Eamon Dunphy backs Leicester's decision to sack Claudio Ranieri
Eamon Dunphy has backed Leicester City's decision to sack Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.
There has been widespread criticism of the club's decision to relieve the Italian of his duties just months after delivering a fairytale title despite the Foxes lying just one point above the relegation zone.
Gary Lineker admitted he cried when he heard the news and suggested the decision was "inexplicable".
Relegation to the Championship could potentially cripple the club financially after the players were rewarded big contracts following their title heroics and Dunphy says that, from a business point of view, Leicester must do everything possible to stay in the Premier League.
“If it had been my club, I'd have done the same because the stakes are massive," Dunphy told RTE.
"If they go into the Championship with a squad of players on Premier League money, they may be buried financially.
“Staying in the Premier League is worth maybe something around a billion (pounds).
“Ranieri is eccentric, he's a very nice man but this is a business, it not just like an amateur sport.
"It's a tough business and I think they've done the right thing."
Dunphy also claims that Ranieri inherited the title-winning side from previous manager Nigel Pearson, who is one of the names linked with a move back to the club, and "had nothing to do with building the team".
“I don’t think it’s inexplicable. it’s a very unusual story.
“It wasn’t his team. Nigel Pearson had been the coach previously and Steve Walsh had been the chief scout who found all these wonderful players.
“So really Ranieri had nothing to do with building the team but he did guide them to the Premier League title. It was extraordinary."
#LOIWeekly has arrived!
Download episode one now on ITunes by clicking here
Or you can tune in on SoundCloud below: