Ranieri told The Sun: âI knew from the start, from the very beginning, I was just a dead man walking.
â(Roman) Abramovich tried to get Sven Goran Eriksson but he was tied up with the England national team â and for that reason he left me in my job.
âWhen they want to get a manager to replace you but they canât â and thatâs the reason they just give you a chance â then you know it will be impossible.
âI was thinking âEven if I win everything I will still get the sackâ.
âI knew that my time was up. For the first seven or 10 days I didnât speak to Abramovich. Then I spoke to him and he explained what his vision was and asked me âWhat do you need to build this team?â
âI said âI need to buy 11 playersâ because I needed to have two players for each position. But most pre-seasons had already started.
âThe Champions League qualifiers had already started and it wasnât easy to take every player I wanted.â
Ranieri added: âIt all became clear once Peter Kenyon arrived. With Abramovich we knew we had to build a team to be able to start winning.
âKenyon arrived in February and started saying that if I didnât win a trophy it would be a disaster.
âThe things didnât add up. I was thinking to myself âThe owner tells me to build a team and Kenyon says I have to winâ. So at that point I understood everything.â It was pointless to take it up with the owner.
Ranieri added: âI didnât speak to Roman about that. Kenyon was a person Abramovich brought to the club. I was someone Abramovich had found at Chelsea. Between the two of us, Kenyon would always have more credibility.â
Chelsea finished that season runners-up in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Ranieri begged Red Rom to let him stay on.
The Italian added: âI spoke to Abramovich before he let me go and said âIâm sorry youâre new at the club because an owner whoâs been in football for some time and sees what I have done for this club would never sack me â NEVER.
âHe would give me the opportunity to complete my work. To do what Iâve done is incredibleâ. At the end of the season there were about 10 days that Abramovich was thinking about it before deciding to get Jose Mourinho.
âIt saddens me that I was unable to finish my work.â