There is a suggestion some senior players no longer respect their manager, and that Ranieri’s bubbly personality that most journalists and fans witness does not translate to the training ground. Instead, a more authoritarian figure exists inside the ex-Chelsea boss that is putting many players off his methods and seems to be showing in their performances on the pitch.

Such unrest is not what is required given the Foxes’s position in the table, particularly when they face such a key period in their season over the next few weeks. Before the end of March they take on Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal as well relegation rivals Swansea City and Hull City while the Champions League – a competition which many blamed for their slow start to the season – returns as they go head-to-head with Sevilla in the last 16. Given recent performances, plus the distraction of European football, there is no reason to suggest that the Foxes will not go into the final two months of the season sitting in the bottom three.

And it may be at that stage that the club’s Thai owners will have to seriously consider Ranieri’s future. Sunday’s clash with United brings Jose Mourinho back to the ground where he managed his final game in charge of Chelsea before being sacked. Victory for the Portuguese’s side this weekend, however, may yet begin the process of his opposite number being removed from his post.