Back in February, Jamie Carragher, like the majority of stunned football fans, was scathing towards Leicester City after he’d heard the news that Claudio Ranieri had been sacked.
The former Liverpool defender blasted the club’s decision to sack the coach who led them to the most unlikely Premier League title win. He also slammed the club’s players for underperforming.
"I am devastated for Ranieri and questions need to be asked of those players and the board,” Carragher told Sky Sports, per the Mirror, at the time. "If anyone has changed, it is the players and not the manager.
"Maybe it has gone to their head and they've got carried away. Last season was a freak, we all know Leicester's players aren't of that quality.
"There will never be a bigger story in football. He should have a statue for what he has achieved and now he has gone, they should start it in the morning."
Shakespeare made a big impact last season
Many people felt, however, that Leicester’s decision to sack Ranieri had been justified after Craig Shakespeare steadied the ship and led the team away from the threat of relegation.
The Foxes eventually finished 12th in the Premier League table and reached the Champions League quarter-finals, handing Shakespeare a permanent contract in the summer as a result.
Fast-forward four months, though, and Shakespeare now finds himself out of a job following a disappointing start to the 2017-18 campaign.
Monday night’s 1-1 draw at home to West Brom leaves Leicester inside the relegation zone, with just six points secured from a possible 24.
Carragher reacts to Shakespeare's sacking
Sky Sports got in contact with Carragher to get his reaction to the news and here’s what he had to say.
"It shows how ruthless the owners are at Leicester," he said. "I'm not saying that's a good thing or a bad thing but that's the way they run the club. They were quite ruthless with Nigel Pearson and then Claudio Ranieri and now Shakespeare.
"I think it's a little bit harsh really, considering what he did at the end of last season. There were lots of people talking about them going down so he seemed to rescue them from that, with a great record and did well in the Champions League.
"This season it's been a difficult start but they've had some really tough games. It just shows there's that much money in the Premier League that no one is willing to give anyone any time, whether that's a manager to a young player or an owner to a manager. There's too much at stake.
"And even though they've had tough games they haven't won the games which, maybe on paper, you'd have expected them to have won. West Brom was one of them but the Premier League is a very difficult league no matter who you're playing against.
"It's harsh but maybe in the current climate it's not. For a manager, if you go six or seven games without a win your job is in danger. Craig Shakespeare can't complain too much because you could argue he got the job on a harsh dismissal of Ranieri."
Carragher is spot on
It’s hard to argue with any of that, particularly the last line.
Shakespeare knew exactly what the club’s owners were capable of after they sacked Ranieri, who couldn’t have done a more remarkable job during his two years with the Foxes.
Leicester now begin the hunt for a replacement for Shakespeare - and you can find out which top coach they want by clicking HERE.
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