Ranieri takes up role at Leicester

first_img “Claudio Ranieri is clearly experienced, but this is an uninspired choice by Leicester,” he said on BreatheSport. “It’s amazing how the same old names keep getting a go on the managerial merry-go-round.” Ranieri has been out of work since a winless four-game stint with Greece in 2014 was ended after the country were beaten 1-0 by minnows the Faroe Islands. It is more than 10 years since he last managed on these shores with Chelsea, who he took to the Champions League semi-finals and to second place in the 2003-04 Premier League table behind Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ before being replaced by Jose Mourinho. Ranieri has managed in Spain, Italy and France since but revealed he has always harboured aspirations of returning to English football’s top flight. He told the club’s official website: ”I’m so glad to be here in a club with such a great tradition as Leicester City. ”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.” The Barclays Premier League club confirmed Ranieri, 63, has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium to replace Nigel Pearson, who was relieved of his duties last month because the club insisted “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”. Ranieri’s 29-year managerial career has spanned 14 clubs across five countries, including European giants such as Chelsea, Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but ex-Leicester and England forward Lineker is less than impressed with the decision taken by his old side’s hierarchy. Leicester have appointed the vastly experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former Foxes striker Gary Lineker has called the Italian’s hiring “uninspired”. Leicester were keen on recruiting a high-profile boss to succeed Pearson and both Guus Hiddink and former Foxes manager Martin O’Neill, now in charge of the Republic of Ireland, had been heavily linked with the vacancy. But the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha called Ranieri “one of the world’s elite managers” and insists it was his vast experience that set him apart. Srivaddhanaprabha 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.” Ranieri met the Leicester squad on Monday afternoon and he will oversee his first training session on Tuesday morning, assisted by Craig Shakespeare, Steve Walsh and the existing City backroom team. He will remain with the group for the remainder of their training camp in Bad Radkersburg, Austria before taking charge of pre-season friendlies against Lincoln, Mansfield, Burton, Rotherham and Birmingham. The Foxes begin their Premier League campaign against Sunderland at the King Power Stadium on August 8. Press Associationlast_img read more

Report: Lakers’ Rajon Rondo defends himself and calls Chris Paul ‘a horrible teammate’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s worth noting that Paul is close friends with LeBron James, and James pulled Paul away from the fracas. When asked about it on Monday, James said there was nothing significant about him appearing to react to protect Paul, only that he was concerned with breaking up the fight as fast as possible.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The feud between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul has continued into the week, but instead of fists, the two former All-Stars are now exchanging words in the press.Rondo struck Tuesday, telling ESPN that Paul is “a horrible teammate” as he defended his own actions in the melee that wound up with both of them suspended. The NBA suspended Paul for two games and Rondo for three. Brandon Ingram was also suspended for four games, but much of the controversy in the last few days has swirled around Paul and Rondo and their apparently decade-long rivalry.One of the reasons the NBA gave Rondo a longer suspension than Paul (besides throwing the first punch) was that high-resolution video confirmed Paul’s account that Rondo spit on him. The spit provoked Paul to jab a finger in Rondo’s face, leading to the ugly brawl that required a number of other players to split the two men apart.Rondo told ESPN that if he spit, it was not intentional: “I had a mouthpiece in my mouth and I (was) exasperated because I was about to tell him to ‘get the (expletive) out of here.’” Rondo pointed out in the replay that his hands were on his hips, and he was not ready for Paul to retaliate (which he would have been if he meant to spit). Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe also went after Paul’s image, saying that the media was quick to side with him after the spat. He cited the famed “secret passage” incident between the Rockets and Clippers as evidence that Paul’s reputation belies his true character.“Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy,” he said in the report. “They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in L.A.; trying to get to the Clippers’ locker room. They don’t want to believe he’s capable of taunting and igniting an incident.”Multiple reports have unearthed bad blood between the two dating to at least 2009, when they had a minor confrontation after a game (Rondo was on the Celtics; Paul was on the Hornets). There has been media speculation that there might be ties to when Rondo was snubbed from the 2008 Olympic team that Paul won a gold medal with.Rondo didn’t seem to like the rumors that arose. While he remained short in comments at Monday’s shootaround to multiple media members, he subsequently decided to be more expansive.“I was going to let it rest,” he said. “I wasn’t going to say much. But now I have kids, and I teach my kids to speak up for themselves and don’t let the world tell their story.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more