Tuesday 21 November 2017

Leicester offer their 'unwavering support' to Claudio Ranieri on eve of FA Cup replay

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has received a vote of confidence from the club's owners
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has received a vote of confidence from the club's owners
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Leicester have announced in a statement their "unwavering support" for manager Claudio Ranieri.

A miserable run of results has left the defending Premier League champions facing a relegation battle, with Ranieri's future coming under increasing scrutiny.

However, as Telegraph Sport reported last night, the club are sticking by Ranieri, issuing a statement on Tuesday afternoon providing a vote of confidence for the 65-year-old who it seems will get the opportunity to salvage Leicester's season.

"In light of recent speculation Leicester City Football Club would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for its first team manager Claudio Ranieri," the statement read.

"While there is a collective appreciation from everyone at the club that recent form needs to improve, the unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome even the greatest of challenges.

"The entire club is, and will remain, united behind its manager and behind its players, collectively and firmly focused on the challenges ahead."

The statement was released in response to reports that Ranieri has been losing his grip on the dressing room after confusing players with tactics and team selection.

It seems his achievements last season, guiding Leicester to the Premier League title, has ensured the Italian has the support of the club's Thai owners, despite winning only five league games this season.

Sunday's 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United left Leicester just one point above the relegation zone.

Leicester face Championship promotion chasers Derby County in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday evening and Ranieri must make a huge decision on whether to make wholesale changes.

With Sunday’s crucial trip to Swansea looming large, the question is whether Ranieri will sacrifice a place in the cup or focus on building some sorely needed momentum.

Despite the vote of confidence, bookies continue to make Ranieri favourite to be the next Premier League manager given the boot.

One has him 15/8 to be released of his duties should Leicester fail to beat Derby.

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