Ranieri speaks out on Leicester firing, backs his former players

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Claudio Ranieri left Leicester City with class, though he admits there was a problem at the club — and it wasn’t his players.

The Italian manager was fired in late February with Leicester embroiled in a relegation battle, less than one year after leading the Foxes to one of the most improbable title runs in soccer history.

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Reports emerged that some players wanted him out, and Leicester has responded with much improved form. But Ranieri says the impetus for his firing, beyond results, came from somewhere else, according to Sky Sports.

“I cannot believe that my players killed me. No, no, no.”

“Maybe it could be somebody behind me, but also the little problem I had the year before and we won the title. Maybe these people, this year, when we lose they push a little more. That’s it. I don’t want to tell. I am a serious man, a loyal man. What I have to say, I say face-to-face.”

The fallout from the Ranieri firing was wild, with Cesare Prandelli claiming he rejected replacing his fellow Italian based on Leicester’s actions and Jamie Vardy admitting his family received death threats over reports he was involved with the rancor.