When Martin O’Neill guided Leicester City to their second League Cup Final win under his management in 2000, the Foxes faithful thought it would never get any better.
Even just making the final again in 1999, after the first 1997 win, would’ve felt like dreamland despite the defeat. But then of course, last season happened; nine months of…well, what even was that?! Still can’t explain it.
Claudio Ranieri, the man behind the story that defied football’s modern realities, that only ended up brutally proving them.
Klopp being wonderfully Klopp: "There have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump and Ranieri."
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 24, 2017
When the dust finally settles on the controversial decision to sack the manager that gave Leicester City their greatest moment of all-time, we will see the contingency plan that is in place.
It would be highly foolish and surprising for the defending champions’ board to not already have a plan in place, with Nigel Pearson already being linked with a return, as well as former Leicester player Roberto Mancini.
Former Leicester City midfielder, Jamie Lawrence, believes that the board would be right in appointing a previous Foxes manager, however, the man with the iconic hair isn’t pushing for a Nigel Pearson return:
“My favourite ever manager I played for was Martin O’Neill, but he’s not the sort of man to walk away from a job.
“I won the League Cup under him. But he taught me a lot about football and a lot about life.
“He’s straight up. And you don’t normally get that in football. It goes a long, long way a bit of honesty. At first, when he was honest with me, I never liked it. But I looked at myself and realised he was right; I loved him.”
The bookies currently make the current Republic of Ireland sixth-favourite to return to the King Power Stadium – rest in peace Filbert Street that O’Neill left behind – but homecomings in football rarely work out.
It ultimately comes down to whether Martin O’Neill feels like he can build on his Leicester managerial legacy, as the man who took the Foxes to the big stage three times in five years.