Leicester City give Claudio Ranieri the dreaded vote of confidenceby Jack Kitson / 07 February 2017, 14:52Tweet
Leicester City have given the dreaded vote of confidence to their under-fire manager Claudio Ranieri. Uh oh.
Ranieri was installed as the favourite for the sack on Sunday following Leicester’s shambolic 3-0 loss at home to Man Utd.
The dismal defeat, which was the club’s 13th as defending champions, left the Foxes one point above the relegation zone, and without a win in five matches.
Should Ranieri be under pressure? #LCFC— The Sportsman (@thesportsmancom) February 7, 2017
Leicester have failed to score in a single one of those five league games in 2017, while they’ve lost the last four on the spin.
The club’s rotten form (two wins in 15 league games) means that they are now in real danger of becoming the first club since Man City (1937/38) to win the title then plummet out of the league the following season.
In a press conference Leicester have today (Tuesday) backed Ranieri (see statement below), offering the Italian their “unwavering support”.
But, how often have we seen a beleaguered boss given the boot following a public showing of support?
Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) and Kenny Jackett (Wolves) are a few recent examples that spring to mind.
Meanwhile, none of the managers to win the Premier League in the four years before Ranieri remain in charge of the club they hoisted the title with.
Mourinho lasted just four months into last season. Manuel Pellegrini spent two more years in charge of Man City but failed to win the title again. Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and Roberto Mancini was axed exactly a year after leading the Citizens to their first Premier League trophy.