Claudio Ranieri has become the unlikely target of a hate campaign from the League Managers’ Association after his march to the Premier League title with minnows Leicester City.
The Italian has angered several other top flight managers by setting the bar too high in terms of what can be achieved by smaller teams without spending vast amounts of money.
The campaign is being led by a small group of veteran managers who have made their careers out of producing mediocre, uninspiring teams that are capable of avoiding the drop.
Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew are believed to be the most outspoken members, saying there is simply no place for Ranieri’s brand of joyful, spirit-lifting football in the British game.
Allardyce said: “I kept Sunderland in the Premier League despite the fact that we only had one player who could score a goal. That used to be something to celebrate but now everything seems underwhelming after Ranieri and his antics.”
Pulis added: “Fans are no longer willing to accept teams that pack their defence and choke the life out of games in order to reach that magic 40 point mark. Well, where does that leave me?”
The LMA are now rallying for the popular Ranieri to be ousted from his position and banned from working in England again.
Ranieri seemed completely unfazed when the criticism was put to him and simply walked away singing dilly ding, dilly dong.