But perhaps we will never really know the truth about what happened at fairy-tale club Leicester City.
The Italian’s sacking just nine months after managing Leicester to the most improbable title win ever in sport caused outrage to many. Few can complain now, however, for, since his departure, their form has dramatically improved.
Under his former assistant Craig Shakespeare, they have won five matches in a row, before Sunday’s defeat at Everton, staving off the threat of relegation.
Speaking in public about his sacking for the first time, while a guest on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, he offered just one scintilla of information which proved the only insight into what may have gone wrong.
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Claudio Ranieri has refused to blame the Leicester squad for his sacking
Somebody, behind the scenes – in his backroom staff maybe – could have “pushed a little more” following a problem he encountered the season Leicester won the title.
“I have listened to a lot of stories about this [who was to blame], said Ranieri. “Maybe it could be someone behind me. But I also had a little problem the year before and we won the title.
“Maybe these people, when we lost, they pushed a little more – but I do not want to say who those people are. I am a loyal man. What I have to say, I say face-to-face.
“But I can’t believe the players killed me. No, no, no. I don’t believe rumours they spoke to the owners about sacking me. The players got to experience something totally different. In pre-season they played against big teams, went all over the world.”
Ranieri was sacked in February, just hours after his side had scored an away goal in a 2-1 defeat against Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. It was a result he believed was the turning point of a fraught season. Sadly for Ranieri, he never got to find out for himself.
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Claudio Ranieri was sacked after Leicester's 2-1 defeat to Sevilla
“I thought the Sevilla match was a turning point,” he said. “Everyone was fighting together, Jamie Vardy scored a goal. But I found out on the way home that I would be sacked. It was a shock for me and for a lot of other people.”
At the time, Leicester were in serious danger of being the first league champions to be relegated since Manchester City in 1938. They were just one point from safety.
Ranieri expected a downturn after last year’s dream of becoming 5000-1 title winners.
He said: “Of course it wasn’t easy, because I knew that the second year was totally different. We were not a team that was used to fighting for the title, we were a little team and then ‘explosion’, we won the title.
“Then we had to stay calm. I believe that sooner or later we would turn. The turning point was the Sevilla match. We made very good matches before that but not with the same consistency of the year before, that was the problem.”