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Gary Lineker tries to get out of his embarrassing Claudio Ranieri tweet

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When Leicester's board took the difficult decision to sack Nigel Pearson last summer, they did so knowing that the majority of fans would be unhappy about it.

The temperamental manager had just guided Leicester out of what many considered to be certain relegation from the Premier League and dismissing him was nothing short of a massive gamble.

In Claudio Ranieri, Leicester had hired the antithesis of Pearson. The Italian was known for his chronic calmness as well as his incessant tinkering with team selections. One man who was not impressed was Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

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He infamously tweeted 'Claudio Ranieri? Really?', before calling the appointment 'uninspired' in an article for Breathe Sport.

He was, of course, wrong about the former Chelsea boss, who sealed the first title triumph of his career by guiding the Foxes to a monumental victory on Monday evening.

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Always one to laugh at himself, Lineker attempted to explain his tweet with a funny Instagram post, suggesting he left the last, very important bit, out of the original message.

Another big regret

But Lineker has more than one ill-fated tweet to worry about. He also committed to presenting Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester were crowned champions. 

That was way back in December when most pundits doubted whether they could finish in the top four, let alone at the summit of the division. His claim made the rounds on Twitter, but Lineker must have thought he was safe.

And no one seems to be forcing the issue more than the BBC themselves, as this tweet shows:

Good to go

Lineker last week revealed that talks with MOTD presenters have already taken place, suggesting that it should be going ahead.

He told the Radio Times: "You'll have to wait and see. I've kind of said I'll have to do it. The conversation's been had. I've told them many times, 'Please tell me I can't do it'.

"In December I categorically knew there was zero chance that they (Leicester) would win. I'm in good shape. For an old b*****d. I'll probably work out for the two weeks beforehand very, very hard."

Still, getting your kit off on national television is a worthy price to pay for this:

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