Leicester City player Danny Simpson has revealed the real reason behind Claudio Ranieri losing the players’ confidence in the second season which finally led to his exit from the club. Ranieri had taken Leicester City to English Premier League title during his first season, a feat considered miraculous by many. But in the second season, Leicester was performing dismally and Ranieri was sacked with his club languishing at 17th position.
Simpson revealed that after the first season win, Ranieri started managing players too closely and even fiddling with their diets. He said, “After games, we would have chicken burgers and potato wedges and he then changed them to sweet potatoes and pasta. I understand his point but the lads liked what we were used to, chicken and wedges.”
Such incidents turned a lot of players in the team away from Ranieri which reflected in their performances. Simpson was, however, surprised by the hostile reaction from many fans after Ranieri was sacked. “It went crazy. We were getting it from all angles, even from some of our own fans. We were called snakes. It was disappointing to see Claudio leave and we got that much stick it made us angry. We felt it was unjustified. We appreciated what he’d done, he’s a top man, an infectious character. At the time, it was seen as a loss for football.”