Leicester’s owner revealed Ranieri was sacked while buying £500,000 of wine
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha revealed the sacking of Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri – before it was announced – while out buying £500,000-worth of expensive wine, according to Karren Brady.
Ranieri was axed as manager of the Foxes despite leading them to an extraordinary Premier League title triumph just nine months ago, in a move that has shocked football. Srivaddhanaprabha later said it was one of the toughest decisions he has ever made.
West Ham United vice-chairman and The Apprentice star Brady has claimed Srivaddhanaprabha broke the news of Ranieri’s departure to the director of another Premier League club while he was out shopping for luxury wines in London’s Mayfair district.
His bill at Hedonism Wines was double the £250,000 he spent at the same shop as a thank-you present for Ranieri winning the league last May, reports the Sun.
Brady said of the incident: ‘Whilst browsing the Leicester owner told him that in an hour or so news would break they had sacked Claudio Ranieri.
‘He then went and settled his bill for wine and champagne, quite casually.
‘I am guessing the compensation payment to his old manager is mere pocket change by comparison.’
Srivaddhanaprabha, founder of King Power Duty Free, said recently in a statement: ‘We do not have only one problem to solve, but there are a million things to do to make our club survive.’
The tycoon bought the club in 2010, and claimed in the same statement he would ‘never let the club down’ and would not see the Foxes relegated under his ownership.
Just 16 days earlier Srivaddhanaprabha, 58, had vowed to back the popular Italian and gave reassurances that he job was safe.
Ranieri made his final visit to Leicester’s Belvoir Drive training ground on Saturday morning, to collect his possessions and say his final farewell to his former players and club staff.
The 65-year-old was all smiles despite the situation, departing the complex for the final time with an official club carrier bag in hand.
The club’s Thai owners were present on the day of Ranieri’s final appearance, though their helicopter seemingly landed on the premises only after the Italian had said his goodbyes and headed on his way.
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