[TR Sport] ‘First Team Players Did Not Influence Ranieri’s Sacking’- Leicester City Goalkeeper Schmeichel Says

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Kasper Schmeichel says Leicester’s owners did not ask senior players for their take on Claudio Ranieri’s future before he was sacked.

The Italian, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title last season, was dismissed on Thursday evening.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Schmeichel says Leicester players have no influence over top-level decisions at the club and described reports that the players had turned against the title-winning boss as “hurtful”.

He said: “Our owners are the type of people who are here a lot. They come to practically every game, they come to the training ground and they talk to the players all the time. I can’t talk from previously before I came to the club but, in the time I’ve been here, they come into the club and talk about all manner of things from the weather to whatever.

“But at no point have they taken our advice or asked for our consultation on the manager’s future. That is their job, their prerogative. We are players, we have to perform on the pitch, and that we haven’t done this season.”

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He added: “They are very hurtful reports. I can only say as a player at this club, I, or any other player, have no influence on a decision like this or any say of any kind.

“Our owners are very successful businessmen who have made decisions in their business life many, many times. They have made big decisions for the club previously and they are the ones who make the decisions.

“We have absolutely no influence. We don’t kid ourselves that we can influence or make anything happen at all.

“I’m as upset about these reports as anybody. They are deeply hurtful and, for me, to read these types of things I think it is absolutely ridiculous to think that any player in any squad across the country has that type of influence or power to make decisions like this. I think it is absolutely ridiculous.”

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