Farewell Ranieri


Who would have thought my first blog for 2017 would be about football, well maybe I would have. It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, from time constraints to the loss of my muse. It has been a very challenging road.

However, a few days ago I woke up to my daily Instagram rounds to be shocked by the news that current FIFA coach of the year, Claudio Ranieri, has been given the boot!

Sure, his team Leicester City are 1 point above the relegation zone, but for crying out loud, the man won them the illustrious premier league title, arguably the most difficult title to win. Not to mention he won it with a half decent team equipped with only one football star.

But these days, clearly winning trophies, and doing the impossible is easily forgotten.

I remember the days I played football management games. It began with FIFA 06 were I’d control my beloved Chelsea to champions league glory. I then honed my management skills through FIFA manager and Football manager; nothing was more satisfactory than taking a lowly non-league team and building a squad that would eventually earn promotion in successive seasons to end up in the top-flight league and qualify for the champion’s league. Leicester City’s story is just as fantasised as my gaming triumphs.

How quickly time can change…

Source: Premierleague.com

After 25 games in the 2015/16 season, Leicester City were top of the table, 5 points clear of their nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspurs. Leicester would end up winning the league becoming champions of England for the first time in history.

A year later, they are now languishing on the wrong side of the table, staring at relegation with 1 point above the relegation zone. It’s because of this that a champion manager would find himself out of a job.

You would think this act from Leicester’s owners is cruel and disgusting and you would be right to feel that way. However, such acts of cowardly behaviour seem to be a norm in the footballing world. Below, I identify the top managers sacked after a successful season prior to their departure.

Source: Talksport, Complex.com

Football management is a cruel world, one can be praised and worshipped in one moment and the next you are forgotten and called for the sack. I am so glad I stayed out of the management scene and opted to write about these dismissals instead rather than face them. Although the compensation they receive, sure is an interesting incentive.

To Claudio Ranieri, thank you, for making the world believe that anything is possible, we know that if another manager was at the helm of Leicester last season, the same outcome would not have occurred.

As Jose Mourinho said in the wake of Claudio’s dismissal, “Keep smiling AMICO. Nobody can delete the history you wrote,”

Indeed no one can take away the amazing triumph Ranieri pulled off. This dismal has the plot of a romantic breakup. Just as in every breakup we tend to back one party over another, I believe come the end of the premier league season, the whole world will be hoping for Leicester’s relegation,

Well unless you’re a Leicester fan that is…

Published by Thabiso Mofulatsi


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