Monthly Archives: July 2015

Leicester’s post-Pearson, post-Cambiasso Era starts at Lincoln

Lincoln City 1:3 Leicester City

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On the day that Esteban Cambiasso announced that he would not be returning to Leicester, new boss Claudio Ranieri’s reign kicked off with 3-1 win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

New signings Chrstian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki played in the first half of a game which saw City trailing to a Power penalty.
Mahrez equalised before the break, and after a full XI change round, late goals from Kramaric and Vardy made it 3-1.

Earlier in the evening Cambiasso made the following announcement on his Facebook page:

“I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.
I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.
I would like to thanks all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy.
And a very special thanks to all my team mates, staff and every people of the club, with whom I have lived one of the most important years of my career, crowned with the remaining EPL status.”

Viewed as one of City’s greatest ever players after just one season with the club, he will be a very hard act to follow.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Claudio Ranieri is Appointed Leicester City Manager

Late this afternoon Leicester City announced that Claudio Ranieri had been appointed to the vacant manager’s position thus ending several weeks of speculation which featured some unlikely and, at times, frightening names on the bookies’ short list. 

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63 year-old Ranieri has signed a 3 year contract which will bring to an end the media free-for-all that always goes hand-in-hand with any Premier League managerial vacancy. Ranieri has managed in England previously with Chelsea where he earned the nickname ‘Tinkerman’ and was a casualty following the arrival of Roman Abramovich despite taking them in to the Champions League in 2004. Since his time at Chelsea he has managed Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Monaco and even the Greek national side.

His arrival will hopefully create some stability at the club and encourage Esteban Cambiasso to sign a new contract. Our first chance to see the new manager in charge of the side will come at Lincoln City on 21st July

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Leicester sacking: Thai Scandal was “the final straw”…

The BBC are reporting that Nigel Pearson’s sacking yesterday was linked to the ‘Thai Racist orgy’ scandal that involved his son James…

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BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has claimed that the sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.
“There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”
But Murphy, who clashed with Pearson after Ostrich-Gate also added: “But fundamentally, should the sins of the son be visited on the father? In footballing terms this is very harsh on Pearson.”

There are rumours that Pearson senior thought that his son’s actions were not as bad as those of Tom Hopper and Adam Smith and that the three cases should have been dealt with separately, rather than sacking them all.
After several controversies surrounding Pearson this season it seems as though the owners had lost patience, despite the late rally that saved City’s Premier League place.

This leaves Leicester looking for a new manager as the squad returns to pre-season training… hardly an ideal position to be in and we can only hope they have a very good replacement lined up and ready to come in.

PHOTO: Simon Kimber

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