Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke No, but I guess it's a brutal business being a football manager.
Getting relegated to the EFL Championship would be a business disaster for Leicester, and it's a tough competition in the league below the EPL, so there'd be no guarantee whatsoever of coming back up straight away. Leicester are not a big football business like Newcastle who were never likely to spend more than a season in the second tier.
Originally posted by wolfgang59 To blame failure (or success) totally on a manger is ridiculous.
When a new manager comes in and Leicester finish the season moderately well with an upper bottom half finish, that new boss and his employers will get the credit and the sacking will look like a wise move. If this doesn't all come to pass, I may steer clear of this forum for a few weeks at the end of the season.
Claudio Ranieri's sacking was madness.
Leicester are exactly where they should be - in a relegation dogfight. They should have been doing exactly this last season but for a fortunate combination of an imaginative manager working a tight-knit bunch of some inexplicably in-form journeyman players in an unusual counter-attacking game that out-foxed (sorry) the rest of the league. But form is as fickle as class is permanent. Don't confuse Vardy's form with Kante's class - and of course Kante, the powerhouse, walked. Form fades, as it has done with most of this team, and the rest of the Premiership has not surprisingly figured out how to outwit Leicester's tight defensive/counter game. They were never, ever, going to repeat last season's success and their rock-in-a-sock plummet to their rightful place in the bowels of the league, was always likely.
All in all Ranieri is a victim of his own success. The Leicester board would have been very happy with a 15th place finish last year and if that had happened he would still be in a job.
Thanks for the memory Claudio - fantastic stuff while it lasted.