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Players didn’t betray me, says Ranieri

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London (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insisted on Monday his sacking only a few months after guiding unfashionable Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League title wins was not orchestrated by the players.

The avuncular 65-year-old Italian - who took over from Nigel Pearson for the 2015/16 campaign tasked with preserving their elite status - told Sky Sports in his first interview since being fired there was someone within the club who manoeuvred to have him sacked.

Players didn’t betray me, says Ranieri

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London (AFP) – Claudio Ranieri insisted on Monday his sacking only a few months after guiding unfashionable Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League title wins was not orchestrated by the players.

The avuncular 65-year-old Italian - who took over from Nigel Pearson for the 2015/16 campaign tasked with preserving their elite status - told Sky Sports in his first interview since being fired there was someone within the club who manoeuvred to have him sacked.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Villa owner Xia promises Premier League return

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London (AFP) Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia has pledged to restore the relegated Premier League club to their former glory as soon as possible.

Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes.

Leicester go from sex-tape to tickertape after Bangkok orgy

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Bangkok (AFP) A sex-tape of a racially charged orgy in a Bangkok hotel was a public relations catastrophe for Thai-owned Leicester City but it proved an unlikely turning point in their journey to the top of the English Premier League.

The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel.

Leicester go from sex-tape to tickertape after Bangkok orgy

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Bangkok (AFP) A sex-tape of a racially charged orgy in a Bangkok hotel was a public relations catastrophe for Thai-owned Leicester City but it proved an unlikely turning point in their journey to the top of the English Premier League.

The offending video featured three young players including James Pearson, son of then manager Nigel Pearson, engaging in explicit acts with group of Thai women in a Bangkok hotel.

Leicester’s fairytale title bid is piece of cake for relaxed Claudio Ranieri

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As Claudio Ranieri returned to Leicester's Belvoir Drive training base on Monday to start plotting the latest chapter in his club's fairytale challenge for the Premier League title, it was hard to believe that just seven months ago the Italian's arrival at the plush facility was greeted with widespread ridicule.

Leicester’s fairytale title bid is piece of cake for relaxed Claudio Ranieri

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As Claudio Ranieri returned to Leicester's Belvoir Drive training base on Monday to start plotting the latest chapter in his club's fairytale challenge for the Premier League title, it was hard to believe that just seven months ago the Italian's arrival at the plush facility was greeted with widespread ridicule.

Games against Manchester City and Arsenal will shape Leicester City’s destiny

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Whether it's World Soccer Talk, NBC Sports or the most watched news bulletin in the UK, people just cannot stop talking about Leicester City.

Leicester fans have been living in dreamland since April 18 after the club beat Swansea and that slim possibility of safety became clearer. Not to be swayed by the departure of Nigel Pearson, the arrival of Claudio Ranieri ensured that the dream continued.

Games against Manchester City and Arsenal will shape Leicester City’s destiny

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Whether it's World Soccer Talk, NBC Sports or the most watched news bulletin in the UK, people just cannot stop talking about Leicester City.

Leicester fans have been living in dreamland since April 18 after the club beat Swansea and that slim possibility of safety became clearer. Not to be swayed by the departure of Nigel Pearson, the arrival of Claudio Ranieri ensured that the dream continued.

LMA report: Record number of managers fired during first half of the season

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A record 29 managers in the top four English divisions were sacked in the first half of this season, according to the League Managers Association's Mid-Season Manager Statistics report. Leicester's Nigel Pearson, Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, Sunderland's Dick Advocaat, Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood, Swansea's Garry Monk and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho were replaced in the Premier League, while 10 Championship managers were fired.

LMA report: Record number of managers fired during first half of the season

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A record 29 managers in the top four English divisions were sacked in the first half of this season, according to the League Managers Association's Mid-Season Manager Statistics report. Leicester's Nigel Pearson, Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, Sunderland's Dick Advocaat, Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood, Swansea's Garry Monk and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho were replaced in the Premier League, while 10 Championship managers were fired.

Claudio Ranieri encouraging Leicester City to revel in their success ahead of trip to Aston Villa

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told his side to revel in their success so far this term after last season's struggle to avoid relegation from the lucrative Premier League. The Foxes head into this weekend's round of fixtures a surprise second in the table, with Arsenal at the top of the standings on goal difference alone.

Claudio Ranieri encouraging Leicester City to revel in their success ahead of trip to Aston Villa

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told his side to revel in their success so far this term after last season's struggle to avoid relegation from the lucrative Premier League. The Foxes head into this weekend's round of fixtures a surprise second in the table, with Arsenal at the top of the standings on goal difference alone.

Former Newcastle Coach Soars In Betting For New Manager

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52 year-old former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson produced one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Premier League history this year maybe the greatest turnaround in Premier League history. Leicester were bottom of the league in early April with just 19 points from 29 games played and Nigel then got 22 points in the [.

Leicester City is giving English soccer a story to cherish

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There are stories, and then there are stories we will always remember. Leicester City's rise from the bottom on the Premier League is becoming the latter. From the start of the 2014-15 season to this point, 13 rounds into the campaign, the Foxes have played as title contenders do. It should be no surprise to see them at the top of the table.

Leicester City is giving English soccer a story to cherish

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There are stories, and then there are stories we will always remember. Leicester City's rise from the bottom on the Premier League is becoming the latter. From the start of the 2014-15 season to this point, 13 rounds into the campaign, the Foxes have played as title contenders do. It should be no surprise to see them at the top of the table.

Tony Pulis: Claudio Ranieri is capitalizing on Nigel Pearson’s work at Leicester City

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes Claudio Ranieri is dining out on Nigel Pearson's success at Leicester.The Baggies boss insisted Pearson's work should not be forgotten ahead of Albion's clash with the Foxes on Saturday.

Pearson was sacked in the summer despite guiding Leicester to safety last season with seven wins from their final nine games after a breakdown in relationship with the club's board and was replaced by Ranieri.

Tony Pulis: Claudio Ranieri is capitalizing on Nigel Pearson’s work at Leicester City

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes Claudio Ranieri is dining out on Nigel Pearson's success at Leicester.The Baggies boss insisted Pearson's work should not be forgotten ahead of Albion's clash with the Foxes on Saturday.

Pearson was sacked in the summer despite guiding Leicester to safety last season with seven wins from their final nine games after a breakdown in relationship with the club's board and was replaced by Ranieri.

Esteban Cambiasso announces exit from Leicester City

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Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has announced he will not renew his contract with Leicester.

New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had held talks with the 34-year-old, urging him to make his mind up as the club needed to know if he was staying on after his deal expired last month.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the player said: "I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.

Esteban Cambiasso announces exit from Leicester City

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Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has announced he will not renew his contract with Leicester.

New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had held talks with the 34-year-old, urging him to make his mind up as the club needed to know if he was staying on after his deal expired last month.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the player said: "I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.

Claudio Ranieri issues ultimatum to Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso

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Claudio Ranieri has issued Esteban Cambiasso an ultimatum and insisted Leicester need to know if he will stay.

The new Foxes boss has held talks with the midfielder but he is yet to commit his future to the club after his contract expired last month.

Ranieri faced the media for the first time since signing a three-year deal after replacing the axed Nigel Pearson last week and has made keeping Cambiasso a priority.

Claudio Ranieri issues ultimatum to Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso

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Claudio Ranieri has issued Esteban Cambiasso an ultimatum and insisted Leicester need to know if he will stay.

The new Foxes boss has held talks with the midfielder but he is yet to commit his future to the club after his contract expired last month.

Ranieri faced the media for the first time since signing a three-year deal after replacing the axed Nigel Pearson last week and has made keeping Cambiasso a priority.

How Long Can ‘Tinkerman’ Last At Leicester?

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How Long Can ‘Tinkerman' Last At Leicester? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"Football managers are like a parachutist. At times it doesn't open. Here, it is an umbrella. You understand, Mary Poppins"

Claudio Ranieri has become an example to English clubs that coaches with a reputation in Europe are not always the best option.

Gary Lineker slams Leicester’s appointment of Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester have appointed the vastly-experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former club icon Gary Lineker has called the Italian's hiring "uninspiring".

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".

Gary Lineker slams Leicester’s appointment of Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester have appointed the vastly-experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former club icon Gary Lineker has called the Italian's hiring "uninspiring".

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".

6 biggest controversies of Nigel Pearson’s 2014/15 Leicester City campaign

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Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester with the club saying "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".

The 51-year-old guided the Foxes to safety with seven wins from the last nine games in the Barclays Premier League but was often a controversial figure, having arguments with supporters and journalists alike throughout the course of the season.

Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea: Analysis and Major Talking Points

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Chelsea are just one win away from securing the Premier League title, after an inspired second-half performance helped them come from behind and beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea: Inspired second half overcomes plucky Leicester.

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Chelsea took another step closer to the Premier League title last night with a 3-1 win over Leicester City. After finding themselves a goal down and after a dressing down at half time from the manager, they played some fantastic football to take them one game from the title!
You have to hold your hands up and give tremendous credit to Nigel Pearson and his team.

Watch Leicester City 2-0 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.

The Foxes are only in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after their deserved 2-0 win over Swansea.

Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years.

Watch Leicester City 2-0 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.

The Foxes are only in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after their deserved 2-0 win over Swansea.

Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years.

Watch Spurs 4-3 Leicester match highlights [VIDEO]

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson labeled referee Mike Dean "one of the most arrogant men" he has ever met after awarding a game-changing penalty against Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham.

White Hart Lane bore witness to a thrilling, end-to-end encounter on Saturday, with star turn Kane capping a wonderful week with his first Premier League hat-trick as Spurs ran out 4-3 victors.

Watch Spurs 4-3 Leicester match highlights [VIDEO]

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson labeled referee Mike Dean "one of the most arrogant men" he has ever met after awarding a game-changing penalty against Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham.

White Hart Lane bore witness to a thrilling, end-to-end encounter on Saturday, with star turn Kane capping a wonderful week with his first Premier League hat-trick as Spurs ran out 4-3 victors.

Managers

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Seriously Considered Quitting Football Entirely To Become Party Rep In Ibiza

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"£25 gets you entry, two free shots and an hour in the ice bar..."

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that not so very long ago he had to talk Jamie Vardy out of quitting football entirely.

After finishing as top goalscorer in the Conference Premier whenFleetwood won promotion into the Football League in 2011/12, the Foxes (then of the Championship) took a gamble on signing Vardy, though he initially struggled with the step up and managed a paltry five goals in 29 appearances over the course of 2012/13.

Derby Suspend Nigel Pearson ‘Pending Investigation’ As Championship Strugglers Prepare To Sack Their Manager

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Derby County have announced that the club have suspended manager Nigel Pearson pending an internal investigation.

Currently hovering just one point off the bottom of the Championship after a dreadful start to the season, Derby made the call to suspendPearson just a few hours before tonight's game against Cardiff.

Vinnie Jones To Play Ex-Leicester Manager Nigel Pearson In ‘Jamie Vardy: The Movie’

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It would appear that what surely must've started as a grog-fuelled wager just before kicking-out time is slowly becoming a reality, with the news that the makers of the seemingly-imminent Jamie Vardy movie are keen to start making casting decisions.

Indeed, the Leicester Mercury are reporting that screenwriter and producer Adrian Butchart is keento go along with a poll ran by the newspaper, that saw readers vote Vinnie Jones as the actorthey want to see bring ex-Foxes manager Nigel Pearson to life on the big screen.

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Derby County part with suspended boss Pearson

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London (AFP) Derby manager Nigel Pearson left the struggling Championship club by "mutual consent" on Saturday, less than two weeks after he was suspended following reports of a row with the owner.

Former Charlton and Huddersfield boss Chris Powell, who played for Derby in the 1990s, is the early favourite to replace Pearson after stepping in as caretaker following the suspension.

Manager Pearson suspended by Derby

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London (AFP) Nigel Pearson has been suspended as manager of Derby County, the English second-tier club announced on Tuesday, without providing an explanation.

The move came following a meeting between Pearson and club chairman Mel Morris, with Derby releasing a statement a matter of hours before their Championship game at Cardiff City.

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Friday Kickoff: Liverpool-Dortmund, Europa League and more

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Thursday's UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund still has everyone talking this morning, as it is being considered a game-of-the-year candidate.

Liverpool pulled off an incredible come-from-behind win to defeat Dortmund, 4-3 (5-4 on aggregate), at Anfield in the Europa League quarterfinals.

Leicester Have Two Players Injured – Pearson Loses His Cool

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Leicester City lost 3-1 last night to Chelsea at home and remain 4 points behind Newcastle with four games to play, and Nigel Pearson after the game said that two of his players are now doubtful for the game at home to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. Nigel Pearson gets a bit upset at news [...]