Claudio Ranieri was sacked yesterday by Leicester, less than nine months after he led them to the title.
According to various reports, Ranieri was sacked after players revealed they had grown unhappy with his training methods and tactics.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists Leicester City are wrong to sack Ranieri if players decided his fate.
“I don’t like to follow this type of story because I don’t think it’s right. It’s a lack of respect for Claudio,” Conte said.
“It’s not right for the players to decide if manager is sacked or not. If this happens the club is poor, without power. I don’t believe in this, trust in this.
“I don’t want to listen to this type of story. It is frustrating for a manager, to imagine the players can decide your destiny.
“My reaction is very sad because this is our job, for sure I’m disappointed for him. First he’s a friend, he’s a really good man and manager.
“Only one season ago he won the title with the club and players, he reached a dream. I was surprised because (the sack) came after the Champions League game (2-1 defeat to Sevilla).
“For the second leg, qualification is open, it was a good result. They only need to win 1-0 to get to the quarter final and that would be a great achievement.”