Leicester, who sit just one point above the relegation zone, have released a statement giving manager Claudio Ranieri their “unwavering support”…
“In light of recent speculation, Leicester City Football Club would like to make absolutely clear its unwavering support for its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.
“While there is a collective appreciation from everyone at the Club that recent form needs to improve, the unprecedented success achieved in recent seasons has been based firmly on stability, togetherness and determination to overcome even the greatest of challenges.
“The entire Club is and will remain united behind its manager and behind its players, collectively and firmly focused on the challenges ahead.”
Ranieri said the statement had been released for the benefit of the media, and that nothing had changed in his own relationship with the club.
“Maybe the chairman wants to stop all the speculation,” he said. “For me, it’s important to try to find the right solution for the players, that is it. When you don’t win you lack confidence, it’s normal, but fortunately these players are warriors. They are used to fighting. They already lived this situation. They’ve lived the good things, but also the bad. So I stay with the soldiers, with the warriors who know the problem, who know the enemy. It’s too easy to say we make mistakes and that that is bad. Always the player is a man and I want to improve the man
It is understood that the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is to fly in to watch tomorrow night’s Cup replay and will speak with both Ranieri and the players to reinforce the club’s message that stability is key.