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  1. Updates for Friday 24 February 2017
  2. Ranieri: My dream has died
  3. Foxes sack title winning manager Ranieri
  4. It was a 'most difficult decision,' owners claim
  5. Lineker: Italian's sacking 'unforgiveable'
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Calum McKenzie

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Our live updates have now ended and will return on Monday 08:00. 

Watch: 'I feel like the candle's gone out'

BBC Sport

The BBC Sport cameras have been down at the King Power Stadium getting reaction from fans to the sacking... 

Has football lost its soul?

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BT Sport commentator Ian Darke raises an interesting question... 

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Watch: Five things we'll miss about Claudio

BBC Sport

From his jovial press conferences to his famous "dilly ding, dilly dong" catchphrase, BBC Sport looks back at what we'll miss from Claudio Ranieri after he was sacked as Leicester manager...

Listen: 'Crazy' sacking gives players 'a clean slate'

BBC World Service

Here is what former Leicester player Joey Gudjonsson thinks of the decision to sack Claudio Ranieri and the possible involvement of the players in all of this... 

Shakespeare: We'll need fans support

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare also used his press conference to issue a rallying cry to supporters.

Craig Shakespeare

Churchillian it wasn't but here is what he said... 

"I can't tell the fans how to behave," Shakespeare told reporters at the King Power Stadium. 

"What I will say is we'll need their support over the next few matches, starting with Liverpool on Monday." 

Ranieri thanks club and fans

BBC Sport

There's more from the man himself including his "heartfelt thanks" to everybody at the club but "mostly the supporters".

Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri will 'always love' Leicester city

Press Association

Yesterday my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be."

Claudio Ranieri Former Leicester City manager
Claudio Ranieri

BreakingRanieri's 'dream died' when sacked

Press Association

Claudio Ranieri has said "yesterday my dream died" following his sacking by Leicester, in a statement released to Press Association Sport. 

Jon Rudkin 'central in appointing new manager'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The Times' chief football writer Henry Winter tweets... 

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Ranieri 'still in demand'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

BBC Sport editor Dan Roan tweets... 

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Bruce: I'm scratching my head at Ranieri dismissal

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Steve Bruce, who is in charge of Aston Villa, is the latest manager to slam Claudio Ranieri's sacking.  

Steve Bruce
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"We understand as managers now that we are the whipping boys," the former Birmingham and Hull boss said. 

"I'm scratching my head, like everyone else is, asking myself how someone who delivered the finest achievement in football last year could now be sacked." 

Ranieri 'remains a hero'


ITV Midlands reporter Ben Chapman tweets... 

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Your comments: Were the players to blame?


There are still plenty of comments coming into the BBC Leicester Facebook page reflecting on last night's sacking and whether the players are to blame.

Gillian Morris  writes: "Regardless of what Shakespeare says, or rather didn´t say, some of the playing squad need to take a long hard look at themselves.

"They should take some responsibilty for the position that Leicester find themselves in and should hang their heads in shame for their effort and attitude so far this season." 

Jones: The papers always want a scapegoat

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Switching sports again temporarily, here is a little bit more from England rugby head coach Eddie Jones (see 14:57) about the demise of Claudio Ranieri.

Eddie Jones
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"I must admit I felt a bit sick hearing the news because he's such a great, honourable guy and he's done a fantastic job. 

"The papers want to blame the players for his demise, the papers always want to have a scapegoat, but the reality is when you're successful it's a combination of players and staff working together, and when you're unsuccessful it's a combination of players and staff too."

Watch: Shakespeare faces the media

BBC Sport

Cars, Claudio and trips to Los Angeles - here are the highlights of Craig Shakespeare's first press conference as caretaker manager of Leicester... 

Lawro predicts: Leicester 0 Liverpool 2

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender

I made my original prediction for this game before Ranieri's exit and, although I have not changed the score, the situation makes it more difficult for Liverpool.  

Riyad Mahrez and a Georgio Wijnaldum

There is no doubt there will be more of a unified effort from the Leicester team, whether their new manager is in place or not. It always happens.

I still think Liverpool will win, if they play like they did against Tottenham. It suits the Reds when they press teams all over the pitch, and that is definitely the way forward for them.

Preview of Foxes-Reds coming up

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Amid all the drama of the last 12 hours there is of course a game with Liverpool on Monday evening - we'll look ahead to that with Mark Lawrenson momentarily... 

Jones: I have sympathy for Ranieri

BBC Radio 5 live

England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones has added his name to the list of people who have come out in support of sacked Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri.

eddie jones
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He said: "Leicester City is an amazing story, I feel a lot of sympathy for Ranieri."

"You can understand why us coaches are looking over our shoulders."

Mourinho wears t-shirt in support of Ranieri

Sky Sports

Sky Sports News reporter Fraser Dainton tweets... 

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Ranieri's been 'stabbed in the back'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

We've just had this email in from Alastair and he's certainly not holding back... 

First pictures of Ranieri appear following sacking

Sky Sports

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett tweets...

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Mourinho: Leicester should name stadium after Ranieri

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking about Claudio Ranieri's dismissal. 

Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri
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"He deserves the Leicester stadium to be named Claudio Ranieri Stadium," Mourinho said. 

"The most beautiful thing in the Premier League and one of most beautiful in football history.

"It's very difficult to accept." 

Shakespeare 'looked like he'd been a manager for years'

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Craig Shakespeare take a bow, he was the consummate professional with the media. 

He dealt with the press conference as though he'd been a Premier League manager for years.  

Reaction to Craig Shakespeare's press conference

BBC Leicester Sport

BBC Leicester's Ian Stringer and Jason Bourne are live outside the King Power Stadium following Craig Shakespeare's first press conference as caretaker boss...

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Shakespeare and Ranieri had 'long and private' conversation

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

There was also a question from the press about how Shakespeare viewed his former boss Claudio Ranieri. 

shakespeare and ranieri
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"There's a lot speculation with no foundation about my relationship with Claudio," he said. 

"It has been perfectly fine. I spoke to him on the phone and he thanked me for the support. 

"It was not brief and we exchanged views. A lot of what we said will stay private." 

Shakespeare 'unfazed' by managerial role

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Shakespeare also touched upon how suitable he thinks he is for the top job at Leicester. 

He said: "I always feel sorry when people lose their jobs. I'm not aware of the club having spoken to any candidates.

"Do I think I can do the job? Yes. Does it phase me? No."

Shakespeare handled media 'superbly'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Leicester Mercury sports writer James Sharpe tweets...

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Players 'hurt and frustrated'

BBC Leicester Sport

Shakespeare has added the squad were behind Ranieri. 

"The players are hurt and frustrated," he said. "I’ve not had one problem with them." 

My opinion on sacking 'irrelevant,' Shakespeare says

BBC Leicester Sport

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare is talking to reporters at the King Power Stadium about the sacking of Ranieri. 

"I think whether I think it’s the right decision is irrelevant. We all know results haven’t been good enough." 

Shakespeare: My job is to get players focused

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Here's our first snippet from Craig Shakespeare...

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Listen: Ranieri's favourite ice cream 'retired immediately'

BBC Radio Leicester

BBC Radio Leicester has been speaking to Gelato Village, an ice cream shop in Leicester, about their decision to retire Claudio Ranieri's favourite flavour in his honour... 

Klopp: Add sacking to the recent 'strange' events

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who brings his Liverpool side to King Power Stadium on Monday, has said he isn't surprised by Claudio Ranieri's sacking.

Ranieri, Brexit supporter and Donald Trump
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"Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No," Klopp said.

"There have been a few strange decisions in 16/17 - Brexit, Trump and Ranieri."  

Lineker: Ranieri was 'genuine and warm'

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

We've heard a lot from Leicester City fan Gary Lineker already, but earlier this afternoon he spoke to BBC News. 

He said Claudio Ranieri was "just genuine, he was just warm" and "the whole country warmed to him".

Caretaker manager arrives to face media

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

Here comes Craig Shakespeare...

leicester press conference

Ranieri's legend lives on

Amy Harris

BBC East Midlands Today reporter

These "claudioccino" coffees are selling fast in the city centre. 

Amy Harris with a coffee

Live page host handover

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

After a chicken sandwich and a cup of orange squash - I'm back with you. 

Thank you to Sandish Shoker for looking after things. 

Media awaiting Craig Shakespeare

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

It's a big turn out for Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare's pre-match press conference today. 


Tough for him to answer any questions regarding Ranieri's dismissal but they're clearly going to be asked.

Press awaits Shakespeare

BBC Leicester Sport

Craig Shakespeare is due to speak at the club's pre-Liverpool press conference shortly.

We'll bring you the updates as we get them. 


Arrivederci Ranieri!

BBC Sport

BBC sports editor Dan Roan reports that Claudio Ranieri has flown back to Italy's capital Rome today.