Claudio Ranieri returns to Premier League ten years after managing Chelsea
Leicester City have a new manager, with Claudio Ranieri the surprise appointment after it has appeared that Martin O’Neill was going to return to the Midlands club.
Nigel Pearson was axed by the City’s Thai owners a fortnight ago, despite the fact that the manager had steered Leicester into the Premier League before keeping them up against the odds last season.
Pearson had been busy preparing for the new season before being given his marching orders and it will now be Ranieri who takes charge of the Leicester squad and aims to continue building on their recent success.
The bookmakers remain non-plussed by Leicester’s prospects next season and Ladbrokes offer 4/1 about the Foxes going down next season, with City spending a good deal of the last campaign in the relegation zone before working their way out of trouble.
Perhaps Ranieri’s extensive book of contacts will see new players arrive at the King Power Stadium that might not have done under Pearson, although one should note that Esteban Cambiasso signed last season and proved to be an inspirational acquisition.
The Italian doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to staying in managerial positions, having endured a short-lived reign in charge of the Greece national team.
Previously to this, there were short spells with Internazionale and Monaco, although there were longer spells with Juventus and Roma.
Leicester are 33/1 with bet365 to win the “without the big six” market, while you can get 4/1 with the same firm that the Foxes finish in the top half of the table.