Claudio Ranieri axe shows football lacks recognition - Roma's Spalletti

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia there is "not even a crumb of recognition in this sport" after Leicester City sacked Claudio Ranieri on Thursday.

Spalletti invited former Roma boss Ranieri "back home" after expressing his disappointment that Leicester had sacked the manager who led them to their first ever league title last season.

"I'm sorry for him, but there's not even a crumb of recognition in this sport," said Spalletti, who said at the weekend he could quit Roma in the summer if club legend Francesco Totti is not offered a new contract.

"A lot of the credit for what Leicester did was his. He created the right chemistry and had his team playing beyond all their possible means.

"This is the thanks he gets for it. But we are ready to welcome him back here at Rome, his home, and if he comes here, he would be doing us a favour. We care about him and if he wants to come and pay us a visit, we would be delighted."

Leicester lost 2-1 away to Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie this week, but Spalletti said: "I think he would have been able to turn around their result in the Champions League."

Ranieri replaced Spalletti at Roma just two games into the 2009-10 season and his side ended that campaign in second, just two points behind Jose Mourinho's Treble-winning team, but he resigned in February 2011.

Meanwhile, the Italian sports newspapers expressed shock at Ranieri's dismissal.

La Gazzetta dello Sport's front page had the headline "Ranieri sacked, ungrateful English," with two pages dedicated to the Rome-born coach under the headline "How to tarnish a fairy tale: Ranieri gone."

Il Corriere dello Sport said "the coach who created the miracle of Leicester is gone," and also led with the story on its inside pages, where it said "Goodbye Favola" ("Goodbye fairy tale").

Ranieri's dismissal also makes it onto the front page of the national La Repubblica newspaper, while an editorial in La Stampa says it is a "fairy tale without a happy ending," adding that "maybe not even [Palermo president Maurizio] Zamparini would have brought himself to do this," alluding to his reputation for frequent sackings.

Ranieri has also coached Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Parma, Juventus and Inter Milan in Italy, leading Cagliari from the third tier to Serie A as well as winning the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina in 1996.