- Match Analysis
Shakespeare is in charge of Leicester’s Monday night trip to Liverpool, and faced the media this afternoon.
Ranieri’s former assistant denied that the players forced Ranieri out, and also that there was any issue between himself and ‘The Tinkerman’.
“A lot of it has been speculation without foundation,” he said. “My relationship with Claudio has been perfectly fine all along – I’ve never had a problem with him and he’s never had a problem with me.
“We spoke on the phone after the news broke, and he actually thanked me for my support. He seemed fine, a bit shocked but his tone was no different.
“He was very level headed in terms of ‘that’s football’.
“I’m not aware of any senior players going to the owners so that’s news to me.
“What I would say, there was a lot of frustration because of results but he hadn’t lost the dressing room. Players have a voice, we have a good group of players who are tactically aware. You listen to the players but it’s the manager who makes the final call.
“From a football point of view I have to tell you that the players are very professional. They are very hurt and very frustrated. I’ve not had one problem with them on the training field. They are very diligent and professional.
“They will be very disappointed, like everybody else, that the manager has lost his job.”
By Jack Barrow (@Jack_Barrow1901)