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Claudio Ranieri Sacking Shows How Heartless Modern Day Football Is

The foxes are languishing just above the relegation zone, out of the League and FA cup, on the verge of exit in the Champions League and 'The Tinkerman’ has been relieved of his duty. Yes, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is gone! The league winning coach has got the boot with few months still to go in the season.

Pratik Sagar | News18 Sports

Updated:February 24, 2017, 5:18 PM IST
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Claudio Ranieri Sacking Shows How Heartless Modern Day Football Is
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It was only twelve months ago that Leicester City and their manager Claudio Ranieri were the talk of the whole world when he took the Premier League by storm with some scintillating performances. Their underdog story was bigger and better than any other in the history of the game. Fast forward one year, and the defending Premier League champions are again in the news but for all the wrong reasons.

The foxes are languishing just above the relegation zone, out of the League and FA cup, on the verge of exit in the Champions League and 'The Tinkerman’ has been relieved of his duty. Yes, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is gone! The league winning coach has got the boot with few months still to go in the season.

The 2015-16 season was a one-off which happens once in a lifetime. Not even in their wildest dreams the foxes’ faithful would have ever thought they will see their team lifting the title ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, The Manchester clubs and Liverpool, but it happened and Ranieri made it possible.

But the Italian's fall from grace has been equally spectacular as no one saw it coming, same as their title winning campaign. The team looks like they are not close to what they were last year that kept the King Power stadium buzzing week in and week out.

What a difference a year makes in football. In February 2015, Leicester were locked in an ugly relegation battle while in 2016 during the same time, Ranieri was going all guns blazing to finishing the Italian Job and now in 2017, it’s the end of the road for him.

But the question that arises here is that has modern day football become too heartless? Are the rich club owners, with no idea about how the game is played or managed, becoming too impatient and result-oriented that they are willing to say goodbye to someone who did the impossible for them.

A word about the fans too, are they losing all the romance that a sport like football has attached to it.

"What he did last year was extraordinary," Gary Lineker said in a BBC radio interview. "I think the lack of gratitude from the owners or whoever was involved in the decision beggar’s belief.

"I shed a tear last night. I shed a tear for Claudio, for football and for my club. It's inexplicable to me," said Linekar.

"You could explain it in some ways as a panic decision, and for me a wrong decision. It's very sad," said Linekar, who was England star striker in the 80s and spent eight seasons at Leicester City scoring 95 goals.

Ranieri is not the first casualty of trigger-happy owners and he most certainly won't be the last. Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho for the second time in 2016, when Chelsea were the defending Premier League champions. The Blues also gave the boot to Champions League winning coach Roberto De Matteo just months after he scripted the best night in Chelsea's club history in Munich.

Manchester United too have gotten rid of their traditions and have sacked two manager in a span of just three years, the same Manchester United that had a manager at helm for 26 years.

But there was a time when the Red Devils were thinking of getting rid of Sir Alex Ferguson in 1990. After his appointment in 1986, United remained trophy-less for three years and were long way off from taking the top spot in the League.

But for some reason the management decided to stick with their young manager and as they say the rest is history. However, such a happy ending is impossible in today's time when there is so much money riding on the game, that results are the only way to go for the clubs owners.

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been at helm for 20 years and that automatically should command respect from everyone, but the recent upheaval at the Emirates suggests ‘The Professor’ will be forced out of his college that he built from scratch.

For Claudio Ranieri, it brings down the curtains to an unforgettable and incomparable journey that has given reasons to the underdogs around the world to believe that nothing is impossible. But his sacking means that howsoever illustrious and glorious may you be, your value will always remain lesser than three points in the beautiful game!

| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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