Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ranieri: I'm not yesterday's man

Claudio Ranieri shows his colours
Claudio Ranieri shows his colours

John Percy

Claudio Ranieri has insisted that he has nothing to prove as Leicester City's new manager and that his past achievements deserve more respect.

Ranieri was officially presented yesterday at the King Power Stadium and swiftly had to build bridges in the face of the fierce criticism that followed his appointment last week.

Gary Lineker, Harry Redknapp, Tony Cottee and Mark Bosnich have all expressed doubts over Ranieri's return to the Premier League after an 11-year absence.

The Italian (63) was sacked from his last job with Greece and is already facing a battle to convince Esteban Cambiasso to sign a new deal.

But Ranieri was determined to focus on a brighter future and politely brushed away accusations that he was yesterday's man.

When asked if he was disappointed about the negative reaction, he said: "Yes, I understand, but I will work hard to make changes. I respect everybody.

"But now my problem is not Lineker or Redknapp or Bosnich; my focus is on Leicester.

"I've had 14 clubs and won league titles, the Italian Super Cup and at Valencia I won the Copa del Rey for the first time in 25 years. I can stop, or shall I continue?

"I think I was a success at Chelsea and the same at Roma and Monaco. I want to follow the good direction I took in France, Spain and the first time here in Chelsea. I'm very hungry to succeed here. I've missed the Premier League."

Ranieri would certainly win over sceptical supporters if he could persuade Cambiasso to extend his spell in the east Midlands.

Cambiasso proved a shrewd acquisition for Nigel Pearson after joining on a free transfer from Inter Milan and he has been offered a new 12-month deal.

However, Pearson's dismissal last month has damaged Leicester's hopes of keeping the midfielder, who played under Ranieri, who managed the 34-year-old midfielder at Inter. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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