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Claudio Ranieri statement: Yesterday my dream died, says former Leicester City manager

'I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.'

Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has said his dream has died following his sacking.

"Yesterday my dream died," Ranieri said in an official statement.

Leicester City Supporters' Club chairman Cliff Ginnetta has called Ranieri's sacking "shameful and embarrassing".

The Foxes axed the Italian on Thursday just nine months after winning a shock Premier League title.

Claudio Ranieri statement in full

Yesterday my dream died.

After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

Sadly this was not to be.

I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never ending support during my time at Leicester. My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner and Franco Granello (Ranieri's Italian agent) for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.

Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.

My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and 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 together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It's been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you.

- Claudio Ranieri

Four-year deal

Ranieri only signed a four-year deal in August after their success last season but leaves with the club a point above the relegation zone ahead of Monday's visit of Liverpool, with assistant manager Craig Shakespeare in caretaker charge.

Leicester City celebrate their league win.
Leicester City celebrate their league win.
Singer Andrea Bocelli waves to supporters on the pitch along with Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) holds up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) holds up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) and Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan hold up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan, owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, his son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and players celebrate the season champions with the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City fans hold up a foam trophy outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
A Leicester City fan holds a banner that reads 'A trophy earned not bought' outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
The giant mural of Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, created by artist Richard Wilson is pictured in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTIONGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans celebrate outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Leicester City fans celebrate outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
A Leicester City FC fan celebrates a goal during a live screening of the Leicester vs Everton match at King Power headquarters in Bangkok on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHALILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City fans celebrate with an Italy flag outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Leicester City fans celebrate with an Italian banner outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jamie Vardy (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A general view during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Leicester City fan holds up a banner outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
World snooker champion Mark Selby with his trophy and Leicester City mascot Filbert Fox during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Marc Albrighton of Leicester City reacts after missing a chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Andy King of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters hold banners to honour Shinji Okazaki during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Welsh midfielder Andy King (R) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) holds up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (2L) jokes with Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan (C) as Leicester players celebrate with Leicester City's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (C-R) with the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) and Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan hold up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City FC fan celebrates during a live screening of the Leicester vs Everton match at King Power headquarters in Bangkok on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHALILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel lifts the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City players celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City's Daniel Drinkwater lifts the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League, after the match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (C) and Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan hold up the Premier league trophy after winning the league and the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City players and staffs celebrate the season champions with the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City players and staffs celebrate the season champions with the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri (L) and Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan hold up the Premier league trophy after winning the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Captain Wes Morgan of Leicester City lifts the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A Leicester City supporter holds a shirt printed 'Champions 16' during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Andy King of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters hold banners to honour Shinji Okazaki during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) celebrates with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters cheer during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) celebrates with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (L) after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A Leicester City cheerleader is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Singer Andrea Bocelli performs while Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City stand next to him prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Singer Andrea Bocelli performs while Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City stand next to him prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Singer Andrea Bocelli waves to supporters on the pitch along with Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters hold a big Champions banner prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City supporters arrive at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City supporters arrive at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester City supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A Leicester fan sits before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City supporter, with a dyed moustache arrives at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
BATH, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Bath supporters celebrate victory during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on May 7, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: David Neilson, actor of the British soap opera Coronation Street, takes part in Alan Birchenall's annual charity run during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Leicester fans hold up banners before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City supporters arrive at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester fan smiles before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City supporters arrive at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester fans wave flags in the team colours before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester fans wave flags in the team colours before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Young Leicester fans pose with a replica Premier League trophy outside the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leicester City supporters arrive at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester fans enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester fans enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A Leicester City supporter holds up a banner as he arrives at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City supporter holds up a banner as he arrives at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester fans hold a poster displaying the image of former Leicester footballer Gary Lineker in his underwear, in relation to the TV presenter's promise to present Match of the Day in his underwear if Leicester won the Premier League title, in the stands before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leicester fans enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Everton fan Michael Cullen aka Speedo Mick holds a sign saying 'Get your kit off Gary Lineker, a promise is a promise' before the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Leicester City fan before the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Everton fan Michael Cullen aka Speedo Mick holds a sign saying 'Get your kit off Gary Lineker, a promise is a promise' before the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A Leicester City supporter wearing a fox mask, arrives at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester City supporter shows off his Premier League winners badge on his Leicester City shirt as he arrives at the stadium ahead of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. Leicester City, who were 5,000/1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
A Leicester fan gives a thumbs up before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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The Italian went after Wednesday's 2-1 last-16 Champions League defeat at Sevilla, with Leicester having also lost their last five league games.

However, Ginnetta believes Ranieri should have stayed.

"It's shameful and embarrassing. All the years I've followed Leicester City, it's one of the most embarrassing things that's ever happened," he told Press Association Sport.

"I thought they'd give him the season and then reappraise it. Definitely after Sevilla when, in the second half we looked okay. I don't know why the big panic, especially now. The guy is loved by supporters and they are devastated.

"They had to give him the rest of the season."

Several stars, including Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater, all signed new contracts in the summer but Ginnetta felt they had let Ranieri down.

"The whole thing seems to be down to player power," he said. " If I was the chairman and I was paying players £100,000-a-week and they weren't performing it's the players I'd be targeting more than the manager.

"I know you pay the manager to help them play but it's not his responsibility to give them that money and a £100,000 car each. I hate to say it but it seems to have gone to their heads.

"When you see Drinkwater, Vardy and Mahrez playing like they are I'd want to know why that's happening. All this 'the buck stops with the manager' is wrong, I'd want to speak to the players directly."

Ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who spent time on loan at Leicester in 2001, is the early favourite to replace Ranieri, with ex-boss Nigel Pearson also tipped for a third spell and Huddersfield boss David Wagner listed.

"It's going to be difficult, you need someone with European experience. There's no English manager who has the experience to do the job," said Ginnetta.

 

 

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