Leicester City have announced that former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is the man they have chosen to replace Nigel Pearson as manager.
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According to the club’s official website, the Italian has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium. He explained that he feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League, having been the last coach at Stamford Bridge before the arrival of Jose Mourinho in 2004.
“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,” he explained.
Sky Sports report that former boss Martin O’Neill had been considered for the role.
The news also means that Peter Schmeichel’s application has been unsuccessful. Sky Sports previously reported that the former Manchester United goalkeeper had put his name forward to be considered for the position, despite boasting no previous managerial experience. Had the Great Dane got the role, he would have been working with his son Kasper, who is the current number one for the side.
He could take some hope that a chance could be coming his way again soon, as despite the fact that Ranieri has been given a long-term contract with the Foxes, he has only managed three stints of at least three years during his extensive career in the dugout.
Most recently, he endured a winless four-match run as manager of the Greek national side.