Being a big Twitter user for football related matters, I distinctly remember the reaction to Leicester City's appointment of Cladio Ranieri as the club's new manager. The negativity and vitriol was almost universal. Before a ball was even kicked Leicester seemed to have already been relegated by pundits, betting sites and fans.
Well Leicester City fans this one is for you to enjoy. Perhaps you'll even want to print it out and hang it on the wall. We all know that social media can be dangerous as everything you say (or tweet in this instance) is permanent. Well what follows is a collection of some of the best anti Ranieri and Leicester to be relegated tweets. What will make reading this even sweeter for Leicester fans is seeing that these tweets have come from fans of "title contenders" Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham. There are even tweets from fans of club's who are currently scratching and clawing to stave off relegation while Leicester are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Claudio Ranieri must have some thick skin. I hope that he's getting his middle finger ready for a big salute to those that doubted him when Leicester eventually lift up the EPL trophy. Where egotistical, it's all about me managers such as Jose Mourinho get stroked by the media; Ranieri has been vilified.
So while Mourinho was sacked and now sits on the sidelines, he gets to watch as Ranieri guides his underdog squad with nothing but grace and class. I hope Mourinho is watching as Ranieri and Leicester lift the trophy while his former side languish. Funny how the the "great" manager was sacked months ago, while the manager predicted to be sacked first continues to rack up victories.
So congrats to Leicester City, the fans and especially Claudio Ranieri. It's great to see that fairy tales can actually come true in real life!
In the meantime enjoy this look back at some of the tweets from last summer when the season was just getting started.
@SportsNut1908 Leicester would be as good as relegated if Ranieri gets the job. Could pretty much start thinking about next season.— Elche (@ErGeometra) July 13, 2015
Claudio Ranieri is the new Leicester City manager? Ok back them to get relegated pronto!— Neil Monnery (@neilmonnery) July 13, 2015
From Manchester United fans
Lol Ranieri. Leicester are either getting relegated by Christmas or he'll bring them to another level. Hit and miss since Parma in 2007— Sèamus (@RojosAlright) July 13, 2015
So Leicester are this season's flash in the pan, early season wonders. Still think Ranieri will get sacked & Leicester relegated.— Yer Man (@Drawski5) August 15, 2015
From Arsenal fans
Ranieri will get Leicester relegated.— Matt Horner (@HattMorner) July 14, 2015
There is no way Leicester are avoiding the drop this year with Ranieri as manager, Ranieri will get sacked and Leicester relegated— Tijmen (@Tijmen_H10) July 28, 2015
From Chelsea fans
Leicester will be relegated.Terrible appointment in Ranieri.— End of an era. (@nigelowen31) July 13, 2015
@domnozahic Ranieri is an awful manager. Hope he gets them relegated.— Shivam Manghnani (@shivamLM) September 19, 2015
Goal - Betting: Leicester City 7/2 to be relegated after appointing Claudio Ranieri as manager http://t.co/LqXt1wRkID #ATB— Berita Chelsea FC (@Berita_CFC) July 13, 2015
From Spurs fan
Well that is #LCFC relegated then. Claudio Ranieri is a serial failure. Surely Sam Allardyce would've been better @Chef_Sutton @WarrenNolan— Chris Baker (@CDBaker86) July 13, 2015
From Liverpool fan
Ranieri?! 👀 Leicester are getting relegated then.— Dan M (@danm_1988) July 13, 2015
From a couple of guys about to lose their homes
Ranieri managed to get this team relegated, putting my house on Leicester to go down http://t.co/jBJGiFxVx0— Billy (@billyedwards94) July 13, 2015
Leftfield appointment from #LCFC as Claudio Ranieri named new boss. 4/1 for relegation anyone? http://t.co/cOcG2JEup8 pic.twitter.com/iyeGH2iltg— easyodds.com (@easy_odds) July 13, 2015
Stick the house of Leicester getting relegated. Ranieri is a terrible manager.— Rich Carpenter (@rcarpenter36) July 13, 2015
Looks like @OfficialFOXES are getting relegated next season, ranieri Is not top manager, still can't believe pearson got sacked— Ehsan (@EMH_9514) July 13, 2015
Wonder how many people have scrolled through @bet365 since seeing Ranieri got the Leicester job to see there odds on getting relegated 😂— Nick sweeney (@Nickpsweeney) July 13, 2015
I'd love to know how Ranieri keeps gettin jobs? Shite manager. Needless to say, Leicester will be relegated!— Mark McGrath (@MarkMcGrath87) July 13, 2015
I thought id give ranieri a chance at @OfficialFOXES then i saw his first target was carlton cole! Chance gone! #relegated— Rossi Hutch (@RossiHutch) July 16, 2015
.@OfficialFOXES Sack Ranieri now. I travelled from Sunderland today to watch that useless pile of shit, refund? Defo getting relegated #lcfc— Billy Perkins (@OldBill40) July 25, 2015
Lol Leicester 100% getting relegated with Ranieri this season, unless he's sacked before its too late— a$ap lukey (@LukeAtYourHead) July 13, 2015
Claudio Ranieri - The manager that lost to the Faroe Islands, the Leicester bets that they are gonna be relegated are gonna sky-rocket— • (@ThePepPlan) July 13, 2015
Ranieri will get relegated.— Jack Vincennes (@6775Ulas) July 13, 2015
20th: Leicester City- Pearson was so mental he scared the players into not getting relegated. Ranieri is just old and shit. #prempredictions— Trouserdog (@TrouserdogSCFC) August 6, 2015
Never go with these guys' predictions
Bournemouth and Watford will stay up. Norwich will definitely get relegated, and be joined by Leicester - Ranieri to do most of the damage.— Marco (@bigcreds) August 7, 2015
Leicester, Sunderland and Bournemouth to be relegated. Ranieri to be first manager sacked, also fear for Bilic at West Ham.— Paul Meadows (@takefootball) August 8, 2015
Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri is not a good appointment and I see them getting relegated with Ranieri under severe pressure by Christmas.— The Footy Opinion (@TheFootyOpinion) August 7, 2015
19th Leicester— Moe (@FootyHipstar) August 7, 2015
The decision to sack Pearson will be a mistake. Ranieri will also be sacked soon, no goals in that team, relegated.
In the midst of all the negativity and anti Ranieri tweets, there were those that didn't buy in to all the pessimism and were believers from the start. Kudos to them:
#LCFC won't get relegated with #Ranieri: unlike Magath at Fulham for example, he knows the PL and what it takes to win. Great contacts too.— Kane (@CitizenKane14) July 13, 2015
so pundits saying #Ranieri is wrong for #lcfc aren't you the same pundits who said #lcfc would be relegated 🙈 #clueless @RobbieSavage8— Wayne_Gredziak (@Wanny_Gredz) July 13, 2015
Claudio Ranieri has spent 62.96% of his career finishing top 6 (17/27 seasons) Only ever been relegated once in 30 years. #LCFC— Rileigh (@RiLeigh84) July 20, 2015
Love the fact that we WILL be relegated, Ranieri first manager to be sacked and we lack quality goal scorers. Love it being underdogs! #LCFC— Rizwan (@RizLCFC) August 5, 2015
1.i dnt know why some ppl think claudio ranieri is gonna get leicester relegated,well i think he will do a gr8 job this season— ALBERT KWARTENG (@albertDaRealist) August 7, 2015
If we are relegated under #Ranieri i will give £50 to the first person who re-tweets this on the day were relegated :D #lcfc #cmonublues— AMightyPorkSwordLcfc (@mongchopslcfc) August 15, 2015