Cesare Prandelli, former head coach of Italy claimed he turned down an approach from Leicester City to discuss taking over as manager “after seeing how [Claudio] Ranieri was treated”.
Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February, nine months after leading the Foxes to what was arguably the most remarkable Premier League title in football history by defying 5,000-1 odds.
Prandelli said that Leicester dumped Ranieri despite the latter having “achieved something extraordinary”, saying that: “[Ranieri is] a coach who won a memorable, historic title and is then dumped after a few months.”
When asked in an interview on the French television channel SFR Sport whether Leicester had approached him, Ranieri’s Italian compatriot Prandelli promptly replied: “I immediately said no. You don’t accept a job like that. You don’t go there [Leicester] after seeing how Ranieri was treated. I am not going there. Full stop.”
Prandelli is not the only manager to express disappointment over Ranieri’s dismissal. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho offered Ranieri his public support, while Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp said: “I have no idea why Leicester did this.”
Ranieri’s assistant, Craig Shakespeare, took over as Leicester manager on a temporary basis and secured the job until the end of the season after the team defeated Liverpool and Hull City in the League.
Shakespeare has since led Leicester into the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will face Atletico Madrid, and eased relegation fears with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.