Among them is O’Neill, who won the League Cup in 1997 and 2000 with Leicester.
The 65-year-old Ranieri was sacked less than 24 hours after his team battled to a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of a Champions League last 16 knockout game against Spanish side Sevilla. “I’m enjoying the job here at this moment and there is a big, big game ahead [against Wales] and quite some hard matches coming ahead”.
“Disgusting”, former England and Leicester player Gary Lineker said of the decision taken barely two weeks after the owners had given the Italian boss “unwavering support” despite the team’s troubles. I’ve lost a lot of love for the lovely game today.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini, one of those thought to be in the running for the role, has also expressed his sympathy for the Italian.
Which was probably why La Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed Ranieri’s sacking has turned Leicester from princes back into frogs.
Meanwhile, the Foxes slipped into the relegation zone on Saturday as Crystal Palace moved out with a victory over Middlesbrough.
“These are the same players he was picking last season”.
“I think they should have a statue of him there and I think they should start that in the morning”. The team have been on a awful run and without a league goal in 2017, yet many felt Ranieri’s achievement last season should have been enough to give him the chance to try keep the team up.
Mourinho, who now leads Manchester United, might have taken Ranieri’s firing even more personally.
He posted a picture of himself and Ranieri smiling, and wrote on Instagram: “Champion of England and Federation Internationale de Football Association manager of the year”.
“Leicester City won the Premier League last season by quite a number of points”, he told BBC Radio 5 live. The Foxes need to get some wins, as their next three matches are against top-four contender Liverpool, relegation rival Hull, and top-four contender Arsenal.
“I think whether it is the right decision is irrelevant and we all know results have not been good enough”, Shakespeare said at his pre-match media conference.
“At the end of the day the responsibility is with the players and staff”. I have not had one problem with them – there was frustration but he [Ranieri] had not lost the dressing room.
“They come to practically every game, they come to the training ground and they speak to all the players regularly”.