Foxes Appoint Ranieri
Leicester City have announced the appointment of former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri as their new manager on a three year contract. The 63 year old Italian has already joined up with the Foxes squad on their pre-season camp in Austria and will now look to assess the squad ahead of their second season in the Premier League.
Ranieri, who has also managed both Inter Milan and Roma, recently left a job as the national coach of Greece after an unsuccessful four game stint in charge and has said of his wish to return to manage in the Premier League when he told the official Leicester City site “I’m so glad to be here in a Club with such a great tradition as Leicester City. I have worked at many great clubs, in many top leagues, but since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again.”
During his time at Chelsea, Ranieri is credited with the beginnings of the first incarnation of the famous Jose Mourinho side, bringing in such names as Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele and Joe Cole, whilst racking up an impressive 54% win ratio in his time at the club, which firmly puts him amongst the top Premier League manager’s.
Leicester’s Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha also told the club’s official site “His achievements in the game, his knowledge of English football and his record of successfully coaching some of the world’s finest players made him the outstanding candidate for the job and his ambitions for the future reflect our own.”
“To have attracted one of the world’s elite managers speaks volumes both for the progress Leicester City has made in recent years and for the potential that remains for the Club’s long-term development”
Transfer News & Rumours
Leicester are reportedly interested in QPR’s £10 Million rated winger Matt Phillips with both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace also interested.
Staying with QPR, striker Charlie Austin is remaining tight-lipped over a possible move to the King Power Stadium over the summer with the Foxes said to be at the front of the queue for the hot-shot England striker, with QPR looking for around £15 million for the striker.
Cedric Bakambu is also noted to be a target for the Foxes who face a battle with newly-promoted Watford for the Bursaspor striker who hit 21 goals in the Turkish League last season.
Former Players React to Ranieri appointment
With the new manager installed barely 24 hours ago, many former Leicester players have reacted to the news of Claudio Ranieri’s appointment as the new Foxes boss. Former Foxes and England legend, Gary Lineker, now host of Match of the Day has called the appointment of the former Chelsea manager as ‘Uninspiring’ on Twitter, whilst other former players have too voiced their concerns.
Former midfielder Muzzy Izzet spoke of his surprise at the appointment and lauded the credentials of his former midfield partner Neil Lennon, now the manager of Bolton Wanderers when he spoke to Talksport “There was a shout for Neil Lennon, my old teammate, and I think he would have been great for us.”
Similarly former Leicester midfielder James Scowcroft told Talksport that Foxes fans should be worried about the appointment of Italian Ranieri when he said “At the end of the day it’s all about results, if he gets them he’ll be popular but if he doesn’t he won’t be – you have to give him time but it’ll be a tough season, especially based on last year.”