Five candidates to replace Claudio Ranieri after Leicester sack

Leicester sensationally sacked title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri on Thursday night.
The Tinkerman defied 5,000/1 odds to guide the Foxes to Premier League glory last term but finds himself packing his bags just nine months later.
This season hasn’t gone to plan with Leicester winless in the top flight since the turn of the year and hovering just one point above the relegation zone.
Leicester are just a 1-0 win away from reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss in Seville but that result wasn’t enough to save Ranieri’s bacon.
Here, we take a look at five contenders to replace the much-loved Italian:

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink has been out of football since he left Chelsea at the end of last season.
The well-travelled boss has managed a plethora of top teams during his managerial career, with Valencia, Real Madrid and Chelsea standing out on his CV.
The 70-year-old would certainly command respect from Leicester’s players – something which Ranieri didn’t have at the end of his reign – but last February he hinted that Chelsea would be his final club and the prospect of a relegation battle with the Foxes might not be enough to tempt him out of retirement.

Roberto Mancini

The bookmakers’ favourite and a former Leicester player, Roberto Mancini is desperate for a return to the Premier League.
He has experience in England from his time as Manchester City boss, while he’s also managed Italian giants Inter Milan.
The 52-year-old has never managed a struggling team so it would be a new a challenge for him but it’s one he might fancy.

Nigel Pearson

They say you should never go back but if anyone knows what it takes to pull off a great escape it’s Nigel Pearson.
Leicester aren’t quite in the same amount of peril they found themselves in two seasons ago when they won seven of their last nine matches to stay up, but in Pearson the Foxes would be appointing a man who knows the club and its players well.
You can rest assured that there’d be plenty of comedic moments in the run-in too.

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace sacked Alan Pardew in December thinking they’d be better off with Sam Allardyce at the helm. It’s not quite turned out that way.
Since Pardew’s exit Palace have picked up a paltry four points from eight games and they now have an escape job of their own on their hands.
The 55-year-old is not a manager you’d want in charge for a long-term project, but in the short-term he has previous for breathing new life into a club.

Gary Rowett

Harshly sacked by Birmingham City last year, Gary Rowett has been out of a job since mid-December.
He was doing a good job at St Andrew’s when the Birmingham board decided it was a good idea to bin him and bring in Gianfranco Zola.
Swansea were said to be seriously considering Rowett as a replacement for Bob Bradley before plumping for Paul Clement last month and Rowett is sure to be in Leicester’s thoughts if Ranieri is canned.

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