But last season Ranieri guided the Foxes to the Premier League title - undoubtedly one of the greatest football achievements ever.
"My dream died", he had said in a statement on Friday.
Jamie Vardy has joined Kasper Schmeichel in denying any involvement in Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Leicester boss. "Sadly this was not to be".
But Shakespeare is open to the idea of Ranieri making another visit to say his goodbyes to former colleagues, with whom he delivered the Premier League's most unlikely title triumph last season.
Mancini added that he does not believe Leicester's senior players turned on Ranieri and complained to the club's Thai owners about his mismanagement, as numerous reports have suggested. I fully understand it. "There is no foundation to it", Shakespeare said. Claudio Ranieri won the award for best manager in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association in January.
The players themselves know better than anyone just how far above their capacity they performed past year.
This makes the timing of the decision seem outrageous and one would have to suggest that Ranieri simply lost the dressing room because every other factor concerning this weird sacking doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary. I have no idea why Leicester did this.
When they demands were not met, they simply chose to lay down their tools in a bid to get their manager sacked.
"The players took an bad lot of credit for that and in many aspects, Ranieri dropped into the background. We were much more powerful in the past", the German told United Kingdom newspapers.
The foxes will be without Ranieri though, and reports say that fellow Italian Roberto Mancini is in line to replace him. Does it faze me? No. "Our focus must be on getting three points on Monday night". I don't want to appear too bullish.
"I consider Claudio a friend and a great coach. We will have a right go at trying to turn this around".
England striker Vardy was targeted as one of those who pressed for the Italians exit, but strongly defended himself via his Instagram page: "Claudio has and always will have my complete respect". We are not written off now. No need to talk about money.
A lot of questions have got to be asked of the owners and of the players. "No", he said. "A few odd decisions [in the last year] with Brexit, Trump and Ranieri". Sacked. That's the new football, Claudio. "I know what they want, they know what I want, so it is very good information", Klopp said.
The victory over fellow top-four rivals Tottenham on February 11 seems a long time ago but Klopp expects his refreshed players to come flying out of the blocks. I think it is absolutely ridiculous.