Claudio Ranieri faces growing unrest among Leicester players and staff

• Manager has become increasingly distant from backroom staff
• Tactics and selection decisions have left squad scratching heads

Claudio Ranieri believes the promise he made to Leicester City’s owners at the start of last season to stay with the club in the event of relegation should mean that his loyalty is repaid during a hugely disappointing second campaign, yet there is growing unrest among players and staff about the team’s predicament and the Italian’s management style in the face of a crisis.

Although there is no suggestion that Ranieri’s job is under immediate threat, the Premier League champions are now just two points clear of the relegation zone after winning only one of their past eight league matches and the spotlight is starting to fall on the manager as much as his underperforming players.

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