Gary Lineker, Leicester City legend wants his former club to give manager Claudio Ranieri a job for life. The 56-year-old believes that sacking the Italian would be a “bad taste” after everything he did for the club last season.
“I would give him a job for life, but this is football. Even if they went down, it would leave a bad taste in the mouth if he was sacked after everything he did for the club last season and the way he handled everything. I would find it terribly sad,” Lineker said, as reported by ESPN.
It has been less than a year since Ranieri guided Leicester to their first Premier League title, against all odds. However, a woeful form in the current season has left the club fighting to save relegation.
The club management has vowed not to sack Ranieri until the end of the season, as reported by The Times. However, Lineker wants The Foxes to stick by their manager, even if they get relegated to The Championship.
“Even if they go down, it makes the legend even greater. If they go from staying up, after being on the brink of relegation, to champions the following season and going down the next, it almost improves the miracle of winning the title,” Lineker added.
Leicester will begin their Champions League knockout round journey next week. The Foxes will take on La Liga club Sevilla.
However, Lineker is not confident of his former club’s chances in the tournament. The BT Sport television host feels that the reigning Europa League champions will present too much of a force for the Premier League champions to contend with.
“I don’t give them much chance in the Champions League. It’s just about the worst draw Leicester could have got in many ways. You either want a giant or a team you’ve got a real chance of beating. And what they have got is neither,” Lineker stressed.
Leicester City keeping Ranieri is a ‘huge risk’
Chris Sutton, former Blackburn Rovers striker has revealed that keeping Claudio Ranieri as the manager could prove to be a “huge risk” for Leicester City. The reigning Premier League champions currently lie one point above the bottom three in the league table.
“I don’t see how Ranieri can keep his job. Had they finished 12th last season and they were on this run of form everyone would be saying he has to go. Football is a ruthless business. The players are not playing for him,” Sutton said, as reported by BBC.
If Leicester does manage to get relegated, they will be the first defending top-flight champions to do so since Manchester City. The Citizens managed the feat in 1938.
The Foxes are currently on a run of five successive defeats. They are yet to win a Premier League game in 2017. Ranieri’s men have also failed to score a league goal since the turn of New Year.
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