Premier League

Ranieri says his 'dream died' after being fired by Leicester

LONDON (AP) Dignified and charming to the end, Claudio Ranieri broke his silence after his firing from Leicester by saying that winning the Premier League at the unfashionable club will make him "smile every day."

Ranieri, however, also said that his "dream died" when he was told by Leicester's board on Thursday he was no longer manager of the team he guided to the title at odds of 5,000-1 last season.

There was no anger in the 65-year-old Italian's first public words since his dismissal, just pride at his achievements and sadness that the fairytale success story was abruptly ending.