Having done the impossible last season by lifting the Premier League trophy, the reigning English Champions have seriously struggled in the ongoing campaign, and they currently sit 16th in the league table – just a point above the relegation zone.
And with their performances showing no improvement whatsoever, several emerging reports have suggested the Italian coach may get sacked by the Leicester City board soon, so as to help the team stay in the top flight of English football by avoiding relegation.
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As per Sky Bet, Ranieri remains at the top of the ‘sack race’ list, at the odds of 5,000/1, despite having started the season looking almost untouchable. In fact, he was still available at 33/1 until as recently as December.
Sky Bet’s Sandro Di Michele spoke about the potential sacking, by stating: “A lot depends on how loyal the Thai owners will be to the man who brought them an almost-impossible success last season. There’s no doubt, the way they are playing, they aren’t too good to go down.”
However, Ranieri is not at all worried about getting fired by the Foxes, as he himself revealed in a recent interview with the British media.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “It’s not my philosophy to think about this. If my thoughts go there… I remember what was said by my chairman the first time I met him. He said ‘if we go down will you stay with us?
“And I said ‘yes’. Now why do I have to think about this? I am thinking to fight and to survive. That’s it.
“I don’t speak about my position with the owner. Never do I speak with the chairman about my position. We know that is football. When everything is right, everyone is fantastic. When you start to lose, the manager is bad.”