Claudio Ranieri breaks silence and admits his shock over sacking by defending Premier League champions

 
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Ranieri was sacked as Leicester boss in February (Source: Getty)

Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has broken his silence on his sacking by the defending Premier League champions, insisting his unceremonious dismissal came as a shock.

Ranieri was axed in February just nine months after guiding the Foxes, who were 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign, to a maiden top-flight crown. He departed with Leicester just one point clear of the relegation zone.

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The 65-year-old Italian was axed a matter of weeks after receiving “unwavering support” from the club’s owners and a day following their Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Sevilla.

“Thinking of Leicester, the first thing that comes to mind is the sense of surprise, even more than bitterness,” said Ranieri. “I’ve been through a lot in my long career, but never anything like this. It was shock, but in the end these things are part of football.”

Leicester have won all four matches since Ranieri’s sacking and have appointed his ex-assistant Craig Shakespeare as manager until the end of the season.

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