Play­ers Deny In­volve­ment in Ranieri Sack­ing

Vardy has joined Sch­me­ichel in deny­ing meet­ing the club’s own­ers to ask for Ranieri’s re­moval

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games - Sa­muel Lovett

Jamie Vardy has joined goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel in deny­ing any in­volve­ment in Clau­dio Ranieri’s dis­missal as Le­ices­ter man­ager. The Ital­ian was sacked on Thurs­day hav­ing failed to ar­rest the alarm­ing slump­in­formthathas­seen­theFoxes drop into the rel­e­ga­tion zone with just 21 points. Vardy was one of the many rough diamonds Ranieri pol­ished, with the striker’s form for Le­ices­ter earn­ing him a place in the Eng­land team. Writ­ing on In­sta­gram, Vardy said: “I must have writ­ten and deleted my words to this post a stupid amount of times!Iowed(itto)Clau­diotofind­the right and ap­pro­pri­ate words!

“Clau­dio has and al­ways will have my com­plete re­spect! What we achieved to­gether and as a team was the im­pos­si­ble! He be­lieved in me when many didn’t and for that I owe him my eter­nal grat­i­tude.

“There is spec­u­la­tion I was in- volved in his dis­missal and this (is) com­pletely un­true, un­founded and is ex­tremely hurt­ful! The only thing we are guilty of as a team is un­der­achiev­ing which we all ac­knowl­edge both in the dress­ing room and pub­licly and will do our best to rec­tify. I wish Clau­dio the very very best in what­ever the fu­ture holds for him. Thank you Clau­dio for every­thing.”

Ear­lier, Sch­me­ichel had in­sisted re­ports of a meet­ing between the club’s own­ers and sev­eral play­ers that led to Ranieri’s dis­missal were un­true.

Speak­ing to Sky, he said: “There’s ab­so­lutely no truth in that whatso- ever. We are play­ers and we can only af­fect(things)on­thep­itch.Whathap­pens above our heads at board­room level is com­pletely out of our con­trol.

“All th­ese re­ports about meet­ings, I don’tknowwherethey’ve­come­from. What I can say is our own­ers are very hands on, they are in and around the club all the time. They come to prac­ti­cally ev­ery game, they come to the train­ing ground and they speak to all the play­ers... We talk about all man­ner of things from the weather to the pitchestowhat­ever. “Th­ese guys are very suc­cess­ful busi­ness­men and have taken this club from the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship­to­thetop.They’renot go­ing to let them­selves be in­flu­enced by any play­ers.”

—Reuters

Jamie Vardy (L) and Clau­dio Ranieri dur­ing a press meet Vardy was one of the many rough diamonds Ranieri pol­ished, with the striker get­ting a call-up to the Eng­land team

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