Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new manager of Leicester City Football Club, succeeding Nigel Pearson who was sacked as manager last month after guiding the club to a 14th place finish in the Premier League.
For football fans across Britain, this appointment has come as a shock due to Ranieri's recent failure as manager of Greece where he was sacked in November of last year after a home defeat to the Faroe Islands.
Ranieri has an impressive career résumé, having managed at some of Europe's top clubs including Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma.
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Leicester City fans may have been hoping for a manager who has managed in the Premier League recently, such as Sam Alladyce or Harry Redknapp, however they will now have to get behind new manager Ranieri, who last managed in the Premier League in 2004 with Chelsea.
Ranieri has spoken of his dream to work in the Premier League again, something that he will now get the chance to do at Leicester. He told BBC Sport, "since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again."
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"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 City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has had his say on the appointment with a statement published on to the Leicester City Football Club website.
He said: “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.”
The appointment of Ranieri has led to a mixed response from pundits and fans alike on social media.
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With Ranieri now appointed, Leicester City and their fans will now need to push on with putting together a squad that is more than capable of staying in the Premier League this upcoming season.
Ranieri has just under a month before Leicester's first game of the season at the King Power Stadium against Sunderland on August 8, and will no doubt be looking at the squad in the coming weeks to see where, if necessary, the squad could need strengthening.