Claudio Ranieri appointed as new Leicester City manager

• Italian succeeds Nigel Pearson in charge of the Foxes
• Leicester opt for former Chelsea and Inter manager on three-year deal

Claudio Ranieri has ended an 11-year absence from the Premier League after Leicester City took the surprise decision to appoint the former Chelsea manager on a three-year contract.

The Italian, who has been out of the game since being dismissed by Greece last November, replaces Nigel Pearson whose hugely successful if tumultuous second spell at the club ended in the sack last month with the board citing “fundamental differences in perspective”. Ranieri was introduced to the Leicester squad by the vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the director of football, Jon Rudkin, on Monday at their pre-season training camp in Austria and will oversee his first session on Tuesday.

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