Jose Mourinho says his sacking by Chelsea was “peanuts” compared to Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal by Leicester.
The Manchester United boss was sacked by Chelsea last season after they had won the Premier League title just a season before – but believes his sacking was nothing but “peanuts” in comparison to Claudio Ranieri’s recent dismissal at Leicester City.
Much like Mourinho, Claudio Ranieri was sacked despite winning the Premier League just the season before, but it could be argued Ranieri’s was the bigger achievement, given Leicester had less than an outside chance.
Mourinho wore a training shirt during a press conference with the letters “CR” rather than the usual “JM”, showing his support for the sacked Premier League winner.
“I thought last season, when I was sacked as a champion, I thought it was a giant, negative thing,” he said. “Now I realise that was peanuts compared with what happened to Claudio.”
“My words are my shirt – with his name. My little homage to somebody who wrote the most beautiful history in the Premier League.
“[He is] somebody that probably deserves to have the Leicester stadium named ‘The Claudio Ranieri [Stadium].’ And he’s sacked.
“Leicester made history two years in a row. One year, because he did the most beautiful thing – one of the most beautiful histories in football history. And now, a decision that has almost everyone in football united, because it is very, very difficult to accept.”
“Sometimes it is good for all of us to realise how football is. We need to adapt to it. My Instagram was a little homage. My shirt is another one. I don’t think he needs more homages. Nobody can delete what he did.”
On Friday, Mourinho further offered his support for Ranieri with a message on Instagram: “Champion of England and FIFA manager of the year sacked. That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling.”