Media in Itay lambasts "ungrateful English" over Ranieri dismissal

Italian media have reacted with sorrow and anger over Leicester City's decision to sack Claudio Ranieri as manager. The outpouring echoes sentiments of many Leicester supporters who have criticised the board's decision as lacking character and decency

by the commentator on 24 February 2017 20:30

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There has been an angry reaction in the Italian media to Leicester City's sacking this week of Claudio Ranieri, the manager who achieved the impossible by leading Leicester to win the Premier League last season.

La Gazzetta dello Sport ran a headline saying, "Ungrateful English", and opined that, "Leicester have sullied the fairytale which enchanted the world."

La Stampa described it as, "a fairy tale without a happy ending."

Columnist Alberto Polverosi said in Corriere dello Sport:

"Claudio is 66. He will return home bringing history with him. And he will leave behind the ridicule with which (Leicester's owners) have covered themselves."

Many Leicester supporters were also enraged at the club's decision, criticising the board for lacking character and decency.

Leicester sacked the Italian manager after a woeful season which has seen the club hover just above the relegation zone. Leicester have taken just 21 points out of 25 games this season with a goal difference of minus 19.

It was a very different story in the 2015/2016 season when the small East Midlands club stunned the world by beating off the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United to win the title. They were 5,000-1 outsiders when they started out that season.

Ranieri was quoted by the BBC on Friday as saying:

"The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, everybody who was part of what we achieved, but mostly to the supporters.

"You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too.

"No-one can ever take away what we achieved together and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will."

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