Former Italy manager claims to have rejected Leicester because of the way Ranieri was treated

Kavan Flavius

Former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has revealed that he spurned the chance to take over as manager at the King Power Stadium due to the way his compatriot Claudio Ranieri was dismissed.

Ranieri was relieved of his position as manager last month, despite winning the Foxes their first-ever Premier League title last season. Sadly, the Italian couldn't keep up with the pace this term and was promptly fired after losing 2-1 to Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16.


Leicester have since overturned the deficit to progress to the quarter-final of the tournament, and are doing quite well under assistant manager-turned-manager Craig Shakespeare. In fact, they've won every game since Ranieri's departure.

Speaking to French channel SFR Port, Prandelli claimed that Leicester approached him before giving Shakespeare the job, but he wasted no time in rejecting their advances.

"I immediately said no," the 59-year-old declared.


"You don't accept a job like that. You don't go there after seeing how Ranieri was treated. I am not going there. Full stop."

Leicester fans won't mind too much, though. After all, they're in the last eight of the most prestigious club tournament around and are no longer living in fear of the drop.

Atletico Madrid will be their next European opponents, and many are backing the current Premier League Champions to shock the world again. Yet it will be quite the challenge, and they would do well not to get ahead of themselves.

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter@KavanFlavius.

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