Reports have suggested Leicester’s players were behind Claudio Ranieri’s sacking
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Former Foxes manager Peter Taylor has warned the Leicester board that giving into player power is a ‘dangerous’ move.
There have been suggestions following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking that the Italian was dismissed on the recommendation of some of the Foxes’ stars who had lost faith in the manager.
Captain Wes Morgan, as well as Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Marc Albrighton reportedly met with the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following Leicester’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla last week.
Albrighton has denied he played any part in such a meeting, which led to Ranieri’s exit the following day, but it is still believed some players had an influence.
And Taylor has told talkSPORT it is ‘dangerous’ if the Leicester board are making decisions based upon the opinions of their players.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Taylor said: “I think it’s very dangerous if they [the owners] take on board what the players say, because they had a good manager in charge.
“I’m not saying the decision they’ve made [sacking Ranieri] is a crazy one, but I do feel he deserved a little bit longer.
“They do have to be careful. They have to do that level every week, the players.”
Craig Shakespeare was named caretaker manager following Ranieri’s departure, and led the Foxes to Monday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool which moved the reigning Premier League champions out the relegation zone.
Taylor has no doubt Shakespeare is a good coach, but believes a top class manager could be good for the players.
He added: “For Sam Allardyce to invite him to England, he must be a very organised coach.
“I think too much change will be a problem, but in saying that, with some of the players, if you brought a new top manager in, sometimes that is good for them as well.
“For them to let Ranieri go, I think you’ve got to be sure there’s somebody there who’s good enough to get into the Premier League and have a fight.”