as the team has been closer to relegation than the top of the league. Despite this, Ranieri’s fellow managers expressed their thoughts on the sacking.
Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool called it “shocking”comparing it jokingly (or maybe not) with recent world events. Klopp said, “Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. It’s not only football, eh? For me, there’s been a few strange decisions in 16-17: Brexit, [Donald] Trump, Ranieri…”
Jurgen Klopp compared Leicester firing Claudio Ranieri with… Donald Trump? pic.twitter.com/EmCs1kmdQo
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho pointed to how the times have changed in the soccer world, perhaps lamenting the business of aspect of the sport. Mourinho stated,
“We cannot be naive, we cannot go around believing it is the same game we had 20 years ago, even 10 years ago”
Mourinho like Ranieri was sacked a year after winning a Premier League title with Chelsea in 2015, and joked about current table leader Chelsea, “I think Antonio Conte has to think about whether he really wants to be champion this year.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe summed up what most of the soccer world was thinking saying,
“Doing everything he did last season, the historic achievement that he and his team were able to do, to find himself in this position now is very sad.”
The position of Premier League manger is a small fraternity of only twenty a season, it is no surprise that many are praising Ranieri for his accomplishments and showing concern for how fast his star fell. It must have been a reminder just how tenuous their positions are and how trophies are only good on the day they are won and seem tarnish as soon as they go in the trophy case.
Ranieri will find another job, he deserves another job, let’s just hope that where ever he ends up they are more grateful for the job he will have done.