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Really Ranieri?

  • Really Ranieri?

With the rest of the world football community now well aware of Claudio Ranieri's appointment as manager of Leicester City, many have been left scratching their heads. With Nigel Pearson unceremoniously sacked soon after his incredible Premier League survival story last season, the Italian "Tinkerman" now joins the Foxes with the task of safety once more.

Ranieri's arrival at Leicester comes off the back of an eight-month hiatus from football management after he was relieved of his duties with the Greece National team in November last year. While in charge of the Galanolefki, Ranieri went five games without a win before being told to move on and, as a result, has left many fans on Filbert Way sweating with apprehension.

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In fact, even some club legends-turned-pundits aren't too keen:

The experienced 63 year-old has managed several clubs throughout Italy, Spain, and France and returns to England for the first time since 2004. Claudio Ranieri's sole spell in English football was in charge of Chelsea and spanned four years (2000-04). In his time at Stamford Bridge, while some criticised his use of excessive rotation, he was able to build an ever-improving squad that would go onto win the league successively under Jose Mourinho.

Ranieri has never been a world-class coach and if his list of honours are anything to go by, this claim cannot be contested. But what the travelled and tested tactician does bring to Leicester City is his experience and well-known love for a resilient defence. There is no doubt that these two factors would have been key in the hiring process undertaken by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his King Power International group.

Premier League survival will be the central aim for the Foxes this season and quality defending will be crucial in adhering to that objective. Ranieri, despite his unpredictability, just may be able to deliver as such. Let's just hope his Greece tenure doesn't repeat itself.

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