Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Martin O'Neill says he has no interest in the Leicester job

Martin O'Neill says he has no interest in the Leicester job

Ranieri led Leicester to league victory despite having been tipped by many to finish at the bottom of league.

The Times said that some players want Nigel Pearson, who was sacked by Leicester's owners in 2015 to make way for Ranieri, to return.

'I consider Claudio a friend and a great coach.

"He deserves massive respect and huge credit for what he achieved here with us".

"I spoke with him after he left and thanked him personally for everything he did for me". And while the club shouldn't have too much trouble finding a manager to do better with these players than Ranieri has this year, looking for one now, in the middle of the season, makes the search more hard.

Sutton also reserved an extremely pointed bout of invective for Shakespeare, describing him as "slippery" and strongly hinting that he may have been complicit in the sacking.

Ranieri's dismissal has been met with widespread shock.

He told the BBC: "There's absolutely no truth in that whatsoever. We are players, we have to perform on the pitch, and that we haven't done this season". I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. "They are fantastic. Thank you", he said when asked for a quick word by Sky Sports News as he drove away.

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Last season was a freak - a brilliant one that we all absolutely loved - but we all know really that Leicester aren't that good.

"They made history two years in a row: one year because they did the most handsome thing in the Premier League, and now with the decision that I think has everyone in football united but it's very, very hard to accept".

Results elsewhere over the weekend pushed the Foxes into the relegation zone in 18th spot, although they have a game in hand over their relegation rivals.

With Ranieri's departure hanging over them Leicester must now re-group as they begin their fight for topflight survival and avoid becoming the first defending champions since 1938 to be relegated.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp thinks the turmoil surrounding the Foxes doesn't necessarily work in his team's favour.

It was not brief and we exchanged views. "The players are very hurt and they will be disappointed like everybody else that the manger has lost his job".

On current form, Leicester are heading for relegation with 13 games remaining.

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