Claudio Ranieri has said "his dream died" after being sacked by Leicester City on Thursday, just nine months after leading them to a stunning Premier League triumph.
Ranieri's tenure came to an end after Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie and with the Midlands club just one point above the relegation zone.
Leicester's decision to part with Ranieri has attracted widespread condemnation and dismay from the football world.
And, in a statement, Ranieri made no attempt to hide his disappointment, saying: "Yesterday my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.
"Sadly this was not to be."