Players Deny Involvement in Ranieri Sacking
Vardy has joined Schmeichel in denying meeting the club’s owners to ask for Ranieri’s removal
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.”
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