Leicester City have appointed Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new manager, with the Italian succeeding the recently axed Nigel Pearson.
The experienced 63-year-old has agreed a three-year contract and has joined up with his new squad at their pre-season training camp in Austria, with his first competitive match in charge coming against Sunderland on August 8.
A host of coaches had been linked with the vacant post, including Marco Bielsa, Martin O’Neill and even Peter Schmeichel, but it is Ranieri who will be in the King Power Stadium dugout this season.
The Italian helped kick-start Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea revolution over a decade ago, but has been less successful recently in unspectacular spells with Inter, Monaco and Greece – notably losing to the Faroe Islands.
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“I’m so glad to be here in a club with such a great tradition as Leicester City,” Ranieri told the club’s official website. “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.
“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the club for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha added: “It is my great pleasure to welcome Claudio Ranieri – a man of remarkable experience and knowledge that will lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan for Leicester City.
“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.
“To have attracted one of the world’s elite managers speaks volumes both for the progress Leicester City has made in recent years and for the potential that remains for the club’s long-term development.”