Ranieri takes over Leicester reins
Experienced Italian coach Claudio Ranieri was hired as the new manager of Leicester yesterday, returning to the English Premier League eight months after being fired following a brief and disappointing spell in charge of Greece's national team.
The 63-year-old Ranieri signed a three-year deal as the replacement for Nigel Pearson – who was sacked last month – and ends speculation that Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was in line for the job.
Ranieri’s previous spell in the Premier League was with Chelsea in 2000-04 — during which he was often labeled "The Tinkerman" for his liking for squad rotation - and he has since coached Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and Monaco.
He spent less than six months with Greece before he was fired after an embarrassing 1-0 home loss to the Faroe Islands in November.
"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," Ranieri said.
"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," Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.
Ranieri was flown out to their pre-season training camp in Austria where he was introduced to the squad.