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Leicester hire Ranieri

Leicester City have replaced Nigel Pearson by appointing Claudio Ranieri as their new manager on a three-year contract.

Pearson was sacked last month despite overseeing a remarkable escape from relegation in the final weeks of the season due to “fundamental differences” between himself and the board.

Ranieri previously managed in the Premier League with Chelsea, between 2000 and 2004, benefitting from the start of the Roman Abramovich era.

Despite spending vast amounts of money on recruitment, Ranieri was unable to deliver a trophy to the cabinet at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, he has enjoyed spells at the likes of Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter, Monaco and the Greece national team.

“I’m so glad to be here in a club with such a great tradition as Leicester City,” said Ranieri, who has joined up with the squad at their pre-season training camp in Austria.

“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.

“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the club for the opportunity they are giving me.

“Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”

Mon 13 Jul, 2015
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