Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has written an emotional reflection for The Player's Tribune on his time at Leicester and the new challenge he faces at Ligue 1 club FC Nantes.
The Foxes were crowned Premier League champions at the end of the 2015-16 season after a fairy-tale run saw them finish 10 points clear of runners-up Arsenal.
But after a poor start to Leicester's 2016-17 campaign with Leicester just one point clear of the relegation zone by February, Ranieri was controversially sacked.
The football community was up in arms at such a perceived lack of loyalty towards the Italian from Leicester's owners. But reflecting on his dismissal, Ranieri writes with characteristic class:
'In February, not long after I was let go, there was a ring at our door. My wife and I lived close to town. Last year, after we won the title, I remember a giant crowd gathered outside to celebrate. Supporters were all over our lawn, cheering and chanting.
"But when I opened the door this time, I saw something different. Something I never expected. A crowd even bigger than when we had won the title!
"They had brought chocolate, champagne, cards — everything! They cried, they gave me their support … it was a very emotional moment...
"What drew me to Nantes was very similar to what had drawn me to Leicester: the chance to make something beautiful. When I got a phone call from my agent, George, that there was interest from the club, I knew the opportunity would be intriguing.
"When I met with the owners we just … talked. About what happened last season, about what I thought I could do at Nantes. It was very honest.
"I will not promise a miracle. I will not promise a dream.
"I simply promise to work hard.