Leicester City got a new manager on Monday, 13 July. Even so, it might come as a surprise for some that Claudio Ranieri will return as the manager of the club for the Premier League.
Ranieri was last working with England, but that was almost 11 years ago. The Italian has now made a comeback and happily signed a contract that will last for the next three years. The 63-year-old replaced Nigel Pearson. He is on his way to Austria where the club members are undergoing a training camp before the football season starts. He wants to start working with the team right away.
Ranieri has a lot of experience in the football world and his journey has been a colourful one. He was out of the football scenario since last November. After he was removed from being the manager of Greece’s football team, he has had an uphill task in the field. But he came back with flying colours.
Not only was he appreciated by Guus Hiddink and Martin O’Neill for meeting the targets before everyone else, but he also impressed John Rudkin. The interviews were held in London and it can be concluded that Ranieri made a mark in all of them. The owners of Leicester wanted to associate with a big name after the long-standing departure of manager Pearson.
They wanted an individual who could take the club forward, but at the same time prove to be a great asset to the club. It seemed only correct to include Ranieri on the list as he had the chance to coach some of Europe’s biggest and most influential teams. However, the only thought that could concern the team is the fact that Ranieri has been out of sight for a very long time. Now, if that acts as a boon or a hindrance, only time will tell!
Gary Lineker who is credited with being one of best football players from the Leicester team thinks that the decision to bring Ranieri back on the team is uninspiring. He adds that though the manager has a lot of experience, it is not the best choice to bring him back. The Italian manager had always insisted on getting back with England since 2004.
He says in a statement that he is extremely elated to be back with the club that has always managed to retain its great traditions. He further goes on to say that he has had the chance to coach several teams, but has always wanted to return to Chelsea. He was often referred to as Tinkerman, a nickname that his fans bestowed upon him after his strategy of rotating his players on field became noticeable.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who is the chairman of the club insisted to get someone who could infuse the team with energy and fresh vigour. Ranieri accompanied the vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha to the south-east Austria where the squad was training. Aiyawatt said that Ranieri had remarkable knowledge and experience that will help the club’s long-term goals.