New Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of honouring one fifth of the three year contract he signed with the club yesterday.
Introduced to the media by vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin on the club’s pre season tour of Austria, Ranieri was giddy with excitement when asked if he looks forward to taking over the side before leaving them in December mired in relegation trouble.
“It’s a treat to manage in the Premier League again, especially knowing I’ll be able to take a proper Christmas holiday too. Of course you never know in football, it’s a strange old game. But all things considered I should be on a beach sipping a cocktail in about five and a half months.”
Ranieri returns to the Premier League after 11 years away. He’s managed a host of sides since leaving Chelsea including Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Monaco and Greece. While he says he doesn’t look forward to his inevitable exit in December, he accepts it’s inevitable.
“The three year contract is a little excessive, admittedly. I told the chairman when I met him; ‘This won’t end well,’ but he just hired me anyway. I’m really excited.”
Before exiting the press conference Ranieri reaffirmed his commitment to making his replacement’s job as easy as possible in December. “Relegation fights are never easy but I’ll have the players ready, they’ll be behind the new man one hundred per cent.”
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