Those same players he lifted to heights previously not dreamt of sunk to their lowest ebb this week, stabbing him in the back, labelling him the problem and demanding the club’s owners sack him.
Ranieri may have lost the dressing room but he has not lost the support of the press in his home country. Italy’s newspapers blasted Leicester’s players and hierarchy for sacking the man who gave them their greatest moment.
Gazzetta dello Sport said of his departure: “Ranieri lost a team, but Leicester directors lost much more: a chance to remain Never Never Land.”
Here is our Italian paper round-up…
Gazzetta dello Sport
Headline: “Ungrateful English”
They add: “Leicester spoil the fairy-tale that had enchanted the world. Premier League results and the locker room senators prove decisive. His heir? Mancini favourite over De Boer.”
Inside, the editorial reads: “Leicester, the club who with Ranieri became a prince courted by the world’s media, return to being a normal frog.”
Headline: “Shock! From the fairy tale to the sack, the fall of Ranieri”
They add: “Leicester City turnaround: despite historic Premier League triumph and Champions League progress, King Claudio pays for the risk of relegation. Mancini is among the candidates to succeed him.”
Corriere dello Sport
Headline: “Ranieri Sacked”
They add: “The Coach who created the Leicester miracle is axed. The club chooses to change tack less than a year after the historic title. The players are decisive and fans disconcerted.”
Inside, they write: “The defeat by Sevilla, which still leaves them open the qualifying, was the fateful straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Below is the back page of Friday’s Daily Mirror: