Less successful but his first touch of the CL for 5 years. For a coach it’s still a decent opportunity and he signed a new deal so he probably got a pretty penny too. I doubt he was being offered top jobs either so I don’t really class it as loyalty when it’s a choice between two good things.
I think most on here were agreed that Leicester would dip massively but were predicting a finish from 7th-11th, not to be sitting in 17th going into March. Even if they pull it back now the best they’re looking at is 16th, maybe 15th if they’re lucky.
I’ve been looking at Leicester all season thinking they’ll surely turn it around and go on a half decent run, Vardy will hit some goalscoring form, Mahrez will do a Mahrez at some stage and we’re nearly in March and it’s not happened and to me it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. They’ve been weak all season but IMO they’re worse in February than they were a few months ago so if they’re on a downward trajectory I can see why the higher-ups would want a change.
It is the players fault but that’s not going to be any comfort to anyone if they get relegated. They’re good enough to stay up and all they need is an injection of something new and Ranieri clearly isn’t offering that. They’ve got 1 win in their last 10 league games which isn’t good enough and now we know that there is quality in that team there’s no way the coach ever keeps his job in that scenario.