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Downfall of the Godfather

Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal as Leicester Manager this season has been one of the most controversial decisions in recent sporting history. Assistant Editor Jon Hoggard challenges the current football system and its tendency to place extrinsic motivators at the forefront of both clubs' and players' agendas.


Who’d be a manager? The sacking of Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he led Leicester City to the Premier League title is one of the most gut-wrenching stories of the season.

Clubs sacking league-winning managers isn’t that uncommon – in recent years it has happened to Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini, and FA Cup-winning Louis van Gaal was sacked while still damp from the champagne celebrations. So why has Ranieri’s departure caused such outrage?

Firstly it’s because of the scale of his achievement. The managers mentioned above were expected to win – they were top managers at top clubs that had expectations of continued success. Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City wasn’t in that bracket. Everyone’s genial uncle, Ranieri wasn’t brought to Leicester to win anything – but...

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