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Leicester City: Five potential Claudio Ranieri replacements should the Italian leave

Tuesday 21st February 2017
Premier League champions Leicester have constantly struggled throughout this season leaving many to suggest the unthinkable and actually sack manager Claudio Ranieri. Despite winning England's top tier last season and entering the last 16 of the Champions League, the Italian has come under a lot of scrutiny from not only pundits but also his own fans!

So we at It's Round and It's White, take a look at five potential candidates to replace Ranieri, should he depart the King Power stadium.

Sean Dyche

The Burnley boss' achievements at Turf Moor are something to be admired and his ability to get the best out of players is recognisable as well.

Whilst he is touted with unfair comments for his 4-4-2 formation preference, it's worth remembering that Ranieri used this tactic for Leicester's title-winning campaign last year.

In addition, Dyche has shown what he can do with a little bit of money, as proved by the Clarets' Premier League performances this season.

Should Ranieri leave, Dyche could be an excellent appointment for the Foxes.

Roy Hodgson

The69-year-oldd has not touched management since his departure from the England job last summer, but Leicester may be tempted to give the former Liverpool boss a deal until the end of the season at least, in an attempt to resurrect their campaign.

Hodgson has experience of leading sides out of the bottom three, performing wonders at clubs such as Fulham and West Brom.

Whilst the prospect of Hodgson arriving is not an attractive long-term proposition, the need to stay in the division could be the temptation Leicester need to bring him in.

Gary Rowett

If Leicester wants to bring in someone who can be a more long-term option, then they could do a lot worse than to appoint former Foxes defender Gary Rowett.

The42-year-old spent two years at Leicester during his playing days and has already displayed very fine attributes as a manager for both Burton Albion and Birmingham.

Whilst Rowett has no experience of Premier League football as a gaffer, Leicester might want someone who can add some fresh ideas in their bid to survive.

Jürgen Klinsmann

The German has been without a job after being sacked as head coach of the United States national team in November last year but with experience of working with big names, Leicester may fancy a move to bring the former Tottenham striker in as manager.

Klinsmann has experience managing Bayern Munich and Germany's national team and is probably eager to manage in the Premier League, and Leicester could be that club to give him the opportunity to do so.

Ryan Giggs

The former Manchester United winger has been pretty much linked with every job going in the Premier League since leaving Old Trafford as assistant to Louis Van Gaal last summer.

The Welshman is desperate for his first permanent manager role having only been caretaker for the Red Devils during the 2013/14 campaign.

Giggs, who has previously been linked with the likes of Swansea, will be a risky move considering his lack of experience but judging by his honours as a player, it may turn out to be the right one if Leicester decides to appoint the 43-year-old.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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