You suspect we’ll never know the full truth about what happened in the days leading up to Claudio Ranieri’s shock sacking by Leicester City last month.
It was widely reported at the time that the club’s senior players had spoken with owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and convinced him that a change needed to be made following a disastrous run of results.
This was denied by Kasper Schmeichel who, per Goal, told BBC Radio Five Live: "[There is] absolutely no truth in that whatsoever. We are players and can only affect what happens on the pitch and we haven't done that.
"What happens above our heads at boardroom level is completely out of our control. All these reports about meetings, I don't know where they have come from."
Schmeichel was one of several Leicester players heavily criticised by football fans outraged by Leicester’s decision to sack the man who’d led the club to arguably the most remarkable triumph in the history of team sport less than a year earlier.
Vardy: I've received death threats
Another player deemed a ‘snake’ - and worse - at the time was Jamie Vardy.
Last season’s hero, who scored the all-important goals that won Leicester the Premier League title, has revealed the shocking way he was treated following Ranieri’s sacking.
The England international has told the Guardian about the death threats he’s received and about the number of “terrifying” ordeals his family have suffered since the decision.
“The story is out there, then people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything,” Vardy said. “I try to get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along with the kids in the back of the car it’s not the best. It’s happened plenty of times. It is terrifying.”
Asked where the threats have been made, the striker revealed: “on social media, walking down the street, you name it.”
Vardy: We didn't have a problem with Ranieri
Vardy insists he’s not aware that any of the Leicester players had a problem with Ranieri.
“No, not at all,” he continued. “Basically if there was an issue you went and did it in the gaffer’s office, man to man. Or you did it on the tactics board because he was happy for you to come in and put your opinion across.
“Apparently the meeting that got him sacked I read one story that said it was straight after the Sevilla game. Absolute shambles. It said I was personally involved in a meeting when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours. The stories were quite hurtful. A lot of false accusations were being thrown out there and there’s nothing us, as players, could do about it.”
Vardy explains his delayed reaction on Instagram
It’s easy to understand why he disabled comments on his Instagram tribute post to Ranieri.
Leicester players were blasted for their silence on social media in the first 24 hours after the Italian coach was fired, but Vardy explained his delayed response on attempting to get the wording right on his post.
“I can understand what you are saying,” Vardy added after it was pointed out it’d taken him 48 hours to post his tribute, “but, personally, my tweet was [meant to be] going out straightaway, but I wrote it that many times I couldn’t quite get the wording right. You don’t know what to say. It was 24 hours before I did it but we had just got back from Seville. We were delayed, landed, then went straight home, kids in the bath and straight to bed myself.
“It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong, what he did for Leicester was unbelievable and nobody would have expected that [title] in a million years. We can only thank him for that. The way this season has gone, players never seem to be the ones who get the sack. It always falls on the manager and that is what has happened. We are all sincerely gutted that it did.”
Vardy: Why I haven't reported the death threats
And asked why he hadn’t reported the death threats of road rage incidents to the police, Vardy said: “All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter.
“People get cut up but if there’s no cameras you’re screwed.”
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