It is a sad day in football as Claudio Ranieri, who gave the current era of football fans the best ever memory, was intermittently sacked by Leicester City today.
The Italian manager, who helped the Foxes to first ever Premier League title last season, is one of the most respected managers in Europe and is also well decorated.
However, he has not been able to keep Leicester going strong and currently sees them in the 17th place, just a point off the drop zone. The Foxes have not taken a point in more than 5 leagues games this year and are in trouble of going down.
So the Thai owners of the Premier League outfit decided that it was time for him to take a break.
The whole football world was sent into shock with this decision from the Champions of England but with the fuzz subsiding, Leicester may actually find this to be a welcome change.
But sacking a manager less than 9 months after lifting the title is a bit overboard but one Jose Mourinho felt otherwise.
The Portuguese manager won the title with Chelsea in the 2014-15 season, his first at the club after more than 3 years but he faced a similar fate, a few months later.
Chelsea struggled to find consistency in the first half of the previous season and Roman Abramovich, the owner of the side, was not happy seeing the club reeling in the bottom half of the table.
So he decided to send Mourinho out of the Bridge just 6 months later.
The Manchester United manager will know all about losing his job so quickly after finding glory and he had a touching message for the Italian mastermind who took the Foxes to a title last season.
Mourinho took to Instagram, a social networking site to post his message to the outgoing Italian.
CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR .sacked. That’s the new football Claudio, keep smiling AMICO. Nobody can delete the history you wrote.
Here is the post:
Ranieri has managed to take Leicester City to the knockout stage of the Champions League and is in a decent position to get one over Europa League holders Sevilla in the Round of 16 but was knocked out of the FA Cup by a 5th tier side recently.
He was also named the manager of the year for 2016 just 10 days ago but he was told to get packing after his team were back from their Champions League trip to Spain.
Surely, this decision from Leicester City shows what is wrong with football as a sport at the moment.