Sil­ver Fox signs for four more years

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

LE­ICES­TER City man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri has signed a new four-year deal that is set to keep him at the Premier League cham­pi­ons un­til June 2020, the club an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The 64-year-old Ital­ian joined the Thai-owned Mid­lands side just prior to the start of last sea­son af­ter for­mer man­ager Nigel Pear­son was sacked. He led the Foxes to their first English top-flight ti­tle as they stunned the Premier League’s es­tab­lished elite.

“Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club is de­lighted to an­nounce that its first-team man­ager, Clau­dio Ranieri, has signed a new con­tract with the Premier League cham­pi­ons,” the club state­ment said.

Le­ices­ter were 5000/1 to be­come cham­pi­ons of Eng­land when Ranieri took charge, yet they lost just three league games all sea­son and won the ti­tle by 10 points.

“From the mo­ment I talked to the own­ers about their vi­sion for Le­ices­ter City, I knew it was some­thing I wanted to be part of for a long time,” Ranieri told the club’s web­site yes­ter­day.

“The en­ergy that ex­ists at this club – from the own­ers and the staff to the play­ers and sup­port­ers – is some­thing very special. I am very happy and proud that I will be part of it for years to come,” he added.

“Last sea­son, that spirit and our hard work helped us to achieve some­thing mag­i­cal.

“If we can con­tinue to work hard, main­tain our pas­sion and con­tinue to fight with all our hearts, I am sure we can con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful to­gether.”

Le­ices­ter vice chair Aiyawatt Sri­vad­dhanaprabha said, “Twelve months ago, we brought to Le­ices­ter City a man whose knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, we felt, could lead us into the next phase of our long-term plan.

“What he would go on to help us achieve, in the time we have achieved it, has been beyond anything we could have an­tic­i­pated.”

Le­ices­ter’s Premier League suc­cess gave Ranieri a first topflight ti­tle in a man­age­rial ca­reer span­ning three decades and in­clud­ing sec­ond-placed fin­ishes in Eng­land (Chelsea), Italy (Ju­ven­tus and Roma) and France (Monaco).

The Foxes, beaten 2-1 by FA Cup-hold­ers Manchester United in the Char­ity Shield at Wem­b­ley last weekend, be­gin the de­fence of their Premier League ti­tle away to Hull on Au­gust 13. –

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