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Former boss Claudio Ranieri, who defied 5000-1 odds to lead Leicester to their historic Premier League title last season, was sacked on Thursday afternoon having failed to arrest an alarming slump in form which has seen the Foxes slide into the relegation zone.

The 64-year-old also said that players, sometimes "ordinary" ones, now have too much power.

"The adventure was fantastic and will live with me forever", the 65-year-old manager said. I think you have to look inwards as a player.

Perhaps this is harsh on Ranieri - in the sense that players may have been tempted away without them - but bumper new contracts for senior members of the squad have led to some pundits feeling Leicester had "softened up" this season. "Nevertheless, it'd be a fantastic opportunity for someone and, of course, most opportunities usually come on the back of someone else's sad fate".

"At the worst time of my family's life, the manager helped me achieve something I didn't think in my wildest dreams would be possible".

"I think Claudio Ranieri gave the Leicester fans last season a season that will never be matched".

"They did the most handsome thing in the Premier League and one of the most (beautiful things) in football history", Mourinho said. "They boomed again past year when they achieved success but now that they are struggling, no one is talking about them anymore".

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What we're seeing at the moment is just another example of the instant-gratification, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? world that we live in.

Reports in the British media claim Leicester's players had met with Leicester's owners to discuss their grievances with Ranieri's methods.

"It's not good from his own point of view, although he will go down as the greatest ever Leicester City manager because he won them the most important title in their history which was the league".

The club's current difficulties forced their Thai owners to act, according to vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha. Liverpool have had a 16-day break between games, which saw them travel to Spain for a warm weather training camp.

"Am I surprised that things like this can happen?" I told the boys do it even when the public are aware of it being without the manager. "I think this one tops the lot given his unbelievable achievements last season, along with the players", Smith told Sky Sports News.

"There is enough talent in that dressing room for us to go on a winning run". I know what they want, they know what I want. "We believe in ourselves".