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  1. We need points and the only way we can help is to get behind the team on the pitch what ever you might think of them nothing else matters.
  2. Why Leicester were right to sack Claudio Ranieri Martyn Cooke February 26, 2017 Leicester City Time Inc Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri just nine months after the Italian guided The Foxes to a seemingly implausible Premier League title triumph. But the only real surprise is that there is any surprise at all regarding his departure from the club. Since being crowned champions of England in May Leicester have stumbled along from one mistake to the next and have been spiralling towards relegation since the turn of the year. The club’s transfer policy, negative attitude, poor performances, demotivated players and bizarre tactical decisions have been continuing issues that Ranieri, among others, must shoulder the responsibility for. The Italian was coveted with praise during the summer, and rightly so. Leading The Foxes to the Premier League title will be one of the great underdog sporting success stories that will forever be remembered both in Leicester and across English football. But he must also accept the criticism for his team’s performance this campaign – which will go down in the history books as one of the timidest and pathetic title-defensives in sporting history. Embed from Getty Images Setting the tone The warning signs were there for all to see during the summer. The first mistake was that Ranieri set a negative tone. He publicly admitted that he had set his Leicester City team the primary target of reaching 40 points in the Premier League and achieving safety. The Premier League title holders, the best team in English football the previous season, were hoping to avoid relegation. By setting the bar so outstandingly low Ranieri was sending a clear message to his players – “Last season was just a fluke. Do not expect to defend your title.” In one fell swoop, the best team in England surrendered their title before a ball was even kicked. Is it any wonder that the players have performed so poorly when their manager publically undermined their success the previous year? It sent out all the wrong messages. The second mistake was that Leicester decided to sell their best player, N’Golo Kante, to Chelsea. The Frenchman’s energy, enthusiasm, and technical play had been a key component of their success the previous season – and they sold him to a title rival. Why? The 25-year-old was tied down to a long-term contract and the club were under absolutely no financial pressure to sell. Ranieri needed to play hardball and keep hold of his dynamic midfielder but instead chose to take the easy option and cash in. As a comparison, can you imagine Sir Alex Ferguson responding to a title triumph by telling his squad that they needed to reach 40 points and then selling his best player to a title rival? Leicester City were the best team in England going into the new campaign and yet Ranieri was behaving like his players would be in a relegation fight. Negativity from the manager breeds negativity within the playing squad. Embed from Getty Images A timid title defence Football is a business that is all about the here-and-now. The success of the previous year is irrelevant – it is all about your team’s current form and performances. This is something that Ranieri has found out the hard way just as Jose Mourinho did in 2016. Looking at Leicester’s results so far this season it would be difficult for any observer to put forward a reasonable case for the Italian to keep his job without making reference to the previous campaign. Progress in the Champions League has helped to cover the cracks but one run in Europe would be little compensation or comfort should the club be put back a decade through relegation. The statistics are difficult to comprehend and the performances have been hard to stomach. The reigning English champions have lost 14 fixtures and have conceded 43 goals in the Premier League so far this season. They have won just five games and sit one point above the relegation zone. More importantly, their form showed no sign of improving under the guidance of Ranieri. Since the turn of the year in the top-flight The Foxes have picked up just one point, have lost their last five fixtures and have not scored a single goal. These are damning statistics that will result in any manager being sacked. Performances have been extremely poor and Ranieri has shown no sign of being able to halt the slide towards the relegation zone. There was only ever going to be one eventual outcome. However, the Italian has not helped himself. Leicester’s success last season came from continuity in team selection and tactics but this campaign Ranieri has insisted on chopping and changing the starting line-up and deploying various different formations. “If it isn’t broke don’t try and fix it”. There was no need to change a winning formula. Embed from Getty Images Poor timing So, in reality, Claudio Ranieri’s sacking comes as no surprise – Leicester were only heading in one direction under the Italian’s leadership this season – but the timing of his departure is somewhat bizarre. In mid-week Leicester demonstrated a little more spirit and quality in Spain when they travelled to Sevilla in the Champions League. The Foxes may have lost the game but the performance was much-improved and Jamie Vardy’s away goal provides them with a genuine opportunity to turn the tie around in the reverse leg in early March. Also, the transfer window is now closed, so any new manager will have to work with the current group of players and will not be able to bring in any new additions. The club has made the right decision but at the wrong time. Releasing Ranieri from his duties is a step that should have been taken in January. So what now? So Claudio Ranieri’s reign as Leicester City manager is officially over. The club and its supporters will undoubtedly be forever thankful for the contribution that the Italian made in guiding The Foxes to the Premier League title, but there is little argument that his departure is the correct decision. The Leicester hierarchy now need to be swift and decisive. A new manager needs to be brought in as soon as possible but there is little room for error – the wrong appointment would be disastrous at this stage – but there is little doubt that the club needs fresh energy, impetus, ideas, and input. Roberto Mancini and Frank de Boer have both been highlighted as early favourites and it will be interesting to see what type of character The Foxes elect to opt for. Congratulations to Claudio Ranieri for winning the Premier League. But you have no excuse for Leicester City’s timid title defence and slide towards the relegation zone. Featured Image: All Rights Reserved Alex Hannam (Alex Hannam)
  3. Chelsea disgust and anger the real reason for Mourinho’s Ranieri tribute Peter Staunton 1 Feb 26, 2017 11:00:00 The Special One has spent his career differentiating himself from the deposed Leicester manager, so why the sudden change of heart? Never underestimate Jose Mourinho’s ability to insert himself into the middle of the story. On Friday we were treated to the Manchester United manager’s tribute to Claudio Ranieri – sacked by Leicester City the previous evening. What should have been a straightforward press conference ahead of the EFL Cup final was instead hijacked as a piece of high theatre. Mourinho promises top Man Utd signings “Probably the season started with the typical selfishness of others,” he said in reference to Leicester’s players and their distinct level of under-performance. “People thinking about new contracts, people thinking about leaving, people thinking about more money, people forgetting who helped them reach a certain level. “If some of the stories I’m reading are true, or have just a little bit of truth, it’s difficult to find words to justify that.” There are legitimate gripes within that perspective. Since winning the title, Leicester players have dined out on autobiographies, clothing lines, limited edition rums and even a Hollywood blockbuster in the pipeline. There have been £100,000+ contracts dished out left, right and centre. What has not been matched this season is the level of desire from that historic year. Leicester’s players simply could not cope with winning and their manager could not cope with training a winning team. We will never know for sure to what extent Leicester’s players “downed tools” or if indeed Ranieri “lost the dressing room” but, certainly, Ranieri lost the spark. His players carried out his instructions to a tee to win the league title but were left bemused by his changes the season after. There is no doubt though that Mourinho looked at the situation from the outside and deduced that the same thing was happening to Ranieri as what happened to him at Chelsea. And that speech on Friday was the speech Mourinho wishes he could have made back when he was sacked by Chelsea – pointing fingers at selfish, traitorous players who undermined their title-winning manager through a lack of effort and desire. It was a speech less about Ranieri and Leicester than it was about Mourinho and his players at Chelsea. Mourinho is championing the cause of Ranieri in order to express disgust at his own treatment in 2015-16 at Stamford Bridge. Don't forget, this is the same Ranieri that Mourinho has shown little professional courtesy too. Ranieri was a “loser”, he has said, and "too old to change his ideas". The Italian was a winner of “a Super Cup and other small trophies,” according to Jose. Mahrez branded a 'snake' by fans Since his first spell at Chelsea, Mourinho differentiated himself from Ranieri in terms of winners and losers. Anything Ranieri achieved as Chelsea coach, or in Italy, or Spain, was demeaned. By running his predecessor’s legacy into the ground he was simultaneously talking up his own. Ranieri was Mourinho’s punch bag for long enough and there was poetic justice that Mourinho faced his Waterloo at Chelsea against Ranieri’s Leicester last season. Ranieri’s revenge culminated in the feel-good football story of the century. Maybe the title win with Leicester did force Ranieri up a notch in Mourinho’s estimations. Many managers have sympathised with Ranieri since his dismissal but none seemed to have taken the cause as personally as Mourinho - and it's obvious why. Both coached a team to the league title only to be jettisoned before the following season was out. The rumours of dressing room unrest in regard to Ranieri’s decision-making echo what happened with Mourinho. The Special One lost his special powers and players – including the reigning PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard– were unwilling or unable to match their output from the season before. Ditto Ranieri and his squad including Riyad Mahrez. Where the consensus on Mourinho was that his time was up and he had to go, Ranieri is being afforded decidedly more sympathy. In the public eye, Mourinho was at fault for failing to defend the league title with Chelsea, while the blame has fallen at the Leicester players' feet. That's because Claudio's perceived as a nice guy, Jose isn't. Ranieri has borne his suffering with a stoic dignity. Last season Mourinho didn’t. From Ranieri, there was no railing against “weak and naïve” referees. There were no incidents which led to a tribunal against his own medical staff. There were no rants against those who schedule matches, ball boys or his own players like there were with Jose. Ranieri was so likeable and warm in public that it is difficult to comprehend that he had another side. Aside from the limitations to his tactical thought – which, it is reported, played a key part in his players’ increasing distrust of his stewardship – there were also accusations of fall-outs behind the scenes. There are two sides to every story. That employees can have disagreements behind the scenes is nothing new. And in the structure at many clubs now the manager is no longer the boss he is just another employee. Mourinho, too, found that out the hard way with Michael Emenalo pointing to the “palpable discord” he left in his wake at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho is using his platform to demonstrate his own credentials – not necessarily to show the contrast to Ranieri’s anymore, but to show the similarity in both their fates. It’s all over now and Ranieri finds himself in the position Mourinho was in last year. The players wouldn’t go with him, connived behind his back, overthrew him. But if Ranieri feels that way you can be sure you’ll never hear it in public. That's not his style. Maybe Jose now realises he, the 'winner', and Ranieri, the 'loser', aren’t so different after all. But he needs everyone to know it.
  4. The board is mainly the owners, I doubt it's a democracy and the owners would have made the final decision
  5. Hopefully it will create a siege mentality. One almost hopes there was a falling out with CR and with him gone they'll finally get their boots out of their arses.
  6. Cambiasso because he wanted to run things like he did for Pearson
  7. Serious thoughts , funny and gallows humour all welcomed.
  8. Well he probably did, certainly there were enough players linked. The fact that we didn't sign them is down to others at the club
  9. Some of things that certainly didn't help he can't be blamed for, the signings we didn't make as that was down to the recruitment team and the ill-thought out pre-season as that would be down to the owners and Chief Exec.
  10. I'm sure all these ex pro pundits would have welcomed a relegation on their CVs, mind you half them weren't even good enough for that.
  11. I doubt they'll be big changes,he doesn't have that many options we just nèed to hope that Shakespeare can get the old school playing like they did last season and for the great escape.
  12. I thought it was Europe so I'm assuming they meant the Europa league.
  13. I bet they're not having as many as the football pundits are having over LCFC.
  14. But it is a business, business people run it, sure they always have but it used to be as hobby and they never put their businesses at risk for football and there was never much chance of getting rich off the back of it through either cash or publicity. If you want football for fun you'd be hard pressed to find it above the weekend amateurs. I grew up with no segregation where fans applauded excellent play by the opposition yet we still booed and jeered them when they entered the pitch or where appropriate but those days are long gone. As for loyalty and respect I think our owners have earned that when they didn't sack Pearson even though we were in a much tougher position but the difference is that Pearson still had control and CR disappointingly doesn't making this purely a football decision because not only were we losing but the football was turgid and far from entertaining.