Cape Town - Former
Leicester City star Gary Lineker believes manager Claudio Ranieri
deserves to stay at the club for as long as he likes, despite their
current relegation battle.
The Foxes are only one point clear of the Premier League relegation
zone, less than a year after claiming the title against all odds.
Their poor run of form has put Ranieri under pressure, but Lineker is
convinced that even relegation shouldn't cost the Italian tactician his
job after what he achieved last term.
"I would give him a job for life, but this is football," Lineker told
multiple English newspapers. "Even if they went down, it would leave a
bad taste in the mouth if he was sacked after everything he did for the
club last season and the way he handled everything. I would find it
"Even if they go down, it makes the legend even greater. If they go
from staying up, after being on the brink of relegation, to champions
the following season and going down the next, it almost improves the
miracle of winning the title.
"It's still the most staggering, astounding thing that's ever
happened. If you were to say to any Leicester fan, 'We'll take away the
title in exchange of 10 years of mid-table safety,' they would all say
'No, it's fine, we'll just get relegated.'
"This is the reality; this is the price of living the dream and the
miracle. Fans will always worry about their team, and it's not been as
much fun for Leicester this year, that's for sure.
"But to have lived through what happened last year was magical, and
if that means the knock-on effect has been difficult, so be it."
Leicester next face Sevilla in the last-16 of the Champions League where their form has been in stark contrast to their disappointing league form and Ranieri will be hoping that his side can cause an upset before a return leg at the King Power Stadium.